Letters

Unfair Depiction Of North Shore

12/13/2011

The Jewish Week’s article “Day School World Gauging Fallout from SAT Scandal” (Dec. 2) is misleading, and it abandons the American principle of “innocent until proven guilty.”

The North Shore Hebrew Academy High School prides itself on honest achievement. Consistently at the forefront of Torah learning, chesed and academic success, the students of North Shore compete and achieve in the spirit of self-motivation and integrity.

Memories Of YU Basketball

12/13/2011

When Yeshiva University’s alumni affairs director recently sent me an e-mail inviting me to participate in a ceremony honoring former captains of YU’s varsity basketball teams, it reminded me, many years later, of some of the thoughts and memories I have about playing basketball at Yeshiva (“Captain Of Their Soles,” Dec. 9).

Unbiased Professionals

12/13/2011

It’s heartbreaking to read that some Lakewood Jewish officials apparently pressure child sex abuse victims and their loved ones into keeping silent about their suffering and reporting it to authorities. (“In Lakewood Abuse Cases, A ‘Parallel Justice System’,” Dec. 9).

This is precisely the attitude that has enabled thousands of child-molesting Catholic clerics to devastate the lives of tens of thousands of innocent children.

Gorenberg Responds

12/13/2011

In her letter (Dec. 9) commenting on a review of my book, “The Unmaking of Israel” (Dec. 2), Karen Stahl-Don compares me to the 10 spies of the Torah. I confess my bemusement.

Rebbe Jonathan Sacks?

12/06/2011

It is unfortunate that The Jewish Week uncritically portrays the chief rabbi of England as an ideological inheritor of the Lubavitcher rebbe (“The Chief Rabbi and the Rebbe,” Dec. 2).

Singing Praises

12/06/2011

 The article, “Search On for ‘Big Idea’ for Jewish Teens” (Dec. 2), reports that “having good friends, doing well academically and getting into a good college” were “very” or “extremely important” to the teens surveyed for the Cohen Center study, while having a strong Jewish identity ranked lower down on the list. 

One-Sided View

12/06/2011

I am mystified that Jerome Chanes’ review of Gershom Gorenberg’s “The Unmaking of Israel” (Fall Literary Guide, Nov. 25) ignores several of Gorenberg’s most outlandish proposals and radical views. Gorenberg advocates the dismantling of the entire hesder yeshiva framework (p. 234) and dropping the active promotion of Jewish immigration (p. 246). He also derides concern of the Iranian threat and the growing Islamization of the “Arab Spring” as a remnant of the shtetl complex of seeing Cossacks everywhere.

Pleased With Results

12/06/2011

I very much appreciated Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Mind the Gap Between Orthodox and Other Jews” (Dec. 2), in which he presented an extensive recap of how we Orthodox differ in so many ways from “other Jews.” It was also cheering to read about the large number of children being born to the Orthodox while the “other Jews” are having much fewer children (and, of course, marrying out). Indeed, in a generation or two, we will be fewer but “Jewer” — quality over quantity.

Edison, N.J.

Cheating Scandal

12/06/2011

As a parent at North Shore Hebrew Academy, I am disgusted by the cheating scandal but I am more appalled by the tepid and vacillating response of the education administration (“Day School World Gauging Fallout From SAT Scandal,” Dec. 2).

Where is the communication to the parents on cheating? Where are the e-mails condemning the action and promising swift and decisive judgment?

Where is the admission of a problem? Where is the honor code for student performance? Where is the assurance that this will not happen again?

The Truth Hurts

12/06/2011

There have been several articles in recent days reporting on criticism of Israel by American Jewish groups for placing some Hebrew ads in the U.S. whose goal was to encourage Israeli expatriates to return home. The ads highlighted some negatives of the American diaspora such as the ignorance of some American Jews about Judaism, Israel, and the Hebrew language, and concerns about intermarriage. The ads were not placed in any public medium available to the majority of American Jews and certainly not to the non-Jewish U.S. public.

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