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Really, Rabbi Boteach? Part I

Although my political beliefs generally differ from Rabbi Boteach, to be fair he did advance a persuasive list of grievances supported with some personal context as to why Dr.Oz is not fit to be a U.S. senator (“Fabricating the wonderful senator from Oz,” November 4). But I wonder why at the conclusion of the piece he gratuitously felt it necessary to mention our former president and his unparalleled support of Israel without offering any additional context as to him being the originator of the big election lie that Dr. Oz has parroted. Moreover , another glaring omission in the piece is our former president’s recent message criticizing American Jews for not supporting him despite all that he has done for Israel . That message only serves to perpetuate antisemitic stereotypes about dual American Jewish loyalty and divide the Jewish community.

As a proud Jewish American I can make my own informed political decisions without being lectured to.

Marc Sapin
Englewood

Really, Rabbi Boteach? Part II

Those who have read Rabbi Boteach in the past may know that he feels quite slighted that despite the support he gave Senator Booker over the years, the senator has adopted policies he finds objectionable. In the column last week about Dr. Mehmet Oz, we get a new version of this script; i.e. I did so much for him and now he disappoints me.

But there is something I have never noticed before in the rabbi’s column. In the next-to-last paragraph he quotes the Gospel of Mark. Now it is true that the rabbi touts himself as “America’s rabbi,” but he is not “America’s theologian.” I think it is most inappropriate for a rabbi, Orthodox or otherwise, to end a column with a quote from the New Testament. There are certainly sufficient Jewish sources that could have been cited.

Most disappointing.

Rabbi Martin Rosenfeld
Fair Lawn

Open season on Jews

Here we go again…open season on Jews.

Kyrie Irving, whose main claim to fame is that he can throw a ball through a hoop, not only endorsed (without consequences) a so-called “documentary” that defamed Jews, but took it a step further when he contended the Jews were running the slave trade. I’m sure there were Jews involved, but the greater number by far of slaveholders were in the South, where Jews were not too popular.

The simple fact is that the majority of those involved in the slave trade were other Africans, who captured members of rival tribes, brought them to the ports, and sold them to ships that transported them to the United States and the Caribbean plantations.

Before taking a step back, Irving doubled down on his comments. Then, under pressure, he donated $500,000 to a Jewish organization, matched by his team. The organization should have declined what really was blood money. He could easily afford what he donated.

Charles Barkley, a retired basketball player (and an African America) wanted to know why Irving was not suspended. The simple answer is that neither the team nor the National Basketball Association had the testosterone to do so. You don’t need a license to hunt Jews.

Roseanne Barr lost her career for a racially insensitive comment. Michael Richards went back at a heckler in his audience who was making loud negative comments — he used a racial slur and was confined to oblivion. Chef Paula Deen lost a television how and a career after she admitted using a racial comment. But it’s open season on Jews.

Jesse Jackson, no friend of the Jews, called New York City “Hymietown” and never lost a step with Black and white supporters. Ed Koch, then running for mayor, was warned not to bring up the comment or attack Jackson or he would suffer politically. Louis Farrakhan called Judaism a “gutter religion” and never lost a step. That’s all OK because it’s open season on Jews.

The ADL should hide its head in shame for taking the blood money from Kyrie Irving. By doing so it gave him an out. In fact, he never apologized for his comments. He joins that paragon of virtue Kanye West, Ye, or whatever sobriquet he is going by this week. His comments have spurred an avalanche of antisemitism. Look at the scum who hung a banner on the Los Angeles freeway with a message emblazoned on it that said “Kanye was right.” But it’s open season on Jews, and, again, you don’t need a hunting permit.

Pogo Possum was right when he said: “I have seen the enemy and he is us.” So long as we permit the Kyrie Irvings, Kanye Wests, Louis Farrakhans, and Jesse Jacksons to spit on us, others will feel free to do so as well.

Bob Nesoff
New Milford

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