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  • Giving in to haredim

    To the Editor: The arrest of a woman for leading a prayer service at the Kotel is a completely disgusting thing. The haredi Orthodox are placing themselves in the position of Hashem. If they read their Torah, they will find that the wearing of tzitzit and the reading of the Shema is incumbent on all…

  • ‘Mein Kampf’ a valuable study tool

    To the Editor: I am amazed at the shortsightedness concerning the publication of an annotated "Mein Kampf" in Germany. I studied Nazi Germany, World War II and National Socialism at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts and on my own. To do so without including "Mein Kampf" seems like studying Christianity without a Bible or…

  • Christians violated trust

    To the Editor: In “Christians’ letter was reasonable, worded sensitively,” Rabbi Brant Rosen misses the mark both on the substance and process aspects of the Protestants’ letter to Congress. Contrary to his piece, the dialogue between Jewish and Christian representatives is quite honest, including significant criticisms of Israeli policy coming from the Christian side. We,…

  • Boycott call for pluralism

    To the Editor: In reference to "Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall galvanizing liberal Jewish groups," I’ll bet a boycott of all donations to and support of Israel by American Conservative and Reform Jewry would have some impact in getting the laws changed. As an American Jewish woman I would gladly support this action, and…

  • On Nazis’ sexual abuse of boys

    To the Editor: Re the item "Jane Fonda to host Holocaust event on sexual violence": My mom, Elza Breuer, a Holocaust survivor, always spoke about the time she saw a block full of "round-faced pretty boys" at Auschwitz when she was shipped there from Hungary in July 1944. Later she was transferred to Ravensbruck. The…

  • Starting point of Soviet Jewry movement

    To the Editor: The Op-Ed "Celebrate and learn from the Soviet Jewry movement" by Daniel Eisenstadt and Michael Granoff provides us with an immediate lesson to be learned: how the memory of the Soviet Jewry struggle can be misappropriated. The authors do note and give credit to a "generation-long struggle" and "grass-roots" activists, but constructing…

  • Speak out on Hoffman case

    To the Editor: On the brutal treatment of Anat Hoffman, it is not enough for periodicals to report the news — take sides, for God’s sake. Rail, storm against the cruel and un-Jewish measures taken. Miriam Chaikin New York, N.Y.

  • Israel defender wants answers

    To the Editor: Re the Women of the Wall leader who was arrested at the Wall: Please tell me how a non-Jew like myself, who throughout his life has committed himself to the defense of Jews in Israel and outside; who carries out hasbara on a very regular basis; who forcibly tells Israel’s critics that…

  • Galvanize for seniors’ programs

    To the Editor: In “Jewish communities grapple with baby boomer retirement boom,” Neil Rubin asks whether Jewish communities are prepared to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of seniors. It is a recognized fact that communities across America are not prepared for the country’s expanding older adult population. With the Jewish population growing at…

  • On ‘Dinner with Ahmadinejad’

    To the Editor: Years ago, while rummaging through the Toronto Jewish Archives, I ran across a letter in a local Toronto Jewish paper written in the early ’30s that shook me to the core. Apparently a young Jewish man interviewed Adolf Hitler, by chance, while visiting Germany, before Hitler was an "important" public figure. I…