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02/25/2015 | | Letters

Hannah Dreyfus’ report on my recent lecture at Stern College for Women
(“Birth Control, Jewish Law Collide At Stern,” Feb. 18) misrepresented
the thrust of my arguments, conflating a strictly halachic question about the
permissibility of birth control by married couples into unrelated ideological
debates surrounding feminism and sexual empowerment.
In my talk, I argued that halacha permits couples that feel unprepared to
assume the responsibilities of parenthood — for psychological, financial, 
or other reasons —to temporarily delay the mitzvah of procreation. Contrary
to common practice in the Orthodox community, couples do not require a heter, 
or dispensation, from a rabbi to use birth control.

02/18/2015 | | Letters

Following Rabbi Gerald Skolnik’s advice [in his Jewish Week blog] would mean Netanyahu should never speak to
Congress, because speaking to Congress is lobbying for something. If you
agree that the president is being too lenient/naive (as even the EU opines)
with Iran developing the bomb, then stopping a bad deal is necessary and the
only routes are lobbying or taking independent, perhaps military, action.
I
prefer lobbying as a first option.

02/18/2015 | | Letters

I am a freelance Iranian-Jewish journalist based in Southern California and
have been covering L.A.’s Iranian Jewish community since 2000.

02/18/2015 | | Letters

The image of a man set on fire is haunting. The fact that ISIS’ brutal act of burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot, a fellow Muslim, was performed in the name of God makes it even worse. If this is not a call to moderate and peace loving Muslims to join the battle against ISIS and radical Islam, then I don’t know what is. 

02/18/2015 | | Letters

It is very disheartening to see how the suffering workers at FEGS have not
been brought to the front. (“Questions Loom In Wake Of FEGS’ Fall,” Feb. 6).

02/18/2015 | | Letters

While one has to have a great deal of
sympathy for Ms. Bobs-Waksberg (“On Campus, An Assault On The Status Quo,” Feb. 6), one
has to believe that the abuse of
drugs and alcohol has an awful lot to
deal with the situation that created
date rape [or other forms of sexual assault]. Often both parties are
so high or intoxicated that making out
a case of non-consensual sex is
impossible.