The picture [of the chasid seated between two women on the subway] accompanying Steve Lipman’s article on the PBS documentary about Jewish Americans (“The Power Of A Hyphen,” Jan. 4), reminds me of a joke I often tell to my Jewish friends:
I found Steve Lipman’s front-page article about the hyphen in Jewish-American and American-Jew very interesting (“The Power Of A Hyphen,” Jan. 4). In a similar light, somebody in the audience at a Jewish event once objected to being called “Jewish.” The audience was shocked.
Joelle Asaro Berman was born to an Italian-American mother and a Jewish father in 1983, the very same year that Reform rabbis voted to recognize as Jewish the children of such unions, provided they made “appropriate and timely public and formal acts of identification with the Jewish faith and people.”
As Rabbi Steven Wernick presided over his first United Synagogue Conservative Judaism biennial, held earlier this month, there was a sense of an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the history and future of Conservative Judaism.
Steve Lipman’s article, “A Boot Against Apartheid” (Dec. 11), is ludicrous. The focus is on Joel Stransky, of the South African rugby team of 1995, recapturing some of his fame from his portrayal in “Invictus.”
Nowhere in the film is there a reference to Stransky or that the person who made the winning kick was Stransky, or that Stransky was the only Jew on the team, or that there was a Jewish player on the team.
The issue of Text/Context, “The December Issue,” is too Christmas-oriented. One such article would have been sufficient on the subject. After all, this is a Jewish publication.
I grew up and lived many years in the Midwest, and I have never experienced “tree lust.” There are Jews out there who actually want to know about Judaism. Who is your target audience?
Stuart Schoffman’s article, “Who is That Guy,” in the Text/Context issue (“The December Issue,” Dec. 11) touches on a sore spot for those Israelis who hold Jewish religiosity dear. Orthodox Jews, modern and haredi, find Christmas symbols unappealing and objectionable. The influx of thousands of non-Jewish immigrants into Israel introduced the widespread sale of Christmas trees and wreaths as well as a myriad of decorations, which alarm many of us.
As an educator and longstanding member of the National Board of License, I am saddened about its demise announced in the article, “Teacher’s Licensing Board To Expire” (Nov. 27). On the other hand, as the director of the Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP), it was reaffirming to have JNTP referred to as “among the best known ... Judaic teacher training and mentoring programs (established) launched in the past decade.” Since “best known” is a relative term, please share this brief description of JNTP with your readers:
As a convert of almost seven years, I have learned that this kind rabbinical behavior toward Orthodox converts described in the article, “Outreach Rabbi Resigns Amid Cloud Of Scandal” (Dec. 18), in which Rabbi Leib Tropper is alleged to have revoked a woman’s conversion on learning that she occasionally wore pants, is not uncommon. What converts hear is “Do as I say, not as I do.”