Monday, October 14, 2019

Letters

No More War in the Middle East

First, you must know that I am an ardent Zionist. Everything I will say after this is predicated upon my love of the Jewish people and of Israel. So here we go.

I believe that most people simply want to live their lives in peace, earning enough money to feed themselves, their wife

Jews and Politics: Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?

Ask any Jew how smart Jews are, and they immediately wax poetic on how many Nobel Prizes they’ve won and how great their achievements have been, out of all proportion to their numbers, in the fields of science, literature, law, technology, medicine, military, etc.  However, amid all their

Abbas Propagates Terrible Image; Little Difference Between PA and Hamas

The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges the governments of Germany and France to lead the European Union in condemning the weaponization of anti-Semitism by the Palestinians and their enablers in the media. The statement comes in response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ posing for

We Say They’re Anti-Semitic. They Say We’re Islamophobic. We’re Both Right.

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been sitting in class and someone has said an Islamophobic comment. They make me grind my teeth, but I don’t say anything because I’m surrounded by people who would never understand the point I want to make; they’d attack me for even opening my mouth about it.

Helmets Make a Big Difference

Just wanted to respond to “Tisha B’Av Tragedy” (Letters to the Editor, March 8, 2018 ) and possibly provide some helpful information:

There are so many cyclists, from fundraising events such as the many that are

Lebanon’s Very Real Threat to Israel

The last issue of Jewish Link (March 8, 2018) had a number of articles on the AIPAC conference and depicted a virtual love-fest between the United States and Israel. Also in his AIPAC speech, Netanyahu called Iran the greatest existential threat to Israel, and America seems

Tisha B’Av Tragedy: A Tale of Two Cyclists 

It was the summer of 1971 (12 days in the month of Av). My 27-year-old brother, Heshy, a physician at New York Hospital, was riding his bike to daven Shacharit at a shul on the east side of Manhattan. Sadly, he never made it to shul. He was hit by a city bus and died of his injuries.

Crying for Rabbinic Leadership

Over the past year or two, we in the traditional and Orthodox communities have waged a spirited debate over the role of women in public worship, the tension between classical halacha and modern thought toward homosexuality and the LGBTQ communities and what should be the width and length of our definition of

A Heartfelt Plea to Save a Young Woman’s Life

A close family friend and young member of a community close to our hearts suffers from kidney failure and must have a kidney transplant, blood type A or O.

Our family friend is associated with

Can Cultural Shift Help Prevent Mass Shootings?

The school shooting in Florida is a horrific tragedy by any standard. Unfortunately, mass shootings have been a staple in America for a long time. In the aftermath of these events, there are the inevitable questions of why they occur and how to prevent them in the future.

Can Coincidences of Purim Civil Dates Be Meaningful?

In 1953 Purim fell on March 1. That day murderous Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin collapsed of stroke (or poison) and died without regaining consciousness four days later. The happening on Purim 1953 was not a random coincidence but a summit of a massive anti-Jewish campaign known as “Doctors’ Plot.”

YU Professor Expressed ‘Nuanced Personal View’

The headline to Elizabeth Kratz’s “community news” article (“YU Prof. Signs B’Tselem-Linked Letter Protesting Jerusalem as Capital of Israel,” December 28, 2017) mischaracterized the academics’ letter that Yeshiva University Professor Jess Olson signed: it was not “protesting Jerusalem as

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