Some Problematic Views

For a minute, I thought I was reading a Purim spoof issue, with Miles Hoenig’s letter claiming defense against terrorism is racism and boycotting the world’s only Jewish state shows “courage,” and where Mark Gunnery says concern with Israeli self-preservation is hypocrisy, Judaism equals social work and the only good “members of the Tribe” are… Read More

Spouse Caretakers Deserve Praise

Your article showed how important it is that our spouse caretakers receive the praise and thank you that they deserve (“In Sickness and In Health,” March 21). People with disabilities suffer indignities in life at every turn. Our spouses have to suffer these wrongs right along with us. When we can’t get into buildings, have… Read More

Ukraine Needs Support

Ukraine’s independence from Russia was pivotal to the U.S. winning the Cold War (“Eyes on Ukraine,” March 21). In 1994, the U.S., the U.K., and Russia concluded the Budapest Memorandum pledging to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for Ukraine surrendering its nuclear arsenal to Russia. Twenty years later, Russia invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine,… Read More

Letters Debate Continues

I have one question for Ada Grodzinsky (Your Say, March 7, March 28). She categorically asserts that “it adds insult to injury to say that any place (but the land of Israel) will do” and that “no one can change history.” I call upon her to please explain then, why it is that the two… Read More

No Other Homeland

Baruch Shaw’s letter suggesting that 19th-century proposals that Uganda or other places, as opposed to what was then Palestine, should be a final home of the Jewish people is very disturbing (Your Say, March 21). Those proposals were brought up only as temporary solutions serving as a nachtasyl — a “night refuge” — for the… Read More

Jewish Brief a Questionable Exercise

Forget about what Newt Gingrich calls the “Shariazation of America”; make way for the “halachization” of the U.S. legal system (“Not a Passing Hobby,” March 21). The point man in this bumptious enterprise is legal eagle Nathan Lewin acting on behalf of the Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs and aided and abetted by… Read More

A Picture of a Friend

Seeing the picture of Esther Dubin (“In Sickness and In Health,” March 21), and the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease filled me with immense sadness. As a 15-year-old newcomer to Baltimore from Queens, N.Y., and raised in a secular home, I knew nothing about Judaism. I felt totally lost in my new Jewish neighborhood, where… Read More

Simply Amazing!

A scant three months after the passing of Nelson Mandela, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) impudently calls for the “Bantustanization” of the Palestinian territories (Your Say, March 21). In Marc Caroff’s recent letter, simply replace “Palestinians” with “black Africans,” and substitute “white Afrikaner” for “Jewish” and “Zionist,” and you have a concise summary of… Read More

Israel, Racist?

Miles Hoenig’s attempt to justify a boycott of Israel (Your Say, March 7) by stating that “Israel’s policies toward its Palestinian residents is nothing short of outright racism” is false on two levels. Only Palestinian residents of what is known by some as East Jerusalem can qualify to be Israeli residents (as opposed to Israel’s… Read More

Erroneous Statement

In truth, it is Ada Grodzinsky’s knowledge of Jewish history (Your Say, March 7) rather than Stanleigh Cohen’s (Your Say, March 14) that is erroneous, both conceptually and factually. Grodzinsky insists, “It adds insult to injury to say that any place (other than the land of Israel) will do” as a Jewish abode. That would be gobsmacking news to any… Read More