Managing editor Marc Shapiro’s Sept. 29 “Opening Thoughts” (“Don’t Put Judaism in Boxes”) was right on target. It is tragic that so many Jews look down on other Jews because their interpretation of Judaism and religious practices are different. This brings to mind the vexing question of who is a Jew? What can you practice and believe and still be considered “Jewish”? That is a much longer discussion. Then there is the mind-your-own-business approach: You practice your version of Judaism, and they practice theirs, and just learn to coexist in safe spaces.
We have many enemies in the world who want to destroy us. Divided, we make an easy target. It’s time to put our differences to rest. Maybe we need to talk these out in forums or town meetings to better understand each other. If we all go forward together, we will be stronger.