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  • Letters

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the Best

    I want to congratulate Danielle [Magady's] family for finding an educator who really knows his business ("One of the Girls," June 3).

    Rabbi Shlomo Goldberg has hit the nail on the head when he says he is "less concerned with how much they [his students] know than...

  • Letters

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Seder Behind Bars

    This is in response to the article by David Finnigan ("Holiday of Freedom Spent Behind Bars," April 29).

    We were two of the volunteers that were at the seder, for the second year in a row, that Rabbi Yossi Carron held for the Jewish inmates at Men's Central Jail....

  • Letters to the Editor

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Burden of Truth

    I hate to rain on Deborah Lipstadt's Parade ("History on Trial," Feb. 25), but I feel, as an academic, I must make two points.

    First, while it may be that, as Lipstadt charged, David Irving distorted historical evidence and was "carrying out Hitler's legacy," it...

  • Letters to the Editor

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Super Sunday

    As members of The Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance Super Sunday Committee, we were disappointed to find almost no mention in your articles of the Valley's participation in last month's Super Sunday. ("Super Sunday Calls Raise $4.6 million," Feb. 18).

    For months, our...

  • Letters to the Editor

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Editor:

    As a teacher at Shalhevet, I was disturbed and saddened by Julie Gruenbaum Fax's article on Shalhevet in the previous issue of The Jewish Journal. I found the piece to be untruthful in much that it did say and unbalanced in terms of what it left out. Ms. Fax...

  • Letters to the Editor

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    YULA Questions

    I graduated YULA Girls School in 1999, and I can personally attest to the truth of the account set forth in Julie Gruenbaum Fax's article ("Girls School Debuts New Campus," Nov. 26) that was so categorically denied by the Torah studies faculty.

    First, none of my...

  • Inadequate Response

    By Rob Eshman

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The holiday season in New York wasn't magical. It was surreal.

    Fifth Avenue was thick with crowds of shoppers and gawkers. There was a line to get into Trump Tower, no tables available for tea at the Palm Court inside the Plaza Hotel and a long wait in 27-degree weather to catch a...

  • Letters to the Editor

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    MTV Generation

    How sad! Fearing that the MTV generation of Jews might not support Jewish causes, The Federation introduced a group of 14 young Jewish girls and boys to the fundamental Jewish concepts of tikkun olam and tzedakah ("Charities Seek Ties to MTV Generation," Dec. 24).

  • Letters to the Editor

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Reality History

    With trepidation, I logged on to the Yad Vashem victims database ("Becoming a Nephew," Nov. 26) and typed in my grandparents' names.

    In my heart, I knew that their names and the names of my aunts and first cousins would be there. However, when my family name and...

  • Letters to the Editor

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For and Against

    What kinda mishegoss is that – "in place of the Torah Portion ("Behold, You Are Fair," Nov. 19)? Who died and left you guys in charge of God's work?

    I realize that you're the editor of this here newspaper, and I realize that machers like Ed Feinstein, 'scuse me –...

  • Your Letters

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av Today

    I am disdainful of anyone who misappropriates the Torah to bolster his radical political views ("Tisha B'Av Today," July 23). I have been horrified when religious zealots used Judaism as a rationale for committing violence against others. But religious zealotry is...

  • Your Letters

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Students do it. Girl Scouts do it. Why don't congregants do it? Carpool, that is ("Gridlock," July 9).

    Why wait for perhaps decades for better public transportation? Each synagogue (church, mosque) could establish and distribute a carpool roster by area.


  • Your Letters

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Same-Sex Marriage

    The opinion piece by Sandy Frank on same-sex marriage raises some interesting questions. Frank claims that heterosexual marriage is important because it is prevalent in every society, ancient or modern ("Same-Sex Marriage Poses Key Questions," July 9). That...

  • Your Letters

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Powerful Photo

    As a Jew, with the knowledge that a person must be buried with all their body parts, the photo in the First Person, "Our Soft Underbelly" (May 28), speaks for itself. It is one of the most powerful photographs I have ever seen, not to discredit Shira Kaplan, but...

  • Your Letters

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gay Marriage

    Dennis Prager is fond of presenting his audiences with either/or riddles to solve ("Gay Marriage," May 14). Here is one for him: Which is more harmful to society, homosexual marriage or heterosexual adultery?

    In my 25 years as a practicing clinical psychologist,...

  • Your Letters

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Arab American Protest

    I wanted to add one more dimension to your report about the March 27 rally against Israel's elimination of Sheikh Yassin, held in front of the Israeli Consulate ("Arab Americans Stage Protest at Israeli Consulate," April 2).

    I was there as part of a quickly...

  • Your Letters

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Silverlake JCC

    I always assumed that a healthy part of our donations to The Federation went to support our local JCCs and support Jewish education ("Members Rally to Save Centers," March 26).

    Now The Federation's commitment seems to be to building some flashy building in an area...

  • Your Letters

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    My Culture War

    Just a quick note to say thank you for standing up for both free speech and Howard Stern in your column ("My Culture War," March 12).

    My mother-in-law said to tell you that she is 78 years old, is also a Stern fan and appreciates the stand you took on this issue and...

  • Your Letters

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Robbie Conal

    It is a sad commentary that The Jewish Journal chooses to designate Robbie Conal's propaganda "message art" ("Conal's the Poster Boy for 'Art Attack,'" Feb. 27). I don't need The Journal to tell me how to vote in the upcoming elections but Conal's left-wing message is...

  • Your Letters

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    GLBT Jews

    I'm a member of Beth Chayim Chadashim. I want to say how heartening it is to read your words, and the words of Rabbi David Ellenson last week ("'Til Death Do Us Part," Feb. 13 and "Countering the Family Values Monopoly," Feb. 6). You do so much to take the conversation...

  • Your Letters

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Kosher Queen

    One month before the revolution, my family and I fled Iran and headed for London ("An Unkosher Affair," Jan. 23). Early on, I was invited to a Hadassah meeting at the home of Rabbi Emmanuel Jacobowitz, where Mrs. Jacobowitz welcomed me with open arms. One of the...

  • Your Letters

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Kosher Consumers

    I was dismayed to see inaccuracies in Gaby Wenig's article, "Kosher Consumers for a New Age" (Jan.23). She reports that USDA laws permit canned or packaged vegetarian or dairy products to contain up to .2 percent of unlisted animal byproducts, which could also...

  • Your Letters

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Arnold's Cuts

    As much as I sympathize with Ron Solomon's loss of his brother, his praise of the governor's supposed compassion is premature ("Schwarzenegger's Kindest Un-Cut," Jan. 2).

    Solomon credits Schwarzenegger's "compassion" with reversing cuts that have resulted in a denial...

  • Your Letters

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jews and Xmas

    I read with great interest the articles in The Journal about Jewish filmmakers and Christmas movies ("Dreaming of a Blue and White Christmas" and "A Gift From Santa's Jewish Helpers," Dec. 26). I enjoyed them both, but feel they both missed the single most important...

  • Your Letters

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Housing Crisis

    Thank you for printing the "Q&A With David Grunwald," (Dec. 5) about the housing crisis in Los Angeles. The current housing crisis demands a multiplicity of responses, including advocacy, grants, loans and services. Our city desperately needs individuals and...

  • Your Letters

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A Passion Not Shared

    I read the articles about interfaith marriage with a heavy heart ("Married to It" and "Couple Struggles Over Intermarriage," Dec. 19). I am not opposed to this, as I am one of the people you describe in the articles.

    I was raised in very secular, Reform...

  • Your Letters

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wanted: Parents

    Two very moving opinion essays appeared on the same page of your Nov. 28 issue.

    Rabbi Yosef Reinman wrote that, amazingly, we still carry a memory of a promise made over 3,000 years ago ("Jewish to the Core"). I see this daily at the Academy for Jewish Religion,...

  • Your Letters

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sense of Sorrow

    As a long-time member of Mogen David and the president of the congregation when Rabbi Jonathan Muskat was hired, I read the article titled, "A Shul Torn Apart" (Nov. 14), with a sense of great sorrow and amazement. The board voted not to renew Muskat's contract...

  • Your Letters

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller

    Rob Eshman's article attempts to present a variety of views of what occurred in the very unfortunate altercation between the director of UCLA Hillel, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, and a female journalist, Rachel Newirth ("Reckless," Oct. 31). However, his...

  • Your Letters

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Campus Clash

    I am shocked at your opinion piece, "Reckless," (This Week, Oct. 31). This incident has nothing to do with politics or one's views on Israel. It is a simple case of a rabbi attacking a woman and assaulting her.

    Condoning such an assault is appalling. Let's call it...

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