Letters


March 21, 2003

I am unable to fathom the journalistic justification for the strange way in which the Forward reported the story of my decision to ask the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly to review its position paper on homosexuality (“Foe of Gay Ban Won’t Head Conservative Panel,” March 7).Read More


March 14, 2003

Lack of Options Justifies PETA Holocaust Exhibit It is because my grandmother was killed at Auschwitz that I support the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals “Holocaust on Your Plate” exhibit (“Animal Rights Group Invokes Holocaust,” February 28).Being the grandchild of a victim gives me no privileged status.Read More


March 7, 2003

Israel Debate Reflects Communal Fears Opinion writer Jill Jacobs wonders why the Jewish community is trying to deter anti-Israel discussions amongst ourselves (“Who’s Afraid Of the Big, Bad Israel Debate?”, February 21).Read More


February 28, 2003

Leftist Rabbi Denied Podium Because of EgoOnce again, Rabbi Michael Lerner has made headlines with his self-aggrandizing egoism, and the Forward fell for it lock, stock and barrel (“Leftist Rabbi Claims He’s Too Pro-Israel for Anti-War Group,” February 14).Read More


February 21, 2003

Masorti Funds Overdue Those of us who have been involved with the Masorti movement have long been frustrated by the lack of support from the Conservative movement as a whole in the United States for our brothers and sisters in Israel (“Conservatives Ask Rabbis To Bail Out Their Israeli Arm,” February 7).The recent decision of the Rabbinical…Read More


January 31, 2003

Recognize Shefa Fund’s Impact on Social Justice Within the Jewish funding community there are sharp disagreements regarding the wisdom of particular grants to the Israeli “refusenik” groups Yesh Gvul and Courage to Refuse, but we disagree even more with the style and tenor of those who are attacking one of the organizations making those…Read More


January 24, 2003

Editorialist Misreads Human Rights Report’s Focus on U.S., Israel The editorialist seems willfully to have misunderstood why Human Rights Watch began its 2003 World Report with a discussion of the United States (“Human Rights Dodge,” January 17).The Forward asserts that “America is not the world’s leading abuser,” as if Human Rights…Read More


January 17, 2003

Know Law of the Land Before Advising Israel The strategic advice the editorialist offers the government of Israel seems remarkably unencumbered by the sad facts of the last two-and-a-half years (“The Tin Badge II,” January 3).Contrary to the Forward’s assertion, Israel has not “insisted on remaining in control of the territories.”Read More


January 10, 2003

Mamet’s Macho Love Of Israel Is Immature How nice that David Mamet has fallen in love with Israel in his middle age (“‘If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem’: The Power of Blunt Nostalgia,” December 27).Read More


January 3, 2003

As Senator or President, Lieberman’s Pro-Israel How sad that after all of the accomplishments and gains that American Jews have made during the last 50 years without hiding their religion, there are those who are still insecure about a presidential candidate such as Senator Joseph Lieberman who is proud…Read More





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