Needed: More Inclusion

08/20/2012 - 20:00

In Jonathan Mark’s column on the Siyum HaShas, “Siyum In The Stadium” (Aug. 10), he mentioned that non-haredi rabbis were not permitted on the dais. I find this very disappointing since the very purpose of the siyum was to unite Jews of various backgrounds.

Since a high percentage of attendees at this siyum were not haredim I would suggest that an organization set up a future Daf Yomi that would be inclusive of all Jews who are interested in uniting for the purpose of Torah study regardless of their background.

Lower Standard

08/20/2012 - 20:00

I strenuously disagree with Rabbi David Eliezrie’s contention that one who has some peripheral association with an Orthodox organization should be considered Orthodox (Letters, Aug. 3).

I’m sorry, but attending a Chabad challah-baking class or Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony just doesn’t cut it, rabbi. Our Torah defines Orthodoxy and will not countenance your attempt to “dumb down” the religion.  

Day School Statistics Differ

08/20/2012 - 20:00

 Over the years, I have conducted a series of censuses of day schools in the United States for the Avi Chai Foundation. This research is painstaking and involves direct contact with every yeshiva and day school, as well as with government agencies, Jewish communal organizations and federations. The statistics that emerge are the actual count, school-by-school and grade-by-grade, and not estimates or extrapolations.

Reverse Inclusion

08/20/2012 - 20:00

As parents of children with special needs and the founders of Shutaf Inclusion Programs in Jerusalem, we were thrilled to read “Funders Debate Inclusion During Tour of Camps” (Aug. 10). We thank the Ruderman Family Foundation for their ongoing support and welcome the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, both mentioned in Helen Chernikoff’s article.

Oblivious To Reality

08/20/2012 - 20:00

The article, “Ryan Seen Harming Romney With Jews” (Aug. 17) makes no mention of the various official warnings of Medicare’s impending insolvency. These include the 2012 annual report of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare’s chief actuary, and the Social Security Advisory Council.

Misleading Ryan Headline

08/20/2012 - 20:00

I was struck by the completely misleading New York Times-esque headline “Ryan Seen Harming Romney With Jews” of your Aug. 17 issue. Every single factual description of Rep. Paul Ryan in the article points to a person who would be a very strong supporter of Israel and Jewish causes. How exactly does this fit in with the narrative expressed by your headline?

Costas On ’72 Massacre

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Francine Klagsbrun’s well-taken “Thinking Aloud” column on the absence of a moment of Olympic silence for the 1972 victims (“Post-Munich, Israel’s Response To The ’72 Massacre,” Aug. 10) missed one strong point: NBC broadcaster Bob Costas recognized the International Olympic Committee’s cringing behavior and courageously created his own moment of silence on NBC’s opening ceremony. Costas should be lauded.

Long Beach, L.I.

State Department’s Anti-Semitism Report

08/13/2012 - 20:00

The State Department has reported that increased anti-Semitism in 2011 was manifested by, among other things, “conflating opposition to certain policies of Israel with blatant anti-Semitism” (“The State Dept. Report Cites Tide of Anti-Semitism” Aug. 3). It is a fair question is ask to what extent statements of the present administration may have contributed to the heightened criticism of Israeli policies and the attendant anti-Semitism.

Flawed Report

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Shocked, but not surprised. That’s my reaction to the latest U.S. State Department report on religious freedom around the world (“State Department Report Cites Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism,” Aug. 3), which describes a “global increase” in and “rising tide” of anti-Semitism.

Trivializing The Holocaust

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Miss Holocaust Survivor? What in the world were the organizers thinking? And what do they know of the Shoah (“Making A Beautiful Statement,” Lens, July 13)?

As the director of The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, I find this quite appalling.

I was in Israel for a Yad Vashem conference on “Teaching the Core” when news of this appeared. A Holocaust beauty pageant is precisely the kind of trivialization of this seminal event in history that we who work to educate the world about the Holocaust abhor.

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