Regarding the Sharansky-Mandelblit proposals under current consideration [for equitable prayer at the Western Wall]: any solution that enshrines privilege for and domination by any stream of Jewish worship at the Kotel, or any public, sacred space in Israel, is a terrible, short-sighted policy that will come back and bite us in perpetuity.
The article, “‘Knockout’ Comes To Crown Heights” (Nov. 29) was terribly disturbing. Not only due to the evidently increasing incidence of these sickening vicious random attacks, but also because of the offensive apologetics offered by City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.
I am in agreement with Chancellor Eisen and I also treasure what the institutions of the Conservative movement have done for my family and me (“Lets Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Opinion, Nov. 29).
For me the key words [in Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s Opinion essay] are “affordable intensive Judaism.”
Chancellor Eisen mentions day care, early childhood programs, day school education and Ramah camps. They are becoming less and less affordable (“Let’s Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Nov. 29).
My teacher Rabbi Shlomo Riskin much too glibly interprets Jacob’s response to his sons in Parshat Vayishlach (“Sabbath Week: The Morality of Retaliation,” Nov. 15) when he writes that Jacob’s “condemnation [of Shimon and Levi, for killing every male in the city in retaliation for Shechem’s rape of their sister Dina] is on political rather than ethical grounds.”
The Sigd celebration Jonathan Mark wrote about in the Nov. 1 issue (“Under African Skies”) was such a delight and success. I attended along with about 200 other Jews who love and support Jewish diversity. All who attended enjoyed the day, listening to the kes (Ethiopian clergy) from Israel, and Rabbi Sharon Shalom, both Ethiopian rabbis who traveled to the New York City Sigd from Israel and chanted under colorful, traditional umbrellas. They were accompanied by Princeton professor Ephraim Isaac, also Ethiopian.
While I was reading Heather Robinson’s column (“Jewish-American Women And Intermarriage,” Nov. 8) it reminded me of the sad love story, “Splendor in the Grass,” starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. The young couple was prevented from ever getting married due to parental disapproval.