I found the article by, and Gary Rosenblatt’s interview of, Elie Kaunfer to be very interesting (April 2). I agreed with a number of Kaunfer’s points but disagree with his de-emphasis on Jewish experiences. In fact, the success of Chabad around the world is an example of meaningful Jewish experience being an important gateway to learning.
A young woman looks at me from her hospital bed and confesses that grappling with her illness has helped her understand what her bat mitzvah Torah portion — which concerned isolating people with certain afflictions from their community and welcoming them back in once health was restored — was really all about.
Your excellent, if saddening, articles in honor of Yom HaShoah led us to wonder: What if, alongside existing ways of observing the day, we consecrated the 27th of Nisan as a day of “chesed” (loving-kindness) toward Holocaust survivors?
Regarding Jonathan Mark’s well-written article, “Sympathy For The Devil?” (March 5) about the effort to get Martin Grossman’s death sentence commuted and about his subsequent execution, I am completely in favor of any Jewish individual or organization or a person of any race or creed who sought to have the execution stayed.
Your article “Incentives to Lure Faithful Seen Growing” (April 16) about the Fleetwood Synagogue’s initiative — offering up to $30,000 for new families to use towards the purchase of a new home, provided the family stays in the community for 10 years — is a very exciting and creative concept.
Your JInsider column of March 19 on regrettable moments cites a Talmudic vignette on “rejection of Jesus.” In such a potentially controversial take on this Midrash, the source in Masechet Sotah 47a should have been cited. Further, the variant readings in different Talmudic manuscripts should have been cited.
I read Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the PBS documentary “Worse than War” based on Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s book with great interest (“Preventing Genocide Is Easier Than Stopping It,” April 16).
The documentary has not yet aired here in Israel, but we all look forward to its viewing soon. We had no shortage of Shoah media showings throughout our own commemorations in Israel, as we have each year on Yom HaShoah.
This year I attended one of the thousands of ceremonies held in our middle schools here in Modiin.
I try to treat my colleagues with respect, but I resent being compared to a Toyota salesman and I strongly suspect that God may not be fond of being compared to a Chelm story (“Toyota, Auschwitz and Chelm,” Opinion, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not have to defend himself against any thoughts that his policies have brought Israel into isolation from the rest of the world “March On Washington Seen If U.S.-Israeli Crisis Continues,” April 2).