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As for the suggestion that one simply avoid classes that are controversial, this is just another example of how frum individuals choose to put their heads in the sand rather than equip themselves to deal with controversy. Avoidance, like living in a ghetto, does not an answer provide. Orthodox Jews have got to stop trying to avoid that which calls our beliefs into question and instead start to grapple with these issues.

Dr. Robert Solomon Brooklyn, NY

Karen Greenberg Responds: I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Solomon that students in these classes should not feel threatened by material that contradicts Torah Judaism. I am merely suggesting that students should enter university aware of what lies ahead and be prepared to actively filter through the material presented to them, using Torah as a guide.

My article comes from personal experience, and so I clearly am confident enough in the value of madda as well as the strength of my yeshiva education to remain in these classes. Furthermore, I would not say I feel “threatened” – I am simply thinking critically about what is being presented to me. Based on this experience, I have concluded that it is advisable for Orthodox students to immerse themselves in such material only after careful consideration of what the consequences may be regarding their Judaism.

 

The Power Of An Idea

Not too long ago a few of our shul members were discussing what to do to bring a little excitement back to our synagogue.

You see, our shul – Etz Chaim of Flatbush, located on East 13th Street between Avenue P and Kings Highway and which for decades was a vibrant, growing force in the community – has been the unfortunate victim of a shifting Jewish population. Over the past 20 years or so, many of the younger generation have moved on to other areas – Marine Park, New Jersey, Eretz Yisrael, etc.

During our discussion, the concept of an Oneg Shabbos came up. Some members said, “Why bother? It will never work.” Others said, “Let’s try it and see.”

We tried it, and we’ve all been shocked.

Seven weeks ago we had our first Oneg Shabbos and drew about 20 people. The following week we had 30. Each week we would have about 5 to 10 more people than the week before. Last Friday, December 30, Parshas Vayigash, we had close to 70 people.

We come together, have nice conversations, younger people play chess or checkers. We serve food, have a speaker, and generally are amazed at how nicely we all get along. We actually look forward to the Oneg Shabbos.

So don’t let anyone tell you an idea isn’t worth pursuing. With a little preparation and some work, we can make things happen.
Stuart Diamond
Brooklyn, NY

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One Response to “Letters To The Editor”

  1. Zevi Wolf says:

    Rabbi Wein in today’s editin refers to the despicable behavior of a “fringe group”.

    The Eida in Yerushalayim has now come out officially sanctioning the actions of this group. Therefore this position, commonly espoused by the Rabbonim, that it is only a small fringe group of extremists no longer holds valid. It’s time to face the embarrassing truth.

    The Orthodox News blogs TheYeshivaWorld and Matzav have totally not published this announcement as it destroys their attitude and the attitude of Agudah and other Orthodox bodies that it is only a “fringe group” of “extremists”. Instead they hope to bury it. I hope the Jewish Press doesn’t follow this pattern.

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