Thanks to The Jewish Press, our shul was able to reunite a visitor with the siddur he had accidentally left behind.
By Wednesday night of last week – the same day The Jewish Press came out with my letter about the siddur – the siddur’s owner e-mailed me and let me know that numerous people had already contacted him after seeing the letter.
This incident says a lot about your paper’s reach.
Thanks so much for enabling our shul to fulfill the mitzvah of hashavas aveidah.
Rabbi Akiva Males
Kesher Israel Congregation
Specter Fought Like A Giant
Re “Arlen Specter Remembered As Iconoclast Who Enjoyed Tangling With Tyrants” (news story, Oct. 19):
I am proud to say that late Sen. Specter was a friend of mine. He was the toughest man I ever knew. No matter how difficult the situation was, he stood up like a giant and fought – and with a ready smile.
Everything I ever asked him to do to help Israel, he did – from linking Palestinian aid to compliance with Oslo; to fighting Arab terrorists; to supporting moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem; to opposing Strobe Talbott, a hostile Israel critic, for undersecretary of state.
Specter was Israel’s best friend among the 13 Jewish senators. (Few knew that two of his sisters were Orthodox, with one living in Israel.) His passing was a great loss to Israel, America, and to me. I already miss him terribly.
Morton A. Klein
Zionist Organization of America
A Survivor’s Plea
I was born in Poland, and as a young boy I listened to Hitler say on the radio that his aim was to decimate the Jewish people. He did just that, killing six million Jews on the European continent. Today I hear the same from Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He wants to build nuclear bombs to wipe Israel and America off the map.
Yet we aren’t doing anything to stop Iran, just as incompetent and ignorant European leaders, such as Neville Chamberlain, didn’t do anything to stop Hitler in the early 1930s.
President Obama has visited Israel only once – during the 2008 election season. He hasn’t been there since. He did have time, however, to travel to Cairo where he promised the Muslim world a new beginning. In that infamous speech, he criticized Israel for the sufferings of the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians. He also criticized western Christian nations for oppressing the Muslim world while failing to criticize Muslim fundamentalists for killing Americans.
Therefore, as a Holocaust survivor concerned for our future, I plead with my fellow Americans: Please don’t vote for Barack Obama on November 6. We can’t afford another four years of this man.
Liberal Christian Hypocrisy
I don’t know what alleged specific accusations of human rights violations the fifteen leaders of the Christian churches are referring to in their calls for Congress to reconsider U.S. aid to Israel (“Liberal Protestants Show Their True Colors,” editorial, Oct. 19).
Are these leaders aware that there are three formal documents from the three main umbrella Palestinian groups of Fatah, the PLO, and Hamas, all calling for the destruction of Israel?
Are the ministers aware that there were more annual Israeli civilian deaths from Palestinian terrorism after the Oslo “peace” agreements than in the 50 years before the supposed peace agreements were signed? The wall the Israelis built to protect themselves from Palestinian suicide bombers isn’t the obstacle to peace. The obstacles to peace are the Palestinian suicide bombers themselves, and a Palestinian leadership that supports and glorifies the Palestinian suicide bombers by naming squares and parks after them.
William K. Langfan
Palm Beach, FL
Rosenblatt v. Silverman: A Culture War
The numerous comments we’ve received at JewishPress.com responding to Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt’s open letter to comedian Sarah Silverman (op-ed, Oct. 12) are fascinating. Once you get past the expletives, you can learn a lot about the culture that produced them. The statements and the tone of the comments demonstrate the differences, even the massive gap, between Jewish culture and Jewish-American culture.
Rabbi Rosenblatt addressed a public figure who has no problems exposing her inner self and saying whatever is on her mind on any subject, no matter how offensive or inappropriate it might be to anyone. The rabbi questioned what her underlying motives might be and offered what he believes is the answer. He couched his message, as Silverman sometimes does hers, in his notion of Judaic values and cultural identity.