New Learning Coalition

03/27/2013 - 20:00

In response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“Can We Still Speak To Each Other? Do We Really Want To?” March 22), we six rabbis of congregations on Manhattan’s East Side wanted to share the news that we have forged a coalition to promote Jewish learning and Jewish unity.

B’nai Mitzvah Blues

03/19/2013 - 20:00

Your piece on the b’nai mitzvah scene (“B’nai Mitzvah Growing Pains,” March 8, really made me sick to my stomach. Not your excellent writing, but the very sad and sickening distortion of this milestone.

Satisfied Reader

03/19/2013 - 20:00

Mazal Tov to The New York Jewish Week for making itself a daily Jewish newspaper [through its website], with broad appeal.

Loving Critique

03/19/2013 - 20:00

It was an honor to share the stage with Presidents Conference Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, and to engage in a serious conversation on the major political and communal issues of the day at The Jewish Week Forum on Feb. 26 (“Mind The Generation Gap,” March 8). Robert Goldblum accurately captures some aspects of the generational divide that separates us, which was certainly on display periodically during the evening.

E-Rate Praise

03/19/2013 - 20:00

Yasher ko’cha’chem (congratulations to you) for having the integrity and courage to both write and publish the article (“Internet-Averse Haredi Schools Reaping Millions In Federal Tech Funds”) that appeared in the Feb. 22 issue. While the article may generate schadenfreude for some,

Offended By Purim Ad

03/19/2013 - 20:00

The ugliness and spitefulness of your Rubashkin cartoon in the Purim spoof (Feb. 22) beggars the language. How shocking and obscene that The Jewish Week finds humor in the intense suffering of a fellow Jew. The baseness and moral turpitude it reveals is deeply disheartening. In the end it is your own image you have irreparably trashed.

Disappointed Grandson

03/12/2013 - 20:00

As a grandson of Harry Slochower, the person whose struggle against McCarthy-era attacks on free speech Francine Klagsbrun has seen fit to appropriate for her own anti-speech agenda, I was disappointed by her column. (“BDS Threat To Israel’s Legitimacy, Not Free Speech,” Opinion, March 8).

Purim Jokes Go Too Far

03/12/2013 - 20:00

Purim is one of my favorite holidays, and I love the tradition of the Purim shpiel and Purim Torah making nonsense out of normally staid or even somewhat holy topics. But I was taken aback by your annual “Jewish Weak” Purim spoof (Feb. 22), in not one but two jokes about the sexual abuse of minors.

Bar Mitzvah Lessons

03/12/2013 - 20:00

The article “B’nai Mitzvah Growing Pains” (March 6) was troubling and stirred several responses as I plan for my own son’s bar mitzvah, which is just a few weeks away.

Dilution Of Conversion Standards

03/05/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi Elliott Cosgrove is not wrong to seek new approaches to the problem of intermarriage, but like many, he fails to acknowledge the dilution of standards that has led to the high rate of interfaith marriage within Conservative Judaism in the first place (“Time to Rethink Conversion Policy,” Editorial, March 1).

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