Rabbi Avi Weiss is an unabashed iconoclast. Understandably, this makes some people uneasy, and others downright fearful. However, given the current state of the institutions that govern Jewish religious life, I would like to suggest that a little iconoclasm might not be such a bad thing.
I’m not a prude, but sexy rabbis has absolutely nothing to do with religion and is degrading, especially to the Orthodox. (“Jewrotica Names 10 Sexiest Rabbis,” Jan. 10)
Next we will be seeing female rabbis in the centerfold of Playboy magazine. There’s nothing sacred anymore.
“If you build it, they will (presumably) come.” So sums up the impetus for Lincoln Square Synagogue to pour an ungodly [sic] sum of money into their new building (“Lincoln Square’s $50 Million Gamble May Be Paying Off”, Jan. 3).
I was delighted to see your front-page story concerning Lincoln Square Synagogue’s resurgence. (“Lincoln Square’s $50 Million Gamble May Be Paying Off,” Jan. 3) A hearty “Yasher Koach” should be offered to Rabbi Shaul Robinson and the synagogue’s staff members, supporters and volunteers.
We appreciate and echo the argument of the editor in “Rabbi Elon: Out Of The Classroom,” Editorial, Jan. 3.
We wish to clarify that Bnei Akiva of the U.S. and Canada, the umbrella organization of Bnei Akiva camps and snifim (chapters) across North America, is not connected to the Bnei Akiva school network in Israel or to its U.S. fundraising arm, American Friends of Yeshivot Bnei Akiva. We are separate legal entities, with separate boards and management.
In regards to the question on African refugees (“African Migrants Caught In New Bind,” Jan. 3), Israel should feel honored that it is a country that people run to, rather than run from.
Millions see Israel as a “better place.” I am not unaware of the dangers of “infiltrators.” We have that, too, but kindness goes a lot further than fear. Most of these people are escaping from hellholes; Israel should welcome them to the modern world.
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin ought to reconsider his salute to NYU President John Sexton—who, while loudly
deploring the ASA’s Israel boycott, quietly supports the one by Abu Dhabi. (“It’s Time For Us To Say `Thank You,’” Opinion, Jan. 3)
That line from an old ballad, cited by U.S. military hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his farewell address to Congress in 1951, could well be applied to Ariel Sharon. The larger-than-life Israeli general, statesman and prime minister, who began his long, slow fade from the public conscience eight years ago, will be remembered as a man who made history, both in war and in politics. Praised or reviled, he was a commanding presence, a leader who usually got his way.