Letters

Upset At Friends Supporting Trump

07/27/2016 - 09:38

How disturbing it is to see many of my friends and people that I thought to be intelligent openly endorse Donald Trump or any Republican who spews hate against women, the poor, immigrants and religious groups (“Jews For Trump,” July 22).

Trump’s Behavior

07/27/2016 - 09:37

I write in response to Jonathan Mark’s column (“Jews for Trump: Shh! Don’t Tell!” July 22).

The sub-headline implies that Jews who support Trump do so in secret because they fear being shamed “from the left.” Political leanings are irrelevant. Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, never accused of being “from the left,” correctly characterizes Trump’s second-natured ability to tell lies as being “postmodern, in that they have no connection to a foundational concept of truth.”

ADL On Black Lives Matter

07/27/2016 - 09:36

We need to set the record straight on several points raised in a recent letter taking issue with the Anti-Defamation League’s efforts to advocate for the fair treatment of African-Americans at the hands of police (“Critical Of #BlackLivesMatter,” Letters, July 22).

On Wiesel And Madoff

07/20/2016 - 00:45

Thank you for all the beautiful essays published in The Jewish Week celebrating Elie Wiesel’s “near-universal public renown” and “majesty” (July 8 and 15).

Times Have Changed

07/20/2016 - 00:44

Rabbi Avi Shafran’s letter in response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today” (June 17), suggests that by stating “thy God (will be) my God,” Ruth was “declaring acceptance of the commandments” of the Torah. The story of Ruth takes place many centuries before the compilation of the Mishnah, at a time prior to the development of the corpus of Jewish law that Rabbi Shafran would have us believe needs to be accepted “in principle” and “sincerity” by a convert to Judaism.

Probing Ruth’s Motives

07/20/2016 - 00:44

Rabbi Allen Schwartz’s contention in his letter “Headline Not Backed Up” (Letter, June 24) correctly identifies a shortcoming in “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today” (Editor’s column, June 17). Since the fall of the Soviet Union, many non-Jews have gone to Eretz Yisrael and identified with the Jewish nation by becoming citizens, to maintain family relationships.

Some want to intensify the relationship by converting.

Appreciates Essay

07/20/2016 - 00:43

Kudos to Rabbi Haskel Lookstein for his response to the politically dictated obstruction of the Israeli rabbinate to American rabbinic conversions (“A Travesty Of Rabbinical Justice In Israel,” Opinion online).

On Rabbi Lookstein

07/20/2016 - 00:42

That the chief rabbinate in Petach Tikvah would not accept a conversion by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, one of the most outstanding, compassionate and well-known Orthodox rabbis in the United States, would be the stuff of farce, were it not a tragedy for the bride-to-be. One can only hope that one day soon the Israeli rabbinate will wake up and realize that clear thinking and common sense should prevail, so that then Petach Tikvah can resound with the joyous ‘voice of the bridegroom and voice of the bride.’

Chiefs Defined By Followers

07/20/2016 - 00:40

Though they don’t speak in the divine plural like the Pope, rabbis, like all clergy, speak In Loco Deus, in the name of God. Ultimately, their power derives from the same source as His, our belief in them.

Worried About Trump

07/20/2016 - 00:39

I find it astounding that anyone who understands Jewish history and tries to practice our religious beliefs and values could even consider voting for Donald Trump (“Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump,” Editor’s column, July 1).

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