Editorial & Opinion

Schechter Success In Queens

07/29/2013 - 20:00

In response to Julie Wiener’s story, “New Hope for Schechter” (July 19): a lot of great things are happening at The Schechter Day School Network, including the sizable grant from Avi Chai Foundation and the arrival of incoming Executive Director Jon Mitzmacher. There was, however an omission in this story.

Kosher Inspection Should Be Strict

07/29/2013 - 20:00

I read with interest your article, “5 Town Rabbis Want Answers On Zomick’s Infestation” (July 19), and see the same
issues as I see here in New York City with Restaurant Health Department
inspections, and at local Manhattan kosher supermarkets. Denial that
there is a problem. Denial that there is anything wrong. Denial that the
state inspectors know what actually goes on in their shop. Denial about
everything found during an inspection. As a person who relies on kosher
establishments for my food, I am shocked by the responses from Zomick’s
published in the article.

Proud History

07/29/2013 - 20:00

As administrators of America’s first Hebrew school, going back 211 years and still going strong, we read Julie Wiener’s article, “Family Time Hebrew School” (July 5) with great interest. We have no argument with the recent trend for Hebrew schools to experiment with experiential learning. If the kids have fun, they will hopefully want to attend and if they attend and have fun, they will hopefully form positive feelings about being Jewish. This is surely a good thing.

However, we also believe there is room for a variety of approaches, including a content and skills-based program taught by engaging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. In our experience, Hebrew literacy and knowledge of our traditions also constitute key factors in sustaining a diverse community of not only proud but also competent Jews.

Kurtzer One-Sided

07/29/2013 - 20:00

When Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer embraces “advancing the peace process,” he means the same policy that has been the hallmark of the U.S. State Department for 46 years (“As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks,” July 12). Never mind that it has failed on each occasion.

Simple Solution

07/29/2013 - 20:00

Regarding “Back To The Table, This Time With Kerry” (July 26): if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas can’t or won’t bring about a peace agreement, they
should be replaced by leaders who can and will.

 

Equal Obligations

07/29/2013 - 20:00

Gerald Steinberg, in his Opinion piece, “Beyond Tikkun Olam” (July 19), completely misrepresents Hillel’s famous dictum. Hillel said “If I
am not for me who will be for me and if I am only for me, what am I?” He
does not, as Steinberg says, enjoin us “first to be for ourselves, and then, with our security and survival in hand, to expand our commitment to people
who are outside the fold in need of assistance.” The two obligations are
simultaneous.

Pyrrhic Victory For Haredi Chief Rabbis

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

Ironically, the victory by the haredi candidates in last week’s once-a-decade election of the two chief rabbis in Israel may, in the long run, lead to a more liberal and open approach to religious life in the Jewish state.

Israelis Need A Gesture, Too

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Editorial

It shouldn’t have to be said at this point, but let’s say it anyway: After too many wars, Israelis want nothing more than peace. One would be hard-pressed to think of any “gestures” for peace that Israel was asked to make that weren’t made, most recently this past week’s approval of the release of 104 Palestinian terrorists from Israeli jails.

An Open Letter To Frank Bruni

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Dear Mr. Bruni,

I hope this finds you well. Thank you for your memoir, “Born Round: A Story of Food, Family and a Ferocious Appetite.” I was not born round but have been successfully making my way to that shape for years. I admire your honesty and your discipline in discussing your weight struggles. On the food and family front, Jews and Italians have a lot in common. You do pasta. We do challah. It’s all carbs.

Erica Brown

Expressions Of The Heart

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:53 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 11:26-16:17
Haftarah: Isaiah 44:11-45:5
Havdalah: 8:56 p.m.

Shlomo Riskin
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