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Disraeli quote not tied to his Jewish faith
Benjamin Disraeli converted to Anglicanism at age 12. So while guest columnist Dan Schnur’s attribution of Disraeli’s and Mel Brooks’s quotations on optimism and pessimism to “their shared Jewish faith” may sound nice (“New Year’s resolutions that go beyond ourselves,” Jan. 14), it just isn’t so. Shared Jewish ancestry or shared Jewish heredity, maybe. But unless Disraeli said those words at age 11 or under, not Jewish faith.

Bruce Goldman
Pittsburgh

Hateful comments against other Jews have no place in the Chronicle
We’re writing in regard to the comment in your recent Chronicle poll results about COVID testing: “I am deeply ashamed …” (Jan. 14).

Since 2018, Jewish communities in the Greater Pittsburgh area have adopted the phrase “Hate has no place here.”

We’re not sure why that doesn’t apply to what the Chronicle chooses to publish. Isn’t there enough hate toward the Jewish people without having to read hateful comments against each other?

Bruce and Melissa Ungar
Pittsburgh

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