In Response

In response to Martin Stern’s “Surprised” and Joseph Feld’s “Agree to Disagree” stringently idiosyncratic take on the “cross-dressing” verse of Deuteronomy 22:5 (Your Say, May 31), Rambam did not say what Mr. Stern attributes to him about the wearing of tzizit by women. To further elaborate, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s grandchild, Tzipporah Twersky, back when… Read More

He Didn’t Stop The Perpetrators

Kevin Kamenetz, you had my favor until the part in the article describing how you faced the public safety challenge by rushing off to seek a ban on assault weapons, limit magazines to 10 rounds and increase background checks on handgun purchases after two children brought pistols to school and the Connecticut school killings occurred… Read More

More On Home Care

Shoshana Krupp’s informative article about home care seems to indicate that recipients do not need to meet medical eligibility requirements to receive home care (“Health At Home,” May 31). In fact, recipients must prove medical necessity if their care is funded via long-term care insurance or veterans’ benefits. While home care is an optimal approach,… Read More

Can You Spell Knaidel?

I’d be interested in knowing if any of the local Jewish comics (“Humor Us,” May 31) capitalized on the recent Scripps National Spelling (kvelling) Bee’s winning word knaidel (“How Do You Spell Knaidel,” June 7). Knaidel knowledge evolved into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a stand-up comedian. Rae Rossen Owings Mills

Pushing To Be Un-“Stuck”

Mazel Tov to Simone Ellin for her thorough and touching article “New Documentary Shines Spotlight on Flawed International Adoption System” (May 31). This is a crucial time for children languishing in orphanages worldwide. Ministry to the orphan is a tenet in Christian scripture and in the practice of most churches. We are taught to care… Read More

Agree To Disagree

I am happy that Issachar Friedmann took the time to reply to my letter on halachic issues in Eretz Israel. Regarding women dressing as men [Deut. 22:5], there are many interpretations, including the prohibition on women being combat soldiers bearing arms. The plain meaning, however, is that women should not dress as men and this… Read More

Surprised

I was rather surprised by Issachar Friedmann’s claim in his May 17 letter that “the standard interpretation of the Biblical prohibition [in Deut. 22:5] applies to cross dressing, not to any single item of clothing,” when the verse appears to be quite explicit in stating, “A man’s garment [singular] shall not be worn by a… Read More

Congratulations, Mark!

As board members of the Edward A. Myerberg Center, we enjoyed your May 17 pieces about Jessica Normington, executive director of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Pressman, executive director of North Oaks (“Business Briefs”). As noted, Mark serves on the Myerberg board, representing the Chamber. In this capacity, he continually seeks ways to… Read More

Quality Education

As the parents of three students who attended the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew, we wanted to take a moment to let your readers know how appreciative we are concerning the education our children received. All children have their own unique needs. After three years at the Day School, we sent our youngest child to… Read More

Go To Israel

The Baltimore Zionist District shares Arielle Messafi’s comment that every Jew has an obligation to go to Israel (“Israel65. Celebrate!, iNSIDER, May 17). For over 30 summers, at the forefront of BZD’s mission is its Ultimate Summer Israel Experience for Jewish high school teens.  We are thrilled Arielle has chosen to experience Israel this summer… Read More