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I have ready many articles in your paper about jumping rope and Jump Into Shape (see ad on page 123). I will say that after jumping in the class for about two months, it is a great 35-minute workout with almost no equipment. In 35 minutes I burn the same or more calories than an hour-long cardio/strength workout. I have
The writer of “Is Israel Yeshiva Overcrowding a Drawback of Communal Growth?” (March 7, 2019) wrote about a challenging issue. In a recent Jewish Link article, Rabbi Larry Rothwachs wrote about a similar issue affecting families of eighth graders whose children are applying to yeshiva high schools (“The High School Admissions Process:
Lance Friedman responds (“Letter Commenting on Rabbis’ Views Should Show Kavod,” February 28, 2019) to my letter (“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, Indeed,”) in the Feb 7, 2019 issue of JLNJ by doing exactly what he accuses me of, a personal attack. I was quite explicit in stating my respect and admiration for Rabbi Jachter.
I am writing in response to a letter you published in the February 7 edition submitted by Robert Friedman regarding “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover...” In your note for personal letters, it specifically states “We do not welcome personal attacks.” How would you categorize Mr. Friedman’s letter as anything but an attack on Rabbi
It is wonderful to read that the RCBC is supporting Torah law and maintaining our mesorah with regard to female clergy (“RCBC Draws Boundary Line on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019). I am a baalat teshuva. I came to be a Torah observant Jew because I believed that mitzvot observance not only makes me a better person, but also allows me
Rabbi Pruzansky asserts (“In Defense of the RCBC,” February 14, 2019) that opponents of the RCBC bylaw sanctioning one of its members for employing female interns “pretend that there is still room for further clarifications, negotiations and conversations.” One wonders if Rabbi Pruzansky includes among the pretenders the
When Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was elected to Congress it might have been seen as a demonstration of the openness of American society. Given the experience of 9/11 and the continued threats from ISIS against the U.S., a Somali Muslim in congress was a first and was proof to the world that America is capable of seeing beyond
In Yehudi Echad’s letter, “What Occupation?” (February 14, 2019) he calls out, “young people of Jewish ancestry” and “liberal millennials” for not recognizing that “there is no occupation in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,” and not recognizing that the status of these areas is rather “…control of land
The consequences of the RCBC decision regarding the Netivot Shalom shul (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Woman Rabbis,” Feb. 6, 2019) are embarrassing Rabbi Helfgot, dividing the community and serving as another sterling example of the abuse of rabbinic authority.
Rabbi Pruzansky said it as it is (“In Defense of the RCBC,” February 14, 2019).
For a shul to be a member of the RCBC, IT MUST COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT ORGANIZATION. If it does not wish to uphold these standards, the organization has the right
The uproar over the venomous emanations of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is certainly warranted, but a broader look at history shows that it is neither a sudden nor unprecedented development.
Anti-Israel, anti-Semitic behavior has actually been brewing for a while
In reply to “Staying True to Normative Orthodox Judaism,” (February 14, 2019) by Levi Langer: Today, the future of normative Orthodox practices is being covertly changed without the foreknowledge and sometimes without even the consent of a synagogue’s membership. This includes, but is not limited to changes to interior seating