Concerning the JTA article you carried in the Oct. 15 issue, “No Hail Marys Here,” as a starting outside linebacker for a Jewish football team not located in San Diego, I know that there is more then just one Jewish football team in the United States. In South Florida, there are two Jewish football teams: The Posnack Rams and the Hillel Hurricanes.
I am a senior at the Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School, a traditional Jewish school in North Miami Beach, Fla.
The otherwise laudable discussion of events marking the publication of Gal Beckerman’s new book on the Soviet Jewry movement, “When They Come For Us We’ll Be Gone” (The Buzz, Oct. 8), is marred by describing the late Lynn Singer as “a petulant Soviet housewife.” Neither!
I was saddened to read that Lincoln Square Synagogue has been forced to halt construction on its new building due to significant cost overruns (“Lincoln Square Halts Construction On New Shul,” Oct. 22).
We are always pleased to see articles on the importance of adult Jewish learning, and the recent piece focusing on the newly packaged Context was no exception (“ A New ‘Context’ For Adult Ed,” Oct. 1).
While the article included mention of learning programs that make up “the competition,” all of us engaged with the sacred work of Jewish education in any framework know that our only real competition is whatever people do when they are not learning Jewishly.
The Torah teaches us to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. It is this fundamental Jewish value that was emphasized throughout my yeshiva education and today it is this same value that I stress to my own children.
Gary Rosenblatt provided a measured and thoughtful response to the controversy in Bergen County, N.J., surrounding the publication of a same-sex marriage announcement in a local Jewish newspaper (“Tolerance, Tradition Collide in Same-Sex Union Row,” Oct. 15).
Unfortunately, homosexuality has become so politicized that it has forced individuals to take specific positions on the subject for fear of being branded a certain way, instead of allowing them to logically look at the facts and arrive at a reasonable decision.