Your Feb. 7 article, “For Orthodox Women, Catch-22 on Tefillin,” ends with a quotation that suggests that the reason Orthodox women have little to no interest in wearing tefillin is that “Not only is it a huge undertaking, but there is so much cultural animosity towards it, why would you do it?”
Rabbi Yehuda L. Oppenheimer |
The opinion piece by Dov Zakheim and Steven Bayme (“Not A Proud Moment for the RCA,” Feb. 7) is an unfortunate work of fiction that seeks to promote one of The Jewish Week’s favorite canards – that Avi Weiss is protecting “Modern Orthodoxy” from the “senseless and arbitrary actions” of the “Haredi Chief Rabbinate”, and that the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) is to blame for “failing to censure” those of its members who expressed negative opinions about Avi Weiss.
Thank you so much for the overview of the Jewish Academy of Suffolk County STEM program, which includes our multiple University partnerships (Education Supplement, “Suffolk Day School Engineering A New Curriculum,” Jan. 17). We strongly believe that STEM is not just a good public relations piece for the school — it is in fact the best way to prepare students today for the world of tomorrow. I do hope your coverage will encourage other day schools to pursue this route in order to best serve their student body.
Ben Harris’ nuanced portrait of Pete Seeger (“He Hammered Out Justice,” Jan. 31) sparked this recollection.
In 1958, my senior year at Columbia College, I had a brief but beautiful encounter with Pete Seeger. A folk-song aficionado, I organized the Columbia Folksingers Club in conjunction with several Barnard women. Our weekly gatherings on a Friday afternoon hit near nirvana with a guest appearance by that legendary troubadour, the Pied Piper of folk music, forever-young Pete Seeger.
Kudos to Rabbi Charles Rudansky for his Opinion essay, “To Hope: Hospice Care in Line with Jewish Tradition” (Jan. 17). It immediately rekindled my appreciation for the rabbi and the palliative care and hospice teams. Both my parents were patients in the program(s), and were fortunate to receive the compassion, dignity, and care that they did. They were warmed in their hearts by visits from Rabbi Rudansky, and the he shared many special occasions with my parents and family while they were in his care.