Letters

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.’”

On Executives Stepping Down

05/28/2012 - 20:00

In the article, “Organizations’ Planning for Succession Planning Seen Lacking”  (May 25), Helen Chernikoff highlighted a critically important, looming challenge for the Jewish community. However, the two words “succession planning” are clearly highly emotive for both executives and boards, so it may be advisable to call it what it really is: leadership continuity and sustainability.

Not Hall Of Famers Yet

05/21/2012 - 20:00

As one who grew up in the shadow of Ebbets Field, I must correct a statement that Gary Rosenblatt made in his excellent column, “Closer To Home: Of Baseball, Family And Faith,” May 18.

He included Carl Erskine and Gil Hodges [as Brooklyn Dodger players later named to] the Hall of Fame. Although Erskine is in the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame and Hodges is in the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, neither has yet been elected to Cooperstown. I can only hope that Rosenblatt’s gift for prophecy equals his talent for nostalgia.

Bellmore, L.I.

Defends Yeshivat Noam

05/21/2012 - 20:00

As a parent with children at Yeshivat Noam, I found Hella Winston’s coverage of the arrest of a Yeshivat Noam teacher very upsetting (“After Arrest Of Teacher, Questions About Vetting,” May 11).

Culture As Sewage

05/21/2012 - 20:00

I am writing regarding Rabbi Avi Shafran’s Opinion piece, “Measured Insularity Does Not A Monk Make” (May 11), which refuted the Opinion piece of Rabbi Eugene Korn on an element of haredi Judaism (“In The Name Of Judaism, Haredim Have Turned Inward,” April 13).

Rabbi Shafran explained that haredi Judaism tries to avoid “the effluence of a coarse popular culture...”

Comparing American culture to sewage?

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