Focus on Your Mission

As someone who was also previously featured in the “Beshert” column with my Jewish wife, I must add my disappointed voice to Seth S.’s well-written letter (“Intermarriage a Disappointment,” Feb. 7). Although the JT does not bill itself as a “religious” organization, its admirable goal is to “build and strengthen the Jewish community,” and it… Read More

Why the Need for a Nation-State?

Rev. Chris Leighton’s wording about “the Jewish yearning for their own homeland” was meticulously chosen (“The Presbyterian problem with Israel,” Feb. 14). In the clash of narratives percolated by the Arab-Israeli conflict, spin and fact often seem interchangeable. Amid this epistemological morass, however, there abides the following historical truth: There is nothing in the traditional… Read More

Uncomfortable Conversations Valuable

Congratulations to Janet Kurland and Gail Lipsitz from Jewish Community Services on their article that appeared in The Associated insert Jewish Boomer (“5 Key Conversations With Your Parents,” Jan. 31). Their advice and observations are right on target and something we encounter every day with visits from families considering a move for their loved ones…. Read More

Whose Vision is Correct?

I have to agree with your desire that all of us Jews be more tolerant of each other’s beliefs (“Searching for Harmony,” Jan. 31). Which of us can say that we are the ones to correctly interpret each part of the Torah?! This reminds me of a d’var Torah that I wrote many, many years… Read More

Loehmann’s More Than Just a Store

Though I agree stores are replaceable and I can “find bargains elsewhere,” Loehmann’s offered more than just a shopping experience (“Stores Are Replaceable!” Jan. 31). In fact, Loeh-mann’s served as a modern “Red Tent” for women. Growing up in New York, I have vague memories of being a very little girl and driving to this… Read More

Be Aware of Differences

In reference to the article regarding the new mosque on Park Heights Avenue (“Coming Together,” Jan. 31), I think it is great that we welcome them. Ultimately, it is not our business who our neighbors are as long as we treat each other with respect. We should be aware that the Ahmadi group, the sect… Read More

No More Tears

I applaud Hannah Heller’s recent letter to the editor (“Stores Are Replaceable!” Jan. 31) regarding the article concerning the closing of Loehmann’s. As Robert Alan Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, once sang, “Now’s not the time for your tears.” Gary Kenneth Bass Baltimore

Bureaucrat an Unfair Judge

In reference to Itamar Tubul, who acts as judge, jury and executioner on who can marry in Israel (“Israeli Bureaucrat Decides Who Can Marry in the Jewish State,” Jan. 17), my question is, Who died and made him G-d to decide who can be married? I am sure that there are letters people are bringing… Read More

Harmony Not the Issue

I don’t believe I am intolerant, nor those Orthodox women who do not wear tefillin (“Searching for Harmony,” Jan. 31). It is a painful subject that should not be dealt with in a flippant manner. If only harmony was the issue, and if only you had dealt with it seriously. Rabbi Yitzchok Lowenbraun National Director,… Read More

Labels Are for Jackets

I enjoyed your article on the question of internal divisions in the movements and not judging a book by its cover (“Searching for Harmony,” Jan. 31). As I was hosting the first-ever AIPAC event in Howard County, Rabbi Morris Zimbalist — a JTS-ordained rabbi working for AIPAC — and I stood with my very close… Read More