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The Siyum HaShas

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

We doubt anyone attending last week’s massive Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium will forget anytime soon the breathtaking sight of more than ninety thousand people breaking out into dance and song in celebration of the Torah following the delivery of the siyum by Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Malkiel Kotler. Or the chills they experienced as Cantor Yitzchok Meir Helfgott recited the Kel Moleh Rachamim prayer in honor of the victims of the Holocaust who died Al Kiddush Hashem. Or the inspiration they felt as tens of thousands of Jews prayed together as one. All were testimony to the centrality of Torah to Jewish identity, fealty to the Ribbono Shel Olam and submission to His Will.

In a very real sense, every day in the lives of countless Jews around the world is a testament to Torah and halacha – getting up in the morning with the Modeh Ani prayer and going to sleep at night with the Shema, putting on tallis and tefillin, davening, being scrupulous about kashrus and taharas hamishpachah, seeing to it that children are Torah-educated, striving to lead homes anchored in Torah and mitzvos.

But last week there was an added dimension. Jews around the world publicly declared the centrality of Torah to Jewish identity and as that which connects Jews everywhere. They celebrated the study of the entire Talmud by thousands almost as one from one end of the world to the other. The texts were the same. The methodology was the same. The commitment was the same. Even the singsong cadences were often the same.

And virtually the entire world was focused on the proceedings at MetLife Stadium. The secular media seemed fascinated with the notion that in an age of high-tech gadgetry and spectacular scientific breakthroughs, grown men had committed themselves to building every day of their lives around the study of ancient texts while still more than holding their own with the rest of the world.

From this perspective, Agudath Israel of America’s monumental undertaking in organizing the MetLife Siyum HaShas was nothing less than a historic contribution to the Jewish people and deserves the gratitude of all Jews. We believe the event inspired Orthodox Jews in America to a greater participation in the new Daf HaYomi cycle, to a deeper camaraderie with their fellow Jews, and to walk with even greater pride as the world came to know more about what we truly are about.

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Ultimate Intervention

I was fascinated by your front-page photo last week of prayers being said at the Ponovezh Yeshiva for the gravely ill Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.

The image of Ponovezh bachurim in heartfelt prayer for Rav Elyashiv captures the authentic Jewish approach to the trials and tribulations of life. As the widely recognized posek hador, one can safely assume he has been receiving the best medical care available. Yet for these talmidim (and many others), the ultimate intervention must come from a different place.

I would hope that such commitment and emunah will survive their passage into adulthood.

Phillip Belmin

(Via E-Mail)

 

Prayer For Troops (I)

Milton Markowitz (“A Decade of Prayer for the U.S. Military,” op-ed, Feb. 10) got it exactly right: As Americans we should always show our appreciation for those who find themselves in harm’s way as they protect our way of life as Jewish Americans. As a people we always face special risks because of our faith, and we should always recognize our obligation to express gratitude.

Shoshana Goldman

(Via E-Mail)

 

Prayer For Troops (II)

While I certainly agree with Milton Markowitz’s calling attention to the appropriateness of praying for the well-being of members of the United States military, I wonder why there is some reluctance in some quarters of the Orthodox Jewish community to express the same support for members of the Israel Defense Forces.

U.S. soldiers and Israeli solders are worthy of honor and respect for what they do to protect us and our fellow Jews, both here and in Israel.

Mordechai Cutler

New York, NY

 

Post-Zionist Academics

I share Adina Kutnicki’s concern for the impact post-and anti-Zionist sentiment in schools, the media and various other institutions, which will inform the next generation of Israeli leaders (“Post-Zionist Academics Further Israel’s Delegitimization,” op-ed, Feb. 10). However, I’m not sure what she proposes is the solution. Government intervention with a view to eliminating these points of view seems impossible in a democracy, and indeed Ms. Kutnicki seems to point to organized efforts at rebuttal.

Unfortunately, it is not at all likely that such ad hoc efforts can adequately confront an entrenched pseudo-intelligentsia.

Tzvi Berman

Jerusalem

 

No Surprise

I wonder why everyone is so surprised about President Obama’s efforts to force even the Catholic Church, which vociferously opposes abortion and birth control, to provide insurance covering such procedures to its employees in affiliated hospitals and charitable organizations (“Obamacare and That Religious Exemption,” editorial, Feb. 10).

This is a man who ran for office vowing to change the world as we know it. Obviously there was no reason to think he would be a fan of America’s religious traditions. All he has now done is prove it.

Scott McAndrew

(Via E-Mail)

 

Dismayed By Rabbi Wein

I was dismayed by Rabbi Berel Wein’s call for our religious leaders to urge that only superior students be given the opportunity to learn in the yeshivas of higher education while the rest “do national service stints” (“Why Haredim Have an Image Problem with Most Israelis,” op-ed, Feb. 10).

While Rabbi Wein is of course correct that many in Israeli society resent privileges enjoyed by Talmudic students, I thought issues of such magnitude are properly addressed by our gedolim. Yet Rabbi Wein takes it upon himself to rebuke “rabbinic and chassidic leaders of the haredi community [who] refuse to endorse the practical notion that these young men do national service stints.”

Binyomin Strauss

New York, NY

 

Recognizing The Threat

The Jewish Press is to be commended for the clear and needed analysis in “The Police Commissioner and ‘The Third Jihad’ ” (editorial, Feb. 3).

The New York Times should be chastised for taking the side of Muslims who are so “outraged” by the “discriminatory and biased” actions of the NYPD in showing the film to a group of officers. The efforts of media outlets like the Times, and the screaming liberals who support those efforts, must be identified and exposed for what they are. America is at war with radical Islam at the moment. The Middle East is exploding.

Iran is threatening Israel, America and the world with its nuclear bombs, which are being developed and may already be ready for delivery. If we fail to recognize the threat of radical Islam within our midst, we are doing a great disservice to our country.

Complicity with the enemy is traitorous. Those who pick up the Muslim “outrage,” thereby silencing criticism and exposure, are wittingly or unwittingly aiding the enemy. The public must become aware of this and do everything in its power to see that truth prevails.

Helen Freedman

Executive Director

Americans For a Safe Israel

Obama’s Rhetoric

As you have stated repeatedly in your editorials, Israel and its supporters in the U.S. should have real concerns about a second term for President Obama. His statements early in his first term showed a marked anti-Israel and pro-Arab bias.

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