That’s Why

“When I arrived in Israel and the guide said ‘welcome home,’ I was initially confused. … Hours later, ‘I got it.’” And he continued to “get it” for the next nine days. I loved the perspective written by Jacob Shapiro (“From This View,” June 21). And that is why I contribute to Birthright! Gayle Becker… Read More

Have The Conversation

What an encouraging article (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21). As you know, Messianic Jews have generally been considered outside the Jewish community, even though we’ve maintained all along that we are Jews. We follow Torah, we celebrate the holidays, our services are on Shabbat, our children have bar/bat mitzvahs, Israel is our land, etc. Yet,… Read More

Mashiach Can Die And Return

Despite what many have maintained, the assertion that if a proposed candidate for Mashiach “dies” before he fulfills the necessary and sufficient conditions to complete his mission, only to “return from the dead” to finish them , he can no longer be “The Redeemer” is not according to Judaism (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21). And… Read More

No Sense Of Alarm

Did “Fusion of Faiths” (June 21) seem to acquiesce to missionary attacks just to get a rise out of the community? … I have spoken many times to Ruth Guggenheim of Jews for Judaism about spiritual predators like Chosen People Ministries, and I never caught a hint of acquiescence from her. In your article, she… Read More

All Jewish Denominations At Risk

Kudos to Maayan Jaffe for her recent article “Fusion of Faiths: Can Jews believe in Jesus?” (June 21). The article points out the strong allure of Messianic Judaism to Jewish youth as something new and exotic, while also relating how Messianic Jewish donors can obtain significant influence in mainline Jewish organizations through hefty contributions. There… Read More

Only Hashem Can Send Mashiach

Your excellent thought-provoking article by Maayan Jaffe, “Fusion of Faiths: Can Jews believe in Jesus?” (June 21), presented many questions. As Ruth Guggenheim, executive director of Jews for Judaism said, “We, as Jews, totally accept that there are multiple ways to believe in God.” I agree, but unfortunately some people do not share this same… Read More

Not To Be Crossed

In your article about Messianic Jews (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21), I was quoted throughout the article, and I feel the need to clearly reiterate my position that those who identify themselves as Messianic Jews are not Jewish. Har Sinai Congregation has always been a very welcoming congregation to many diverse populations. We especially work… Read More

For The Record

So there are no misunderstandings or false impressions about what I stated in a recent Jewish Times article (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21), let me state it clearly and for the record: If the Jewish community does not act now and educate both our current leaders and those of tomorrow, so-called Messianic Judaism will become… Read More

On The Mark With Marc

As your article demonstrates (“On The Marc,” June 14), Marc Terrill is an exceptional person and leader. I wanted to add that his leadership on the national and international level has also been exemplary.  As co-chair of World Council of Jewish Communal Service Annual Conference, Marc helped to bring several hundred Jewish professionals to Jerusalem… Read More

Why Not?

What a Maryland congressman told the Baltimore Jewish Times (“Faith In Health Care Reforms,” May 24) about all the health-care options that will be available to us in 2014 is questionable. If this is really true, why don’t our politicians have the same health-care insurance that ordinary folks have? Preferably, I want their health-care insurance…. Read More