Mental illness must be unstigmatized. There are gaping invisible black holes between minutes, hours, days, months and sometimes years of indecision on whether or not to seek help. The fear of being permanently labeled or mislabeled by health professionals has tragically deterred adults and parents with children in debilitating pain from seeking treatment. The Jewish Times is to be commended for featuring Dr. Mark Komrad’s book “You Need Help: A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling” (Dec. 28).
Chazzan Emanuel C. Perlman
New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Upon reading and reviewing the photos accompanying your timely and enlightening piece “Sandy Hook Fallout,” (Jan. 11), I was stunned to notice three women smiling and laughing at the scene unfolding in front of them. I remain at a loss to discern what they find so funny about soldier [Tzviel] Blankchtein demonstrating his self-defense strategy.
Chuck Hagel’s record as far as Israel and the American Jewish community indicates that his selection will be a disaster for our relations with the Jewish state. Even more important is what this tells us about the innate feelings of our now lame-duck president. His appointment of Chuck Hagel tells the entire story, and those interested in the security of Israel should be alarmed.
The reaction of far-right American Jews to Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary (“Jury Out On Hagel,” Jan. 18) was hysterical and shameful. On most Israeli Internet news sites thousands of comments are posted every week accusing anyone who does not agree with the Netanyahu government of being an anti-Semite and any Jew who voted for Obama and supports a two-state solution [of being] a self-hater and enemy of the Jewish people. … Former Prime Minister Rabin has been called a traitor to his people as has former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak. … This is total madness, and we American Jews must not tolerate it. We must speak out against it because it will wind up destroying Israel in the end.
Israel’s supporters love to claim … that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. If that is so, why do these same people engage in character assassination and debasement of anyone who dares criticize the policies of the Netanyahu government? Why is it wrong for former and current generals in Israel’s military and members of Israel’s security agencies to criticize bombing Iran? Why is it wrong for American Jews and many Israeli citizens to support a two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict? … Any country that tries to silence its critics is not a democracy. What once made Israel so special was that spirited debate and disagreements were a vital part of its democracy. Attacking someone’s “Jewishness” and their character and trying to destroy them is not what the founders of Israel ever envisioned. … [This] must be resisted by all those who truly love Israel.
Mark Jeffery Koch
It is a pleasure to look forward to receiving the “new” Jewish Times each week. From the editorials and news to the sports articles, the Jewish Times publication is better than ever!
We are enjoying David Snyder’s sports features. “Fitness Faux Paus” (Jan. 11) brought us laughs. “Big On Perspective” (Jan. 11) brought tears and understanding, especially after watching the turnabout for the Ravens!
Kudos to David Snyder for his accomplishments in great writing.
Barbara and Louis Hyatt