Anonymous Account No Less True


Mr. Packer implies that anonymity casts doubt on the veracity of an account; in my case it actually is my attempt to avoid being victimized all over again. An anonymous account is no less true than one that has a name attached.

Although it is true that I was over 18 at the time of these events, I can’t believe that anyone would suggest that this gives license to physical assault. Regarding the circumstances of what happened to me, let me be clear that I was called to task for being caught going to Ben Yehuda Street, and not for being drunk. 

Rav Bina Article Based On Hearsay


I have long admired the courage of The Jewish Week to tackle issues that impact the members of our community. However, I cannot begin to express my disappointment with your recent article about Netiv Aryeh and Rav Bina (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27).

Koch Charmed By Obama


Ed Koch is a good man and we are fortunate to have his voice in support of Israel (N.Y. Minute, Jan. 20).

Unfortunately, he has now been charmed by President Barack Obama into believing that Israel has a friend in the White House. Obama dislikes Israel and if re-elected he will implement the policies of Jimmy Carter. I hope that Mr. Koch regains his critical eye prior to the November presidential election and will again speak out against Obama when appropriate. 

Staten Island

Freud’s Judaism


Eric Herschthal voices concerns regarding Freud’s Judaism — the fact that he “never renounced his Judaism. But he often distanced himself from Jewish beliefs” (“Freud, Schmeud,” Dec. 30).

I’m reminded of the joke about the Jewish atheist parents who wanted to get their kids the best possible education where they lived, so they sent them to a private Catholic school. After the first day, the dad asked, “So what did you learn today?”

Bibi And The New York Times


Ari Goldman’s media column, “Bibi’s Missed Opportunity: An Op-Ed In The Times” (Dec. 30) misses the point that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, through senior adviser Ron Dermer, drew a line in the sands of history by taking the opportunity to lay out the role the Times plays in the asymmetrical war of words waged against Israel. A war in which the truth matters naught, fact checking is suspended and information that might place Palestinians in an unflattering light is not published.

Abuse Must Be Opposed


Over my many years of day school education I have encountered principals whose behavior I considered to be emotionally abusive. I always wondered why these people were allowed to continue to behave this way in schools that prided themselves on their commitment to Torah and Torah values (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27).

Distraught And Offended


I am distraught and personally offended by the article written about Rav Bina (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far”? Jan. 27).

One-Sided Smear


I don’t understand why you would want to lower your paper’s authenticity. Your one-sided smear article against Netiv Aryeh’s rosh yeshiva was highly untrue and unnecessarily negative (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27).

Mocking A Rabbi


You should fire yourself for letting an article like that be posted (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27). It is outright lashon harah, and you allowed a family that isn’t religious and clearly not fitting for that yeshiva to degrade and mock a rabbi who has helped thousands of kids.

You are self-hating Jews and should be thrown out of the community for this.

Dismayed By Reporting On Rav Aharon Bina


I am dismayed by the reporting of The Jewish Week in its story about Netiv Aryeh and Rav Aharon Bina (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27). The “Andrew” story is simply not true. I think anyone concerned with our young people and the future of Am Yisrael is saddened that “Andrew” has removed himself from the Torah community in which he was raised.

However, The Jewish Week allowed him to hide his identity while at the same time gave him a platform to attack a respected rosh yeshiva.

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