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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A Mother’s Words Recalled

Re Rabbi Akiva Males’s Nov. 9 op-ed, “A Small Jewish World”:

Whenever my mother, Irene Klass, a”h, would hear someone referring to the Jewish world in those terms she would quickly say, “No it’s not a small world; the Jewish world is a connected world.”

As I read Rabbi Males’s article I could almost hear her reflecting once again on how indeed we are all connected, whether with regard to the Israeli army, or through our prayers, or through so many other examples.

As my mother’s yahrzeit will be in two weeks, reading the article and almost hearing her comment made me smile.

Naomi Klass Mauer
Brooklyn, NY

Editor’s Note: The writer is associate publisher of The Jewish Press.

Obama’s Victory (I)

While I found myself agreeing with your editorials during the past four years criticizing much of President Obama’s agenda, I applaud your editorial last week titled “Our Best to the President.” It demonstrated quite clearly that your opposition was based on an honest analysis of the facts and not on the unfortunate preconceptions about the president that continue to motivate many in our community.

Rachel Lobell
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Victory (II)

I would hope that the fact that most Americans don’t seem to agree with your anti-Obama editorial stance through the course of his first term in office will have a sobering effect on your future commentary.

The Jewish Press and the conservative Republican agenda will have to change in order to be relevant.

Sylvan Brown
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Victory (III)

I would not take Obama’s winning nearly 70 percent of the Jewish vote to mean that most Jews don’t care about Israel, as I hear many in our community saying. I interpret it to mean that the concerns of most American Jews about Israel are met by Obama’s having greatly enhanced American defense cooperation with Israel and his commitment, made even at the UN and to Arab audiences, to “always have Israel’s back.”

It would be more accurate to say that most American-Jewish support for Israel does not necessarily include an insistence on its complete retention of the West Bank.

Jordan Goodman
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Victory (IV)

I hope I’m wrong but I think President Obama is still dedicated to creating some daylight between Israel and the United States. This does not mean Obama has any intention of abandoning Israel but rather that he feels it is in America’s interest to convince the Muslim world that we are concerned about its needs as well.

He can’t, however, give something to the Arabs without taking something from the U.S.-Israel relationship. It’s simple mathematics.

Elyakim Meisner
Jerusalem

Obama’s Victory (V)

I keep reading about concerns that President Obama will now retaliate against Israel because of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s transparent support of Mitt Romney. I think this is a sophomoric view of how governments make decisions.

The president’s position on the spread of nuclear weapons in Iran and elsewhere; on the way Muslim nations in the post-Arab Spring era line up in the international arena; on how to best approach the world’s leading oil suppliers; and on battling the continuing growth of terrorist activity will hardly be driven by the personal relationship he has with Netanyahu.

Brian Wolin
(Via E-Mail)

Obama And Sandy (I)

I am amazed at people like reader Harold Miller (Letters, Nov. 9). Why can’t they just take “yes” for an answer? Mr. Obama came to town, rallied the victims, announced details of government aid, and left.

The man is the president of the United States and has a country to lead and, as was his perfect right, a campaign to run. Was he required to personally hand over the aid? Did he have to surrender precious time before the election to satisfy the nitpickers?

Bernard Safier
New York, NY

Obama And Sandy (II)

President Obama was treated better by the media in the aftermath of Sandy than President Bush was after Katrina because the Louisiana victims were mostly minorities while Sandy devastated middle class whites.

Both the victims of Sandy and the victims of Katrina deserved better but to the liberal mind only minorities merit our sympathy.

Letters To The Editor

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The Presidential Election

Thumbs Up On Editorial (I)

Congratulations on a well-written endorsement of Mitt Romney (“Mitt Romney for President,” editorial, Oct. 26).

Given a free hand if re-elected, Obama would, in my opinion, do a “Jimmy

Carter” – only worse, since the stakes have been considerably raised since then. In 1980,

the mullahs were holding a few dozen American hostages. Currently, they threaten the region and the world with the ghastly specter of a nuclear holocaust.

I trust the future of both the U.S. and Israel with Romney, not Obama.

Myron Hecker
New City, NY

Thumbs Up On Editorial (II)

I think you were right on point in your endorsement of Mitt Romney for president and in your concern that Israel will have a lot to lose if President Obama is reelected.

However, if Obama should be reelected, I sincerely hope to look back a year from now and say that you and I were very wrong.

Ruth Greenberg
(Via E-Mail)

Thumbs Down On Editorial (I)

You wax so eloquent in opposing the reelection of President Obama yet fail to appreciate how your opposition to Obama and support of Romney really amounts to nothing more than a logical leap.

Early on in the editorial you acknowledged that “there are those who can and do point to several pro-Israel actions President Obama has taken as being indicative of fundamental support for the Jewish state on his part. Indeed, some of those actions are unprecedented.”

Yet you then followed with, “HHowever, we believe it is clear that Mr. Obama came into office determined to significantly altered downward the decades-long special relationship between the U.S. and Israel….”

To be sure, you draw on the president’s personal history and general statements about foreign policy over time, which you interpret as supporting your theory. But it is just a theory and not necessarily more valid than the theories of those who see some of the president’s pro-Israel actions as leading to a contrary conclusion.

Noam Blum
(Via E-Mail)

Thumbs Down On Editorial (II)

I find it difficult to understand how you can so casually dismiss some of the significant things President Obama has done for Israel, which, as you noted, “have included supporting Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system; backing Israel during the controversies over the Goldstone Report and the Gaza flotilla fiasco; and opposing the Palestinians’ efforts for a unilateral declaration of statehood….”

As they say, these are not small potatoes.

I cannot deny that your arguments against the president raised some questions. But I believe that despite the absolute demonization of Obama that has become so commonplace in much of the Orthodox community (at least The Jewish Press made its case against the president without resorting to calumny, hyperbole and unsubstantiated rumors and innuendo), Romney represents more of a wild card in terms of Israel than does Obama.

Michael Gross
Los Angeles, CA

Get Out And Vote

Your editorial in support of Gov. Romney for president was well reasoned and persuasive. However, it represents only half the equation. Knowing that President Obama must be defeated is important. Equally important, though, especially for Jewish voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is acting upon that knowledge and showing up to vote next Tuesday, November 6.

The outcome in any one of those states may be so close that the vote of any single reader could determine the outcome in that state. In turn, that state could decide the national election.

May each reader of The Jewish Press exercise his power to affect our destiny. While we must all pray and say Tehillim for Israel, it is also essential to vote to remove Obama from office.

Mark Fishman
Fairfield, CT

Don’t Sit This One Out

The upcoming presidential election is the most crucial one of our lifetime. (Yes, we always say this, but this time it really is true.) Anyone paying attention to current events is aware of the runaway $16 trillion deficit spending by the federal government, and the debt with which our children and grandchildren will be burdened. Under Obama, taxes are sure to rise – for those who still have jobs.

And to those who have joined the entitlement culture and like the status quo – trust me, the money is running out.

Flood of Chabad Outreach After Sandy

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Despite damage and loss of power, Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy are redoubling their efforts to reach out in their communities and provide a helping hand to Jews in need.

According to a report on Chabad.org, Chabad rabbis are keeping their Chabad houses open and functional, even without electricity.

Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Atlantic County, is keeping tabs on his community through social media, and has been sighted riding around  the streets of Atlantic City, NJ on a construction truck stocked with provisions such as food and water.  His Chabad House has erected a makeshift soup kitchen without electricity, and is sending volunteers to provide whatever assistance they can throughout the community.  Rabbi Rapoport has even established a relief fund to provide financial assistance to victims of the storm.

He’s even planning a communal Shabbat dinner this week.

Rabbi Yisroel Stone, co-director of Chabad of the Lower East Side in Manhattan, reported a total lack of power and water in his chabad house, but has been providing rides and food to Jews in the area.

In Long Beach, N.Y., Rabbi Eli Goodman said his family is safe, but their apartment is destroyed. The water in the synagogue’s social hall is “head high” said Goodman, director of Chabad of the Beaches and educational director of the local Bach Jewish Center.

The Chabad House of South Brunswick, NJ will be postponing its 10th anniversary celebration to focus on providing relief assistance, dropping off the kosher food meant for the party around town instead, for those in need.

Volunteers for the Rabbinical College of America-Chabad Headquarters of New Jersey and its Rutgers Jewish Outreach program also handed out kosher food, in their case to students of Rutgers who had been evacuated from their dorms.

Senior citizens also saw a ray of light courtesy of Chabad, with Chanie Zaklikovsky of the Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe, NJ distributing self-heating kosher meals at the local senior center on Wednesday.

Rabbi Zalman Duchman and his family, of Chabad of Roosevelt Island, NY, spent their post-hurricane time offering support to the elderly, even inviting patients from the long-term medical facility on the island over for a lunch.

El Al Cancels 3 Flights to NY

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Due to Hurricane Sandy, El Al has canceled 3 flights to New York.

Flights 001, 027, and 007 (Tuesday) have been canceled, as well as return flights to Tel Aviv.

El Al is allowing passengers on the canceled flights to reschedule to different flights, at no extra charge.

The Most Impressive First Name

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Classic Story received from friend of the blog, AS.

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik opened his Shabbos Shuva drasha as follows:

I flew to Tampa, Florida a few weeks ago for the Republican National Convention. When I arrived, I was escorted into a large room where all the Convention speakers of the day gathered along with Congressman, Senators, Governors and other politicians.

A woman approached me, stared at me, and then asked “Who are you??”

I responded politely, “I am Meir Soloveichik.”.

“Are you from Florida,” she asked.

“No,” I said, “I am from NY”.

She looked puzzled and confused, which I found confusing, since I figured most people knew there were a lot of Jews who lived in NY. Anyway, she smiled and walked away. She then approached me again just a few moments later with her husband.

She said to me, “Meir Soloveichik — I’d like to introduce you to my husband, Congressman Walker.”

The Congressman and I shook hands.

Then the woman asked, “Can you please tell me what city in NY you are the Mayor (Meir) of??”‘

(After the KJ Congregation roared with laughter, Rabbi Soloveichik continued as follows…)

‘And that, Ladies and Gentleman, was the first time in my life that a person was more impressed with my first name than my last name!!!’

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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

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Obama And Jewish Voters (I)

Reader Robert Gelb is living in a parallel universe when he derides President Obama’s Jewish detractors, claiming they will never believe anything positive about him regarding Israel (Letters, Sept. 21).

Has Mr. Gelb – and all the other Jews who in six weeks will once again vote for Obama in huge numbers – never heard about Obama’s self-proclaimed mission to reset the relationship between America and the Muslim world? Exactly who does Mr. Gelb think will have to bear the cost of the change in the status quo, if not Israel?

Leslie Miller
(Via E-Mail)

Obama And Jewish Voters (II)

If the polls are accurate, two-thirds of Jews will vote in November for a Democratic Party that no longer exists. The party of FDR and Hubert Humphrey that they knew has been hijacked by radical leftists who angrily opposed the decision to put recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital back in the 2012 party platform.

Two-thirds of Jews will vote for a president who insults Israel’s prime minister while bowing at the waist to Arab dictators with the blood of Israelis and Americans on their hands.

As soon as Obama was caught on an open microphone telling President Medvedev of Russia that he will be “more flexible” in his second term, there should have been no illusions about what he has planned for Israel and America in a second term.

For the sake of their children and grandchildren, Jews should end their mindless support of Obama, a post-Constitutional president who rules like a dictator with executive orders and Chicago-style thuggery.

George Rubin
New York, NY

Feeble Response

The feeble response of President Obama and his administration to the vile murder of our ambassador and to the violent demonstrations against our embassies has shocked all decent Americans.

It seems our president not only believes in redistributing U.S. wealth but also in relinquishing U.S. power. What a shame and a sham to project the farce that an insignificant movie galvanized such anti-American mob action.

Are we to apologize for our sacred belief in free speech? I still remember when Nazis marched in Skokie. Even Nazis – who epitomize bestial behavior –were protected by our Bill of Rights. Is the administration simply scared of standing up to Muslim terrorists? Was the president so certain that all is well that he did not ensure our embassies were sufficiently protected on the anniversary of 9/11? Or was he too busy to care for such matters as he prepared for his appearance on the David Letterman show?

I was born in America. I love America and am proud of its ideals. This president does not understand how hurtful is the feeling when our leader seems to shy away from championing basic American values.

Obama blew his opportunity to manifest true presidential leadership. What a terrible embarrassment for our people. This is not the type of courage and leadership needed in a president.

Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen
West Palm Beach, FL

Editor’s Note: Rabbi Cohen writes the weekly “Halachic Questions” column for The Jewish Press.

Government And Metzizah B’Peh

I think the brouhaha over metzitzah b’peh is artificially driven. While I suppose that restricting the practice could conceivably – though this is really a far-fetched scenario – result in restrictions on bris milah per se, how can one take the position that the government has no role in protecting a newborn from the transmission of disease?

This is not a contrived concern or subterfuge. Do supporters of metzitzah b’peh really believe that the rampant presence of herpes and other viruses in the population has no relevance at all to physical contact with a baby’s open wound?

Aaron Michaels
(Via E-Mail)

Critiquing The Times

Re “Déjà vu All Over Again? (editorial, September 21):

The Jewish Press performs an important service to the community with its incisive critiques of New York Times editorials, columns and news articles. The Times often informs as well as reflects the public debate over significant issues, and the leaps of logic and lack of balance that are carried in its pages are often not all that apparent.

For years I treated the Times almost as the purveyor of the revealed word. Not anymore. Keep it up.

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