Letters


March 5, 2004

After Gaza, What’s Next? Yuval Steinitz, a Likud Knesset member and chairman of the body’s foreign affairs and defense committee, was quoted by the Forward as saying that he might support a pullout from Gaza if “it will enable us to strengthen our position vis-à-vis the Palestinians in a few years time, and if it will be clear that this is…Read More


February 27, 2004

Negative Assessment Of War Is Premature Your editorial’s conclusion (“Intelligence and Wisdom,” February 20) that the administration committed an error of great magnitude in taking us to war in Iraq is, respectfully, premature.After more than 40 years we miraculously emerged unscathed from a world in which our very survival rested…Read More


February 20, 2004

Harsh Tone of Bible Not Reserved for Gays Columnist David Klinghoffer, it seems to me, adds to the confusion he so scorns when he cites Leviticus and “ancient Jewish midrashic tradition” to argue that Judaism condemns homosexuality (“Communal Confusion,” February 13).Yes, the Lord is alleged to have said, by the writers of Leviticus…Read More


February 13, 2004

Poll Presents Geneva In a Misleading LightIn her opinion article Debra DeLee, president of Americans for Peace Now, reports that 50% of American Jews polled by Peace Now said they were more likely to support the Geneva Understandings (the Israeli far left’s proposal for a full-scale Israeli territorial surrender and creation of a Palestinian…Read More


February 6, 2004

A Boon to Students And to the Academy Jacob Neusner is right in his opinion article to express concern that Judaic studies programs will become dominated by the narrow interests of the organized Jewish community (“A Threat to the Academy,” January 30). However, we should not let these concerns obscure the ways in which Judaic studies programs…Read More


Letter January 30, 2004

Standing By Critique of Grama Book ReportageI stand by my claim that the Forward’s December 19, 2003 reportage of the main themes of Rabbi Saadya Grama’s book “Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut” was “grossly inaccurate and misleading, perhaps libelously so,” but I am touched by Forward editor J.J. Goldberg’s descriptionRead More


January 16, 2004

Having read key portions of the presently unavailable controversial book “On the Exalted Nature of Israel and Understanding Its Exile” by Rabbi Saadya Grama, I understand both the critical article in the Forward and defenses of the book from within the charedi community (“Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book,” December 19).Read More


January 9, 2004

Embarrassed By Iran’s Refusal of Israeli AidI just read your editorial on the victims of the earthquake in Bam, Iran (“Iran’s Victims,” January 2). It was very touching; thank you for your kindness.I myself am an Iranian living in America and found the Iranian authorities’ refusal to accept help from Israel very embarrassing.Read More


January 2, 2004

Don’t Count GOP Votes Before They’re Hatched In your interview with Senator Norm Coleman, he expresses the view that “in the Arab world people understand strength” and that the policies of the Bush administration, including the current war in Iraq, will redound to the benefit of Israel and help persuade Jewish voters to side…Read More


December 26, 2003

Anti-Gentile Book Aims For Moral High Ground I was somewhat surprised by the December 19 article on Rabbi Saadya Grama’s book, which alleges racist views on the part of the author (“Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book”).I have yet not had an opportunity to review the entire book. However, I can state with confidence…Read More





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