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

Hadassah Steps Up

In response to Ken Birnbaum (Your Say, March 14) concerning Hadassah Hospitals, Hadassah has been as transparent as possible by creating a website, hadassah.org/hmoupdate, to keep everyone apprised of what is happening at our hospitals. The page contains links to question-and-answer pages, daily updates and articles that make it clear to all of our members… Read More

Jordan: Vital As Buffer

While the loss of the monarchy in Jordan would be a national disaster for that nation (“A Kingdom Too Weak To Let Fail,” March 7), it has even more serious implications for Israel and U.S. Mideast policy. Jordan has served as a buffer between the now satellite of Iran, namely Iraq, and Israel, preventing Iran… Read More

Israel: Bastion Of Freedom

Concerning Miles Hoenig’s letter (Your Say, March 7) that supports the boycott of Israel’s universities and colleges, targeting any learning institution is wrong and should never be considered in any way, shape or form. But targeting Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, smacks of racism and anti-Semitism. Israel is a shining bastion… Read More

Two-States Not Best Option

The March 14 editorial (“Michael Oren’s Unilateral Withdrawal”) aptly points out that unilateral action is not a viable substitute for direct negot- iations. On the other hand, the JTprejudges the outcome of negotiations by stating, “The two-state solution is the best Zionist option.” The two-state solution is not the best Zionist option by a long shot. At the… Read More

Mistaken Misrepresentations

Ada Grodzinsky deliberately misrepresents the contents of my letter (“Letter Presents Flawed Reading of History,” March 7; “Why the Need for a Nation-State?” Feb. 21). I did not address, let alone question, the nature of Jewry’s connection to the soil of Israel but simply pointed out the lack of any traditional or firm Judaic foundation… Read More