Letters

Warnings On Conversion Vote

11/19/2014
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Your article on the front page of the Nov. 7 issue, “Conversions Vote
Loosens Grip of Chief Rabbinate,” rightly celebrates a small but conceivably
significant step towards ending the monopoly of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate
over all issues of personal status, including conversion. Any change in the
status quo is certainly welcome.

Negative Take On Foxman Successor?

11/19/2014
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Near the end of your front-page article last week about Jonathan Greenblatt being named
as successor to Abe Foxman at Anti-Defamation League (“Questions Over ADL’s Direction In Wake Of Top Pick”), you quote one observer as calling the
appointment “a sign that American Jewry is not grooming young leaders to
take top professional positions.”
Here’s a suggestion: Stop nitpicking and second-guessing emerging new
leaders before they even have their first day on the job.

Synagogue Boards And Holiness

11/12/2014
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Regarding last week’s “Musings” column by Rabbi David Wolpe (“Make Room For Holiness”): Sadly, in my experience, the “we are running a business” mentality vacuums out holiness from a synagogue boardroom. The bottom line and minutia of policy trample spiritual concerns. The rabbi and the context in which a rabbi can help decisions be framed are shunted aside in the name of good business practice. This rabbi-less model seems to be accepted, even promoted, as the norm within Reform and Conservative movements.

‘Klinghoffer’ And CBST

11/12/2014
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I’m writing regarding the debate over the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” in relation to an article several months ago about the Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the largest gay and lesbian congregation in the world. The article from the recent past (“Gaza War Pushes Israel, Reluctantly, Onto Holiday Bima,” Sept. 19) described how the rabbi read a list of [Palestinian] casualties during the Gaza crisis as well reading from the Koran. A member of the board had to resign due to the unwillingness of the board to censor the rabbi in any way.

Synagogue Boards And Holiness

11/12/2014
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Regarding last week’s “Musings” column by Rabbi David Wolpe (“Make Room For Holiness”): Sadly, in my experience, the “we are running a business” mentality vacuums out holiness from a synagogue boardroom. The bottom line and minutia of policy trample spiritual concerns. The rabbi and the context in which a rabbi can help decisions be framed are shunted aside in the name of good business practice. This rabbi-less model seems to be accepted, even promoted, as the norm within Reform and Conservative movements.

Status Quo On Temple Mount?

11/12/2014
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A Nov. 6 news report in The Jewish Week quoted Israeli leaders as pledging to continue the status quo on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Defends Yehuda Glick

11/12/2014
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During the aftermath of the attempted assassination of our cousin Yehuda Glick, misinformation began to appear in various media outlets that made the victim appear as the perpetrator (“Bibi’s Bind Over Temple Mount Tensions,” Nov. 7). I want to take this opportunity to set the record straight:

Defends Pruzansky’s Nazi Analogy

11/12/2014
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Regarding last week’s Editorial, “A Rabbi’s Low Blow”: First, I wish to defend The Jewish Week from the allegations that it is “anti-Orthodox.” While I think there may have been some truth to that accusation when I first started reading the paper years ago, it seems to me that the editor has made a strong attempt to be fair. Anyone comparing the articles in JW to the Forward, for example, would see the difference. The latter seems to exist only to promulgate hatred against anything and anyone Orthodox.

Foxman On Pruzansky

11/12/2014
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Whatever disagreements Rabbi Steven Pruzansky may have with The Jewish Week or its editor, Gary Rosenblatt, his comparison of this newspaper with the vile, anti-Semitic Nazi rag Der Stürmer was simply unacceptable.

Sol Wachlter Responds

11/12/2014
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I refer to last week’s article written by Hella Winston relating to emails exchanged between me and the former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes (“Wachtler-Hynes Emails Had It Wrong On Kellner”). Her story concerned the Kellner case then pending in DA Hynes’ office. Although I thought my communication concerning The Jewish Week story of Jan. 13, 2013 was a private one, I have no problem with it having been made public.

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