Parshat Acharei Mot A Meaningful Life Requires Dedication

It is fascinating that our Bible commands us to perform the laws and statutes of the Lord and then it adds “and he shall live by them.” Would any moral individual think to perform laws that could cause them to die? Our Sages use this seemingly superfluous phrase to teach a most important lesson, one… Read More

Keeping Up with Foundry Row

Thanks for the Foundry Row update (Foundry Row Moving Forward,” March 28). It seems like there were a lot of unnecessary travails in this journey: competing developer battles, referendum fights and public claims of “done deal” before the zoning process even started. While I am excited about Wegmans, I believe Councilwoman Vicki Almond could have… Read More

Setting the Record Straight

Jimmy Carter revealed his anti-Israel bias in his mendacious book “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid”, while others do the same by promoting Israel Apartheid Week on college campuses nationwide. In a recent letter (“Simply Amazing!” March 28), Barry Hashem cast his lot with this sordid crowd. Not content to relate his anti-Israel views in his own… Read More

The Joy of Sitting Together

In response to “America’s Other Pastime” (April 4), I would like to add a dimension not addressed in the article. Five friends and I played mah jongg for over 30 years every Monday night no matter what the weather. We are now octogenarians; some are no longer with us. There was a component of hineh… Read More

Restoring Ourselves, Our World

“When the heart cries, only God hears/The pain rises out of the soul/Hear Israel my God/now I am alone/Make me strong/make it that I won’t be afraid.” Parshat Metzora is about purity and impurity. It is about skin disease, rashes and eruptions on the body, clothing and dwelling. These are not the most pleasant of… Read More

Some Problematic Views

For a minute, I thought I was reading a Purim spoof issue, with Miles Hoenig’s letter claiming defense against terrorism is racism and boycotting the world’s only Jewish state shows “courage,” and where Mark Gunnery says concern with Israeli self-preservation is hypocrisy, Judaism equals social work and the only good “members of the Tribe” are… Read More

More Jews in Pigtown

Ben Hyman is quoted as saying, “You’d be surprised. There are some pretty active Jews in Pigtown” (“The Fight for Pigtown,” March 28). Two of them are my friends, Bill Marker and his wife, Nan Tuckett. They have been active in their community and in Jewish congregational life for many years. Bill has served as… Read More

Spouse Caretakers Deserve Praise

Your article showed how important it is that our spouse caretakers receive the praise and thank you that they deserve (“In Sickness and In Health,” March 21). People with disabilities suffer indignities in life at every turn. Our spouses have to suffer these wrongs right along with us. When we can’t get into buildings, have… Read More

Ukraine Needs Support

Ukraine’s independence from Russia was pivotal to the U.S. winning the Cold War (“Eyes on Ukraine,” March 21). In 1994, the U.S., the U.K., and Russia concluded the Budapest Memorandum pledging to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for Ukraine surrendering its nuclear arsenal to Russia. Twenty years later, Russia invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine,… Read More

Fantasy vs. Reality

Ada Grodzinsky (Your Say, March 28) really should learn to read material closely and forego putting words into other people’s mouths. This she has done twice, with regard to both Baruch Shaw and Stanleigh Cohen, imputing value claims to what was a pure and simple recitation of accurate historical fact on both Shaw’s and Cohen’s… Read More