It was hard for me to believe the title of the Opinion article by an Orthodox rabbi, Chaim Steinmetz: “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue” (Opinion, July 1).
The statement that “circumcision is a marketing nightmare; outside of a deep commitment to Judaism, based on a biblical command, there’s no good reason to do it,” is outrageous. It is with much regret that there are many secular and misinformed Jews that are a very potent voice against circumcision, but to hear an Orthodox rabbi say this is really sinful and abhorrent.
Your June 17 editorial, “Misguided Statehood Push,” wants to have it both ways. On the one hand, you commend the Obama administration for its “productive efforts to blunt the thrust of the Palestinian campaign” to have Palestine recognized as a sovereign state by the United Nations during the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.
I was very perplexed about Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz’s Opinion piece, “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue: An Orthodox Rabbi Agrees” (July 1). In the article, Rabbi Steinmetz states: “But increasingly I’ve come to realize that circumcision is incompatible with the times, as is much of Judaism.” This is the opinion of a “Modern Orthodox rabbi,” a spiritual leader? I was always taught the beauty of the Torah and hence Judaism is that it is timeless.
In Jerome Chanes’s article about the Camp Massad Reunion (“Recalling The Golden Age Of Hebrew Culture In America,” July 1), he talks about a world that is lost and that we Camp Massad alumni mourn. How true and sad.
I hope as an alumnus that present-day Jewish camps will learn and imitate what we learned from Camp Massad. What we learned is Jewish unity, tolerance for our fellow Jews and a love for Eretz and Medinat Yisrael, the land and state of Israel. For all the talk that I hear in synagogues about Jewish unity, we at Massad practiced it.
In reference to Francine Klagsbrun’s Opinion piece (“Especially On Mideast, Words Do Matter,” June 10), she is, of course, correct that words do matter, but regrettably has misjudged its application in the case of “mutually agreed swaps.” A core issue that seems to escape her is simply that nations have interests. Furthermore, Israel is the only country in the world that is under constant siege and has been so since its inception.
Francine Klagsbrun’s argument in her Opinion piece (“Especially On Mideast Issues, Words Do Matter,” June 10) is similar to the words of Jewish leaders in Germany in 1934. They also believed that it was in the best interest of the Jewish population to work with the new Nazi leadership. In April of 1934 the German government passed the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service. This law prevented Jews from having employment in the German government. This was the beginning of the end for Jews in Europe under the Nazis.
Thank you for Steve Lipman’s article about the Jewish Federation of Rockland County’s efforts to promote Rockland County, N.Y., as a place that is welcoming to young Jewish families (“Rockland Outreach Facing Demographic, Image Challenges,” June 17).
The Jewish Week coverage was thorough and thoughtful, portraying our county as one with a vibrant Jewish life and much to offer Jews hoping to find an affordable home not far from the city.