Editorial & Opinion | Letters

10/15/2014 | | Letters

Elana Maryles Sztokman is entitled to her own opinion but not to her own facts (“My Feminist Struggles With Yom Kippur,” Oct. 3). Classical Judaism as codified in halacha has never been gender- neutral, nor class-neutral for that matter. 

10/15/2014 | | Letters

As an Orthodox Jewish man speaking only for myself, I would like to ask Elana Maryles Sztokman, “For what should I apologize?” (“My Feminist Struggles With Yom Kippur,” Opinion, Oct. 3).

10/08/2014 | | Letters

In response to Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musing (“Yom Kippur’s Web,” Oct. 3): We say the Veedoi (Confessional prayer), as well as other important prayers like Aleinu, for example, in plural, because, pure and simple, all of Israel are responsible for one another.

10/08/2014 | | Members of the Board, Religious Zionists of America | Letters

Gary Rosenblatt reports in his column, “At Year’s End, Struggling To Stay Together” (Sept. 19), that at a recent meeting of 50 Jewish “thought leaders and communal activists” in Baltimore, participants noted that many in the Jewish community measure the success or failure of Jewish education according to “the choice of a Jewish marriage partner.” Certainly despite other religious differences in the Jewish community, there is a broad consensus that intermarriage is undesirable.

10/08/2014 | | Letters

Not easy to hear the truth, but essential (“Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands,’” Oct. 3).

Dershowitz, besides being brilliant, possesses real moral clarity. Wish the apologist Jews among us would finally listen.

10/08/2014 | | Letters

Regarding Richard Cohen’s new book, “Israel: Is It Good For The Jews?” (Editor’s column, Oct. 3), it should be noted that gloom and doom predictions have been made about Israel, going back to before the state was created. In 1948, George Marshall, then Secretary of State and wartime Army Chief of Staff, warned President Truman that the Jews in Palestine would need two American divisions, some 40,000 men, to keep from being overrun [by Arab armies]. The prophets of Israel's doom have been wrong ever since.