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July 30, 2016 / 24 Tammuz, 5776

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Obama And Terrorism

Reader Eli Grossman (Letters, July 15) quotes statistics (the number of terrorists killed by the U.S. over the past several years, etc.) cited by journalist Peter Bergen as evidence that Obama is not the pro-Muslim pacifist some on the Right claim he is.

I would point out, however, that upon the publication in 2014 of a slanderous book about Israel by the virulently anti-Israel writer Max Blumenthal, the same Peter Bergen offered effusive praise for both Blumenthal and his screed (which the left-wing writer Eric Alterman panned as something that “could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club”). And we’re to believe Bergen has integrity?

Iran is the world’s foremost sponsor of terror and Obama facilitated development of an Iranian nuclear weapon and released $150 billion to the Iranians. I don’t have to call the president or anyone on the Left any names, Mr. Grossman, but I would love to hold all of them responsible for the consequences of Obama’s actions.

Ben Feigenbaum
(Via E-Mail)

Elie Wiesel’s Legacy (I)

I was very moved by Alan Dershowitz’s article about his friend Elie Wiesel (“Elie Wiesel: My Colleague, My Friend,” op-ed July 15).

There was only one Elie Wiesel. He helped keep alive the memory of the Holocaust. He protested genocide and atrocities in Biafra, Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia and elsewhere. He was a great person. Millions have read his books. His memory and his writings live on.

Reuven Solomon
Forest Hills, NY

Elie Wiesel’s Legacy (II)

Elie Wiesel, in his roles as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust and as founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, fought a long battle against those who wanted to make Washington’s United States Holocaust Memorial Museum less “ethnocentric” and more “inclusive.”

The story of Wiesel’s valiant fight to ensure that the museum would first and foremost tell the story of the genocide of the Jews is told in great detail in Edward Linenthal’s 1995 book Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocuast Museum.

Back in February 1979, when the Holocaust Commission met for the first time, Wiesel set the tone with his searingly eloquent remarks, declaring:

 

We have been entrusted with an awesome legacy, and we are being judged by invisible friends, brothers, teachers, parents – and they are all dead. And they all had but one wish, to be remembered. As we begin out proceedings, we hear the Kaddish of a community somewhere in Ukraine, a community that did not live long enough to complete the prayer. We hear the whispers of thousands and thousands of human beings, walking in nocturnal processions toward the flames…. We hear the battle orders of ghetto fighters. We hear the mute laments of abandoned children. We hear Bergen-Belsen. We hear Treblinka, and we hear Chelmno. And we are seized by Maidanek. We shiver because of Auschwitz and we burn because of Auschwitz.

 

Who but Elie Wiesel could have written and spoken with such poetic majesty?

Trudy Robbins
(Via E-Mail)

 

Ginsburg And Trump

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently made highly inappropriate remarks for someone in her position about Donald Trump, setting off a firestorm of criticism.

Ginsburg subsequently apologized for what she said. But Donald Trump has often (too many times to count) made highly inappropriate – even quite vulgar and demeaning – remarks about people and groups. Has he ever apologized? Even once? Not that I’m aware of.

I can’t say I’m surprised; I once heard him asked in an interview what he thought of atonement. He replied, in so many words, that he thought atonement was a good thing but that he himself has nothing to atone for.

What I learn from Ginsburg’s comments is that we should be very careful of what we say and the context in which we say it. What I’ve also learned from her is that if you make a big mistake with something you’ve said, find words of contrition and apologize.

I’m still wondering what I can learn from Donald Trump.

Alan Howard
Brooklyn, NY

 

Smearing Trump

Sara Lehmann’s interview with Trump aide Jason Greenblatt in her “Right Angle” column (July 8) was excellent.

My June 3 letter to the editor in support of Trump was subsequently criticized by reader Michael Buchsbaum (Letters. June 10), who questioned the “delay” in Trump’s distribution to veterans of $6 million that had been raised at a Trump event. It is this kind of criticism of Trump, along with manufactured issues like Trump University, that has turned the presidential campaign into something of a circus.

The bottom line for me is that I absolutely do not trust Hillary Clinton to be a strong, loyal partner to Israel. Clinton will promise everything at AIPAC and Hadassah gatherings but if elected will pivot back to the usual State Department positions that have been hostile to Israel for decades – since before the actual creation of the state, in fact.

The recent attempts to portray Trump as anti-Semitic are heavy-handed smears offered up to gullible Jewish voters who, unfortunately, seek any reason to vote for Democrats.

How can Jewish Democratic voters fail to see that the Democrats are no longer the party of “Scoop” Jackson, LBJ, and so many others we could trust?

Myron Hecker
New City, NY

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Obama Versus Terror

I’ve never been a supporter of Barack Obama, but I have no patience with those on the unhinged Right who claim the president is pro-terror or a secret Muslim or a weak-kneed pacifist. No wonder liberals consider conservatives to be low-information whistle-brains who get all their information from talk radio.

As terrorism expert and bestselling author Peter Bergen wryly puts it in The United States of Jihad, his new expose of America’s homegrown terrorists:

[A]s commander in chief, President Obama presided over or launched more military operations in Muslim countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya. Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen) than any previous president. The most conservative estimate of drone strike fatalities under Obama comes to more than three thousand, and that figure includes much of the leadership of al Qaeda. Obama was the first American president since the Civil War to authorize the assassination of a fellow American, the Muslim cleric and al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. This is not the record of a president with any secret proclivities for sharia law.

Eli Grossman
(Via E-Mail)

 

Comey And Clinton (I)

Re “The FBI Director’s Press Conference” (editorial, July 8):

I share your concerns about Mr. Comey’s findings and conclusions. Although the FBI director gave a logical presentation of the strong evidence against Mrs. Clinton, he denied that criminal charges were justified. In my opinion, he surprisingly and illogically concluded that such charges were not warranted.

Yet I agree with you that at the very least he should have recommended that this compelling cornucopia of evidence be reviewed by a grand jury.

In addition, I would point out that although Mr. Comey stated that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case,” former U.S. attorney general Michael B. Mukasey, former prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and sundry lawyers and judges strongly disagree.

Furthermore, Mr. Mukasey noted in the Wall Street Journal that “it is a felony for anyone entrusted with lawful possession of information relating to national defense to permit it, through ‘gross negligence,’ to be removed from its proper place of custody and disclosed. ‘Gross negligence’ rather than purposeful conduct is enough.”

Dr. Mel Waldman
Brooklyn, NY

Editor’s Note: The writer, a psychologist, is the author of I Am a Jew.

 

Comey And Clinton (II)

FBI Director Comey, in his 15-minute press conference, launched a devastatingly effective tactic of listing in detail Hillary Clinton’s presumed violations of law (to which she had consistently declared her innocence) – and then presented the mind-boggling decision not to pursue criminal charges.

His abrupt departure without allowing routine questions from reporters might have been indicative of Comey’s discomfort with the charade in which he sadly was complicit.

Is it inconceivable that political correctness has driven both Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to swim in the Clintons’ toxic pool?

Fay Dicker
Lakewood, NJ

 

Comey And Clinton (III)

The FBI determined that Hillary Clinton made some seriously poor decisions, describing her handling of classified information as secretary of state as “extremely careless.” But despite the violations of the law, the FBI determined no “intentional and willful mishandling” of classified information, and thus decided that an attempt to prosecute probably would not succeed.

How lucky for her. If only the same could be said for the rest of us. The Clinton case can be seen as an example of the concept of mens rea in action. Mens rea is the legal concept that in order to convict somebody of a crime, prosecutors should be required to show that the defendant knew he or she was doing something wrong.

The FBI’s analysis may well be accurate: Maybe there was no intent to willfully mishandle information. But it’s important to understand that there are many federal laws where mens rea is not considered when prosecuting somebody for violation of the law. Clinton is getting the mercy of a Justice Department that, in her case, cares about her intent. The rest of us don’t get such of a pass, even in somewhat similar situations.

Brian J. Goldenfeld
Woodland Hills, CA

State Department Double Standard

How strange that State Department spokesman John Kirby should save his strongest words of condemnation for Israel while downplaying or denying some of the Palestinians’ worst duplicities and depredations.

What elicited Kirby’s condemnation this time was Israel’s announcement of new construction in Ma’aleh Adumim and eastern Jerusalem. As if reciting Palestinian talking points, Kirby decried a “systematic process of land seizures, settlement expansion, and legalization of outposts.”

None of that is true. No land is being expropriated. No outpost is being legalized. Settlement expansion is entirely internal, with one striking exception: 600 units of Arab housing in Givat Hamatos.

Why, then, the tough talk? Enveloped in a cocoon of moral equivalence, and faced with two antagonists with radically different moral profiles, the administration must grossly magnify any peccadilloes of the moral one while dramatically diminishing the crimes of the immoral one.

So, using bricks for building becomes worse than hurling rocks through moving vehicle windshields. Mildly offensive election campaign statements are blasted, but Abbas’s blood libel address to the European Parliament, met with a standing ovation, is ignored.

Questioned about that by a reporter, Kirby struggled to find a satisfactory non-answer and was ultimately reduced to incoherent stammering.

Any assertions of Jewish rights are typically met with scorn, while Palestinian media praise for the “martyr” who stabbed to death a sleeping child merely brings the most perfunctory acknowledgement that she was a dual Israel-American citizen.

Richard D. Wilkins
Syracuse, NY

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Bergson’s Leftist Supporters

Re Dr. Rafael Medoff’s “How Peter Bergson Brought Activism into the Mainstream” (op-ed, July 1), it may be of interest to readers that many of the people who supported the Bergson Group were leftists.

The world-renowned journalist Pierre Van Paassen, a left-winger, was brought into Jabotinsky’s circle by Benzion Netanyahu, father of Israel’s current prime minister. Van Paassen had reported from pre-state Israel. He also covered the Arab-run African slave trade, Mussolini’s war against Ethiopia, and the rise of fascism in Europe. He was the first national chairman of the Committee for a Jewish Army of Stateless and Palestinian Jews.

The leftist American writer Max Lerner said that while he was poles apart from the Zionist Revisionists from which the Bergson Group emerged, he “thought first things first and the first thing was to arouse America to action” in order to save the Jews of Europe. He said he would work with any group that wanted to save his Jewish relatives in Europe.

Attorney Paul O’Dwyer joined the struggle of the Jews in pre-state Israel for independence. He was a gun-runner for the Irgun. He also successfully defended people who were arrested for smuggling arms to the Haganah and Irgun.

Much of this can be found in Dr. Medoff’s book (co-authored by David S. Wyman) A Race Against Death: Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust. It has been said many times that monuments to great people are built with the stones that have been thrown at them during their lifetime.

Reuven Solomon
Forest Hills, NY

 

Support Public Transportation

This month marks the 52nd Anniversary of federal government support for public transportation.

The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments: On July 9, 1964 he signed the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law. Subsequently this has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into public transportation.

Millions of Americans on a daily basis utilize various public transportation alternatives. They include local and express bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway, and commuter rail services. All of these systems use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single occupancy vehicles. Most of these systems are funded with your tax dollars thanks to President Johnson.

Depending on where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding a local or express bus, commuter van, ferry, light rail, commuter rail or subway.

Fortunately we in the New York area have the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and its various operating agencies, including New York City Transit subway and bus, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, Staten Island Rapid Transit Authority, and MTA Bus.

There is also New Jersey Transit (NJT), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH), and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Staten Island Ferry.

Elected officials and government employees can turn in their taxpayer- funded vehicles and join the rest of us by using public transportation to get around town. In many cases, employers can offer transit checks which help subsidizes a portion of the costs. Utilize this and reap the benefits. It supports a cleaner environment.

Seniors, students, and low and middle income people need these transportation alternatives. Investment in public transportation today contributes to economic growth, employment, and a stronger economy. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.

Larry Penner
Via E-Mail

Editor’s Note: The writer is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the United States Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration.

 

Open Letter To Elie Wiesel

Elie, I know we never met and I am not sure why your passing is bothering me so much. But for some reason I feel compelled to share these words about you.

You know, I never really had a clearly defined role model in my life before. However, looking back at your life, I have a pretty good idea as to who that role model might be. Your impact on me has been transcending, to say the least.

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Albert Klass

I was very saddened to read about the recent passing of Albert Klass, a”h (news story, editorial, June 24).

In a very real sense his passing had the same effect on me as my father’s recent petirah. Both men were advanced in years and both contributed so much to our community.

The loss of such people creates a terrible void and we can only hope that there are men and women of our generation who we have the strength and the ability to carry on their work.

Gisele Strauch
Brooklyn, NY

 

Saul Jay Singer’s Amazing Columns

I enjoy everything that Saul Jay Singer writes for The Jewish Press in his Collecting Jewish History column.

It’s really quite amazing – the research, the unique angles on historical figures, the Jewish connections, the documents he uses to illuminate his writing, etc.

You can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw the announcement that his column will now appear weekly rather every other week.

Thank you for making him such an integral part of the paper.

Miriam Fishman
Los Angeles, CA

 

Shimon Mercer-Wood (I)

Elliot Resnick’s interview of Shimon Mercer-Wood, the media affairs spokesperson for the Consulate General of Israel in New York (“At the End of the Day, We Only Have Each Other,” June 24), was both refreshing and intelligent

I had to copy the following statement made by Mr. Mercer-Wood when Mr. Resnick asked him why the work of educating American Jews about Israel is so important; I think we should all read it again and again:

“Because we’re one nation, we’re one people. At the end of the day, on the face of the planet, we only have each other. And just like you keep in touch with your brother who lives in another city and you want him to know what’s happening in your life and you don’t want his perception of your life to be stuck like when you were in college, it’s important for the different components of the Jewish nation to know what the others are going through. It’s not because you want their ‘support.’ It’s because that’s what it means to be one people.”

Zsolti Hermann
(Via JewishPress.com)

 

Shimon Mercer-Wood (II)

I just read the interview with Shimon Mercer-Wood. What a fascinating story and family. Israel is fortunate indeed to have such a representative. I hope to be hearing more from and about Mr. Mercer-Wood in the future.

Eli Kravitz
(Via E-Mail)

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Readers React To Nadler Endorsement

Shameful

For you to endorse Jerrold Nadler (editorial, June 24) after he voted for the Iran deal means there are no negative consequences for someone who goes against our interests. Have you no shame?

Gershon Michaels
New York, NY

 

Unbelievable

I could not believe that The Jewish Press, after publishing so many editorials, articles, and columns taking apart the Iran nuclear deal and castigating its supporters in Congress, would endorse a man like Nadler. In addition to supporting the Iran deal, he has been one of the Democratic Party’s most left-wing members of Congress throughout his years in Washington.

I know this endorsement was only for the Democratic primary; hopefully you’ll come to your senses and endorse whoever his opponent will be in the general election.

Henry Berkowitz
(Via E-Mail)

 

Disgraceful

This was a disgraceful endorsement. Nadler should be shunned by the Jewish community – indeed by all Americans who care about the safety of America and Israel –for his betrayal of our best interests by voting for the Iran deal.

Helen Freedman
Americans For a Safe Israel
New York, NY

 

Insane

How could any self-respecting Jew have supported something as dangerous as the Iran deal? What an insane endorsement. Nadler should be ostracized, not endorsed.

David Abromsky
(Via E-Mail)

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Trump and Judge Curiel

In his op-ed article last week (“Presidential Conundrum”), Dr. Michael Salamon wrote that Donald Trump’s “comments about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel…being a ‘Mexican,’ and therefore not fit to adjudicate a case in which Trump is a central figure, sound to me a little too much like the Hitlerian claim that Jews in prewar Germany could not be trusted because of their background.”

Wow.

Dr. Salamon, like so many others, has completely distorted Trump’s words. Trump’s argument isn’t that Curiel can’t be fair because of his heritage. It’s that he isn’t being fair because of his heritage. The fact is that 98 percent of students at Trump University gave it high marks in the surveys they were asked to fill out after taking its seminars. (You can view 10,000 of them online at 98percentapproval.com.) Judge Curiel knows this. He also knows that the lead plaintiff in the case asked to back out since her own testimony several years ago belies her current claims of fraud. Judge Curiel let her back out. But he let the case continue.

Sound a bit unfair? Trump thought so, and wondered why Curiel might be biased against him. And he suggested that the answer might perhaps lie with Curiel’s Mexican heritage. Trump’s policies, after all, are not exactly Mexico-friendly, while Curiel is the son of Mexican parents – and someone with known liberal associations.

It is this eminently reasonable suggestion that the liberal media decided to make a weeklong national story out of. If a Jew were standing trial and the judge seemed to be treating him unfairly, and it turned out the judge was the child of Palestinian refugees, many of us would understandably wonder if anti-Semitism was a factor. But to suggest that Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage might play a role in his decision-making is evidently beyond the pale.

Judge Curiel may or may not an honest and fair man. But to argue that his Mexican heritage is categorically irrelevant is classic political correctness – a denial of reality so that one can feel self-righteous about oneself.

Joshua Bernstein
(Via E-Mail)

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1,000 Letters Add Poignant Perspective On Holocaust

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Snippets of Holocaust history. Portraits of Jewish children pining for their mothers and fathers in Germany. Next month, a select group of teachers will be the first to view a unique collection of 1,000 letters written by, and to, children sent east by parents who hoped to save their young ones from the Nazi menace.

Deborah Dwork, professor of history and founding director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Massachusetts, told The Jewish Press that the collection derives from the estate of Elisabeth Luz, who lived in a small town near Zurich, Switzerland during World War II. “When war began,” Dwork said, “civilian postal services ceased between belligerent nations, so what happened was…parents wrote letters to [Luz] in neutral Switzerland, and she copied every letter and sent them on to their children. And children wrote to her, and she copied every letter and sent the letters on to the parents.”

Why Luz? She was in the right place at the right time. A small refugee camp was situated near her town, and the first time she visited it, someone asked her to please write to his wife in Vienna on his behalf. Soon, by word of mouth, Luz became the intermediary between hundreds of Jews who couldn’t write to one another directly.

Luz never married. “When she died,” Dwork said, “her nephew was going through her apartment, sorting out her effects, and he found a suitcase of these letters. He knew my first book on the history of the Holocaust, called Children With a Star, so he wrote to me and said, ‘Would you be interested in these letters?’ and I wrote right back, ‘Absolutely!’”

The Strassler Center is currently curating an online exhibit revolving around these letters – along with translations and teaching material– which it hopes will be ready in 18 months. Dwork herself is writing a book on the letters, to be published in 2018. In the meantime, Sarah Cushman, who is the head of educational programming at the Strassler Center, will be co-running a Summer Holocaust Institute from July 25-29 for 15 middle- and high-school teachers. During its duration, participants will discuss how best to use these letters in teaching about the Holocaust.

The Holocaust has of course long been a subject of instruction at many schools, but these letters are a particularly helpful teaching tool, Dwork said, because “students respond with greatest interest to the life histories of people who were just about their age.”

Said Cushman: “These letters allow students to gain some personal meaning and personal access to the history of the Holocaust. It’s a way for them to interact with people who were actually affected by Nazi anti-Jewish policies so young people can have a sense of what kid of daily impact these policies on young people’s lives.”

Elliot Resnick

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

A Pioneering Yeshiva In 1930s Brooklyn

I read with great personal interest Dr. Yitzchok Levine’s May and June “Glimpses Into American Jewish History” columns on Flatbush yeshivas in the 1930s.

I am 86 years old and the younger daughter of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Magnes, who was the founding director and principal of a boys’ yeshiva in Brighton Beach in the late 1930s. The yeshiva began in the backroom of the Young Israel of Brighton. As it grew, a building was purchased on the corner of Ocean Parkway and Neptune Avenue. It was called the Yeshiva of Brighton.

A resident of Brighton, a Mr. Lewin, had invited my father to help build a yeshiva there. Mr. Lewin knew my father from the late 1920s, when my father served as Hebrew principal for the Jewish Orphans Home on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers. My father was a true educator. He hired young men who had graduated from local yeshivas and trained and mentored them in the art of teaching. He gave them a curriculum and instructed them in its implementation.

The building had been part of an estate on Ocean Parkway. The ballroom of the estate became the shul, lunchroom, and auditorium for the school. I recall that Moshe Oysher once gave a concert there and that rabbis of note – such as Rabbi Yitzchok Elchanan Wasserman from Europe and Rabbi Baruch Shapiro from Seattle – came to speak there.

With the coming of World War II, the shul was used to register people for the distribution of ration cards. My sister and I assisted in the registration process. She was 15 and I was 13 at the time.

I should like to add that my mother was also an educator. She was the first teacher/principal of a frum girl’s day school in Williamsburg. It was called Bais Rochel. It later morphed into the Bais Yaakov.

I trust this information will be of some interest to readers.

Esther Serebryanski
Brooklyn, NY

 

Ignoring Islam’s Terrorism Problem

It’s laughable that President Obama, while discussing a group called “Islamic State” that fights in the name of Islam and is a greater threat to moderate Muslims than all Western countries combined, claims that if we use the words “Islamic terrorism” it will play into their hands and turn this into a war between Islam and the West.

Newsflash: That war has already been declared against the West, and every Muslim in the world knows that ISIS and al Qaeda are killing in the name of Islam. I would imagine that Muslims find it more insulting to think that Americans believe they are willing to join a bloodthirsty gang of zealots who bastardize and defame their religion just because we use the word “Islamic.”

If Islam has nothing to do with terrorism, then why has the target of every single one of President Obama’s drone strikes been a Muslim?

Call it whatever you want, but the fact is there are Muslims who want to murder us in the name of their religion. The president’s willful blindness is not helping anyone. Convincing moderate Muslims that these acts of terrorism have nothing to do with their religion absolves them of all responsibility to stop them. It also provides no incentive to reclaim their faith from those who have hijacked it and made proponents of its most archaic interpretation the most influential.

Also, by stigmatizing the recognition of Islam’s connection with terrorism, it makes Americans hesitant to report suspicious behavior for fear of being called an Islamophobe.

The president has argued that many faiths have a history of preaching hatred, but while most religions have a dark past, only radical Islam is actively pursuing a dark future.

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Rabbi Cardozo’s Take On Judaism (I)

I  must question Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo’s take on Judaism as portrayed in your interview with him (“Judaism Beyond the Commandments,” June 10).

While I think his inquisitiveness is stimulating in many ways, in my opinion it is also well beyond the pale of authentic Orthodoxy. He seems oblivious to the fact that each generation looks to the preceding one for direction as to what God expects of them as revealed in the halacha – and that this is based on the belief that earlier authorities are superior in knowledge and wisdom to later ones.

I find it astonishing that Rabbi Cardozo acts as if he operates on a blank slate. Obviously he knows there were tannaim, amoraim, rishonim, and achronim that came between the Chumash and him. How then can he possibly suggest a meaning to a biblical verse that was construed otherwise by all of them?

And while I don’t challenge his bona fides, I get the uncomfortable sense that at least some of his views border on what non-Orthodox groups have urged for years. I am particularly disturbed by his position on codes of Jewish law, like that of the Rambam’s, because they tend to suggest finality as opposed to what he says is supposed to be a process.

I also find hard to understand his railing against any resort to the so-called Shabbos goy. Where is the evidence that this practice is resented by non-Jews? Rabbi Cardozo offers none. In fact, the opposite seems true. Former Soviet premier Nikolai Bulganin was a “Shabbos goy,” and so was former New York governor Mario Cuomo. Both spoke of their experiences with great fondness – a sentiment shared by many other prominent non-Jews who helped Jewish friends and neighbors in similar fashion.

Yisroel Graubard
(Via E-Mail)

 

Rabbi Cardozo’s Take On Judaism (II)

What a breath of fresh air, much needed today for the good of the future of Judaism. Bravo to Rabbi Cardozo.

Edward Cohen
(Via JewishPress.com)

 

Rabbi Cardozo’s Take On Judaism (III)

Rabbi Cardozo’s words are those of a brilliant Jewish thinker and great rav. That there are so few voices like his is the tragedy of our time.

Rashi Kuhr
(Via JewishPress.com)

 

Prisoner Exchanges

Stephen M. Flatow’s June 3 op-ed article, “The Terrorist Defender and the Democrats’ Platform,” brought up a painful secondary theme – namely, Israel’s prisoner exchange dilemma.

While I know of no Jew who wouldn’t want to see an Israeli soldier released from Arab captivity after having defended his country, the Arabs released by Israel are avowed terrorists.

If Israel agrees to future prisoner exchanges, why not one for one instead of a thousand for one; in addition, whatever happened to not releasing terrorists with “blood on their hands”?

Pesach-Yonah Malevitz
Miami Beach, FL

 

Cuomo And BDS

Kudos to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for taking a stance against the vicious, bigoted, and hateful BDS movement against Israel (Jewish Press, June 10).

The BDS movement is nothing but economic terrorism. The movement’s purpose is to destroy Israel, and BDS activists echo the false and malicious accusations against Israel spewed by just about every Palestinian terrorist murderer.

The fact that there is such a massive Arab population in Israel that has the freedom to leave at any time yet chooses to stay in Israel rather than move to Arab countries puts the lie to the claims of Israel’s “mistreatment” of Palestinians.

Josh Greenberger
Brooklyn, NY

 

‘Odor’ At The Times

That The New York Times detects the “strong odor” of hypocrisy in a 20-year-old accommodation for separate women’s swimming hours in Williamsburg is just the latest in a pattern exposing the precipitous decline in the journalistic integrity  of the Times (editorial, June 10).

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