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Ki Tetzei
BY Rabbi Craig Axler
August 15, 2013

In the song “Gee, Officer Krupke” (“West Side Story”), Stephen Sondheim writes, “Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke, you gotta understand; It’s just our bringin’ up-ke, that gets us out of hand; Our mothers all are junkies, our fathers all are drunks; Golly Moses, naturally we’re punks!” Good luck getting that melody out of your head. I CONTINUE »

August 15, 2013

Thank you for addressing the issue of suicide (“From Darkness To Light,” Aug. 2). On May 10, 2001, my talented, successful, charming husband, Jerry Bloom, ended his 20-year battle with depression by taking his own life. My sons and I were very grateful to the late Rabbi Seymour Essrog for having the courage to provide CONTINUE »

Israel's Minister of Economy and the leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett (left), during his visit to the Jewish city of Ariel.
(“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26) (CREDIT: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun/Flash 90)
August 15, 2013

Make no mistake, the new EU discriminatory rules are anti-Semitic in effect and intent (“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26). These rules promote a particularly insidious form of anti-Semitism, singling out Jews for boycott based on where they live and turning one Jew against another. This is not surprising, given Europe’s sordid history CONTINUE »

August 15, 2013

Regarding Simone Ellin’s “Opening Thoughts” (July 26) and Barbara Bloom’s letter (Aug. 2): Columns, articles and letters published here during the past few weeks have reflected the Jewish community’s compassion, identification, anger, fear and confusion toward our African-American neighbors. If we really want to find a way to get along and do right by them CONTINUE »

August 15, 2013

Inveterate Obama-basher Barbara Bloom’s hysterical screed (“And Really Mean it,” Aug. 2) is one of the most intrinsically disordered “extravasations” I have ever come across. Analogizing the Benghazi incident — a lethal attack on a U.S. consulate by devout political adversaries — with the Zimmerman case, in which an unarmed juvenile walking home was killed CONTINUE »