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  • New Jewish parliament not legitimate

    To the Editor: Re the new European Jewish Parliament: I have no idea who these so-called parliamentarians are. Their website lists two supposed representatives from Austria, but I have no idea who selected them. They certainly don’t represent the Austrian Jewish Communities, and none of the Salzburg Jews seem to have been asked who we… More ▸

  • Holocaust archive lacking sources

    To the Editor: Two million entries online is commendable, however the apparent complete lack of source listings for the archive material is to be lamented. A document without a source is rendered trivial, and the Holocaust hardly seems to be a topic to be treated with such disregard for standard minimums of historical methodology. If… More ▸

  • Clarification of a remark on Russian Jewish power

    To the Editor: I would like to clarify my words that were misinterpreted in the JTA article of Jan. 30, “Alexander Levin’s got a name (and cash), but does he have a plan?” by Uriel Heilman. I was taken out of context regarding the political power of Russian Jewry. I would like to firmly emphasize… More ▸

  • On Slovakia’s wartime past

    To the Editor: Thank you for Hillel Kuttler’s article, "Seeking Kin: Man hidden as baby hopes to honor father-rescuer." It is especially timely given that March 24, 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the first deportations of Jews to Auschwitz, which began in Poprad, Slovakia, just a few miles from Kezmarok, where Peter Nürnberger grew… More ▸

  • Condemning harassment in Beit Shemesh

    To the Editor: As a Torah Jew, I am deeply distressed by the harassment and violence in Beit Shemesh — all of which is diametrically opposed to the teachings of our Holy Torah. Lest our silence be misconstrued as passive acceptance of this behavior, we condemn it in the strongest terms, as does the overwhelming… More ▸

  • Hadassah late payments minimal

    To the Editor: I write in response to your story on a report implying that Hadassah Medical Center, owned by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of American (HWZOA), was late on payments to some of its suppliers. There is actually less to this story than has been alleged.  Without context, these allegations are meaningless.  It… More ▸

  • On banning Holocaust-associated terms

    To the Editor: It is sad to see Kadima Party members of the Knesset trying to pass a bill forbidding the use of Shoah-associated words in discourse in Israel. This kind of intended suppression of speech is reminiscent of the Nazi-like laws that forbade criticism of the Hitlerite regime and, more recently, of Turkish laws… More ▸

  • Friedman must moderate positions

    To the Editor: Thomas Friedman has an obsession that bashing the Israeli government will make it change and listen to what he says or writes. Wake up Friedman: Netanyahu will never be listening to your left-wing suggestions. Why don’t you listen and learn and come more toward the center? You might garner some respect. Stanley… More ▸

  • Terrific Taos

    To the Editor: The article "In a remote New Mexico valley, a Jewish skiing legacy at Taos" was great. I had the article forwarded to me just after I finished booking airfare for a family trip to Taos. My wife is from Taos and knows the Blake family and the mountain very well. Great place… More ▸

  • Shabbat in Samoa

    To the Editor: As a Seventh-day Adventist we have in common with the Jews the keeping of the seventh day for the Shabbat. I understand that in Samoa the change to west of the International Date Line will cause a jump from Thursday to Saturday, so there will be no loss of a Shabbat in… More ▸