Letters, the Week of July 20, 2017


No Secret Where Casey Stood on Iran Deal

Pennsylvania Sen. Robert P. Casey attempted to cover up his having voted in favor of the Iran nuclear deal by advocating imposition of newfound constraints upon these extremists (“United Effort on Iran Requires Additional Sanctions,” July 13).

Although he now claims that he “knew that we could not trust Tehran’s commitments,” he previously wrote, in September 2015, that the nuclear deal would “substantially constrain the Iranian nuclear program for its duration.” “Compared with all realistic alternatives,” he wrote back then, “it is the best option available to us at this time.”

I wrote almost two dozen essays detailing why that vote was both ill-advised and illegal, and I emailed copies of my op-eds to his office, alas to no avail.

Casey has the blood on his hands of those killed by terrorists funded in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, by the Obama administration’s giving Iran $150 billion. Casey tries to close the barn door while hoping people will forget he had forced it open.

Robert Sklaroff | Abington

Treasurer’s Difficulties Finding People Boggle the Mind

In an advertisement, the State Treasurer says that “Treasury is working hard to find the rightful owners of … unclaimed property” (June 29).

I believe that one of your competent investigative journalists could easily help him by writing an article with some of the following suggestions. In Delaware County, for instance, Annenberg Foundation’s address can be found in other public state records.

In Montgomery County, there are just a few synagogues that would know about Community Mikveh of Elkins Park. Pitcairn is a well-known cathedral on Huntingdon Pike. Is the Montgomery Mall hard to find?

In Philadelphia County, the Exponent has written many articles about Kal Rudman. You can find him, why not the treasurer? Other well-known people, places and firms are named that can be quickly found.

How many other heirs or recipients are there who could benefit from a simple search?

Arthur Gravitz | Cheltenham

Torah Commentary Out of Bounds

Rabbi Robyn Frisch’s attempt to use the Torah to go outside its own bounds was covered weeks before in Parshat Korach, not in Parshat Pinchas (“Success of Zelophehad’s Daughters Instructive to Those Who Protest Today,” July 13). Just as Korach used seemingly logical arguments to advance a personal agenda and replace Moses’ law for his own, Frisch is using Judaism’s holiest site to introduce “strange fire” at the Western Wall.

For what purpose? Because it’s trendy and it feels good, and that’s apparently enough to blow away Jewish law. 

Zachary Margolies | Philadelphia


  1. After having read last week’s issue, I had to choose.

    Do I compose a pushback letter against historical revisionism when recoiling against Sen. Casey’s hypocrisy when addressing The Iran-Nuke Capitulation-Pact?

    Or do I convey dismay @ Rabbi Frisch’s having hijacked the opportunity to compose a “Divrei Torah” by seguing abruptly into her personal politics?

    I’m pleased that I chose the former, so that Zachary Margolies could choose the latter.


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