Letters

An Appeal for Zikui Harabbim

For some time we have been involved in the preparation of a special sefer about the life and practices of the leading posek and Rosh Yeshivah, Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach,…

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Congestion Pricing And the MTA

It’s not hard to see why most politicians are not in business. Generating revenue through congestion pricing to support the MTA and LIRR makes as much sense as starting a…

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From a Student’s Perspective

I am writing in response to the many letters that have been published in this forum about the proper way to applaud for girls at their high school plays. However,…

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Derech Eretz — Not Debatable

Cheering at a play is not debatable when the producers, who worked for weeks on end, ask the audience to please not disturb in the middle. Every mother tries to…

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The Right to Be Offended

I always enjoy Rabbi Shafran’s eloquent pen, and therefore it would only be right to begin this letter with a list of all the specific instances wherein he enlightened and…

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Notice Hashem’s Blessings

Every month I try to inspire others with a kiddush Hashem story. This one happened to a client of mine. Although we live in the 21st century, we still have…

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“A Bridge Too Far”

“A Bridge Too Far,” which appeared in “On Second Thought” (Jan. 30, 2019), included a reference to a letter that Yisrael Goodovich says his great-grandfather, the Chofetz Chaim, wrote to…

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Rabbi Yitzchok Katzenstein, Z”l

Thank you for the beautiful tribute for Rabbi Katzenstein, z”l, by Rafael Hoffman (Community, February 13, 2019). It is a wonderful description of a life lived with dedication to the…

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To the “Mother of the Cheering Squad”

Regarding the letter “Dear Mothers” published in the February 6 edition of Features, I am heartbroken at your response to the distraught grandmother regarding cheering at a school production. I…

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A Lone Voice

Although I agree with Mr. Lubinsky’s description of the Forward (“Did the Forward Get It Backwards 120 Years Ago?” Features, February 6, 2019), he neglected to mention the one frum…

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Where Has My Neighborhood Gone?

As someone whose family was previously forced to move out of a neighorhood after the Jewish population emptied out, and has subsequently been living for more than 40 years in…

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Cheerleading Squad

In response to the letter titled “Dear Mothers” (Features, February 6, 2019). Since you addressed the letter to me, I feel that I need to respond. You see, it was…

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Transforming Neighborhoods

I found the article in Hamodia, “Anti-Semitic Movement Grows in Toms River” (January 24, 2019) disturbing. This isn’t an anti-Semitic attack, it’s a movement to preserve a neighborhood. Instead of…

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A Hard Truth

There has been much talk lately about the highly anti-Semitic website Rise Up Ocean County, which was featured in your publication (“Zachor,” Features, January 30, 2019). For my family and…

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To What Degree?

Many advertisements have appeared in these pages offering courses in a sheltered environment that are packaged as ideal for frum girls. None of these choices existed when I graduated from…

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The Gift of Hearing

Thank you for the important, well-written article in this week’s Features Section titled “Appreciating and Protecting the Gift of Hearing.” Back in June, 2014, my friend Miriam and I decided…

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Relative Intelligence

I would like to comment on the beautiful op-ed written by Rabbi Shafran (“Minding Our A.Q.s and M.Q.s,” Features, January 9, 2019). Rabbi Shafran’s understanding of what happened with Dr.…

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”Yes, I Know Him”: A Hashavas Aveidah Story

While I admit you certainly managed to make a charming story of the lost passport episode (18 Shevat/January 24), please allow me to take issue with the conclusion of the…

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Dear Mothers

I have just returned from a beautiful performance of one of our prestigious high schools. It was a beautiful, multi-talented and enjoyable performance and experience. However, at the same time…

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“Yes, I Know Him”: A Hashavas Aveidah Story

I just finished your weekly edition’s story about how a lost passport was finally returned by someone who felt the need to find the person who lost his passport even…

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