Letters

PLP’s Legacy

05/11/2010

I am writing in response to your article about the Professional Leaders Project (“Scholarships Passed Over,” April 2).
I would like to take this opportunity to provide your readers with additional facts and context that did not appear in the original article.

Model For Discussion

05/11/2010

I have been reading with great interest the discussions between advocates of independent minyanim and the establishment synagogues (“Minyans, Synagogues In New Dynamic,” April 30).

Overkill On Rabba Issue

05/11/2010

The story of women’s roles within Orthodoxy has appeared on the front page of The Jewish Week five times in the last eight weeks, including four consecutive weeks (March 5, 12, 19, 26 and again April 23).

Women’s Roles

05/11/2010

The Rabbinical Council of America’s discussions and debate about “deepening women’s roles” can be considered a step in the right direction (“One Step Forward,” Editorial, April 30).

Misunderstanding Diaspora Jews

05/11/2010

With regard to Stewart Ain’s article (“MK, Non-Orthodox Clash On Conversion,” May 7) and MK David Rotem’s assertion that “he denied promising to withdraw the [conversion] bill if he failed to win the support of ... leaders ... here,” I can tell you I was present at four of his meetings and he often made just such a statement. It was then generally followed by the comment he would tell the olim from the former Soviet Union to blame the Americans for the lack of progress.

Nashville Woes

05/11/2010

While we in Nashville deeply appreciate the outpouring of support from friends around the country, your characterization of the Jewish community being “unscathed” may relate to our communal buildings, but definitely not our community (“Nashville Jews Respond To Flood,” May 7).

Toward Holocaust Remembrance

05/04/2010

 The question that frames Gary Rosenblatt’s April 9 column is  “what will Yom Hashoah be like in a decade or two, when there are no more survivors to give witness?” It is one that we at the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust have been actively addressing. The World Federation is an international umbrella organization of more than 50 independent groups of survivors who lived through the Holocaust as children.

Unnecessary Comment

05/04/2010

Why, oh why, did Gary Rosenblatt feel it necessary to mar an otherwise comprehensive column on the British chief rabbi’s appearances in the United States and the status of halachic leadership of Modern Orthodoxy with the unnecessary and erroneous parenthetical comment that “many prominent rabbis have been brought down by scandal?”  (“Hail to the Chief,” April 23).

Manhattan
 

Avoid Escalation

05/04/2010

The unwritten “special relationship” with the U.S. is without a doubt Israel’s greatest and most potent outside asset. Consequently, avoiding an escalation in the current political conflict between the two countries should be Israel’s top priority.

No To Theocracy

05/04/2010

 In “Rally Here Slams Obama and Jewish Democrats (April 30), a reference was made, saying that Manhigut Yehudit, “an Israeli organization that favors a theocracy for the Jewish State,” was represented at the April 25 “Break The Silence Rally” we organized to express our displeasure with President Barack Obama’s anti-Israel policies.

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