Letters


May 14, 2004

O.U. Firm in Position An April 30 article on the New York City “Equal Benefits Bill” suggests that Agudath Israel of America is about to compromise its position on homosexual relationships in order to remain eligible for city funding (“Orthodox Group Opens Door to Same-Sex Benefits,” April 30).That is nonsense.Read More


May 7, 2004

Joining E.U. Doesn’t Absolve Latvia’s Past The rosy scenario of European Union expansion presented by Latvian minister for social integration Nils Muiznieks in his April 30 opinion article is hardly convincing to anyone acquainted with the manner in which his country has seriously failed to honestly confront the complicity of its nationals in…Read More


April 30, 2004

Progressive Union Aims To Open Student Talks The April 16 article on the lack of open debate on campus is a crucial reminder of the need for support of left-leaning Jewish students who wish to voice their opinions about Israel on campus (“Stifled Discussion Dampens Student Advocacy Efforts”).To address this need, several progressive ZionistRead More


April 23, 2004

Reports on Genocide Will Engender Action The Forward published an eye-opening and crucially important article and an accompanying editorial in the April 16 issue about the ethnic cleansing campaigns in Rwanda 10 years ago and the one currently going on in Darfur, Sudan today (“Groups Question Own Inaction on African Killings”; “Genocide andRead More


April 16, 2004

Diatribe Against Y.U. Robs Students’ Night Amid reporting on the chaos engendered by Howard Jonas’ comments at the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah annual dinner, the Forward neglected to focus on the real celebration of the evening: a group of six young men who have committed themselves to serve the Jewish community selflessly (“Philanthropist Attacks University for Right Turn,” April 2).Read More


April 9, 2004

Caricaturing Yeshiva U. Howard Jonas’s unbridled critique of Yeshiva University (“Philanthropist Attacks University for Right Turn,” April 2) expresses in particularly sharp language a growing but simplistic perception of a complex institution.Read More


Letter April 2, 2004

Our Lawless WorldColumnist Kathleen Peratis presents a typically Western perspective on human rights and law in an age of terrorism (“Rule of Law, or the Law of the Jungle,” March 26). Missing totally, however, is the view of the adversary. From al-Qaeda to Hamas to Saddam Hussein, the intent, language and actions of these foes areRead More


March 26, 2004

Same-Sex Nups Arrests Didn’t Violate Rights While I was happy to be included in your article about clergy performing same-sex “marriages” (“Groups Say Ban on Gay Vows Breaches Religious Freedom,” March 19), and was quoted accurately as contending that those who violate civil laws are rightfully subject to prosecution, the main point I…Read More


March 19, 2004

Greenspan Increases Our Social Insecurity Your editorial on Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and Social Security was excellent (“Pickpocket,” March 12). The real damage Greenspan did was to shake the faith of young people in the system. So many have expressed the opinion that Social Security won’t be there when they retire, and…Read More


March 12, 2004

Anti-Catholicism Is Not Film Criticism Why would the Forward print an article that mocks the crucifix? It is not enough for Daniel Jonah Goldhagen to simply disagree with “The Passion of the Christ,” he must attack Catholicism in doing so (“Mel Gibson’s Cross of Vengeance,” March 5).Read More





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