Admiring Chasidim For Charitable Work

09/22/2015 - 20:00

Thank you for your continued coverage on the battle by Yaffed (Young Advocates For Fair Education) to improve the level of secular studies in chasidic yeshivas (“Yeshiva Reformers Brace For Fight,” Sept. 11).

Lawsuit Not The Path To Secular Ed

09/16/2015 - 20:00

In response to your article regarding the failure of chasidic yeshivot to teach secular topics (“Yeshiva Reformers Brace For Fight As Cause Catches On,” Sept. 11). First, I would agree that all yeshivot must teach secular subjects at least a minimal level of sufficiency. The current policy in these institutions is not sustainable in that it is putting forth graduates who in many cases are not employable.

Assessing The Iran Deal

09/16/2015 - 20:00

The Iran deal is a done deal. What have we learned, what are our concerns and where do we go from here?

Convince Me

09/16/2015 - 20:00

Regarding the Iran nuclear agreement: I am not Jewish, but I went to school with many Jewish sons and daughters. To be sure, today’s youths do not remember the Second World War, but there must be many elders in Jewish communities who do. It is beyond my comprehension that there are Jewish enclaves where their respect for scholarship and research would not lead these people to reject the Iranian deal and all of Obama’s foreign errors. 

Supporting Rabbi Krauss

Congregants urge cooperation with the rabbi's International Beit Din on the problem of 'chained women.'

09/16/2015 - 20:00

We wish to express our emphatic support for Rabbi Simcha Krauss and the International Beit Din for addressing the heretofore-intractable problem of agunot (chained women),  (“Leading Rabbi Deals Big Blow To Agunot,” Sept. 4). 

Rabbi Simcha Krauss

African Refugee Responds

09/16/2015 - 20:00

I am one of the people Joey Low helped (“Israel Should First Take Care Of Its African Refugees,” Sept. 11). I thank Joey Low and his family for helping the African refugees in Israel, and for giving us scholarships — that is the meaning of being a Jew.  

Let Community Rabbis Decide

09/09/2015 - 20:00

The key difference between Rabbi Simcha Krauss and Rabbi Hershel Schachter is that the former has spent his life as a community rabbi while the latter has spent his within the confines of the yeshiva, not having served as spiritual leader of an actual community (“Leading Rabbi Deals Big Blow To Agunot,” Sept. 4).

Why No Rally In D.C.?

09/09/2015 - 20:00

I was quite surprised that in all the run-up to the congressional vote on the Iran agreement (which is now a done deal) there was no mass rally against the deal in Washington
D.C. (“On Iran, A ‘Third’ Option,’” Editorial, Sept. 4).

Human Rights As A Sacred Cause

09/09/2015 - 20:00

Martin Raffel makes a strong argument for why human rights should be a priority in the Jewish community in his Opinion column “Human Rights Is a Sacred Cause, Not A Pro-Israel Message,” Sept. 4. We certainly share his belief in human rights, however we are disappointed that he inaccurately described American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as having ended its advocacy on behalf of human rights. Nothing could be further from the truth.

America’s Demands Were Dropped

09/01/2015 - 20:00

Your Editorial, “Fight Fair On Iran Deal” (Aug. 7) is undoubtedly right when it says that, when it comes to reviewing President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, “American lawmakers should cast their votes based on conscience, not party loyalty.”

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