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Echoing the appeal
I have been reading the Chronicle and its predecessors for most of my adult life. In the last few years, the content both locally and nationally has dramatically improved, in my opinion. Having read the Dec. 3 edition’s appeal for support, I am writing this letter to request others, who feel the same as I do, to support the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle with a meaningful donation. I know that I am. I can imagine how difficult it is to write and publish a quality weekly like the Chronicle in today’s environment, as set forth by Evan Indianer and Jim Busis in their appeal.

The Pittsburgh Jewish community has given tremendous financial support over the years for causes they believe in. It is my belief that support of the Chronicle’s appeal should be included as such a cause.

Edgar Snyder
Mt. Washington

Amen to Rabbi Hirsch’s piece
Regarding “For the love of Israel, we need to say: The Reform Movement is Zionist” by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch (Dec. 10): Amen. He has read my mind, but expressed my thoughts so much better than could I. Apparently, many of our coreligionists feel that a Jewish state must be a victim to be properly appreciated. History does not teach that life for Jews in the galut is a panacea. Would antisemitism cease if the Israelis turn over all of Israel to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas?

My favorite philosophers Santayana and Pogo, in my opinion, have said it best: Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and it is us.”

Steve Holstein
Oakland

Abortion and Judaism
I am taken aback by the comments of Sara Segal when she said, “In Judaism, abortion is not only permitted, but sometimes required. Protecting an individual’s ability to make their own health care decisions in accordance with their needs and personal beliefs is tied to religious freedom” (“NCJW to sponsor forums on abortion rights,” Dec. 10). She is totally wrong.
 
In Torah, abortion is only permitted when the life of the mother is in danger. In Torah, our Neshama belongs to us and the vessel (body) belongs to G-d. Life, in Judaism, begins at birth. That does not mean G-d allows for the termination of a pregnancy for anything other than the mother’s life. This concept is first written in Parshah Noach: “One who sheds the blood of man through man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of G-d He made man.”

The Supreme Court is right to allow the states to handle this issue as there is no explicit amendment in our Constitution granting the courts or federal government the power to regulate abortion. We must not forget that the Constitution lays out the powers “We the People” give the government and the courts. Not the other way around.

Andrew Neft
Upper St. Clair

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