The Apartness of the Jewish People

Joshua Runyan concludes his Aug. 1 Opening Thoughts column with a comment about Israel and Jewry having to “go it alone.”  Presumably Balaam’s observation (Num. 23:9) about such apartness of the Jewish people underlies this remark. The Afrikaner (South African) word meaning apartness is apartheid. Logically, an apartheid people have every right to live as… Read More

Use Diplomacy, Not Bombs

Civilians have paid a horrific price in the ongoing violence in Gaza. I hope my members of Congress will support and work for a lasting cease-fire that includes lifting the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The U.S. has particular responsibility to help end the killing, since U.S. weapons are fueling this conflict. The International Committee of… Read More

For Israel, IDF, BT Answers the Call

As fellow alumni of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and veterans of the Israel Defense Forces, we want to thank Jordan Low for his exemplary service to Israel and wish him a full and speedy recovery from his injuries (“Ground Incursion Hits Home,” July 25). Since its inception, Beth Tfiloh has represented a beacon of… Read More

Volunteer Opportunity: Support IDF Bases

Thank you for your editorial on what we can do to help Israel (“Support for Our Beleaguered Israeli Family,” July 18). Another way is to volunteer on an Israel Army base. Volunteers for Israel is the exclusive representative for Sar-El in the U.S. We place volunteers on IDF bases for two to three weeks (some… Read More

Poll Results Point to ‘Forgotten’ History

I was taken aback when I saw the results from the JT poll of July 11. When asked how the U.S. should deal with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have flocked across the country’s southern border the past few months, 60 percent of respondents voted to “deport them quickly.” Amazing how so… Read More

Diplomacy, Not Sanctions, for Iran

As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program continue, I hope my senators and representative will seize the opportunity to publicly speak out in support of diplomacy. New sanctions (“Cruz Takes Aim at Iran,” Aug.1) or other saber-rattling measures could undermine the progress our diplomats have made toward a multi-year agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran… Read More

Don’t Say Cease-Fire

Don’t Say Cease-Fire Why all the talk about a cease-fire with Hamas (“A Loss of Credibility,” July 18)? Hamas is a terrorist organization bent on genocide, and dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Diplomatic efforts to arrange a cease-fire give Hamas undue political legitimacy, and merely postpone the inevitable resumption of rocket attacks against Israel…. Read More

Birthright Goes On

Despite rocket fire from Hamas terrorists in Gaza, 6,000 young Jews, ages 18 to 26, have arrived in Israel in the last few weeks to be part of a 10-day “summer in Israel” experience (“Witnesses to Conflict,” July 18). “Seven groups arrived on July 24 from North America,” said Gail Hyman of Birthright, the organization… Read More

Real Terror for Israeli Families

I agree full heartedly with your July 18 editorial, “Support for Our Beleaguered Israel Family.” Imagine yourself in Baltimore trying to calm your young child, explaining that there are no ‘monsters’ under the bed. Then, imagine yourself as a mother or father in Israel who is in true danger of actually having real monsters under… Read More

Work for Jewish Unity

In light of a letter to the editor (“Your Say…,” July 4), rather than argue each point, I would like to make some observations. All of the Chabad rabbis I have encountered express a love of their fellow Jew. I do not detect a judgmental attitude, but rather have heard, for example from Rabbi Labkowski… Read More