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  • Letters

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Cartoons

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on the cartoon episode ("Drawn to Controversy," Feb. 10). My one area of disagreement is with the quote from Rabbi [Abraham] Cooper: "We live in a world based on freedom of expression."

    No we don't. We live in a culture with those...

  • Letters

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    David Klinghoffer's entreaty and Jack Abramoff's wounded feelings ring hollow for the same reason: each expects that the fact that Abramoff used purloined funds to better the Jewish community should somehow mitigate the harm that Abramoff has caused ("Sympathy for the...

  • Drawn to Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Early this week I started getting the letters. By midweek there were dozens of them, all strident, some using BIG CAPS to make their point.

    "Do you have the GUTS to reprint those cartoons?" many of them started off.

    Some substituted another part of the male anatomy for guts...

  • Letters

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    We stand guilty as charged -- and we are proud of it.

    David Klinghoffer correctly notes ("In Defense of Jack Abramoff," Jan. 27) that Orthodox writers -- left, right, and center -- expressed their embarrassment about Jack Abramoff's behavior. Jews are meant to be...

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  • Letters

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Off the Shelves

    Recently, I found a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel DVD documentary, "Jenin, Jenin," in my city of White Plains, N.Y., library, produced by an Arab organization ("Libraries: The New Mideast Battlefront," Jan. 20). I assume it was distributed countrywide to libraries.

    I...

  • Letters

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mensches, Menschen

    The plural of "mensch" has always been "menschen" ("Mensches: Some Big-Hearted Angelenos You Would Be Proud to Know," Jan. 6). Come Purim, will we read about "hamentasches"?

    I was impressed, though, by the dedication of those featured in the accompanying article.

    ...

  • Letters

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodoxy's Role

    I was disappointed but not surprised with Rabbi Tzvi Hersch Weinreb's and the Orthodox Union's flat rejection of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky's suggestion that the Orthodox community move beyond "traditional parameters" in its discourse with other denominations (Letters,...

  • Spectator - Musical Mystery of Letters

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While Madonna and other celebrities have made it fashionable in recent years to pursue Kabbalah, guitarist and composer Adam Del Monte has the musical sophistication and spiritual depth to explore Jewish mysticism beyond the trendy or superficial. In his new piece, "Kabbalistic...

  • Joyce Rabinowitz: A Type Like No Other

    By Jane Ulman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Look at Joyce Rabinowitz's computer keyboard and you will see six blank keys in the middle row. They are actually the letters SDF and JKL, but the identifying marks have been worn off from use.

    In fact, those are only keys Rabinowitz uses, with the exception of the space...

  • Letters

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Midnight Clear

    Kudos to Darcy Vebber for her evocative account of childhood Christmases in the Arizona desert and her spiritual journey to Judaism as an adult ("A Midnight Clear," Dec. 23), particularly fitting this year, when Christmas Day and the first night of Chanukah happen to...

  • Letters

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Covenantal Judaism"

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was arguably the leading Jewish intellectual institution in the United States. It was home to a cadre of scholars whose research and publications in the areas of Bible, Talmud, history and...

  • Letters

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Singles Solutions

    Your article on "A Single Problem" described my sitation as an intellgient single woman very accurately (Dec. 9). However, you only begin to touch upon the problem with Jewish men. In my experience, men say they would like a smart woman, but, in reality, do not. I...

  • Letters

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith Dialogue

    As Rabbi Harold Schulweis wrote ("Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change," Nov. 25), interfaith dialogue is indispensable for countering mainline Christian divest-from-Israel campaigns. But dialogue alone simply has not and cannot turn the tide, much as we wish it...

  • Letters

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Volunteers

    It is not only American Jewry but younger Israelis, particularly, who are not aware of the sacrifice many North Americans made for Israel ("The Americans Who Fought for Israel," Nov. 18). Sabras take the state for granted; it was in existence when they were born.

    It was,...

  • Letters

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tookie: Live or Die?

    I was really quite shocked at the noose on the cover to illustrate the articles on the [scheduled] execution of Stanley Tookie Williams ("Should Tookie Die," Nov. 11). Pairing lynching imagery with a discussion about the controversial impending death of a black...

  • The Great Question

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    We're almost halfway through the first decade of the 21st century. Not a bad time to assess "Who We Are."

    "Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer," edited by Derek Rubin (Schocken Books, 2005), an Israeli-born professor who teaches in the Netherlands, collects...

  • Letters

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tookie Williams

    Larry Greenfield's article pointing out the reasons why Tookie Williams should die defeats itself by way of his last paragraph ("Should Tookie Die?" Nov. 11). In it, he writes that if Williams is allowed to live, the tears of his victims' loved ones will not dry,...

  • Letters

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Katrina Efforts

    Since my return from Mississippi, I have been told that as a community we have done all there is to be done by offering new beginnings to evacuees who have left their homes in New Orleans ("Going in After Katrina," Sept. 16). We have sent lots of money to the ravaged...

  • 78 and 79: A Matter of Life and Death

    By Idan Ivri

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like many California voters this week, Rabbi Hershy Ten, president of the Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation, is grappling with how to vote on the Nov. 8 ballot. Either Proposition 78 or Proposition 79 could directly affect his L.A.-based foundation's efforts to provide...

  • Letters

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Though I am somewhat ashamed to admit it, I had barely heard the name Rabbi Eliezer Silver (z"tl) before my arrival in Cincinnati, OH a little over seven years ago. As I quickly became more acquainted with the life of this great leader, I was awed by the extent of his service to...

  • Letters

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Taps for Hatikvah

    It has been sad indeed to see the slow death of all things Jewish along our Fairfax stretch over the last few years ("Fairfax Shops Feel the Squeeze," Oct. 21).

    Before we are relegated to yet another historical reference on the Canter's mural, let's hope the...

  • Letters

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ominous Signs

    Mark Pelavin of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is exactly right in worrying that "the stepped-up faith-based push is an effort to push an ideological agenda, not disaster recovery" ("Faith-Based Hurricane Relief," Oct. 7).

    If it were only about giving...

  • Letters

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Heartless Rav

    I support Rabbi David Wolpe's position entirely ("We Must Condemn Heartless Bilge," Sept. 16). Rav Ovadiah Yosef has made Israel look very bad. Why would a scholar of Israel speak such racism, a man of our ancient traditions who should have more respect for human...

  • Letters

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Truth About France

    I have been reading for quite some time now the articles published in various papers (such as the Russian weekly, Panorama) by Richard Chesnoff about France and Europe.

    The recent presentation of his new book about French-American relations in The Jewish Journal...

  • Letters

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Katrina Response

    Thank you so much for Robin Podolsky's thoughtful analysis, "Response a Disgrace -- Not a Tragedy" (Sept. 9).

    Her insightful distinction between the natural disaster of hurricane and flooding, and the "human disaster" -- the abandonment of the Gulf Coast's poor,...

  • Letters

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inner Sanctum

    Being a Mormon, I really liked your article "The Inner Sanctum" (Sept. 2), however, there is some information you received, that I am not sure you understood correctly. It's the question of "literal truth." While we do believe that the Book of Mormon is historically...

  • Letters

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Other

    David Myers' message on the disengagement from Gaza is moving and powerful and wonderfully significant ("Show Gaza Sympathies to the Other," Aug. 26). It is a call to conscience and a much-need reminder that what lies at the heart of the Jewish ethos is the conviction that...

  • Letters

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Real Intelligence?

    I was very disturbed that you chose to publish the letter by Sabi Israel stating that "to believe in evolution takes just as much blind faith as believing in intelligent design" ("Letters," Aug. 19). This is simply not true. There is no dispute among scientists...

  • Letters

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Discussion Difficult

    Bernard Goldberg's response to Rob Eshman's critique turns out to be a fine example of why some conservative voices make intelligent discussion so difficult ("My Work Is Not to Blame for Jew-Haters," Aug. 5).

    Goldberg starts out with, "Usually I only respond to...

  • Letters

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Young Philanthropists

    I read with interest Daniel Akst's excellent article on youth philanthropy in your July 22 issue, titled, "Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big." The Jewish Journal provides a tremendous service to the community through its informative coverage of this...

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