Roly Matalon

Of All Peoples, Jews Should Understand The Value of Self-Determination

12/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

For Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch's piece, "Liberal Rabbi: BJ Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message," click here.

It would be very foolish for a secular Jew to step into a dispute between two or more rabbis. But given that I find the current dispute to be touching on a core concept of Jewish identity, whether it be religious or secular, I will take the risk and responsibility of such foolishness.

B’nai Jeshurun ‘Regrets’ UN Letter

Under pressure, rabbis say letter on Palestinian vote was ‘unedited draft’ and not nuanced enough.

12/06/2012
Staff Writer

Stung by criticism over their e-mail to congregants lauding the United Nations for recognizing the Palestinians, the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side sent a new e-mail Thursday morning to express regret that their original e-mail did not convey the proper tone.

“We regret the feelings of alienation that resulted from our letter,” the rabbis wrote.

Rabbis at B'nai Jeshurun have apologized for a letter celebrating the UN's Palestine vote. Photo courtesy B'nai Jeshurun
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