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10/15/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

I read Jonathan Mark’s piece, “Season Of Yizkor” (Sept. 28) and couldn’t help but get emotional when I realized that he was writing, in part, about Matt Fenster z’l.

10/15/2012 - 20:00 | | Director, Chabad Lubavitch of Long Island | Letters

I enjoyed reading about Rabbi Beni Krohn’s premise (“God’s Favorite Player,” Oct. 12) that “consistency” is what scores a home run in Judaism. To back up his point, the introduction of Ayin Yaakov relates the story about a discussion concerning which is the most all-inclusive sentence in the whole Torah. Ben Zoma says, “Hear o Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” Ben Nanas says, “Love your fellow as yourself”.

10/15/2012 - 20:00 | | Director, HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir Manhattan | Letters

Shifra Mincer’s op-ed piece, “Is Pluralism A False Hope?” (Oct. 12), highlights how attempts at pluralism can easily fail. Other models, however, prove that it is not pluralism that is a failure, but rather the implementation by those who have a one-sided view of what it is to be truly pluralistic.

10/09/2012 - 20:00 | | Teaneck, N.J. | Letters

The editor and your letter-writer, Albert Volaski, are both right, and both wrong (Letter and Editor’s Note, Oct. 5) regarding Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt and “The Jazz Singer.”

10/09/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

Rabbi Judith Hauptman and Phyllis Waldmann’s agunah solution based on the Wurzburg, Germany Halitzah document is akin to conditional marriage, a solution proposed by numerous rabbis in the past (“A Way To Solve The Agunah Problem,” Opinion, Sept. 21).

More recently conditional marriage is incorporated in Rabbi Michael Broyde’s Tripartite Prenuptial Agreement and Susan Weiss’s Center for Women’s Justice prenuptial. 

10/09/2012 - 20:00 | | Scarsdale, N.Y. | Letters

Regarding “Israel Isn’t The Only Issue In This Election” (Opinion, Oct. 5) by Edith Everett: Kol hakavod to Edith Everett for her straightforward, edifying piece on Israel’s place in American elections. Not only are Jewish Americans overwhelmingly not single-issue voters on Israel, as some candidates treat them, but even if they were, the majority is able to parse a nuanced issue and recognize that strong American leadership in the peace process is better for Israel’s future than handing over our foreign policy to a conservative Israeli leadership.