To be Orthodox means to appreciate the fact that the mitzvot are of divine origin and the Torah is the “manual” to life. Another principle to Orthodoxy is that no human is perfect. We are each born with our unique evil inclination: for some the temptation is money, for others drugs, for others it is observing the Sabbath, for still others it is the illicit sexual relations of any of the varieties listed in the Torah reading of Yom Kippur afternoon.
Regarding “Jewish-Arab Social Gap Threatens Start-Up Nation” (Nov. 1): interesting subject; terrible reporting. Among the article’s various oversights: Not all Israeli Jews are alike; the haredim are as under-employed as the Arabs.
Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, as all Chabad emissaries, should presumably be commended for his work to perpetuate Judaism, but his “silver lining” (“A Rabbi Sees Silver Lining In Study’s Findings,” Opinion, Nov. 1), which may seem to somehow find “wonderful” the identification of so many people who oppose organized religion and religious organizations, bends way out of line, and linings, silver or sugar-coated.
Of all people, Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League should not weigh in on the topic of whether the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous should honor an Allianz executive (“Fresh Outrage Over Plan To Honor Allianz Chief,” Nov. 1).
I was moved by Lisa Klug’s piece on Neshama Carlebach, “Soul Daughter” (Oct. 18). I was disappointed, however, by the omission of any mention of another part of the legacy she carries on so beautifully.
While the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous has been in the news recently for our dinner honoree, I do not want the broader Jewish community to lose sight of the important work our organization does each and every day (“Fresh Outrage Over Plan To Honor Allianz Chief,” Nov. 1).