Regarding the travesty occurring in Emmanuel [where religious parents were jailed for refusing to send their children to school with non-religious children], irrespective of the details of whether the parents were right, wrong, racist or other — the government of Israel, through its courts, exercised wrongful and bullying power by effectively jailing the parents of these children.
Zionism cannot survive if not imbued with Torah. Eric Herschthal’s article, “Clash Of Zionisms In the Academy” (June 25), quoted several experts on the slow demise of secular Zionism and its lack of relevancy with young, diaspora Jews, with some historians citing a lack of knowledge of the cultural aspects of Judaism.
What would that entail? Learning about gefilte fish? Matzah balls? Barbra Streisand and her Brooklynese? Yiddish theater in the 1930s? Holocaust movies?
I read “Young Leaders Pushing For Seat At The Table” (July 2), which calls the two-day program Pursue, created in 2008, the “first of its kind within the Jewish nonprofit world,” to give nonprofit boardroom experience to 20- and 30-something Jews. I’d like to bring to your attention to the fact that for more than 30 years UJA-Federation of New York’s yearlong Observership Program has successfully trained many emerging young leaders.
I read with interest “More Jewish Options For End-Of-Life Care” (June 4) reporting on the acquisition by Metropolitan Jewish of the Jacob Perlow Hospice and the Zicklin Jewish Hospice Residence. Metropolitan Jewish has been a leader in hospice care for many years.
I read your article, “Special-Needs Families Fighting Jewish Day Schools” (June 11), with considerable sadness. Beside the need to combat prejudice in this area, I believe that our yeshivas and day schools, which are now struggling financially, could and would provide more special-needs services given financial incentives and support.
I therefore urge the federations and our philanthropists to make this cause a major funding priority. There is no greater mitzvah than saving the soul of Jewish child.
I am in agreement with Joseph Rackman that one day there will be Orthodox women who will have the stature of a rabbi — no matter what label is used (“Mrs. Maimonides,” Opinion, June 25).
The Jewish Week has had many articles and letters for and against this issue, including a letter stating that certain leading rabbis, like Moshe Feinstein and Joseph Soloveitchik, opposed. It is interesting to that Bible scholar Nechama Leibovitz was a contemporary of theirs.
In his opinion piece, “We Have Met the Enemy...” (July 2), Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is concerned about the anger he saw on display at the recently concluded World Zionist Congress. As we approach Tisha b’Av, he rightfully fears for sinat chinam — senseless divisive hatred that is traditionally blamed for the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. Yet he claims that the shenanigans at the Congress were in response to “non-Orthodox successes in passing resolutions relating to religious pluralism in Israel.”
After reading The Jewish Week, I have come to the conclusion that this world has turned itself around. Liberal Jews criticize Israel and equate it with Nazi Germany while they support an enemy that is bent on Israel’s destruction. They criticize Israel for defending itself against an enemy that uses barbaric means to kill Jews, no matter how observant they are or what denomination they are from.