David Makovsky, who until recently served as one of the State Department’s Middle East “peace processors,” was quoted in a JTA story in your Feb. 13 issue as criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for planning to speak to Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat (“Gauging Possible Fallout From Bibi’s Speech”).
The important sentiments expressed by Gary Rosenblatt in his column last week, “First Step To Defeating Terror: Call It What It Is,” were right on the mark. As Jews in the United States, we are privileged to enjoy the religious protections afforded to us by the U.S. Constitution and are fortunate to be able to openly practice our faith without fear of reprisal. That being said, it behooves all of us to recognize that terrorist attacks targeting Jews in Europe are on the rise and the brazen anti-Semitism being exhibited in European countries is becoming rather commonplace.
In last week’s article about birth control and Jewish law (“Birth Control, Jewish Law Collide at Stern”), Stern College undergraduate Rachel Robinson was quoted as saying that “the idea that sex is not just for procreation is inherently a feminist idea.”
Regarding last week’s article “Birth Control, Jewish Law Collide At Stern”: I too attended Rabbi Moshe Kahn’s recent shiur on the halachic parameters of delaying procreation at Stern College for Women. Rav Kahn’s view on temporarily delaying procreation has a strong halachic basis, and is founded on the rulings of the Rivash and the Rema, among other rishonim (rabbinic commentaries).
The idea that sex is not solely for birth control is not just due to modern feminism (“Birth Control, Halacha Collide At Stern,” Feb. 20). It is an idea held by many rabbinic authorities through the ages, and is even the prominent idea in the Talmud and Rabbinic Judaism.