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Colored EnvelopesThe Anti-Defamation League (“ADL”) is a civil rights organization that has been serving a vital purpose for 100-plus years. It is most unfortunate that Rabbi Eliezrie felt the need to denigrate that valuable organization. If he wants to discuss “how to transmit Judaism to the next generation,” he can do so without insulting an organization that serves the public good. Perhaps he might consider studying the doctrine of lashon hara. —Harris Kershnar

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While there are many wonderful things the ADL has accomplished, unfortunately it has done the Jewish community a disservice by misrepresenting the numbers of anti-Semitic incidents. First its reports are not based on actual studies, but on self-reported incidents. Second as reported in detail in Tablet Magazine, “ADL’s tally includes 163 bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in early 2017, even though the two perpetrators were not motivated by anti-Semitism.” The person behind the threats was a troubled Israeli teenager.

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