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07/12/2011 | | Letters

Whoever titled Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz’ article, “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue: An Orthodox Rabbi Agrees” (Opinion, July 1), has a lot to learn about truth in advertising.

07/12/2011 | | Letters

It was hard for me to believe the title of the Opinion article by an Orthodox rabbi, Chaim Steinmetz: “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue” (Opinion, July 1).

The statement that “circumcision is a marketing nightmare; outside of a deep commitment to Judaism, based on a biblical command, there’s no good reason to do it,” is outrageous. It is with much regret that there are many secular and misinformed Jews that are a very potent voice against circumcision, but to hear an Orthodox rabbi say this is really sinful and abhorrent.

07/05/2011 | | Letters

Your June 17 editorial, “Misguided Statehood Push,” wants to have it both ways. On the one hand, you commend the Obama administration for its “productive efforts to blunt the thrust of the Palestinian campaign” to have Palestine recognized as a sovereign state by the United Nations during the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.

07/05/2011 | | Letters

I was very perplexed about Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz’s Opinion piece, “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue: An Orthodox Rabbi Agrees” (July 1). In the article, Rabbi Steinmetz states: “But increasingly I’ve come to realize that circumcision is incompatible with the times, as is much of Judaism.” This is the opinion of a “Modern Orthodox rabbi,” a spiritual leader? I was always taught the beauty of the Torah and hence Judaism is that it is timeless.

07/05/2011 | | Letters

As Massad alumni, my husband and I attended the recent reunion (“Recalling The Golden Age Of Hebrew Culture In America,” July 1).

07/05/2011 | | Letters

In Jerome Chanes’s article about the Camp Massad Reunion (“Recalling The Golden Age Of Hebrew Culture In America,” July 1), he talks about a world that is lost and that we Camp Massad alumni mourn. How true and sad.

I hope as an alumnus that present-day Jewish camps will learn and imitate what we learned from Camp Massad. What we learned is Jewish unity, tolerance for our fellow Jews and a love for Eretz and Medinat Yisrael, the land and state of Israel. For all the talk that I hear in synagogues about Jewish unity, we at Massad practiced it.