Letters


December 19, 2003

Interfaith ‘Debate’ Is A Egregiously Wrong Opinion columnist David Klinghoffer recommends that Jews and Christians enter full-fledged debate over the eternity of Torah and Jesus as Messiah (“Modern-day Disputations, December 12). He also speculates that Rav Joseph Soloveitchik never opposed debate — just amicable dialogue.Read More


December 12, 2003

‘Beyond Walls’ Editorial Is Beyond the Pale The November 28 editorial “Beyond the Walls” is aptly titled; it crosses a journalistic barrier that has, until now, allowed the Forward to be perceived as a neutral forum with regard to different expressions of Judaism.“Protesters” within the Orthodox community unhappy with what they perceive…Read More


December 5, 2003

Abuse Issue ExaminedTen years ago, the UJA-Federation of New York convened a group of human services professionals to determine what needed to be done about spousal abuse in the Jewish community — a long-denied issue that is a stark reality for far too many Jewish women and children (“Open Our Communal Eyes to Spousal Abuse,”…Read More


November 28, 2003

*Revisit Religious Texts On Abortion Argument Opinion writer Rabbi David Ellenson grievously misrepresents both how the Jewish religious tradition views partial-birth abortion as defined in the recently enacted federal law and what that law says (“Abortion Ban Degrades and Devalues Women,” November 21).It is indeed true that Jewish tradition…Read More


November 21, 2003

Little Frank a Class Act It was with great satisfaction that I read the November 14 profile of Frank Luntz (“Political Pollster Grows Into His Jewish Identity).I was Frank’s principal and teacher for seven years at religious school. I knew him and his family very well. Although not heavily observant, Frank always had a strong sense of…Read More


November 14, 2003

‘Coleman Republicans’Only in America could a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn go from being a long-haired war protestor at Hofstra University to law school at the University of Iowa; subsequently be named solicitor general in Minnesota under Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey, III, before winning election as the Democratic mayor of St. Paul…Read More


November 7, 2003

Students Making Grade On Israel Advocacy I am a student at Rutgers University, and I am unhappy with the grade given by opinion writer Natan Sharansky to me and my fellow activists in our efforts to support Israel on campus (“Tour of U.S. Schools Reveals Why Zionism Is Flunking on Campus,” October 24).Read More


October 31, 2003

Mixed Marriage AdviceI am normally a big fan of the Ask Wendy advice column, so I was very startled by her uncharacteristically stern response to an interfaith family in the October 17 issue (“Is It Time To Let (Bigoted) Bygones Be Bygones?”).I am the adult child of a Jewish-Christian intermarriage — Jewish Orthodox mother…Read More


October 24, 2003

Ford Foundation Backs Proponents of Peace In his October 16 cover story, author Edwin Black implies that the Ford Foundation was responsible for anti-Israel sentiment at the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, and that Ford is negligent in its oversight of how grant monies are used (“Ford…Read More


October 17, 2003

New Republic: Editorial Bias Charge ‘Absurd’ Author Stephen Schwartz’s insinuation in an October 10 article that a New Republic panel discussion sponsored by Saudi Arabia was designed to be pro-Saudi is absurd, as anyone who attended it would know (“New Republic Cancels an Invite to Foe of Saudis”).Neither the Saudis nor any other…Read More





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