Oldest Bat Mitzvah Girl In History Was 101While Esther Eisner sounds absolutely wonderful and should be lauded for becoming bat mitzvah at the age of 99 (“Oldest Bat Mitzvah Girl in History! [Or So We Think]”, December 2), my co-author, Paula Wolfson, and I interviewed and photographed an older woman
Kinky’s Candidacy Is Not Just About PoliticsA November 25 letter writer, having let a yucky word push his buttons, chides the Forward for implicitly approving Kinky Friedman’s campaign for governor of Texas (“Too Kinky for Texas”).As a native New Yorker happily residing in Providence, R.I., I could have only one reason for wishing to
Recognize Chabad WayI have no doubt that Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov, my colleague in Munster, Ind., is most deserving of the rabbinic award he garnered from his local federation (“Chabad Makes Inroads at Parley,” November 18). I am less sure, however, of the Forward’s attempt to portray his wife’s position in her local Conservative
The Cost of Free TicketsOpinion writer Diana Furchtgott-Roth says that churches have open-door policies on Christmas and Easter (“High Holy Days Ticket Prices Are Costing Community,” November 4). That is true. But she leaves out the part that churches have many more members to support their activities than synagogues. A
Application essays mentioned ‘the times we live in’.
Magazine a Source of Connection for YouthRapper 50 Shekel is an embarrassment to the Jewish community (“Racy Pics Make Rapper Blush,” October 28). Heeb magazine, on the other hand, is a blessing to the Jewish community.As a college student, I have seen many of my fellow students who claim to have a Jewish parent prove to be clueless about even
Fund Ethiopian EffortsAfter years of stonewalling and foot-dragging by the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency, it will take deeds, not more words, in order for success and not “the sad reality” to be the hallmark of Ethiopian Jewish aliyah (“Poverty and Crime Rates Reveal Israel’s Failure To Absorb Ethiopian
Don’t Turn Communal Back on Jewish FelonsI am very disappointed that no one in the Jewish community seems willing to help Barry Gibbs (“Out of Jail, Mob Fall Guy Pines for a Shul and Some Shellfish,” October 7). After all, we help Israel, Holocaust victims, Jewish arts and culture, Jewish education, hurricane and tsunami victims, and the
Atone for Editorial SinThe October 7 pre-Yom Kippur editorial outlining the Forward’s regrets for journalistic sins committed this past year overlooked your most egregious misstep (“Begging Pardon”). I refer to the recent front-page nonstory about a gifted former educator’s personal struggle to come to terms with his sexual
Torah Values RemainMandell Ganchrow and his supporters need not be concerned that Yeshiva University is any less committed to the values of Torah u-Madda than it has been in the past (“Yeshiva University Catching Flak For Dropping Old Hebrew Slogan,” September 30). On the contrary, the Center for the Jewish Future was established by Y.U.
Anti-Israel Problems At U.N. UnimprovedPerspective and context are needed to fully assess Israel’s stature in the United Nations system. A September 16 editorial shortchanges both by taking an unwarranted swipe at our television ad on the U.N. and Israel (“UNimproved”). The nuanced ad was aimed primarily at the unique gathering of more
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