Editorial & Opinion | Letters

10/29/2014 | | Letters

In the wake of the Rabbi Barry Freundel tragedy, The Jewish Week published several articles last week about the need for increasing women’s roles in Orthodox Judaism.  To a large extent, the articles focused primarily on increasing women’s roles in connection with mikvah and conversion. I would add that women should also play a greater role in the way batei din (religious courts) deal with agunot (women unable to divorce). I suggest that a panel of agunot and former agunot be an official part of the process when a beit din is dealing with an agunah case.

10/29/2014 | | Letters

In “‘Klinghoffer’ As Gateway to Dialogue” (Oct. 24), Maharat Rori Picker Neiss argues that, although offensive, “The Death of Klinghoffer” opera creates the opportunity for those with opposing
viewpoints to engage in a “difficult and painful” dialogue. The process,
she believes, creates the potential for enemies to “open their minds and
hearts to one another” that we Jews should not reject.

10/29/2014 | | Letters

What possesses President Obama to be driven to conclude a nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime — even if it is weak, problematic, and flawed, which strongly favors Iran? (“On Iran, ‘No Deal’ On Nukes Looking Better,” Editorial, Oct. 24)

10/29/2014 | | Letters

Regarding “‘Hostile Environment’ For John Jay Jewish Students” (Oct. 17): At John Jay College, we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and respectful community of students, staff and scholars, dedicated to our mission of “educating for justice.” So I am deeply troubled, both personally and professionally, by recent reports that Jewish students at John Jay College have felt intimidated and harassed on our campus.

10/22/2014 | | Letters

I saw the moral of Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, “Redemption Song” (Oct. 17), coming, but nonetheless, it is an important lesson for us all: Live the life of one who would enlighten, motivate, and assist our fellow men. Sometimes we feel that a mitzvah is “insignificant,” but, what WE think is of no importance, it is the doing of that mitzvah that is important.

10/22/2014 | | Letters

It is very admirable that Phyllis Chesler has taken the time to read the opera, study the libretto and watch the movie of the opera (“Rhetoric Rising As ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera Nears,” Oct. 17) before judging it. Many of us haven’t the time and, although we share her feelings, and find the staging of this opera deeply, painfully objectionable, we hesitate to criticize it at the risk of being called unfair for judging a work we haven’t seen. That is always a legitimate concern, and I almost always share it.