The Kugel Quotient

08/16/2016 - 22:15

Jonathan Mark’s delicious exploration of eating kugel on Shabbos omitted the real spiritual reason behind this custom (“Kugel: Stories For A Shabbos Afternoon,” Aug. 5).

Chasidism says that it’s because the gematria (Hebrew numerical value) of the word kugel equals that of Shabbos. If you do the calculation and find that the gematria of Shabbos is much greater, that’s not a problem. Just eat a few more portions.

Responding To JOFA Leader

08/16/2016 - 22:12

I write in regard to Gary Rosenblatt’s Aug. 5 column, “OU Grapples With Roles Of Women In Clergy.” I will not comment on the substance of the article as our process has not yet concluded.

No Choice

08/09/2016 - 22:04

From the very beginning, Donald Trump reminded me of my youth, when the neighborhood bully was a 15-year-old kid who pushed his weight around to demonstrate his toughness.

Early Detection For BRCA

08/09/2016 - 22:02

As a participant in the day long symposium representing the New York based Israel Healthcare Foundation, I was particularly proud that this gathering and subsequent announcement took place in Israel and under the auspices of the Clalit Health System and Soroka Medical Center.

BRCA Testing

08/09/2016 - 22:01

Regarding “New Push For Changes In BRCA Testing” (Aug. 5): Along with the problem of approval for testing is a woman’s fear. I was BRCA positive and had bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy. I am so grateful I had the chance to look into the crystal ball. The test anxiety will pass when you are given a chance to save your life. This is a gift and a blessing.

Incorrect Assumptions

08/09/2016 - 22:00

David Friedman makes at least two incorrect assumptions in the views expressed to Gary Rosenblatt (“How Trump Would Shake Up Mideast Policy,” July 29). 

What About Hamas?

08/09/2016 - 21:59

In Robert Sugarman’s Opinion piece, “The Pressing Need For A Two-State Strategy” (Aug. 5), he writes, “Unlike the plan for the withdrawal from Gaza, none of the plans contemplates withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces from the West Bank. Thus, those who use the Gaza withdrawal to warn against any withdrawal from the West Bank miss the mark.”

Ironic Shock On Trump’s Plans

08/09/2016 - 21:58

I was astounded, shocked, to read Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “How Trump Would Shake Up Mideast Policy” (July 29).  I learned that David Friedman has his hopes up on becoming U.S. ambassador to Israel under Donald Trump, although by his own admission he has “no experience in diplomacy, professional politics or organizational Jewish life,” Rosenblatt wrote. Ironically, this sounds a good deal like Donald Trump himself.

Why Israel’s Walls Are Needed

08/09/2016 - 21:56

I was happy to see that Samuel Heilman is a professor of sociology and not of history (“Time to Welcome, Not Smuggle, PalestinianWorkers,” Opinion, July 15).

Plight Of Ethiopian Jews

08/09/2016 - 21:51

Your Editorial, “Once More, Bring Ethiopian Jews Home” (Aug. 5), could not be more on point.
More than 25 years have elapsed since [the mass rescue mission] Operation Solomon. Yet the Jewish state continues to refuse to permit the 9,000 remaining refugees, who observe Shabbat, kashrut and other Jewish rituals, to make aliyah. Seventy percent of them have first-degree relatives in Israel.

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