Gary Rosenblatt’s illuminating column on and interview with Ambassador Michael Oren was striking for what was omitted: Any mention of the Israeli government’s role in the deterioration of what he correctly described as Israel’s “relationship with its most important ally, the U.S.” (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).
Regarding “New U.S. Group Warns Israel On ‘Who Is A Jew’” (Editor’s column, Dec. 5), I would differ with the suggestion that the decline in support for Israel among Generation Xers is due to the failure of the Israeli government to recognize non-Orthodox conversions.
As a long-time trustee of Sutton Place Synagogue, I can attest to the great strides our Rabbi Ain is making in attracting young adults (“How Our Synagogue Is Attracting Young Adults,” Opinion, Dec. 5).
A common thread runs through several Jewish Week articles (Dec. 5 issue) in reference to Rabbi Steven Pruzansky (“Teaneck Shul Taking Steps To Rein In Rabbi Pruzansky”), Rabbi Elimelech Meisels (“As Beit Dins Spar, An Apparent Abuser Remains Free”) and Parshat Vayishlach (Sabbath Week) — a thread in which justice seems to take a back seat.
“As Beit Dins Spar, Apparent Abuser Remains Free” (Dec. 5) is a valuable article. The reporter, Rachel Delia Benaim, and The Jewish Week served the community well by exposing an alleged rapist who remains free. This story is unusual because the secret workings of Jewish religious courts (batei din) were exposed through a set of leaks on my blog, Frum Follies, and Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn’s blog, Daas Torah. Both of our blogs are heavily focused on sex abuse in the Orthodox community and have been around for more than five years. But for the postings on our blogs, many critical documents would not have been available to be quoted in this story. Yet the story never acknowledges these sources either by name or link.
I hope Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “My Dinner With The Rebbe” (Nov. 28) will encourage others to find out why it is that Chabad has such a love for a fellow Jew. But we don’t have an exclusive on this. Learning Chabad chasidut is the gateway for every Jew to reach the same place.
At the recent JOFA conference, Rabbi Asher Lopatin is quoted as calling for an “anti-Chofetz Chaim revolution” (“Orthodox Feminists Address `Power Imbalance,’” Nov. 28), implying that the writings of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (best known as The Chofetz Chaim) are somehow responsible for the communal absence of speaking out when called for.
“War on the Arabs”? (In reference to the headline of the Nov. 28 article, “On Friday The Rabbi Called For War On The Arabs.”) But it is Arabs who are butchering Israelis and it is the silent Arab communities who should be first in line for criticism by our Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Regarding “On Friday The Rabbi Called For War On The Arabs,” Nov. 28: Thousands of Israelis have been killed in terrorist attacks, terminally ill Jewish children suffer, America is in serious danger, and yet we can’t seem to understand that sinat chinam (baseless hatred among Jews) has been the cause of much of our problems.