Letters

Dishonoring Rabin’s Legacy

11/17/2015 - 19:00

Even as we commemorate the tragic assassination of Yitzchak Rabin while he pursued the “Oslo peace process,” we must be vigilant against those who continue to distort his legacy (“Two Decades Later, What If Rabin Had Lived?” Oct. 30).

On Women Rabbis

11/17/2015 - 19:00

Although I do not speak on behalf of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), 
I am a member of the RCA Executive Committee, and I voted, along with the
majority, in favor of the new RCA resolution, which was assailed in the
November 4 editorial, “What Is the RCA Afraid Of?”

Jewish Communal Fund

11/17/2015 - 19:00

We would like to correct an error that appeared in “The ABCs of
Donor-Advised Funds” (Nov. 13), which stated that “Jewish Communal
Fund charges a fee if a fund falls below a certain balance.” That is
untrue; JCF does not currently, and has never in the past, charged a fee if a
fund falls below a certain balance.

Women Rabbis And Jewish Texts

11/10/2015 - 19:00

I am concerned about recent pronouncements by organizations and individuals in the name of mesorah, or authority, without textually supporting their conclusions (“Women Can Be Rabbis, In Keeping With Tradition,” Nov. 6). A greater understanding of text will only reinforce and validate one’s pursuit and respect for authority. In this spirit, I beseech individuals of different persuasions on the issue of women’s ordination and other recent polarizing topics to engage in a sober, text-based analysis and written communication on these issues to enhance our knowledge.

Childhood Idol

11/10/2015 - 19:00

What a wonderful article about Sonny Fox, my childhood TV idol (“From Brooklyn To Broadway, And Back Again,” Oct. 30).

The
interview captured the personality of the man who kept me entertained so many
Saturdays. Great memories about an overlooked influence in our formative
years.
Thank you.

Reaching Out To Disenfranchised

11/10/2015 - 19:00

Making Jews spiritually comfortable, apparently, is only a one-way-street — veering far left (“Reform Machzor Enlarges The Tent” (Sept. 11).

Uncle Mickey Marcus

11/10/2015 - 19:00

Thank you for writing that article about my Uncle Mickey [Marcus] (“Remembering Israel’s First General,” Oct. 30).

I was 14 when he
died and remember him well. My father was a gunrunner for him a very long
time ago when Mickey first started creating the armed forces in Israel. In large part it saved Israel.

Fur Center Synagogue Memories

11/10/2015 - 19:00

Your article, “The Tricks of the Trade Shuls” (Oct. 30), showed a
true slice of New York City Jewish history. I grew up in the Fur Center Synagogue as
my late father, Rabbi Samuel Blech, led that congregation for more than 40 years, until his death in 1986. He was hired as a newly ordained rabbi by the
furriers and helped to raise the funds to move their minyan from above a
candy store to the building at 230 W. 29th St.

Fur Center Synagogue Memories

11/03/2015 - 19:00

Your article, “The Tricks of the Trade Shuls” (Oct. 30), showed a
true slice of New York City Jewish history. I grew up in the Fur Center Synagogue as
my late father, Rabbi Samuel Blech, led that congregation for more than 40 years, until his death in 1986. He was hired as a newly ordained rabbi by the
furriers and helped to raise the funds to move their minyan from above a
candy store to the building at 230 W. 29th St.

Childhood Idol

11/03/2015 - 19:00

What a wonderful article about Sonny Fox, my childhood TV idol (“From Brooklyn To Broadway, And Back Again,” Oct. 30).

The
interview captured the personality of the man who kept me entertained so many
Saturdays. Great memories about an overlooked influence in our formative
years.
Thank you.

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