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10/02/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

In the “Who’s Creating ‘Daylight’ Now?” (Sept. 28), Rabbi Eric Yoffie, immediate past president of the Union for Reform Jewry, is quoted as saying: “The cardinal rule of American-Israeli relations is that neither country interferes in the national elections of the other.” Really? 

10/02/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

I must respond to a biased assessment by Hella Winston in her article, “Metzitzah Arguments Seen Taking Shape” (Sept. 28). She is clearly wrong both on the constitutional and substantive grounds.

First of all, Winston points to the Prince case, decided back in 1944. Since that time however, the Supreme Court has decided Yoder v. Wisconsin and the Santeria cases, which broaden the rights of individuals and families to make religious-based decision without interference from the state.

10/02/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

10/02/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

The JTA article you published, “Feds Take Over B’nai B’rith Pensions” (Sept. 28) misrepresented our situation. There are no questions about our future — it is strong, as it has been for nearly 170 years.


Yes, B’nai B’rith International chose to seek assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in order to fulfill our core mission of helping others.

09/26/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

In the Sept. 21 editorial, “Religious Concerns: In Israel, Too,” you note that [Israeli Chief] Rabbi Amar advised Jews to “pray alone, or not at all, on the High Holy Days rather than in a Reform congregation.” You then suggest that “a greater degree of empathy expressed by the chief rabbi for others who do not share his level of observance would go a long way toward convincing non-Orthodox Jews in Israel that the Chief Rabbinate is committed to their spiritual well-being rather than ensuring their status as second-class Jews.”

09/26/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters