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12/08/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

A short letter is not the forum to evaluate the cogency of the highly debatable arguments made by Rabbi Avi Shafran in his sharp critique of the Open Orthodox segment of Modern Orthodoxy (“Denominational Déjà Vu,” Opinion, Dec. 4)

12/08/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

Lisa Schlaff’s Opinion column regarding the recent RCA proclamation banning
rabbinic titles for women struck a chord. (“Women Studying Torah: Facts On The Ground,” Dec. 4).

12/01/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

With the release of Jonathan Pollard from prison after 30 years it would be
appropriate to realize the unfortunate results of Pollard’s actions: they
made the lives of some American Jews in the U.S. military and defense
establishment more difficult (“Pollard Will Likely Make N.Y. Home,” Nov. 27).

12/01/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

As a member of a Modern Orthodox synagogue (founded by a rabbi who now teaches at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah), I was deeply disturbed by the recent proclamation of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America [the Council of Sages], the rabbis who guide the Agudath Israel of America. Their statement denigrated and attempted to delegitimize Rabbi Avi Weiss, a giant of contemporary American Jewry, as well as the institutions he founded and the graduates of said institutions.

12/01/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

Contrary to the assertion contained in your article (“Nazi Art Case Tests Start Date of Shoah,” Nov. 27), the Motion to Dismiss filed by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Federal Republic of Germany in the Guelph Treasure case in October is not a contention of when the Nazi persecution of Jews began. Nor does the motion argue that the sale could not have been forced merely because it predated the mass murder of Jews. 

12/01/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

In recent days it seems the entire world has heard of Ezra Schwartz (“What Ezra Schwartz Taught Us,” Nov. 27). We’ve learned about his amazing passion for Torah, for chesed, and of his great love of Israel.