Letters

My Thoughts on Corona

In faraway China, a virus breaks out, Coronavirus — what’s that about? But it turns out this virus can be quite severe, People are dying; it’s become a true fear.…

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Distancing Together

During the Ebola scare in 2014, Ben Zimmer tracked down the origin of the word “quarantine” in his Wall Street Journal language column. “The original quarantine, dating back to the…

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The Black Plague in England – No Jews to Speak Of

I read Rabbi Shafran’s article (“Plagues Past and Present,” Hamodia Prime, March 11) with great interest, but feel I should point out there were no massacres of the English Jewish…

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Seize the Moment

When you have an opportunity to visit your loved one, don’t delay, don’t hesitate. My mother was discharged to a rehab last week. I, baruch Hashem, accompanied her in the…

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The Democratic Field

Thank you for your ongoing in-depth coverage of the Democratic ticket. Your coverage of Bloomberg (Hamodia Prime, “Pre$ident Bloomberg?” March 4) was interesting and comprehensive, and brought back several recollections…

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Netanyahu and Gantz

There are a number of valid reasons why the law proposed by Blue and White to block an indicted person from becoming prime minister may not be such a good…

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The Unfinished Siyum

One morning, I noticed there was a spread of food in front of the shul. After davening, the baal tefillah turned around and made a siyum. Then he began the…

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A Pandemic of Our Own Making

I greatly enjoy reading Joel Rebibo, whose writing is usually cautious, creative and compelling. That is why I was so very disappointed at reading his column (“A Pandemic of Our…

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Preying on Jewish Teens

The opinion by Avraham Dov Greenbaum, “Caution: Dangerous Substances” (Prime, Feb. 12), is long overdue. The adults who prey on teenagers, using them to transport evil substances all over the…

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Craigslist … Insulin?

A recent news item about a study conducted by ChristianaCare and Jefferson College of Population Health researchers found that insulin is routinely sold on Craigslist, a site more typically used…

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‘Pathologized Problems’

There are many times when I have disagreed with Rabbi Shafran’s views (and other times when I agreed with them) but I have never before felt compelled to write a…

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A Place for Everyone

With most of the “siyum season” over, we welcome the new lomdei hadaf to our shiurim and the new chavrusos in our batei medrash. It’s now time to tidy up…

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Careful With Candle-Lighting

This week, many Flatbush residents received large refrigerator magnets with ads, a marker and “whiteboard” to make lists, and Shabbos candle-lighting times for 2020. However, the times for candle-lighting are…

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A Breath of Fresh Air

No bias. No agenda. Just straight, world-class political analysis. With depth and insight that can only come from her years spent interviewing key players both at home and abroad, yet…

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Who Is to Blame?

(A response to “Turmoil in Healthcare,” Prime Magazine, Parashas Bo/February 5.) Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is to blame most of all? Not me, says the nursing home owner.…

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Binyan Is Back

We were so excited at the return of Binyan. My kids have sorely missed it. I also enjoyed having articles from both Mordechai Schiller and Issamar Ginzberg in one issue.…

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Grow Up

Not long ago, I went into a library and found one of the best books published this century. It contained such wisdom, such flawless accuracy, such insight into human nature,…

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At the Kosel

Last week, world leaders gathered in Yerushalayim to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and, while I didn’t zoom in on the political machinations that governed who…

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Banks of Ukraine

I don’t know whether “attraction/repulsion syndrome” is a certified disorder, or just pop psychology. But it describes how I feel about the news. Months before the election, I’m already maxed…

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