Letters

Hope For Modern Orthodoxy?

03/12/2014
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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.

Honor To Host Ringling Bros. Chef

03/12/2014
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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?

Advice For Hotels

03/12/2014
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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.

Kerry One-Sided

03/12/2014
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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.

Opposes Censorship

03/12/2014
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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)

Supports Ramaz On Khalidi

03/12/2014
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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.

Students Need Wider View Of History

03/12/2014
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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.

Response To Lincoln Square Letter

03/05/2014
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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.”

Misreading Kerry

03/05/2014
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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.

Support For BJ Rabbis

03/05/2014
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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.

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