Regarding “We’re Losing The Continuity Battle. Who Cares?” Editor’s column, Jan. 24: What do you get when you gather a group of conservative thinkers in a room, most of whom don’t have ongoing existential experiences with real Jews confronting the vexing issues of the day, but who rather spend their time in cloistered academic and institutional settings where they get to prognosticate and know that publications like The Jewish Week will gleefully publish their stratospheric opinions? You get suggestions like: We should tell Jews to marry earlier and have more children. And we should tell Jews that intermarriage is bad.
Paul Golin criticizes as failures those who have railed against intermarriage for the past two generations as hopelessly out of touch, citing the recent Pew Research Center report on American Jewry (“In-Marriage Advocates Are Living In The Past,” Jan. 31). Golin is deluding himself. Ninety-six percent of the children of endogamous couples are being raised as religiously Jewish. Of the children of intermarried couples, 25 percent are being raised as religiously Jewish, 20 percent as partly religiously Jewish, and 16 percent as non-religiously Jewish.
Yasher koach to Rabbi Neil Fleischman on his d’var Torah concerning Yitro (“Flying High On Eagles’ Wings,” Sabbath Week, Jan. 17). I found his discussion of poetry centered around the imagery of Hashem as an eagle sheltering us beneath the divine wings to be inspiring and uplifting, if you will pardon the pun. I have found his periodic commentaries in your newspaper to be creative and original. He will often discuss pertinent topics and passages that are not usually noticed, addressed or deemed important in a sincere, but often humorous and interesting fashion.
If the distinguished “Co-Segan” (gabbai) of Congregation Shearith Israel has a beef with The Jewish Week for failing to characterize his shul as “in-vogue,” why take it out on Lincoln Square Synagogue? (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 10).
Rabbi Rick Jacobs preaches that the Jewish people should not discourage interfaith marriage and should, in fact, view it as a positive, as a natural development of our having been accepted into an open-minded free society (“’Being Against Intermarriage Is Like Being Against Gravity,’” Jan. 17).
Regarding the address Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, gave to the biennial (“Being Against Intermarriage Is Like Being Against Gravity,” Editor’s column, Jan. 17): The most dangerous word for the religious project is “inevitability.”