Letters

Jewish Institutional Darwinism

10/22/2012 - 20:00
Teaneck, N.J.

Kudos on Gary Rosenblatt’s column, (“Is ‘Free’ Judaism A Good Idea?” Oct 19), a most timely article on an issue that bedevils most congregations today. 

Free Holiday Services

10/22/2012 - 20:00
E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary Manhattan

In his column, “Is ‘Free’ Judaism A Good Idea?” (Oct. 19), Gary Rosenblatt makes a persuasive case both for reducing free offers to young Jews and also for maintaining them.

Remembering A Colleague

10/15/2012 - 20:00

I read Jonathan Mark’s piece, “Season Of Yizkor” (Sept. 28) and couldn’t help but get emotional when I realized that he was writing, in part, about Matt Fenster z’l.

Hitting A Home Run

10/15/2012 - 20:00
Director, Chabad Lubavitch of Long Island

I enjoyed reading about Rabbi Beni Krohn’s premise (“God’s Favorite Player,” Oct. 12) that “consistency” is what scores a home run in Judaism. To back up his point, the introduction of Ayin Yaakov relates the story about a discussion concerning which is the most all-inclusive sentence in the whole Torah. Ben Zoma says, “Hear o Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” Ben Nanas says, “Love your fellow as yourself”.

Pluralism Requires Sensitivity

10/15/2012 - 20:00
Director, HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir Manhattan

Shifra Mincer’s op-ed piece, “Is Pluralism A False Hope?” (Oct. 12), highlights how attempts at pluralism can easily fail. Other models, however, prove that it is not pluralism that is a failure, but rather the implementation by those who have a one-sided view of what it is to be truly pluralistic.

More On Yossele Rosenblatt

10/09/2012 - 20:00
Teaneck, N.J.

The editor and your letter-writer, Albert Volaski, are both right, and both wrong (Letter and Editor’s Note, Oct. 5) regarding Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt and “The Jazz Singer.”

Agunah Problem Continues

10/09/2012 - 20:00

Rabbi Judith Hauptman and Phyllis Waldmann’s agunah solution based on the Wurzburg, Germany Halitzah document is akin to conditional marriage, a solution proposed by numerous rabbis in the past (“A Way To Solve The Agunah Problem,” Opinion, Sept. 21).

More recently conditional marriage is incorporated in Rabbi Michael Broyde’s Tripartite Prenuptial Agreement and Susan Weiss’s Center for Women’s Justice prenuptial. 

Not Single-Issue Voters

10/09/2012 - 20:00
Scarsdale, N.Y.

Regarding “Israel Isn’t The Only Issue In This Election” (Opinion, Oct. 5) by Edith Everett: Kol hakavod to Edith Everett for her straightforward, edifying piece on Israel’s place in American elections. Not only are Jewish Americans overwhelmingly not single-issue voters on Israel, as some candidates treat them, but even if they were, the majority is able to parse a nuanced issue and recognize that strong American leadership in the peace process is better for Israel’s future than handing over our foreign policy to a conservative Israeli leadership.

Blind Liberal Thinking

10/09/2012 - 20:00

In response to Edith Everett’s opinion piece, “Israel Isn’t The Only Issue In This Election” (Oct. 5): What’s good for America? Well, if Israel were not part of the calculation, former Gov. Mitt Romney would be 1,000 times better for the American economy and America as a whole. He is a businessman who knows how to get things done. As governor of a state led by Democrats, he was able to get things done. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has not been able to work with the Republican Party. Even people from his side cannot work with him.

Simplistic Narrative

10/09/2012 - 20:00

Kenneth Bialkin’s op-ed piece, “U.S. Policy Weakens Defense Against Terrorism” (Oct. 5), contributes to an overly simplistic yet stubbornly persistent narrative that conflates support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with support for Israel, and preemptive strikes on Iran with U.S. global leadership. It overlooks 60 percent of Israelis who oppose unilateral strikes on Iran, and Bibi’s paltry 30 percent approval rating. Remember that Israel is a democracy, and Bibi has shown little interest in forming a broad centrist coalition.

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