For me the key words [in Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s Opinion essay] are “affordable intensive Judaism.”
Chancellor Eisen mentions day care, early childhood programs, day school education and Ramah camps. They are becoming less and less affordable (“Let’s Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Nov. 29).
My teacher Rabbi Shlomo Riskin much too glibly interprets Jacob’s response to his sons in Parshat Vayishlach (“Sabbath Week: The Morality of Retaliation,” Nov. 15) when he writes that Jacob’s “condemnation [of Shimon and Levi, for killing every male in the city in retaliation for Shechem’s rape of their sister Dina] is on political rather than ethical grounds.”
The Sigd celebration Jonathan Mark wrote about in the Nov. 1 issue (“Under African Skies”) was such a delight and success. I attended along with about 200 other Jews who love and support Jewish diversity. All who attended enjoyed the day, listening to the kes (Ethiopian clergy) from Israel, and Rabbi Sharon Shalom, both Ethiopian rabbis who traveled to the New York City Sigd from Israel and chanted under colorful, traditional umbrellas. They were accompanied by Princeton professor Ephraim Isaac, also Ethiopian.
While I was reading Heather Robinson’s column (“Jewish-American Women And Intermarriage,” Nov. 8) it reminded me of the sad love story, “Splendor in the Grass,” starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. The young couple was prevented from ever getting married due to parental disapproval.
Adam Dickter’s story about the 2013 mayoral election (“With Election, City May Be ‘Reverting Back to Form,’” Nov. 8) contains a remarkable example of bad journalism. Out of nowhere, in a pre-election story about Bill de Blasio’s likely victory, Dickter tells readers that the Occupy Wall Street movement of late 2011 was “... popular, though ultimately pointless.”
While I am pleased with The Jewish Week’s review of my book, “An American Bride in Kabul” (“Portraits Of The Feminist As A Young Woman” Nov. 15), and enjoyed being interviewed by the very soulful Susan Reimer-Torn, please allow me to correct three things.