Letters

A Leadership Crisis

I refer to the op-ed “Leadership Saves Lives” (Prime, November 18) wherein Gavriel Meir faults Israeli handling of the corona pandemic by comparing it to Taiwan’s handling of the same,…

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Reflections

I went to shul feeling sad. I had just heard that Hagaon Harav Dovid Feinstein, zt”l, had been niftar. I did not know Rav Dovid — I may have met…

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There’s No Their There

Usually, I feel I can rely on Hamodia to present the news in reasonably acceptable English, an aspect of other frum publications which is often a little shaky. Last week’s…

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Article Disapproval Rating

I read with great dismay and disappointment the conclusion of the article written by Mordechai Schmutter in the Prime magazine preceding the presidential elections; dismay at what the author wrote…

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An Open Letter to the Man in Shul

I should have written this a while ago, but the hectic Yom Tov season made it too difficult. I don’t know your name, but we saw each other in shul…

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Is It Over Yet?

There’s nothing like a good conspiracy theory. Who killed John Kennedy? Who killed Martin Luther King? Who killed Malcolm X? Who killed Yitzhak Rabin? Did the coronavirus come from a…

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There Are No Good Old Days

In this past Weekly edition (November 5), on page 12, Ben Zion Wolff’s opinion contained a passage that struck me: “Long gone are the days when partisan rivals could reach…

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Re: Torah Guidance for Health Guidelines

I am not at all worthy of commenting on my Rebbi, shlita, Harav Elya Brudny’s words. However, I would like to offer a perspective that will perhaps help drive home…

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Second Thoughts on Working From Home

Joel Rebibo’s “On Second Thought” articles are one of my favorite columns. I appreciate his candid and usually upbeat perspective on happenings in Eretz Yisrael. While I admire his effort…

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A Time to Build – Not Burn — Bridges

Few words are as overused and misused as “unprecedented” and “historical.” Yet there are times when these terms are needed. One would be hard-pressed to find a historical parallel on…

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Getting Smart About Phones

I would like to add an important point to the op-ed titled “Imploding a Myth.” We are increasingly seeing an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to smartphone usage. Those who…

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Man Against Machine

We all know the syndrome discussed in the editorial “Thinking” (Prime, Sept. 23). Who remembers phone numbers anymore? How many people don’t even talk anymore? They just text. A few…

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Monuments to Nobility

I always read Rabbi Yosef Gesser’s “Monuments in Our Backyard” column each week in Hamodia. This week I noticed that Rabbi Gesser [wrote about] a great-great-uncle (from my father’s side),…

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Good Simchos Come in Small Packages

I was really excited to see the letter last week about the beauty of small weddings. I was zocheh to make a chasunah during the corona crisis when all halls…

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The Finaly Affair

In “Uncovered Documents Continue to Build a Case Against Holocaust-Era Pope Pius,” (Hamodia, News Feature, September 2, 2020), Rafael Hoffman mentions newly found documents on the Finaly Affair. Following the…

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Safe In-Person Voting Is Possible

I am annoyed that nobody is pointing out that it is possible to safely vote with social distancing if the government wanted it to happen. Here is how it can…

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The Sound of the Shofar

In a news story titled “Surgeon General Addresses OU Rabbanim Meeting,” that appeared on page 39 of the News section of the September 9 edition, a reference was made to…

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Microsoft Virology

Going through some recent issues of Hamodia (I do that…), I came across a story that amazed me. What amazed me wasn’t so much the content of the story, but…

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We’ve All Had to Make Sacrifices

In his op-ed about traveling to Uman, Shia Eilen raises the point that it is unimaginable for one to be deprived of their spiritual mentor or source of inspiration, and…

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Please Daven

Chizkiyahu Veiman has been hospitalized in Yerushalayim on a breathing machine for the last nine years. Most of his muscles are too weak to function. He is still able to…

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