Letters | Oct. 17, 2018

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What’s the threat from Israeli policies?
A recent editorial states that you are not minimizing the very real threat posed by Students for Justice in Palestine, but at the same time seems to downplay the campaign of harassment and intimidation of pro-Israel and Jewish college students conducted by that organization (“Toxic canary,” Oct. 11). SJP’s stock in trade is disrupting events with Israeli speakers. They are not a debating society open to a free exchange of ideas, and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) program they espouse seeks the violent dismantlement of Israel.

I do not know enough about the Canary Mission to comment on whether it has crossed any lines, but Israel is surely justified in barring SJP and BDS activists from the country. How does that conceivably harm Israeli democracy or relations with the American Jewish
community?
STUART ENDICK
Burke, Va.


A little Yiddish lesson
I enjoyed reading about the Yiddish class for dogs, but the author made an error that should have been caught (“Yiddish language going to the dogs,” Oct. 11).

The Yiddish word for good, “gut,” rhymes with put, not boot.
SARAH SHAPIRO
Silver Spring

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A contrary view in Montgomery County race
In debate after debate, Democratic Party county executive nominee Marc Elrich has displayed what his career has demonstrated: He is a principled and practical progressive who knows the nuts and bolts of county governance and looks for solutions to problems (“Floreen for Montgomery County executive,”
Oct. 11).

Elrich is taking public financing, so he will not be beholden to special interests. Nancy Floreen, in contrast, draws the vast majority of her financial support from developers and other large business interests. The linchpin of her campaign is that somehow Elrich is too radical. Yet, as the WJW’s endorsement of Floreen reports, “At last week’s debate, Elrich asked Floreen, ‘I’d like to know what my
radical ideas are, that I keep getting accused of having extreme views.’”


Floreen did not provide a single example. While she and Elrich are both friends of the Jewish community, I would suggest that current County Executive Ike Leggett’s endorsement of Elrich over Floreen speaks volumes.
DAVID S. FISHBACK
Olney

 

A tad bit political in rabbinical analysis
A recent front-page report gave rabbinical responses to such sensible questions as to why assault survivors keep their accusations private and whether people should be held accountable for actions they committed as teenagers (“Kavanaugh allegations, according to rabbis,” Oct. 4).

Although four of the five responses attempted to present halachic views on these complex situations, Rabbi Hara Person could not resist displaying her prejudices and turning her response into an attack on the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. This despite the fact that she opened her response with an explanation of why the pursuit of justice is critical for a healthy society.

The Senate hearings were a deeply flawed process that revealed the sharp divisions within the country. I suggest, however, that the real culprits were the senators on the committee, amply backed by their party leaders. To suggest as Person claimed that naming Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is a perversion of justice reflects poorly on the quality of those entitled to be called rabbi.
STANLEY ORMAN
Rockville

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