Editorial & Opinion

The ‘Evidence’ Of Kaddish

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Why do we recite the mourner’s Kaddish? In his lyrical, insightful “Kaddish,” Leon Wieseltier speaks of the child reciting Kaddish as “evidence” — he is the proof that his parent lived such that he raised a son competent enough and concerned enough to recite the prayer.

But why this prayer? The Kaddish glorifies God but makes no mention of death. For many interpreters, it is an affirmation of life — in community we express our gratitude for the years we have left in the shadow of the death we memorialize.

Rosenblatt, Yes. But Not That Rosenblatt

Which cantor sang in the first talkie?
Editor And Publisher

Yossele Rosenblatt was the most famous chazzan (or, cantor) of his era, known as “the Jewish Caruso.” After arriving in America from Europe a century ago, he not only led services around the country before settling in New York, but also earned large sums for concerts and sang in “The Jazz Singer,” the first talkie.

Gary Rosenblatt

Hold Bystanders Accountable


If Israel wishes to separate itself from a terrorist society and adhere to democratic principles, it is not enough to condemn the young Israelis who viciously attacked an Arab youth (“Making Coexistence A Priority,” Editorial, Aug. 24, and “Attack On Arab Youth Seen As ‘Wake-up Call,” Aug. 24). It is also necessary to promptly condemn the hundreds of bystanders — presumably many adults — who stood by and did not intervene. This is totally unacceptable and failure to do so will not serve Israel’s best interests.

The Rav And Interfaith Dialogue


Editor and Publisher Gary Rosenblatt very cogently states the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik’s position on interfaith dialogue. Rosenblatt writes, “… the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, a towering figure of 20th-century Orthodoxy in America, was opposed to interfaith dialogue on theological matters” (“YU’s Schachter Accused Of Obsolete Views On Church,” Aug.

Pride Over U.S. Open Ball Boys


I enjoyed Alan Zeitlin’s article on the Jewish ball boys at the U.S. Open (“Frum On The Court,” Sept. 7). We should be grateful in pointing out that while our brethren in Germany and many other parts of the world have to worry about putting on a yarmulke at work or in public at all, as was referenced in another article in this issue, we here in the United States have to worry more about it falling off.

Kol HaKavod to these young men who honor their religious heritage and display it with pride.

Silver Spring, Md.

On South Sudanese Christians


Heather Robinson’s Aug. 24 opinion piece, “Israel Should Not Deport South Sudanese Christians,” is very hypocritical.

In this country, which is vastly larger than Israel, illegal immigrants are caught at the borders they attempt to enter and sent back to their homelands. However, tiny Israel, which has already opened its gates to so many desperate people, should now allow the South Sudanese to remain at least temporarily, according to Robinson. 

Renewed Plea On Inclusion


I have been reading the series of articles the past few weeks on inclusion in the Jewish community. Congratulations to the camps and educational settings that have welcomed children with developmental disabilities into the lives of their campers and students (“Funders Debate Inclusion During Tour Of Camps,” Aug. 10).

In New Jersey, we are very proud of the work of SINAI schools and the impact it has made on our children.

A New Year For Grown-Ups


It is usually a toddler that symbolizes a new year, but 5773 will be a year for grown-ups. Experts speculate about war with Iran. Yet in these next weeks it will all be inscribed, war or peace, as well as the future for all of us on a more personal level.

Repentance, Atonement And Independence

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:48 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 29:9-30:20
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9
Havdalah: 7:45 p.m.

Rabbi David Kalb

Iran Crisis Evokes Memories Of Pre-’67 War Worries

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‘We don’t know where we’re headed,” an Israeli librarian said to me during a visit my husband and I made to Israel last month. She was speaking, of course, about Iran, which fills the newspapers there as it does here. We were in the country during the peak of speculation about when Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, with headlines blaring that Benjamin Netanyahu had decided to attack within the next four months, or two months, or maybe one month.

Francine Klagsbrun
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