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Friday, March 24, 2017

Letters

We Must Take Care Not to Speak Lashon Hara

I am writing concerning an article in which friends of Rabbi Avi Weiss related a very uncomfortable situation (“Even on Vacation Venom Spews Forth,” March 2, 2017). The couple overheard people in a restaurant, who appeared to be “frum,” besmirching Rabbi Avi Weiss and his views. Perhaps Rabbi Avi Weiss is not the favorite rabbi of

Teaneck’s Weinbergers Are Another Father-Son Rabbinic Duo

As I read your article in this past week’s issue of The Jewish Link, “Five Bergen County Sons Join Their Fathers in the Rabbinate,” (March 16, 2017) I couldn’t help but notice you missed a few hidden gems in our community. Rabbi Yosef Weinberger is the son of Rabbi Yitzchak Weinberger who also received smicha from the Rabbi Isaac

We as Jews Should Only Support Those Who Support Us

A childish game of many years ago was to tag an unsuspecting victim with a note that read “Kick Me.”

In 2009, as president of the then New Milford Jewish Center I was addressing the congregation on Yom Kippur. I said that as a group we had a virtual “Kick Me” sign stuck to our backs. In our zeal

We Must Unite to Combat Intolerance

Your editorial on religious tolerance (‘We Are a Nation Built on Religious Tolerance,” February 23, 2017) expresses outrage and your support of Trump’s statement; however, you completely failed to address the “elephant in the room.” We have suffered a spate of bomb threats against Jewish institutions and the desecration of two

Why Not Take Advantage of That Post High School Year in Israel?

This is in response to two articles, the most recent being “From the Desk of an 18-Year-Old Yeshiva Student” (February 9, 2017), by Ezra Epstein, regarding post high school study in Israel, which he challenges and questions and of which he is critical. His contention is that students go “because they feel that their

It’s Time to Discuss Women in Spiritual Leadership Roles

I thank the editors of The Jewish Link for publishing the opinion of five area rabbis responding to the OU policy statement on the role of women in Orthodox Jewish life (“Reflections on the Current Debate on Women’s Professional Spiritual Leadership,” February 16, 2017). In a sensitive and respectful way, they have brought to light

The OU Doth Protest Too Much

Regarding “OU Opens Doors to Women Leaders,” (February 9, 2017) after reading the Orthodox Union’s 15-page “position paper” on women serving as rabbis, my first question was why are they doing this in the first place? If one has a halachic question do we call the Orthodox Union headquarters and ask for whom? If we have a question

Sharing Facts and Opinions Regarding Trump’s Immigration Order

Mr. Weinblatt’s missive (“News Publications Should Provide All the Facts,” February 9, 2017) opens with his lament that he is coerced to read your publication, which presents local, national and international news with topical analysis, which disturbs his Shabbat and is unfair and unbalanced. He then launches into a partisan

We Need to Go Back to Protecting People, Not Feelings

Regarding “Week One Prompts Polarized Reactions” (February 2, 2017), this type of overreaction is exactly the reason that “Republican” Donald Trump hoodwinked his way into the White House.

The Democratic Party used to protect people (except Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who notoriously closed the

Anti-Trumpsters Are Naive and Superficial

The women who organized the rally last Sunday (“Teaneck Woman Organize Anti-Trump Rally,” February 2, 2017) illustrate that most Jews are naive, superficial and a product of our biased media.

I grew up a liberal Jew.

Some Are Fearful to Give President Trump a Chance

In “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Belligerent” (January 26, 2017) by Rabbi Mordechai and Nina Glick, the Glicks wrote about their reaction to the post-inaugural “women’s march.” They stated “there is nothing normal about this protest,” and went on to compare the US presidential election to a

Choice in Education Helps Hold Educators Accountable to Parents

We have been informed by those who have been working on school vouchers for many years that they have finally succeeded in having a bill sponsored in Congress that can serve as a model and trailblazer for all 50 states. Although the bill only provides school vouchers in the District of Columbia, which comes directly under the jurisdiction