Thank you for Jonathan Mark’s recent column, “Michael Lerner Looks Back As Tikkun Turns 25” (April 15). I, for one, was heartened to learn that Tikkun’s circulation is dwindling and that a full 40 percent of its remaining readership is non-Jewish. It cogently confirms that Lerner’s “unapologetically utopian” vision of extreme left politics coupled with personal spirituality is not the message that connects the Jewish mind to the Jewish soul.
The article, “Sprucing Up A&P’s Kosher Aisle” (April 15), described the sale by C&S, one of the largest wholesale distributors of grocery items in the Northeast, of their chametz this year and implied that the sale was endorsed by the Orthodox Union. The sale of chametz by a food establishment that continues to operate on Pesach is a matter of significant dispute among poskim (halachic decisors). The OU does not endorse the current C&S chametz sale and recommends that people seek guidance from their local Orthodox rabbi.
Thank you for writing such an affirmative article about living in Beersheva (“For Liberal Olim, Southern Comfort,” April 22).
The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI), is proud to assist olim like Josh and Ophira Streimer, Ravit and Gabe Greenfield, and Andy and Emily Shapiro Katz in their absorption process.
As a survivor [of abuse] and one who has walked away from Orthodoxy due to the pedophilia issues and the refusal of the rabbonim [rabbis] to deal with said issues, I cannot thank you enough for your continued coverage and support (“Abuse Case Tests Ohel’s Adherence To Reporting Laws,” Feb. 25).
I wish I were able to live, pray, and act as an advocate within the community. I cannot stand to walk into a synagogue, let alone daven with tallis and tefillin.
James Besser’s article, “Block Statehood Bid Aggressively, Groups Urge U.S.” (April 22), relates the growing pressure on President Barack Obama to block the efforts of the Palestinian Authority this September to unilaterally declare a state at the United Nations. Besser actually seems to express sympathy for Obama in that he has so many battles to fight, and now he has this additional one.
The JTA story you published, “Palestinian Teens Arrested in Fogel Murders” (April 22), lends a seemingly explanatory and obscenely unnecessary tone to the heinous crime. No less the comment that you attribute to the chief of the Arab village that was home to the 18- and 19-year-old murderers: “They’re children; it isn’t possible that they committed this awful act.”
Every “brick and mortar” business still in existence is battling several dragons, including the economy, shopping malls and the Internet. And now The Jewish Week, whose own existence hinges on the financial support of local advertisers, is promoting the purchase of products on the Internet.
I detect a fundamental flaw in some readers’ understanding of Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Sascha Freudenheim (Letters, April 1) wrote such a benevolent letter of advice to the Jewish nation that one cannot doubt his sincere concern for Israel’s welfare. He seems to conflate the presence of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria with “Israeli occupation and oppression of several million Palestinians.”
In “Back Off on the Bacchanalia” (April 1), Gary Rosenblatt takes a courageous step in calling attention to the danger of using alcohol as an outreach tool for attracting young people. He also notes that this practice is not restricted to young people, as in the case of “kiddush clubs.” He has identified a very real and serious problem.