$100,000 for a wedding? $20,000 for a bar mitzvah? When did extravagance and luxury become such primary Jewish values? I can’t remember the last simcha (Jewish celebration) I attended at which there were not tremendous amounts of wasted food, overly expensive napkins and bands large enough for a royal banquet.
I read with interest “More Jewish Options For End-Of-Life Care” (June 4) reporting on the acquisition by Metropolitan Jewish of the Jacob Perlow Hospice and the Zicklin Jewish Hospice Residence. Metropolitan Jewish has been a leader in hospice care for many years.
I read your article, “Special-Needs Families Fighting Jewish Day Schools” (June 11), with considerable sadness. Beside the need to combat prejudice in this area, I believe that our yeshivas and day schools, which are now struggling financially, could and would provide more special-needs services given financial incentives and support.
I therefore urge the federations and our philanthropists to make this cause a major funding priority. There is no greater mitzvah than saving the soul of Jewish child.
I am in agreement with Joseph Rackman that one day there will be Orthodox women who will have the stature of a rabbi — no matter what label is used (“Mrs. Maimonides,” Opinion, June 25).
The Jewish Week has had many articles and letters for and against this issue, including a letter stating that certain leading rabbis, like Moshe Feinstein and Joseph Soloveitchik, opposed. It is interesting to that Bible scholar Nechama Leibovitz was a contemporary of theirs.
In his opinion piece, “We Have Met the Enemy...” (July 2), Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is concerned about the anger he saw on display at the recently concluded World Zionist Congress. As we approach Tisha b’Av, he rightfully fears for sinat chinam — senseless divisive hatred that is traditionally blamed for the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. Yet he claims that the shenanigans at the Congress were in response to “non-Orthodox successes in passing resolutions relating to religious pluralism in Israel.”
After reading The Jewish Week, I have come to the conclusion that this world has turned itself around. Liberal Jews criticize Israel and equate it with Nazi Germany while they support an enemy that is bent on Israel’s destruction. They criticize Israel for defending itself against an enemy that uses barbaric means to kill Jews, no matter how observant they are or what denomination they are from.
I really liked Hilary Larson’s article about the Jewish baby boom on the Upper West Side (Neighborhoods, June 11). However she neglected to mention the Upper West Side’s fastest growing community — and New York City’s only Jewish Renewal community — Romemu, whose most recent program addition is all about babies.