I want to thank Rabbi Gerald Zelizer for acknowledging and accepting in his Opinion piece, “Making A Place For Non-Jews In Our Synagogue” (Feb. 21), all the good ideas that I presented at the Conservative movement’s think tank on kiruv (Jewish outreach).
I’d like to commend Sid Schwartz for his opinion piece criticizing censorship in the Jewish community, especially around matters regarding Israel (“Limiting Debate On Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” Feb. 7).
Your Feb. 7 article, “For Orthodox Women, Catch-22 on Tefillin,” ends with a quotation that suggests that the reason Orthodox women have little to no interest in wearing tefillin is that “Not only is it a huge undertaking, but there is so much cultural animosity towards it, why would you do it?”
Rabbi Yehuda L. Oppenheimer |
The opinion piece by Dov Zakheim and Steven Bayme (“Not A Proud Moment for the RCA,” Feb. 7) is an unfortunate work of fiction that seeks to promote one of The Jewish Week’s favorite canards – that Avi Weiss is protecting “Modern Orthodoxy” from the “senseless and arbitrary actions” of the “Haredi Chief Rabbinate”, and that the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) is to blame for “failing to censure” those of its members who expressed negative opinions about Avi Weiss.