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Classic ‘Straw Man’ Attack on Rav Willig

I am writing to object, on both Jewish and journalistic grounds, to the Jewish Link’s publication of Shira Hecht and Aaron Koller’s essay, “New Circumstances Demand New Halachic Views: A Response to Rabbi Mordechai Willig” (Aug. 27, 2015). A Jewish family newspaper is not...

The Smell of Cucumbers

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It takes something mighty big in order to get an American to uproot themselves from their native land and immigrate to a foreign country with a different language and culture. For a small number of Jews from America, that something big is the positive attraction of living in a Jewish state with a Jewish-majority culture (thankfully, anti-Semitism is not a factor in aliyah from the U.S.). But, along with the benefit of living in the only country in the world where, for example, Rosh Hashanah is a national holiday, there are fringe benefits. One of these is the smell of cucumbers.

I should point out that there is a difference between smelling a cucumber and the smell of cucumbers...

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In response to the article “Rabbis’ Take on the Tuition Crisis: How You Can Help,” I applaud Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern and Rabbi Shmuel Marcus on their very timely article concerning the current tuition crisis.  Parents attending the local schools cannot be relied on to be the only funding for Jewish day schools and yeshivas.  The larger Jewish community has to understand that supporting Jewish education is the key to Jewish survival. If people who have the financial ability use their tzedakah dollars to support the many Jewish schools in Westchester, it would greatly enhance the quality of life for Jewish families. Diversity only helps Jewish communities...

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Rabbi Gil Student is correct in his evaluation of the “Kosher Switch” according to mainstream Orthodox Rabbis. The two very questionable claims promulgated by the Kosher Switch marketing literature are: (1) that the design improves on the earlier designs of grama switches in a significant way from a halachic perspective and (2) that “brand name” leading Orthodox Rabbis, such as Rav Neuwirth, Of Blessed Memory, the author of the Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchata, have approved the device for casual use.

In fact:

(1) Although the US Patent Office (USPTO) has recognized that the “Kosher Switch” is novel and worthy of patent protection, the USPTO is not a Rabbinic...

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An article entitled “The 37th World Zionist Congress: A Wake-Up Call” that we wrote included in error a sentence that ARZA was recruiting non-Jews to vote in the WZC election. Upon investigation, we determined that this claim was in error and we revised the article by deleting that entire paragraph. We notified the editor of the paper that we submitted the article so that there was this revision and sent in the revised article and asked that only the revised article be used. We understand that the revised article was not transmitted to your paper and we regret the inclusion of the incorrect paragraph in your paper and ask that you remove the prior version of the...

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