The article, “Sprucing Up A&P’s Kosher Aisle” (April 15), described the sale by C&S, one of the largest wholesale distributors of grocery items in the Northeast, of their chametz this year and implied that the sale was endorsed by the Orthodox Union. The sale of chametz by a food establishment that continues to operate on Pesach is a matter of significant dispute among poskim (halachic decisors). The OU does not endorse the current C&S chametz sale and recommends that people seek guidance from their local Orthodox rabbi.
Thank you for writing such an affirmative article about living in Beersheva (“For Liberal Olim, Southern Comfort,” April 22).
The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI), is proud to assist olim like Josh and Ophira Streimer, Ravit and Gabe Greenfield, and Andy and Emily Shapiro Katz in their absorption process.
As a survivor [of abuse] and one who has walked away from Orthodoxy due to the pedophilia issues and the refusal of the rabbonim [rabbis] to deal with said issues, I cannot thank you enough for your continued coverage and support (“Abuse Case Tests Ohel’s Adherence To Reporting Laws,” Feb. 25).
I wish I were able to live, pray, and act as an advocate within the community. I cannot stand to walk into a synagogue, let alone daven with tallis and tefillin.
James Besser’s article, “Block Statehood Bid Aggressively, Groups Urge U.S.” (April 22), relates the growing pressure on President Barack Obama to block the efforts of the Palestinian Authority this September to unilaterally declare a state at the United Nations. Besser actually seems to express sympathy for Obama in that he has so many battles to fight, and now he has this additional one.
The JTA story you published, “Palestinian Teens Arrested in Fogel Murders” (April 22), lends a seemingly explanatory and obscenely unnecessary tone to the heinous crime. No less the comment that you attribute to the chief of the Arab village that was home to the 18- and 19-year-old murderers: “They’re children; it isn’t possible that they committed this awful act.”
Every “brick and mortar” business still in existence is battling several dragons, including the economy, shopping malls and the Internet. And now The Jewish Week, whose own existence hinges on the financial support of local advertisers, is promoting the purchase of products on the Internet.
I detect a fundamental flaw in some readers’ understanding of Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Sascha Freudenheim (Letters, April 1) wrote such a benevolent letter of advice to the Jewish nation that one cannot doubt his sincere concern for Israel’s welfare. He seems to conflate the presence of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria with “Israeli occupation and oppression of several million Palestinians.”
We are in the season of the Jewish calendar when celebration and mourning are upon us in rapid and sometimes confusing succession, from the joy of Passover freedom to the darkness of Holocaust commemoration, followed a week later by Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (memorializing its fallen soldiers) and the following day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, marked with fireworks and parades in the Jewish state.
Israel is understandably ambivalent about the tsunami of change washing across the Middle East. Old adversaries suddenly look like forces for stability; anti-authoritarian change, long advocated by Israeli leaders as a precondition for real peace, is turning out to be scary.
That dynamic is particular evident in the case of Bashar Assad, the Syrian dictator who is busy gunning down his own citizens as they demand a semblance of freedom.