web analytics
January 30, 2015 / 10 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Letters To The Editor

Letters-logo

Then, the Second Law of Thermodynamics – which states that the quality of matter/energy deteriorates gradually over time – precludes the universe from having existed forever.

Nature, it seems, very much attests to an Intelligent Creator as being its source. To deny the existence of God requires a serious stretch of the imagination.

Josh Greenberger
Brooklyn, NY

Editor’s Note: Mr. Greenberger is the author of The V-Bang: How the Universe Began (Cambridge International Science Publishing).

Modern Orthodox Alternative

As I read Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot’s op-ed (“Modern Orthodoxy’s Welcome Alternative,” June 21), I felt as if he knew my thoughts.

There is so much truth, beauty and excitement in Yiddishkeit that if young people who for whatever reason harbor thoughts about ditching it could be made to understand that point – and if they were fortunate enough to find a mentor who without being judgmental could explain this to them – they would remain loyal to the Torah.

It is also true that so many who left the yeshivas in Europe were torn between an uncompromisingly religious way of life and the modern world. Many of the early haskalah followers wanted to remain in the fold yet at the same time yearned for literature, arts, music, etc. Had rabbanim with vision dealt more kindly with them and tried to integrate the new disciplines into a working symbiosis with Torah, there’s no telling how many bright young Jews would have remained Torah observant.

If we would learn secular subjects in a way that shows Hashem’s wisdom in running this beautiful world, so many more frum Jews would remain in the fold.

Thank you, Rabbi Helfgot.

Marvin Yellin
Bayonne, NJ

Last Word On Israel Parade

Reader Avi Goldstein’s argument (Letters, June 28) that Orthodox groups legitimize the behavior of gay groups they march with continues to baffle me. There are many groups – such as Conservative and Reform synagogues – in the Celebrate Israel parade who march under banners representing practices most of Orthodoxy does not support, and many groups that, in turn, do not support the practices of Orthodoxy.

The marching of Orthodox organizations alongside these groups does not legitimize their practices any more than the choice of these groups to march alongside Orthodox groups legitimizes Orthodox ideology, whether on homosexuality or the role of women in society or abortion.

Sadly, both Goldstein and reader Heshy Friedman admit in their letters that they would rather divide the Jewish community than march in a parade with Jews who don’t see everything their way. That’s unfortunate.

Michael Brenner
Brooklyn, NY

Editor’s Note: We appreciate the passion on both sides of this particular debate, but having run a number of letters on the subject over the past few weeks, we feel it’s time to move on to other things. We thank all readers who wrote in voicing their views.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Letters To The Editor”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Jeremy Bird, working for Israeli campaign outfit V15, shown at Ted Talk, May 20, 2014.
V15 US Political Operative Marinated in Hate-Israel Activism
Latest Indepth Stories
IRAN-US-POLITICS-MILITARY

An Israeli strike could theoretically damage Iran’s nuclear program; only US can terminate program

Israeli-flag

At some point we need to stop simply defending and promoting Israel and start living in Israel

Rabbi Berel Wein

“We Jews are the only people who when we drop a book on the floor pick it up and kiss it.”

Rabbi Sholom Klass

Though Zaide was the publisher of The Jewish Press, a big newspaper,I always remember him learning

Speaker Silver has been an extraordinary public servant since his election to the Assembly in 1975 and has been an exemplary leader of that body since 1994.

He spent the first leg of his daylong visit to the French capital at Hyper Cacher.

Drawing Congress into the Iran nuclear debate is the last thing the White House wants.

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

Obama’s foreign policy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives as deeply flawed

Many journalists are covertly blaming the Charlie Hebdo writers themselves through self-censorship.

Why does the Times relay different motivations and narratives for jihadists in Europe and Israel?

To defeat parasites-the hosts of terrorists-we need to deny them new people, potential terrorists

Combating Amalek doesn’t mean all who disagree with you is evil-rather whom to follow and to oppose

Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/letters-to-the-editor/letters-to-the-editor-259/2013/07/03/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: