Letters

Panel Should Decide On Abuse Charges

06/04/2012 - 20:00

I would like to express my objections to suggestions that all allegations of sexual abuse be reported to the district attorney’s office (“Questions Surface On Hynes Task Force,” May 25).

The problem is that there is a possibility that the accused may be innocent. A public report to the district attorney would unfairly brand the accused as a sexual predator.

Patrilineal Divisions

06/04/2012 - 20:00

There is much to commend in Rabbi Richard Jacobs’ letter celebrating the Reform movement’s policy of “reaching out to non-Jewish spouses who increasingly were within our families and congregations” (Letters, June 1). 

Rabbi Jacobs rightly attributes this policy to Rabbi Alexander Schindler, who was the professional head of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations during a period of significant change within Reform movement.

Haredi Hostility

06/04/2012 - 20:00

Rabbi Richard Jacobs writes that Reform Judaism is a better alternative than haredi Judaism for a gentile seeking to convert (Letters, June 1). It’s a Hobson’s choice.

Tikkun Olam

06/04/2012 - 20:00

Did I miss a sentence in Gary Rosenblatt’s glowing column, (“Putting ‘Tikkun Olam’ To The Ultimate Test,” June 1), or were the Palestinians overlooked?How can we avoid the point of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement by not starting Tikkun Olam right in Israel’s front yard?

Manhattan

Absurd Claims

06/04/2012 - 20:00

As rock-ribbed Ohio Republicans it is unlikely Ron Richards and his wife would ever vote for any Democratic nominee for president, let alone one who is also an African American (“Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November,” June 1).

Unfair To Ohio

06/04/2012 - 20:00

As a Jew who lived his first 30 years in Ohio, and second in New York, I wanted to call out Stewart Ain’s slanted article about Ohio Jews, which focused on the southern river town of Cincinnati (“Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November,” June 1).

Though both in Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland are about as similar as New York City and Buffalo.

Smearing Judah Maccabee

05/28/2012 - 20:00

I was outraged by the accusation that Judah Maccabee, if alive today, would “likely want to kill Jewish parents who want to harmonize being Jewish and being American” (“Mel Gibson and Judah Maccabee? Not a Good Mix,” Opinion, May 25).

Unfair To Haredim

05/28/2012 - 20:00

As someone not particularly fond of the haredi community, I still found your treatment of these Jews extremely troubling. While Ari Goldman covered their Internet conclave professionally (“Will Asifa Net Results?” May 25), your mocking editorial (“Take Me Out Of The Ballgame,” May 25) was more than insulting and would have been at home in Der Stermer:

Self-Conversion

05/28/2012 - 20:00

My early educational years were at Washington, D.C. Yeshivat Beit Yehuda. I grew up accepting the traditional definitions of who is a Jew. Eleven years ago I created the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation (www.JASHP.org).

Opening Our Gates

05/28/2012 - 20:00

I was pleased to read Gary Rosenblatt’s spot-on column, “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today,” (May 25). He is absolutely correct in his assessment that in the spirit of Jewish unity and the Festival of Shavuot, “our impulse should be to embrace rather than reject those who are sincere in their intentions to echo Ruth’s words: ‘Your God shall be my God.’”

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