I hope that Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, in his letter, “The Rebbe As Innovator” (July 4), was experiencing an everyday lapse of concentration — or a lapse in computer keyboarding — when he attributed to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the preposterous “message” of “never judging fellow Jews.”
Regarding the “Sephardim In New York” (June 27) section: As a Yemenite Jew living in New York City, I am not only offended but also shocked that people believe that all Jews are either Ashkenazi/white or Sephardim and dark-skinned. Yemenites are Mizrachi and we are a one of a kind.
I enjoyed the section on “Sephardim In New York” (June 27). I have learned that while the Syrian Jews do have Sephardim in their past, including most Lebanese Jews, they form their own sub-group as Syrians. (The family of my wife of 42 years is from Aleppo.)
Congratulations to Stewart Ain on a first-rate story providing much-needed context and analysis about the Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of its simulcast of the “Klinghoffer” opera (“High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera,” June 27).
As a father and as a researcher whose work aims to advance child welfare, I was sickened to my core last week when I saw images of Palestinian children doing the three-finger salute celebrating the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe has not been with us physically for 20 years. But his message of love, of areivut (serving as a guarantor for other Jews), of love of God and His people, of never judging fellow Jews and valuing their tiniest actions and steps, continue in perpetuity. (“Twenty Years After, Rebbe Still Inspires,” June 27)