Rutgers’ Responsibility


Rutgers University’s president rightly condemned The Medium’s publication of a vile op-ed mocking and trivializing the Holocaust, and falsely claiming it was written by Aaron Marcus, a Jewish pro-Israel student (“Medium Paper, Large Insult,” April 10). The Medium’s response to the pain it caused Marcus makes clear just how much work Rutgers needs to do to address campus anti-Semitism.

Bigger Survey


In Stewart Ain’s article, “Social Justice Still Drives Jewish Agenda” (April 6), he points out that Israel is not high on the priority of American Jews according to the survey that was taken. The survey is flawed because of the small number of people surveyed.

Too Easy On Beinart


Look what Gary Rosenblatt got for conferring undeserved status and a “fair” report on Israel-basher Peter Beinart – a kick in the teeth.  (“JW Review ‘Disservice’ To Readers,” Opinion by Peter Beinart, March 30).

When will Rosenblatt and our leaders learn how the radical J Street crowd works? --Attack and demonize anyone who doesn’t completely support them.

Moshiach Ad


I was surprised to see a full-page ad (March 30) placed by the sect of Chabad that still believes that the late Rabbi Menachem Schneerson is the "King Messiah," despite his having passed away. It seems fairly established in Jewish law across the spectrum and centuries that the Moshiach, the anointed Redeemer of Israel, must come from the living, not be brought back from the dead. There have been other sects, most notably Christianity, that brought in the notion of a resurrected Messiah. That notion (among others) caused a clear divide between Judaism and those faiths.

Wrong Seder Message


I subscribe to The Jewish Week to be informed about the latest events, concerns and interests of our people. However, after reading Steve Lipman’s article, “The Tomato Finds Its Place On The Seder Plate” (March 30), I found myself saddened by the fact that too many of us choose to use the Passover seder as a forum for espousing our own personal agendas.

Have we become so assimilated that so many of us forgot or never knew the real purpose of the Exodus and the reason that we celebrate that event via our seders?

Relates To Beren Decision


As a parent who advocated last February for my USA Gymnasts daughter Amalya Knapp, I fully applaud and appreciate Daniel Edelman’s Opinion piece, “Lessons From Beren’s Legal Challenge,” March 23. I too agree with the “additional value” that came along with Mirwis’ and Kosowsky’s perseverance in advocating for their Beren and Maimonides children and students — “to appreciate and experience the beauty of Shabbat while internalizing “... the lesson of inclusiveness fundamental to this country’s purpose.”

YU’s Mission


Unfortunately, your article on Yeshiva University does a disservice to it and to American Jewish community, especially to parents of high school students considering where to send their children for university (“Stuck In The Middle With YU,” March 30).

Unique YU Experience


Helen Chernikoff’s description of Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools prior to Richard Joel’s arrival as a top-notch yeshiva and second-class college seems foreign to me (“Stuck In The Middle With YU,” March 30). I am used to hearing the opposite. However, as a close observer of the school for over 20 years, I have long learned to discount partisan complaints that one aspect of the university overshadows another.

Proud To Be A YU Grad


I read your article, “Stuck In The Middle With YU” (March 30) with great interest. As a YU alumnus and a RIETS musmach (rabbinical graduate), I experienced that feeling about being in “the middle.” But I never felt “stuck.” YU was a unique place “to grow in the middle.” It provided me with peripheral vision, a sense of balance and an opportunity to create a worldview in which the primacy of Torah was always at the center of my focus alongside a genuine appreciation of “the knowledge of the nations.”

Stony Brook Active Jewishly


In Stewart Ain’s thorough article, “Revised Stony Brook Calendar Draws Ire” (March 16), the impression is left that indeed only 5 percent of the students are Jewish, a figure we at Hillel dispute. 

In our experience, Jewish students under-report on these surveys, and based on our own Hillel registration we estimate the Jewish population at closer to 12 percent. Regardless of the numbers, parents and potential students should know that Jewish life at Stony Brook is active and vibrant. Hundreds of students are engaged in all facets of Jewish life.

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