Letters

Staten Island Services

05/10/2011
Cong. Temple Emanu-El, Staten Island

I am writing to correct a misconception that your article, “For Staten Island Jews, A Central Address” (March 4), may have created. The Jewish community of Staten Island has indeed had a central address since 1968 in the form of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island. The Council is made up of representatives of many of the local Jewish organizations, especially the interdenominational synagogue community.

No Time For Concessions

05/10/2011
Passaic, N.J.

Move over Gary Rosenblatt, move over with your defeatist attitude: “like it or not, the onus is on Netanyahu…” (“Time Is Not On Israel’s Side,” Between The Lines, April 8).

Moving Words

05/10/2011

Jonathan Mark’s column on the mayor of Itamar (“Twin Peaks,” The Edge, April 1), especially in the last few paragraphs, managed to bring me to tears, as do most of his articles.

In my estimation, that’s what art — in this case, the art of writing — is supposed to do. So thank you.

Freedom Matzah

05/10/2011
Manhattan

Sitting at our Pesach seder, discussing Jewish history from the liberation of our ancestors from Egypt to our brethren from the Soviet Union, recounting that so many nations of our oppression are no more, I glanced at our box of shmura matzah. It was baked in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and exported to the United States.

What a delicious irony.

Explaining Kabbalah

05/10/2011
Manhattan

Eric Herschthal’s article on Harold Bloom contains an astonishing leap of logic (“Bloom’s Day, Or Year,” April 22).

He writes: “The strand of Kabbalah Bloom championed — Lurianic Kabbalah — was formed in direct response to the Jews’ expulsion from Catholic Spain, not in reaction to other rabbis.”

Sad Statement On Israel

05/10/2011
Riverdale

In his Between the Lines column, “Alienation From Israel Hitting Liberal Seminaries” (May 6), Gary Rosenblatt quotes Daniel Gordis as claiming that many future Conservative and Reform rabbis want Israel to live up to its ideals, but that his generation just wants Israel to survive. If this is an accurate quote, how sad. Obviously survival is always paramount. But survival and acting morally are not mutually exclusive.

Rabbi And Rabba

05/10/2011

As one of the two Academy for Jewish Religion graduates from last year who had asked to be ordained with the title of “rabba,” I wish to thank you for bringing to light an important issue in your article (“A New ‘Rabba’ In Riverdale,” April 29).

Rabbi And Rabba

05/10/2011

As one of the two Academy for Jewish Religion graduates from last year who had asked to be ordained with the title of “rabba,” I wish to thank you for bringing to light an important issue in your article (“A New ‘Rabba’ In Riverdale,” April 29).

Haredi Responsibility

05/10/2011

It is with some bafflement that I read the interview with Dr. Meir Wikler in the article “The Hareidim and Yom HaShoah” (N.Y. Minute, April 29).

Rabbis For Jacobs

05/10/2011

We are past presidents and leaders of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the largest and oldest rabbinical organization in the world. We are ardent Zionists, deeply committed to a Jewish democratic State of Israel in secure and recognized borders. Some of us identify ourselves with J Street, others with AIPAC and others with neither. However, one should not doubt the firm commitment of each of us to the welfare of the Jewish state and Jewish people. In that respect, we are typical of the broad spectrum of pro-Israel involvements that characterize the Reform movement.

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