Letters the Week of September 10, 2015


Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, FAQ’s for Jews, the Senate and BDS make up the four topics in this week's letters.

A Case of Alligator Tears?
Don’t be too impressed with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s tearful declaration that she is supporting the Iran deal with her Jewish heart. She is supporting the deal with her political head.
Saul Axelrod | Elkins Park
An Unequivocal Answer 
“FAQ’s for Jews”? Shame on you! This piece in the Sept. 3 edition is offensive and will surely not improve public perception of Jews.
Do you really think we should explain the High Holidays to our non-Jewish friends as simply endless wasted hours in synagogue? Do you think anyone would be impressed to hear that the only reason we observe at all is because of Jewish guilt? Is the derogatory slur “goyim” really still in your vocabulary? Seriously? 
The High Holidays ARE like the secular new year as both are opportunities for reflection and redirection that have the potential to be sacred and transformative. The drama of the ball dropping isn’t all that different from the ancient call of the shofar. Can’t our explanations have a positive and proud tone?
Liz Nover | Bucks County
Going Nuclear
Because Senator Corker and the Republican establishment in Congress were bamboozled to believe there would be bipartisan support for an honest assessment of the nuclear agreement with Iran — when it is now clear that the Democrats, with the exception of Senators Schumer and Menendez, have voted party loyalty over national security in this dangerous deal with the ayatollahs — there is only one option left: nuclear. The Senate must abolish the filibuster, pass a resolution declaring this to be a treaty, vote it down — and then sue Obama to enjoin him from implementing the deal. Doubtful the Senate has the guts to preserve its constitutionally mandated function herein, however. Otherwise, it has allowed Obama to make a mockery of the Constitution.
Lee Bender | Ardmore
Same Acronym, Better Meaning
I have officially renamed BDS. It now stands for Buy, Distribute and Sell Israeli products! Whenever I hear about BDS, I run out and buy Totzeret Ha’aretz — products made in Israel. As we say in Yiddish, Ahf zu lochis!  Let all the Israel detractors spur us on in the New Year to BDS — buy, distribute and sell Israeli products and support the state of Israel!
Linda Cherkas | Philadelphia


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