Abuse Must Be Opposed


Over my many years of day school education I have encountered principals whose behavior I considered to be emotionally abusive. I always wondered why these people were allowed to continue to behave this way in schools that prided themselves on their commitment to Torah and Torah values (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27).

Distraught And Offended


I am distraught and personally offended by the article written about Rav Bina (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far”? Jan. 27).

One-Sided Smear


I don’t understand why you would want to lower your paper’s authenticity. Your one-sided smear article against Netiv Aryeh’s rosh yeshiva was highly untrue and unnecessarily negative (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27).

Mocking A Rabbi


You should fire yourself for letting an article like that be posted (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27). It is outright lashon harah, and you allowed a family that isn’t religious and clearly not fitting for that yeshiva to degrade and mock a rabbi who has helped thousands of kids.

You are self-hating Jews and should be thrown out of the community for this.

Dismayed By Reporting On Rav Aharon Bina


I am dismayed by the reporting of The Jewish Week in its story about Netiv Aryeh and Rav Aharon Bina (“Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?” Jan. 27). The “Andrew” story is simply not true. I think anyone concerned with our young people and the future of Am Yisrael is saddened that “Andrew” has removed himself from the Torah community in which he was raised.

However, The Jewish Week allowed him to hide his identity while at the same time gave him a platform to attack a respected rosh yeshiva.

Bibi And The New York Times


Ari Goldman’s media column, “Bibi’s Missed Opportunity: An Op-Ed In The Times” (Dec. 30) misses the point that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, through senior adviser Ron Dermer, drew a line in the sands of history by taking the opportunity to lay out the role the Times plays in the asymmetrical war of words waged against Israel. A war in which the truth matters naught, fact checking is suspended and information that might place Palestinians in an unflattering light is not published.

On Supporting Palestinian State


 Your report claims that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s description of the Palestinians as a  “made-up people ... could make him a tough sell among American Jews who overwhelmingly support a negotiated settlement” (“Gingrich Needs Boost in New York,” Dec. 16).

Inexcusable Situation


Thank you for bringing attention to the issue of the remaining Jewish aliyah (“Why The Delay In Ethiopian Jewish Aliyah?” Editorial, Dec. 30).

We are talking about 4,500 people who are living in dire conditions and have been approved for aliyah. They should have long since been in Israel.

Those of us who have been working on this frustrating problem for many years really appreciate your spreading light on this inexcusable situation that defies understanding.

Defends Chabad


Francine Klagbrun’s opinion column (“Synagogues Should Be More Welcoming,” Jan. 13), after complimenting Chabad for our genuine outreach to every Jew, regardless of financial means, offers a laundry list of old complaints

Reparative Therapy


The ongoing discussion of how to address being gay in the Orthodox community is a nuanced one, both in terms of how to preserve halacha and the associated cultural issues it raises (“Nefesh Head Backs Away From ‘Torah Declaration’ On Gays,” Jan. 6). While the signers of the “Torah Declaration” are clearly compassionate and well intentioned, I believe they are misguided.

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