I agree with Rabbi Yehuda Gilad in his call for the Chief Rabbinate to change its attitude or end its stranglehold on the destiny of the Jewish people. (Opinion, www.thejewishweek.com)
What really is the difference between the young men — one halachically Jewish and one not — playing paddleball on the beach in Tel Aviv on Saturday and then returning to their army units to defend the Jewish people?
Tamar Snyder reports on “The Jewish Community’s $20,000 Gender Gap” (Dec. 3). I can support the survey findings by providing a personal example of the formidable challenges facing women who attempt to address this disparity.
While I understand the concerns raised by Ben Sales in “The Two Sides of ADL,” they are based on a number of misunderstandings about our mission and the interests and concerns of the next generation of Jewish leaders (Opinion, Dec. 10).
Regarding your article about the offer for a bribe to recruit students (“Rabbi Offered Cash To Steer Students To Israeli Yeshiva,” Nov. 19): like everyone who heard about this behavior, I was shocked and embarrassed by this egregious breach of halacha and ethics. The person and institution responsible for this reprehensible behavior should be duly punished.
For the record, I wish to clarify my position on the halachic definition of death as pertains to the Dec. 3 story on the Rabbinical Council of America report on brain death and the manner in which my views were cited (“RCA Backs Off Stand On Brain Death For Transplants”).
As an Orthodox physician working at a major New York City hospital, I am distressed to read the Rabbinical Council of America position on organ donations as you reported (“RCA Backs Off Stand On Brain Death For Transplants,” Dec. 3).
The recently released study by the Vaad Halacha of the Rabbinical Council of America that may reverse the RCA’s 1991 halachic acceptance of brain death as death may have serious consequences for Orthodox Jews needing organs from brain-dead donors (“RCA Backs Off Stand On Brain Death For Transplants,” Dec. 3).
In addition, the study will raise questions about the ethical integrity of halacha among Jews and non-Jews.
In his thoughtful review of Gal Beckerman’s book on the Soviet Jewry movement “Inside an ‘Epic Struggle,’” (Fall Books, Nov. 19), Jerome Chanes expertly discusses Beckerman’s deftness in describing both the impact of the movement on “the inter-organizational cholent” of U.S. Jewry and other virtues of the study.