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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Vandalizing Yad Vashem

I find it inconceivable that ostensibly observant Jews could have vandalized Yad Vashem with virulently anti-Zionist hate slogans and graffiti mocking the memory of victims of the Holocaust (“Haredi Men Arrested in Yad Vashem Vandalism,” news story, June 29).

Is it possible that even those opposed to the establishment of a Jewish state prior to the advent of Mashiach would actually quarrel with a memorial to the millions of Jews destroyed by the Nazis and even go so far as to mock the victims of the Holocaust? I don’t think these miscreants represent all haredim who feel the current state of Israel is not legitimate from a religious point of view. Even so, the leadership of that community has an obligation to rein them in and publicly rebuke them. Common decency requires it.

Elliot Mann
(Via E-Mail)

Mubarak’s Legacy

Hosni Mubarak ran a ruthless police state and thereby bottled up the anger of most Egyptians which has now expressed itself in the electoral success of the Muslim Brotherhood and which has put Israel at greater risk (“Muslim Brotherhood Victory Upends Mubarak Legacy,” front page news story, June 29).

Without doubt Mubarak was useful in keeping Egypt in sync with both the U.S. and Israel and was part of their overall strategy for keeping international order in the Middle East. But in the long run his dictatorial regime set the stage for the ultimate victory of the Islamists.

Stephen Fried
Los Angeles, CA

Talking Back To The Times

I think your indictment of The New York Times and its transparent bias was devastating (“Is the Gray Lady Losing It?” editorial, June 29).

It was also a compelling reminder that the only hope we have of overcoming the pervasive liberal bias of media institutions like the Times is to encourage robust competition in the delivery of news and commentary. Conservative talk shows and the Internet, with all their faults, are gifts from Above.

Chaim Burns
(Via E-Mail)

Case Not Made Against Obama

Republican flak Matthew Brooks (“Romney Would Restore Closer, Warmer U.S.-Israel Ties,” op-ed, June 29) was long on criticism of President Obama’s tone vis-a-vis Israel but conveniently short on addressing the undeniable fact that the military and strategic relationship between Israel and the U.S. has never been stronger.

His critique of Obama’s “1967 lines with swaps” proposal was welcome but he did not say affirmatively what Romney’s vision of a future Israel would be.

Edward Schechtman
Jerusalem

Petition On German Court Decision (I)

The Jewish Press website is circulating a petition against a German court decision prohibiting brit milah.

The petition states that this decision is a stain on the German people. I think that misses the point.

A stain is a deviation from the object that has become stained.

This belief that they can decide what is moral is not a deviation from the core of the German people. It is what the German people are. It is why they could decide that the Germanic race was a superior race and others could be eliminated for the good of mankind.

The belief in man-made morality is a most treacherous slope and the Jewish people, having been pushed off that slope, should not downgrade this action to a stain. We know it is the core of the problem and what it leads to.

We should take this opportunity to develop a better understanding of what the Germans are and to be sure that all Jews everywhere learn the lesson.

It should be noted that German morality also allows Germany to be Iran’s largest trading partner.

Tzvi Meir
Jerusalem

Petition On German Court Decision (II)

I think the petition against the German court decision is highly inappropriate.

This decision is not a majoritarian decision of German society. It is the decision of a rogue court in Cologne and is almost certain to be overturned on appeal or be the subject of a law clarifying that circumcision is legal in Germany.

It’s also important to understand the Jewish Hospital in Berlin was not forced to stop brit milah. It did so (unadvisedly) of its own volition. Muslims are just as upset about it as Jews. Guide Westerwelle, Germany’s foreign minister and a real friend of the Jewish people, has spoken out against the ruling, and it has been criticized by virtually all Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic religious organizations in Germany.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Fruits Of The Asifa

I have to admit that from the time plans were first announced for the Internet asifa I was just another skeptic, a non-believer trying to understand the point of such enormous resources being thrown into an event that seemed designed to preach only to the converted at best.

It’s not that I disagreed with the notion that the Internet presents inherent dangers to our community or with the calls from gedolei Torah admonishing us to safeguard ourselves from a type of technology so powerful that it threatens our very essence as a people mandated to be holy – to be a light unto the nations.

What I did doubt was that a gathering at Citi Field for an evening of divrei hisorreros would offer much of a real solution.

I am no longer a skeptic, but in fact a true believer. In the weeks since that amazing gathering we have seen a virtual explosion across the religious spectrum, in various Jewish newspapers and individual kehillos, in terms of practical advice and debate on how to best deal with the dangers of the Internet.

I consider it an awesome accomplishment for the asifa to have inspired a myriad of solutions to what is perhaps one of the gravest threats facing our generation, and I offer my thanks to our gedolei Torah.

Joey Aron Brooklyn, NY

Non-Orthodox Rabbis In Israel (I)

I was somewhat troubled by the news that the Israeli government will now be paying the salaries of non-Orthodox community rabbis in addition to those of Orthodox rabbis (“Israel to Pay Salaries of Non-Orthodox Community Rabbis,” news story, June 1).

It’s not that I have anything against non-Orthodox Israelis being able to choose their religious leaders. It is only my concern for the old slippery slope – in this case that such a move may lead to official recognition for marriages, divorces and conversions performed under non-Orthodox auspices. This would inevitably lead to further erosion in our unity as a people because while Orthodox standards are accepted by most non-Orthodox Jews, non-Orthodox standards are unacceptable to those who adhere to Orthodox standards.

Berel Schiff Jerusalem

Non-Orthodox Rabbis In Israel (II)

I’m glad that Israel seems to have begun to realize that it cannot ignore Conservative Jews like me who are passionate in our support of the Jewish state but are dismayed by the official non-recognition of our movement. This anomaly is unnatural and will not last forever.

Need I remind anyone that non-Orthodox philanthropists, politicians and intellectuals are the backbone of support for Israel in America?

Stuart Farber (Via E-Mail)

What About Pollard?

Re your endorsement of Rory Lancman (editorial, June 1):

I’m disappointed that The Jewish Press failed to include Jonathan Pollard’s continued incarceration as an issue raised with Congressional candidate Lancman. It may not be the most important issue out there, but I think it is a significant one. Indeed, The Jewish Press has addressed this on countless occasions.

Hazel Levin New York, NY

Palestinian Numbers

At long last our government is paying attention to the ongoing fraud of Palestinian refugee claims (“Counting Palestinian Refugees,” editorial, June 1).

The Arab world refused to help those who chose to flee their homes during Israel’s defense against the Arab onslaught in 1948. After Israel prevailed, the Arab governments refused to resettle the Palestinian refugees because they wanted to use them as a propaganda pawn, specifically to preserve the issue as the basis for the “right of return” claim.

It’s about time the truth came out.

Harold Herman (Via E-Mail)

Unfair Criticism

It was unfortunate that The Jewish Press editorial page would criticize President Obama for providing wholly innocuous links to administration achievements on the biographical sketch pages of several presidents.

You went so far as to suggest, completely incorrectly, that the president was violating the law. And no, no one who has common sense would agree that it violated the spirit of the law either, because the law you cited is the federal embezzlement and theft statute and has nothing to do with this.

Let’s be honest about what we’re talking about here. On the bottom of several biographies of modern presidents, the White House added a Did-you-know tidbit about something Obama had done. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to broadcast a speech over radio. President Obama was the first to hold a virtual town hall meeting. President Eisenhower created the Council on Physical Fitness. The First Lady’s big issue is childhood obesity, and the page has a link to her program.

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