Can we actually say that there is a ray a hope for Modern Orthodoxy to survive in the 21st century? The recent incident at YU involving a rabbinical student in his participation in a Partnership Minyan has been resolved according to the powers that be at YU (“Your Semicha Or Your Wife?” Feb. 28). However, for the rest of us who still prescribe to the norms of Modern Orthodoxy — something truly is amiss.
It was such an honor for us to host Matt [Loory] for Kol Nidre services (“He Feeds The Greatest Show On Earth,” March 7.) Getting Matt’s call was great — it almost sounded like a prank. Come on, really? A Jewish young man working for the circus?
The Feb. 14 article, “Israel’s Luxe Boom,” about the luxury hotel room boom in Israel, noted that about half of government subsidies for hotel construction has gone to builders of high-end hotels. I believe this is a poor allocation of government funds.
Yaakov Kirschen’s Dry Bones cartoon in your Feb. 14 issue compared Secretary of State John Kerry’s prediction of an international boycott against Israel with a Chicago gangster’s “prediction” that “something might happen to you” if you don’t heed his demands.
I’d like to commend Sid Schwartz for his Opinion piece criticizing censorship in the Jewish community, especially around matters regarding Israel (“Limiting Debate On Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” Feb. 7)
Kudos to Paul Shaviv and the Ramaz administration (“Ramaz Israel Row Points To Larger Trends,” Feb. 28) for rescinding a student group’s speaking invitation to Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor who has spouted anti-Israel rhetoric and hatred.
Most American students, including most Jewish students, unfortunately know very little about modern history (“Ramaz Israel Row Points To Larger Trends,” Feb. 28). Before inviting or disinviting speakers of any persuasion, Jewish day schools have an obligation to expose their students to the full story of the 20th-century experiences of Jews from Arab/Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya and more — which can be done quite effectively in a visual medium through painstakingly made documentary films, all easily available from the National Center for Jewish Film.
Regarding Morton Landowne’s letter responding to my own Letter to the Editor on Lincoln Square Synagogue (Letter, Jan. 29): First, “co-Segan” is not “gabbai” [Jewish Week editors provided that definition; the original letter did not define it]. Those with Hebrew knowledge will quickly intuit that it means “deputy” or “vice,” as in “vice-president.”
Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks in no way imply that the U.S. might join a boycott of Israel, as your Editorial charges (“Kerry Adds Fuel To BDS Fire,” Feb. 7). To the contrary, he warns that further sanctions by Israel’s critics would be disastrous.
I have been a member of B’nai Jeshurun since 1987, and I fiercely support our rabbis’ right to speak the truth as they see it (“B’nai Jeshurun Defections Fuel Debate Over Rabbi’s Role,” Feb. 28). Abraham Joshua Heschel’s teachings that bring together a profound commitment both to Jewish spirituality and social justice are the inspiration that has transformed B’nai Jeshurun into the vibrant, progressive congregation that it is today.
Young Families, Singles Flocking to Upper East Side; ‘The Memory Is In Their Taste Buds’: The Lure of Sephardic Food; Safra Synagogue Rabbi’s Growing Empire; Sephardic And Egalitarian at B’nai Jeshurun; Giving Voice to Sephardic Music.