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11/21/2011 - 19:00 | | Letters

The latest in a series of bureaucratic responses to the day-school-and-yeshiva-funding nightmare comes from UJA-Federation of New York’s Deborah Joselow (“New Ways to Tackle the Day-School Tuition Crunch,” Opinion, Nov. 18). Joselow’s eponymous “new ways” in fact are old ways; commendable though UJA-Federation’s initiatives are, there is nothing “new” in hitting up foundations and going for the dugs of government.

11/21/2011 - 19:00 | | Letters

While we agree with Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann that couples should sign a prenuptial agreement, we disagree with him about its being a solution for the agunah problem (“A Long-Term Solution To The Agunah Problem,” Opinion, Nov. 11). Contrary to what Rabbi Weissmann wrote about the efficacy of his prenuptial, we have dealt with cases in which that prenuptial did not protect agunot from being held hostage and extorted by their recalcitrant husbands.

11/21/2011 - 19:00 | | Letters

In his defense of the National Council of Young Israel, Abe Krieger (Letters, Nov. 18) feels it necessary to take two low blows towards his fellow Jews. He says anyone unhappy with his or her local Young Israel should “walk or drive down the block to the Conservative Temple.”

11/21/2011 - 19:00 | | Letters

In his letter (Nov.15) on Pope Pius XII, Eric Fettmann cites Leon Poliakov’s article, published in Commentary (November 1950), as an early criticism of Pope Pius XII. It is true that Poliakov was troubled that the pope did not go further in his wartime public statements.

11/21/2011 - 19:00 | | Letters

Gary Rosenblatt, in his column, “A Unity Pledge That Backfired (Proving Its Point),” Nov. 18, contends that the ADL-AJC Unity Pledge did not seek to limit criticism of President Barack Obama’s policy towards Israel and that “it behooves the American Jewish community to be on good terms with him rather than burn its bridges in seeking his defeat.”

11/14/2011 - 19:00 | | Letters

Regarding the article, “Amid Upheaval, National Council of Young Israel Celebrates 100th” (Nov. 11), the Council is not applying evenly the right to take a disenfranchised branch’s assets. When the Young Israel of Fifth Avenue left the movement to become the 16th Street Synagogue, the Council did not take its assets.