Letters

Being In The ‘Now’

01/22/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, which I usually thoroughly enjoy, missed the mark by a wide margin (“The Power Of Now,” Jan. 4).

‘Gray Areas’ Of Behavior

01/22/2013 - 19:00

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “What I’ve Learned Since Lanner” (Jan. 11), and his reference to “gray areas”: We have learned many things over the years about people such as his examples who engage in “inappropriate behavior.” They are persistent, they rarely change this behavior and our not knowing whether they have actually stepped over the line into criminal behavior is no proof that they have not.

None of the people referenced could be legally hired to be a New York City public school teacher. Why do we think the Jewish community deserves less security?

Silence Of The Rabbis

01/22/2013 - 19:00

In his Jan. 11 column, Gary Rosenblatt mused about what he, having broken the Baruch Lanner abuse story in 2000, has learned from the subsequent fallout over the past decade (“What I’ve Learned Since Lanner”).

Today, as we are confronted by perhaps an even more egregious scandal at Yeshiva University, the one question that has not been asked is what have our communal leaders, especially rabbis, learned about how to deal with this type of nightmarish behavior and why have many been silent?

Over time there remains a silent majority who stand around and collect their paychecks without so much as offering any comforting words, let alone taking action against the perpetrators. One rabbi in Bergen County, N.J.,

Being In The ‘Now’

01/15/2013 - 19:00

Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musings column, which I usually thoroughly enjoy, missed the mark by a wide margin (“The Power Of Now,” Jan. 4). Being in the “now” does not mean rejecting the past, or dismissing what is to come.

Lower East Side Still Vibrant

01/15/2013 - 19:00

Ari Goldman is correct (“Only the Subway Stop Remains,” Directions, Dec. 28)

A New ‘Up’ Cycle

01/15/2013 - 19:00

Lessons From Lincoln Square

01/15/2013 - 19:00

The story of the Lincoln Square Synagogue’s financial disaster in constructing a new building (“Lincoln Square Gamble: If You Build It, Will They Come?” Jan. 4) presents a lesson for all congregational leaders about the risks of succumbing to the “edifice complex.”  

Ark Not Kitschy

01/15/2013 - 19:00

Your Jan. 4 sidebar on Lincoln Square Synagogue’s aron kodesh (“Craters Of The Last Ark”) mentions that some find its unusual design kitschy. I disagree.

Time To Challenge Hagel

01/15/2013 - 19:00

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense should be vigorously challenged (“What To Do About Hagel?” Jan. 11).

Unwise Campaign Against Hagel

01/15/2013 - 19:00

That “several pro-Israel groups have been very vocal in warning against the [former Sen. Chuck] Hagel appointment” (“What To Do About Hagel?” Jan 11) is putting it mildly. Many of these groups, as well as Jewish neoconservatives,

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