Letters


On the Right Side

Michah Gottlieb’s equation of contemporary efforts to redefine marriage with the efforts to emancipate American slaves in the 19th Century (“When Orthodoxy Goes Too Far,” June 8) is, to be gentle, unimpressive.Read More


Respect the Living

Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips was right to broach the taboo topic of cremation among Jews (“Confronting Cremation,” May 25).Read More


Limits of Race

At a time when many Jews (particularly younger ones) are rejecting blood-based definitions of nationality, I was disappointed with the Jon Entine’s favorable May 11 review of Harry Ostrer’s “Legacies: Genetic History of the Jewish People.”Read More


Family Fight

As I attended the exceedingly raucous Jerusalem Post Conference, I read J.J. Goldberg’s column on the event with interest (“How a Policy Conference Became a Political Brawl,” May 11).Read More


Restoring Dignity

As one who has worked with persons coping with Alzheimer’s disease and their families for over twenty years, I found Jane Eisner’s May 18 review of Sarah Leavitt’s book, “Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me,” to be nothing short of tragic.Read More


Who Cares?

I rarely find myself disagreeing with Leonard Fein, but in his April 13 column, “American Jews Are Different, Not ‘Partial,’” his criticism of the Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua’s distinction between “complete” and “partial” Jews (that is, between Israelis like Yehoshua and all American Jews) misses the point.Read More


The Little Guy

I think most people respect the real job creators who deal with all the stress that goes into making payroll each week. Yet it seems like the little guy has something to complain about in America today.Read More


Getting a 'Get'

Rachel Levmore’s May 11 op-ed, “Should the Government ‘Get’ Involved,” raises a multitude of questions.Read More


Getting Higher

I have been involved for many years in substance abuse prevention. Having seen too many children start with “harmless” marijuana and go on to addiction and/or death, I was saddened to see the article, “Israeli Gas Masks Help Get You High(er),” on the front page of the April 27 Forward, which treated the issue in a light way.Read More


A Different Way

In regard to the article “MSA: A Radical Group or a Campus Partner” (May 4) it seems clear that each Muslim Student Association group acts independently and not necessarily in concert with those on other campuses.Read More





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