Letters

Hakaras Hatov

Recently, our family gathered from all across the globe in the city of Tzfas, our grandparents’ hometown. We had ordered food from a caterer and, for unknown reasons, the food…

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Guns and Cars: Freedom and Responsibility

With respect to Mrs. Etty Berkowitz’s parallel between the right to drive and the right to own a firearm, I would like to make an observation. Mrs. Berkowitz correctly notes…

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Senator Ben Cardin

I would like to thank Hamodia for its excellent interview of Senator Ben Cardin, which exposed us to the views of a staunchly pro-Israel Democratic senator towards the Iran deal…

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‘Chastened by A Midrash’

I find it truly amazing that a Midrash, quoted by Rabbi Shafran a few weeks ago, has created such ripples, and elicited the many responses by its readers. I am…

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What Was Your Upmach?

As we approach the Yom Tov of Shavuos, there is an amazing story which I would like to share with your esteemed readers. When I heard this story, I got…

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Starbucks & Anti-Semitism

I was pleasantly surprised to read the Opinion piece about ADL Director Jonathan Greenblatt (Features, May 2, 2018). The author, Mrs. Lehmann, clearly understands politics and regular troublemakers. Rabbi Avigdor…

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Reb Moshe Abba Kamyan, Z”l

It was with unexpected, heilige nostalgia that I read your tribute to Reb Moshe Abba Kamyan, z”l, (Community April 25, 2018, page 65). Before the war, he was considered one…

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‘Chastened by A Midrash’

Like Rabbi Shafran, I too am deeply distressed by mispronunciations in davening. With our words of tefillah, we are making critical requests (health, parnassah, shalom in Eretz Yisrael…) from Hakadosh…

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Rabbi Neuman’s Kiddush Hashem

In the Community section of Hamodia, there was mention of Rabbi Gershon Neuman and his new community in Union, N.J. His yeshivah enjoys a wonderful relationship with the locals because…

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Project Witness – The Paper Trail

I am an educator who does not teach Holocaust studies. After seeing the ad for Project Witness’ Educational Conference, I decided to attend. To me, it took a week to…

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For a Fellow Jew

I very much enjoyed the article about Mr. R. Horowitz and his chart about intermarriage (Features, Pesach 5778). When I was first embarking on my explorations of Yiddishkeit as a…

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Too Much Power

In your April 18 Features editorial, “Let the Government Govern,” you endorsed the proposed law that would allow the Knesset to overturn a court decision that renders a law illegal,…

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Comma Crime By Commission

Mordechai Schiller wrote about the dire peril resulting from the omission of a comma (“The Case of the Cannibal Comma,” Wednesday, April 18, 2018). Commas can be deadly by commission…

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No Such Provision In KAJ’s By-Laws

I am writing you in my capacity as first vice president of K’hal Adath Jeshurun and as chairman of its By-Laws Committee. In your tribute about Harav Zachariah Gelley, zt”l…

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Remembering Harav Gelley, Zt”l

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Harav Zecharia Gelley, Rav of the Washington Heights Kehilla. I would like to share a story about him that I heard…

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“Dancing to Hamas’ Tune”

The editorial “Dancing to Hamas’ Tune” (April 11, 2018) draws an accurate and alarming picture of the rampant anti-Israel bias which permeates the actions and policies of the U.N., EU…

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U.K. Jewish Education at Risk

It was with great shock and dismay that I read the article on the chinuch crisis in the U.K. (“U.K. Jewish Education at Risk,” Features, March 28, 2018/Pesach 5778) —…

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“Spanning the Separation”

I was thrilled to find a story by Shia Moseson (“Spanning the Separation,” Pesach Story Supplement 5778). Keep them coming! I do want to point out to him, that unlike…

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The Meaning of Our Words

I invariably find myself agreeing with, and thoroughly enjoying, Rabbi Shafran’s articles. In the spirit of the article about being tolerant of other people’s viewpoints, I would respectfully beg to…

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