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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Siddur Left In Harrisburg

Our shul in Harrisburg is only about 20 minutes from Hershey, PA. As such, we enjoy the many visitors who pass through around Sukkos time. Last week a traveler came to our minyan and left behind a small Metzudah siddur with the name Dani Schon in it.

Can anyone help me get in touch with Dani so that our shul can reunite him with his siddur?

I can be reached at 717-238-0763 or RabbiMales@Yahoo.com.

Thanks so much.

Rabbi Akiva Males
Kesher Israel Congregation
Harrisburg, PA

Nix On Olmert

While I have mixed feelings about Prime Minister Netanyahu and his reliability, I am horrified that former prime minister Ehud Olmert is planning a comeback (“Netanyahu Announces Early Elections in Israel,” front page news story, Oct. 12).

While I doubt that anyone would step aside to allow him to snare the top spot, I fear Olmert could succeed in insinuating himself into the government if he wins a seat in the Knesset. By any measure I think this would be detrimental to Israel. Separate and apart from his legal difficulties, as prime minister Olmert seemed all too ready to sell out Israel’s interests in making a deal with the Palestinians.

Richard Feldman
(Via E-Mail)

Terrorism In Benghazi

It is obvious to me that something went very wrong in Benghazi in terms of U.S. preparedness, and your comment that the significance of 9/11 seems not to have been considered by those in charge was right on point (Investigating Benghazi,” editorial, Oct. 12).

I am intrigued though by your suggestion that President Obama and his administration may have been motivated somewhat by a refusal to acknowledge the existence of a threat when they had already declared victory over the terrorists in the area. Certainly taking drastic precautions would have been inconsistent with this claim, as would acknowledging that terrorists rather than protesters against that infamous video were to blame.

I doubt the current congressional hearings will get to the bottom of this before the election, though new revelations are possible. At any rate, the hearings should continue even after the election, whoever wins. As you noted, a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed. No stone should be left unturned.

Patrice Mongello
(Via E-Mail)

Sanctions And Iran

Reader Mindy Abrams got it only partially right (Letters, Oct. 12). Not only will the Iranians refuse to knuckle under any time soon, but the sanctions that were imposed have been a farce from the beginning. Most of Iran’s trading partners are exempt and it was only this past week that the European Union seriously targeted the Iranian banking system. The mullahs know we are not serious and the Russians and Chinese have their back.

Moshe Zuckerman
Jerusalem

Jews’ Support For Obama

The late sociologist Milton Himmelfarb famously said, “Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.” In America, Jews were given the opportunity under free market capitalism to become the best educated and the most financially successful group in the nation. Despite that, most Jews will vote in three weeks for a president who is hostile to capitalism and rules like a dictator with executive orders, unelected bureaucrats and activist judges.

Obama told us he would “fundamentally transform America.” He told Joe the Plumber that he intends to redistribute the wealth of the achievers to the dependency class that is his voting base. The nation’s wealth will continue to go to Obama’s green energy crony capitalist friends and to government and private sector labor unions whose members’ dues are laundered and then sent to the Democrats.

Many Jews who think Obama will safeguard Medicare ignore his looting of billions from Medicare to help fund Obamacare. The resulting reduction of payments to hospitals and doctors will force them to turn away Medicare patients. Under Obamacare seniors will be denied medical and hospital care by a board of non-medical bureaucrats to reduce costs.

The blind support for Obama by a majority of Jews defies all logic and understanding.

George Rubin
New York, NY

The Eyes Have It

While watching the first Romney/Obama debate on Oct. 3, I pointed out to my wife how Gov. Romney was constantly looking directly at President Obama and making eye contact with him, whereas Obama kept looking everywhere except at Romney.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Free Seating Policy

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Seats are available on a first come, first served basis for men, women and children who wish to abide by our no talking policy.

Our doors are open each Shabbos (with no charges for membership, aliyos or seats). All who abide by the “No Talking During Davening” rule are welcome. We also accommodate year round mispallelim with a well-appointed simcha venue. For further information, please call (718) 469-6999.

Wishing Klal Yisrael a Kesivah v’Chasimah Tovah.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin

Kehilas Mevakshai Hashem

Brooklyn, NY

Obama And Israel (I)

Reader David Fass’s suggestion (Letters, Sept. 7) that the Obama presidency has not been a disaster for Israel, and that another term would not be even more of one, needs a reality check.

In the Egyptian revolt, Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood rather than Hosni Mubarak, who had a good relationship with Israel and the U.S. Can anyone say with certainty that Obama would not turn his back on Israel under any circumstances? Highly doubtful.

What’s worse, in this case Obama supported an enemy of the Jews, Israel and the U.S.

During Obama’s presidency, Iran has lost all fear of and respect for the U.S. Not seeing that turn of events as potentially disastrous for Israel, not to mention for the rest of the region, is shortsighted and naive.

Then there was Obama’s infamous assurance to the Russians that after the election he’ll have “more flexibility.” This clearly indicates he has a greater fear of voters than allegiance to his party. If our missile defense system is not safe from a shift in policy, can we be certain Israel is?

There is every indication that four more years of Barack Obama could have disastrous consequence on more than one front.

Josh Greenberger 

Brooklyn, NY

Obama And Israel (II)

Re “U.S.-Israel Military Exercise Downsized” (news brief, Sept.7):

The downsizing of the planned joint military exercise is the latest evidence that Israel does not loom large in President Obama’s thoughts and that the situation will be even more serious should he be reelected. He had already kept Israel out of international conferences on combating terror.

When will all the mindless Jews who vote Democrat no matter who is on the ticket finally wake up?

Deborah Wender

(Via E-Mail)

Democrats And Israel

The Democrats’ decision to remove the 2008 plank affirming that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city from the party platform could never have happened without Obama’s approval. The decision to put back the plank was rammed through over the angry objections of a majority of delegates who do not want Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital.

It should be perfectly clear to every Jew that the pro-Israel Democratic Party of Senators Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan is dead.

George Rubin
New York, NY

UN Boss’s Bias

The bias of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon always appalls me. He just issued a statement about the plight of the poor Palestinians in Gaza who are ruled by Hamas. He does not seem to feel that the poverty they are experiencing is due to Hamas’s habit of continually allowing rockets to be fired at Israel`s civilian population. That, of course, is the cause of Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Why is it so difficult for him to say to Hamas that Israel cannot be expected to stand idly by while its people are under constant threat of death, and that in order to ease the blockade the rocket attacks on Israel must stop? By his words the secretary-general is telling the world that Israel is of no account; that only the Palestinians matter and they can do anything they want.

Toby Willig

Jerusalem

Local Politics (I)

Your endorsement last week of Assemblyman Dov Hikind left out an important piece of news. Not only did an unknown candidate with an Irish-sounding name get 40 percent of the vote in Hikind’s overwhelmingly Jewish district in 2010, which you indeed pointed out, but Brad Lander, who ran in 2009 for City Council with Hikind’s very strong support, got only about 20 percent of the vote in areas overlapping Hikind’s Assembly District.

Letters To The Editor

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

One View Of Obama

I hope those who believe President Obama spends every waking hour thinking about how to sink the Jews and Israel paid attention to your front-page news story last week about his appointing an Orthodox Jew as his chief of staff (“New White House Chief of Staff ‘Go-To’ Person for Jewish Groups”).

The front-page photo was interesting in this regard as well, showing Obama’s ambassador to Israel, also a Jew, learning Torah with students in the largest yeshiva in Israel.

I am not suggesting these gentlemen were chosen for their jobs because they are Jewish, but rather that they were not blackballed because of it. And that, I think, is the point. We can agree or disagree with the fine points of Obama’s policies, but it’s time we stopped demonizing the president in a manner we would never do with any other liberal Democratic president with whom we happened to disagree.

There seems to be something about this man that drives all too many frum Jews absolutely crazy. Martin Fried (Via E-Mail)

 

…And Another

I suppose President Obama’s selection of an Orthodox Jew as his chief of staff was newsworthy, as was the visit to a Jerusalem yeshiva by his ambassador to Israel. I hope, however, that we do not assume they provide a window into our president’s thinking.

I fear that putting too much stock into the fact that Obama has appointed a large number of Jews to key positions will blunt concerns about what the president will do should he be reelected in November and not have to worry about running for office again. Binyamin Roth Jerusalem

 

Heartbreaking Portrait

Devora Spitzer (“A Haunting Visit to the Gush Katif Museum,” front page essay, Jan. 13) paints a heartbreaking portrait of the aftermath of the Gaza disengagement in terms of both national and individual tragedy.

A living, breathing, flourishing community, symbolic of Israel itself, was cruelly uprooted and destroyed. Pioneering, achieving, God-fearing Jews had their homes taken from them and their lives ripped apart. And it was a Jewish government that did this to them and bestowed on all of Israel the gift of Kassam rockets. Esther Wolf New York, NY

 

No Forgiveness

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld says it’s “Time for the Dutch to Finally ‘Fess Up” (op-ed, Jan. 13). Sorry, but there is not enough time in all of eternity for the Dutch people to make their apology. Even if such an apology were sincerely given, it would come 65 years too late, rendering it not much of an apology at all.

It is beyond my ability to forgive, and beyond the ability of the ashes of Dutch Jewry to forgive. Apology is born in guilt. Allowing 65 years to pass without an apology is proof enough for me that the Dutch have suffered no guilt.

In the unlikely event that some future generation of Dutch people rediscover kindness and compassion and truly seek forgiveness for their national crimes, they will have to beg it from their Creator.

I write this response as a Jew who lived during those agonizing years of the Holocaust. How can I not respond? Norman Shine Brooklyn, NY

 

Rush to Judgment

Although not his intended purpose, reader Nachum Myers (Letters, Jan. 13) provides ample proof that Yael Armstrong’s articulate Jan. 6 op-ed article (“Divided and Broken”), espousing tolerance and ahavas Yisrael, is exactly on point.

Did Mr. Myers read the same article I did?

How do you misinterpret Ms. Armstrong’s statement about sending her (pre-school) child to a playgroup at a Conservative synagogue as endorsing sending your (Orthodox) children to “educational institutions of Conservative Judaism”? The answer, I presume: You misinterpret it if you suffer from a “divided and broken” attitude that affects many of our tribe.

Ms. Armstrong’s point (which had nothing to do with Jewish education, by the way), adeptly proven by the letter from Mr. Myers, is that people rush to judgment rather than to understanding. Sholom (Sonny) Taragin Baltimore, MD

 

Foxman And Holocaust Imagery (I)

Abraham Foxman (“Trivializing the Holocaust,” op-ed, Jan. 13) was at his best in deploring the outrageous misuse of Holocaust symbols by members of the Jewish community. He was less so when he recently reached out to condemn Republican candidate Rick Santorum for making reference to a “Jesus candidate” in the current primary campaign season.

Santorum was responding to a question about the need for a “Jesus candidate” and obviously used the term as a shorthanded call for principled candidates just as his questioner had. We already have enough problems and have no need to create new ones. Arthur Kleinman (Via E-Mail)

 

Foxman And Holocaust Imagery (II)

Abraham Foxman says those Jews who condemned the Israeli soldiers for driving them out of their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria and compared it to the Nazi expulsions of Jews by the Nazis are guilty of ignoring the horrors of the Holocaust.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Chanukah And Children (I)

In “Chanukah: Not Just a Children’s Holiday” (front-page essay, Dec. 16), Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb notes that because the emphasis is put on children, adults can feel left out in celebrating Chanukah. It was never intended to be so, of course; all are supposed to celebrate.

Rabbi Weinreb’s point can also be made about the Pesach Seder. Again, it’s for all to celebrate. So why is there an emphasis on children’s participation? For the same reason so much of the Chanukah celebration is geared toward children: to educate them from a young age.

Dr. Elie Feuerwerker
Highland Park, NJ

Chanukah And Children (II)

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is obviously correct in observing that among the general Jewish public, Chanukah is widely perceived as a children’s holiday. However, while he helpfully points to lessons grownups can glean from the Yom Tov, he chose not to focus on why Chanukah has come to be thought of as a children’s holiday.

He did point to “American culture” as one possible reason. I’m sure he was referring to the gift-giving tradition among Christians at Christmas. And it is unfortunate that so many of us have come to mimic our non-Jewish neighbors in this regard.

Also, there are few restrictions on this Yom Tov that emphasize its special status as is the case with Pesach, Sukkot and Shavuot. While in many respects the mitzvot of Seder, matzah, lulav, esrog and sukkah appeal to children more than adults in terms of fascination, the idea of restrictions is still there, reminding all of the serious and spiritual nature of those occasions.
Lawrence Schiff
(Via E-Mail)

MDA Emblem

I read with great interest last week’s news story about Magen David Adom’s reported plan to cease operating ambulances adorned with the Star of David in the West Bank. I recall that several months ago there were reports that MDA was thinking about ending its use of the Star of David as an emblem on some of its ambulances as the price of its membership in the International Red Cross and because of opposition from Arab states – something that was heatedly denied at the time by MDA spokesmen.

Now a newspaper like Haaretz has seemingly confirmed that MDA indeed has promised to make the above-mentioned changes. It would be an outrage if the Star of David were abandoned, either directly or indirectly.
Allan Borowitz
(Via E-Mail)

Chazal And Science

In his Dec. 2 letter to the editor, Dr. Yaakov Stern stated “whoever believes the Talmud erred in scientific matters” is guilty of heresy. Rishonim and Achronim disagreed over issues and hashkafa. It is unfortunate, therefore, when someone today, whose views are based on some Rishonim and Achronim declares those who hold opposing views – based on other Rishonim and Achronim – to be heretics.

We see in the Gemara that Chazal often turned to “experts of the day” when they did not have the needed knowledge. Two examples: R’ Yochanan, afflicted with scurvy of the gums, turned to a wise non-Jewish woman for a cure. He then taught it to his students (Avodah Zarah 28a). Rav spent 18 months living with a cattle breeder to understand which animal defects are temporary and which are permanent (Sanhedrin 5b). Of course, the “experts and scientists” were using the knowledge of their day, which did contain errors.

Poskim today often turn to modern scientists before issuing a psak in related areas rather than using Talmudic science.

I have a question for those who say Chazal could not have erred with regard to science: Do they use a doctor whose training is based on modern science – or do they use someone whose medical practice is based on the medical knowledge of the Talmud?
Aaron Kinsberg
Brooklyn, NY

Gingrich And The Palestinians

Israeli Leaders Should Learn From Newt

Newt Gingrich did something very unusual for a public figure. He told the truth about one of the great hoaxes of history. He said the Palestinians are not a real people. They are simply Arabs who migrated to the Jewish homeland for a better life. He also said the peace process is a delusion because the Palestinians do not accept Israel’s right to exist.

In contrast to Gingrich’s refreshing candor, every recent Israeli prime minister has accepted the lie of a Palestinian people and nation that never existed. They have subsidized, appeased and legitimized Israel’s mortal enemies who have no unique history, religion, culture, appearance or language to merit their own country on Jewish land and no right to call themselves Palestinians. Jews living in the British Mandate of Palestine were the real Palestinians before Israel was reestablished in 1948.

These historical facts are never mentioned by Israel’s prime ministers, whose first priority seems to be pandering to the U.S. State Department, The New York Times and European anti-Semites.
George Rubin
New York, NY

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