Letters, the week of November 12, 2015

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People send letters about a torah rededication ceremony and anger at BDS haters.

A Missed Opportunity
On Sunday, October 25, the Center City Jewish community was privileged to celebrate a unique occasion: the Hachnasat Sefer Torah, the dedication of a beautiful new Torah donated to Congregation Mekor Habracha. A large crowd gathered in Rittenhouse Square, where we began our joyful procession. Although the Philadelphia NBC and FOX television stations sent reporters to cover this inspiring and colorful event, we were disappointed that the Jewish Exponent did not. This is the first time our shul has obtained a Sefer Torah of its own, and it is a tribute to our flourishing congregation. The entire Philadelphia Jewish community is enriched by a vibrant Jewish presence in Center City, and we hope that the Exponent will strengthen its commitment to sharing this type of local news with its readers.
Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch | Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue
An Emotional Appeal
We are angry.
We are angry at the incitement and the violence perpetrated by all factions of the Palestinians against us.
We are angry at the lies that we are destroying their mosque while they are burning down our Jewish holy shrines.
We are angry at the international condemnation of a crime we haven’t committed, but are silent about the crimes that they have.
We are angry at the slaughter of our people who the media fail to identify as Jews in their haste to name Palestinians killed without mentioning they were carrying out mayhem and murder.
We are angry at the BDS haters whose real aim is assisting in the planned elimination of our country — a hate crime that goes unrecognized by a naïve world.
We are angry at all the United Nations institutes that collaborate with the Palestinian plan to eliminate our country while hitting on Israel at every opportunity.
We are angry at European governments for their moral equivalency that compares our defensive efforts with Palestinian terrorism that employs everything from knives to rockets in their fervor to kill Jews and to remove the Jewish presence from the region.
We are angry at the European Union who, even as we are being chased by knife-wielding Palestinian Arabs through our streets, rewards their terror by shamefully introducing a labeling sanction on Jewish products — a discriminatory double standard they fail to apply against countries that have stolen territory from other nations.
We are angry that liberal democracies fail to stand with the only liberal democracy in a dangerous and deadly region.
Israelis are angry because we see the world have learned nothing from their past, and that we Jews still have to depend only on ourselves to survive.
Barry Shaw | Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies

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