Editorial & Opinion

Needed: More Inclusion

08/21/2012

In Jonathan Mark’s column on the Siyum HaShas, “Siyum In The Stadium” (Aug. 10), he mentioned that non-haredi rabbis were not permitted on the dais. I find this very disappointing since the very purpose of the siyum was to unite Jews of various backgrounds.

Since a high percentage of attendees at this siyum were not haredim I would suggest that an organization set up a future Daf Yomi that would be inclusive of all Jews who are interested in uniting for the purpose of Torah study regardless of their background.

Lower Standard

08/21/2012

I strenuously disagree with Rabbi David Eliezrie’s contention that one who has some peripheral association with an Orthodox organization should be considered Orthodox (Letters, Aug. 3).

I’m sorry, but attending a Chabad challah-baking class or Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony just doesn’t cut it, rabbi. Our Torah defines Orthodoxy and will not countenance your attempt to “dumb down” the religion.  

Day School Statistics Differ

08/21/2012

 Over the years, I have conducted a series of censuses of day schools in the United States for the Avi Chai Foundation. This research is painstaking and involves direct contact with every yeshiva and day school, as well as with government agencies, Jewish communal organizations and federations. The statistics that emerge are the actual count, school-by-school and grade-by-grade, and not estimates or extrapolations.

Reverse Inclusion

08/21/2012

As parents of children with special needs and the founders of Shutaf Inclusion Programs in Jerusalem, we were thrilled to read “Funders Debate Inclusion During Tour of Camps” (Aug. 10). We thank the Ruderman Family Foundation for their ongoing support and welcome the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, both mentioned in Helen Chernikoff’s article.

Oblivious To Reality

08/21/2012

The article, “Ryan Seen Harming Romney With Jews” (Aug. 17) makes no mention of the various official warnings of Medicare’s impending insolvency. These include the 2012 annual report of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare’s chief actuary, and the Social Security Advisory Council.

Misleading Ryan Headline

08/21/2012

I was struck by the completely misleading New York Times-esque headline “Ryan Seen Harming Romney With Jews” of your Aug. 17 issue. Every single factual description of Rep. Paul Ryan in the article points to a person who would be a very strong supporter of Israel and Jewish causes. How exactly does this fit in with the narrative expressed by your headline?

Legacies Of Learning

08/21/2012
Editorial

Two major philanthropists who were born in Europe, achieved great financial success through the real estate business, and gave back to the Jewish community by supporting numerous yeshivas and other Jewish educational institutions here, in Israel and around the world, died in recent days, and their contributions cannot be measured in dollars alone.

Sami Rohr, 86, and Zev Wolfson, 84, were quite different in temperament, but they had much in common.

Making Coexistence A Priority

08/21/2012
Editorial

There is no excuse for the deeply disturbing act in Jerusalem’s Zion Square last Thursday night when a number of Jewish youths chased an Arab teenager and beat him into unconsciousness, with large numbers of people looking on, not intervening.

The incident made the front-page of The New York Times on Tuesday, coupled with news of the firebombing of a Palestinian taxi, allegedly by Jewish extremists. The Times report suggested a growing mood of contempt for Arabs, particularly among younger Israeli Jews.

Religious Freedom Has Limits, For Good Reason

08/21/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent Catholic manifesto for religious freedom, “Protecting Consciences” (www.usccb.org/conscience), presents a view that seems hard to contest: “What we ask is nothing more than the right to follow our consciences as we live the life of our teachings.”  Yet, it cannot be that simple when one person’s conscience directs him to discriminate. Determining when our laws should tolerate religiously motivated discrimination is actually a nuanced question.

Michael J. Broyde

The King’s Second Torah

08/21/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:22 p.m.
Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Haftarah: Isaiah 41:12-42:12
Havdalah: 8:22 p.m. 

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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