Jewish Journal

Letters to the editor: Rob’s goodbye and connecting to Judaism

Posted on Mar. 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

Not ‘Goodbye,’ Just ‘See You Later’

I was disappointed to read Rob Eshman’s last column (“Why We Write,” March 7). I will so miss it during the time you are away. It’s the first thing I read in the Journal. I am a home delivery subscriber and have been ever since I had back problems. I realized how the Journal kept me connected to the local Jewish community as well as the world Jewish community.

“Zei gezunt!”

Estelle Markowtiz via e-mail

Connectivity Key to Judaism

The symbolism of binding and of knots is at the core of Judaism (“Tefillin of the Heart,” March 7). We use the knots on the tallit to remind us of the commandments. When Jacob wrestles, he is wrapping himself around someone. The challah is intertwined dough. The havdalah candle is intertwined wax. Abraham binds his son Isaac. With tefillin, one can bind oneself.

We are stronger when we connect. Judaism wants us to connect with each other, with the next and previous generations, and with God.

Jeff Shulman, Granada Hills  

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