Hannah Dreyfus’ report on my recent lecture at Stern College for Women (“Birth Control, Jewish Law Collide At Stern,” Feb. 18) misrepresented the thrust of my arguments, conflating a strictly halachic question about the permissibility of birth control by married couples into unrelated ideological debates surrounding feminism and sexual empowerment.
In my talk, I argued that halacha permits couples that feel unprepared to assume the responsibilities of parenthood — for psychological, financial, or other reasons —to temporarily delay the mitzvah of procreation. Contrary to common practice in the Orthodox community, couples do not require a heter, or dispensation, from a rabbi to use birth control.
Following Rabbi Gerald Skolnik’s advice [in his Jewish Week blog] would mean Netanyahu should never speak to Congress, because speaking to Congress is lobbying for something. If you agree that the president is being too lenient/naive (as even the EU opines) with Iran developing the bomb, then stopping a bad deal is necessary and the only routes are lobbying or taking independent, perhaps military, action.
I prefer lobbying as a first option.
The image of a man set on fire is haunting. The fact that ISIS’ brutal act of burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot, a fellow Muslim, was performed in the name of God makes it even worse. If this is not a call to moderate and peace loving Muslims to join the battle against ISIS and radical Islam, then I don’t know what is.
While one has to have a great deal of sympathy for Ms. Bobs-Waksberg (“On Campus, An Assault On The Status Quo,” Feb. 6), one has to believe that the abuse of drugs and alcohol has an awful lot to deal with the situation that created date rape [or other forms of sexual assault]. Often both parties are so high or intoxicated that making out a case of non-consensual sex is impossible.