Letters

Recalling Reubens (As In The Sandwich)

05/01/2012

“The Gentrification of the Gefilte” (April 20) makes a passing reference to a Reuben sandwich. I am related to the late Arnold Reuben (grand-uncle and my mom’s uncle), whose fabulous restaurant Reuben’s on East 58th Street off Fifth Avenue catered to the rich and famous.

Quality Time

05/01/2012

Great article about kids layning [reading from the Torah] for their bar/bat mitzvah (“Changing Up The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Experience,” April 20). I am a rebbe here in Israel, and I tutor a lot of kids. I also give bar mitzvah lessons.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hype

05/01/2012

 The role of the bar/bat mitzvah in contemporary Jewish life deserves all the attention Gary Rosenblatt gave it, and more (“Changing Up The Bar And Bat Mitzvah Experience,” April 20). It reminded me of the parent who sends the child to Hebrew school with the warning, “My parents made me go, and you have to go also.”

Finest Essay Yet

05/01/2012

I’ve been a reader of The Jewish Week for many years, and I thought Eric Herschthal’s essay, “Are You There God?” (April 13), was the finest the paper has produced. It focused on an all-too-vital and widespread issue that hasn’t been given enough press.

Religion Without God

05/01/2012

Eric Herschthal’s question: “Can religion, especially Judaism, work if you don’t believe in God?” ironically and unintentionally puts its finger on exactly the issue (“Are You There, God?” April 13). His article is well written, articulate, rational and totally beside the point.

Friedman Depicted Unfairly

04/24/2012

Your article regarding anti-Semitism at Brooklyn College is missing certain facts (“CUNY Probing Anti-Semitism Charges At Brooklyn College,” April 13). For starters, names of many faculty members were misspelled.

Documenting The Plagues

04/24/2012

Fortunately, I missed reading The Jewish Week until after the Pesach seder, but in catching up, I read “Passover Haggadah: Fact or Fiction?” (April 6) in which Diane Sharon expressed her opinion that the facts of the Exodus are a metaphor, which if believed would cause one to “base their belief on historical facts that are later falsified.” Rather than accept Sharon’s version, documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici responded to these charges via a documentary entitled “Exodus: Decoded.”

Holocaust Apathy A Problem

04/24/2012

Your editorial entitled “Holocaust Observance” (April 20) points out the increasing importance of Holocaust observance as the generation of survivors passes on. You ask, “If the people who lived through the death camps and ghettos are no longer around ... who will refute the Holocaust deniers?”

Counterproductive To Snub Obama

04/24/2012

As a longtime advocate on behalf of Jonathan Pollard — and one of the first — I find the efforts now underway to try to convince Israel President Shimon Peres to decline the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in June unless President Barack Obama grants clemency to Pollard to be foolish and, in fact, counterproductive (“Pollard Supporters To Lean On Peres,” April 20).

One-On-One Training

04/24/2012

Suggestions to get rid of the one-on-one teaching of haftorot are quite misguided. (“Changing Up The Bar And Bat Mitzvah Experience,” April 20).

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