I take offense at your designating mainstream Orthodox as different from Modern Orthodox (“What Is Jewish Unity?” Sept. 6). Mainstream is Modern Orthodox as historically practiced by the overwhelming percentage of the Baltimore Jewish community and its synagogues, including at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, which now includes the former Beth Jacob, where my father was the educational director, at Ner Tamid and Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim (which was founded by an uncle of mine and others).
What is not mainstream Orthodox is the Judaism practiced by the “ultra” or “fervently” or similar modifiers to Orthodox, as practiced by those who attend the Glen Avenue shul and, more recently, by those who daven at Darchei Tzedek and other “black hat” synagogues, which have proliferated by the dozens in Baltimore. …
Your banishing of me and the rest of Modern Orthodoxy to other than “mainstream” is not only painful, it is also incorrect.