Truth Is, Money Spurred Switch to OU

I have no horse in the race between OU and Star-K. Both are fine with me, but your Aug. 21 article “Pearlstone Moves Kosher Certification to Orthodox Union” only confirms my observation that this is the age of useless verbiage. Not much sound and fury, but a whole half page signifying nothing: “to better fulfill… Read More

The Iran Deal: An Outrage, Insult

I am sure that the vast majority of those in the American Jewish community, and in Israel, join me in welcoming JT’s strong stand in opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement (editorial: “The Day After the Iran Deal,” Aug. 21). While there are many sound reasons why Congress should overwhelming reject the agreement, one under-appreciated… Read More

Unfounded Hysteria? I Don’t Think So

The writer of the Your Say letter “Jewish Hysteria Unfounded on Iran” (Aug. 21) believes that without an Iran deal, Iran could have the bomb “in one to six months to a year.” He also believes that with a deal, there is the “possibility of a bomb in 10 to 15 years.” Does the writer… Read More

Iran: No Deal Is Better Than Bad Deal

In his Aug. 21 From This View column (“Iran Deal: The Risks of Rejection”), Laurence Marder bemoans the failure of opponents of the Iran deal to make the case for the benefits provided by congressional rejection, which he claims will instead “open the door to uncertain and unmanageable risks.” Undoubtedly, a decision by Congress to… Read More

Cecil’s Life Matters: Lion Webs

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After the killing of Cecil the Lion a few weeks ago, there were two very distinct reactions: one mourning the loss of life of this majestic beast, some even calling for the poacher’s death in retaliation; the other bemoaning what was viewed as a distorted reaction of the worldwide outcry over an animal’s death when… Read More

A Year of Quiet in Gaza

Aug. 26 marked a year since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza went into effect, ending 50 days of rocket fire into Israel and Israeli air-and-ground military retaliation. While the possibility of another war breaking out soon appears to be low, little is being done to rebuild Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians… Read More

Pew Views Orthodox Jews

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The Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” released two years ago, provided a snapshot of the community that immediately became the basis for vigorous discussion and soul searching. Last week, Pew released “A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews,” based on the same 2013 data. It shows a population — 10 percent of the… Read More

Neighborhood Fear

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Fear of the unknown, writes H.P. Lovecraft, is “the oldest and strongest kind of fear.” Unfortunately, I learned that lesson well last month as my family and I found ourselves at the mercy of a burglar who for whatever reason chose not to come upstairs. The reason I am sharing this story now, coinciding with… Read More

A Dangerously Bad Deal

The Iran deal that President Barack Obama is promoting seems to be a danger to the United States and its Middle East allies, including Israel (“What Happens Next?” Aug. 21). This deal only lasts 10 to 15 years regarding Iran’s obligation to stop working on nuclear weapons capabilities when the breakout time would be near… Read More

Black or White, No Minyan for a Woman

While I have no doubt the author has experienced racism as an African-American Orthodox woman, the question of being counted in a minyan is not applicable to her (“Confronting Racism in Orthodox World,” Aug. 14). It can be applicable to her male counterparts, but as a woman, Chava Shervington is not eligible to be counted… Read More