Readers react to recent stories about the loss of pro-Israel voices in Congress, the Newtown school massacre and the closing of a Main Line kosher butcher.
Congress Will Still Have Pro-Israel Voices
Your front page headline in the Jan. 3 issue laments the fact that in the new Congress pro-Israel voices will be lost. While it is certainly right and proper to lament and honor the departure of those legislators who have done well by our community, the JTA story failed to mention Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). Not all of Israel’s strongest supporter are Jewish, and not all legislators leave Congress via the ballot box; some leave via the pearly gates.
Moreover, your alarmist headline gives the impression that a suddenly anti-Israel electorate is pushing Congress away from support of the Jewish state. In fact, Howard Berman (D-Calif.) was defeated by fellow pro-Israel incumbent Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) in an intraparty election triggered by redistricting.
Moreover, Congress will now be strengthened by new pro-Israel Jewish voices: Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), as well as returning Rep. Alan Grayson
Dan Loeb | Wynnewood
Take Your Pick of Concepts Concerning God
Trying to reconcile the murders in Newtown, Conn., with various conceptions of God (as expressed in separate letters published in the Exponent):
Rabbi Jablon asserted that God has a reason for everything.
Rabbi Prystowsky posited a God that has insufficient power to intercede in our lives.
And Rabbi Brown proffered a God who chooses to allow human beings the free will to commit such unspeakable horrors.
So, take your pick: Would you rather worship an evil God or an impotent God?
Or could it just possibly be that the real answer is that there simply is no God?
Steve Mendelsohn | Penn Valley
Butcher Closing Was a Business Decision
The leadership, clergy and many members of Har Zion Temple were saddened to see Main Line Kosher Meats close.
Our clergy, along with others on the Main Line, attempted to assist owner Hanni Nitzan to find appropriate kosher supervision. Our synagogue leaders sent out a word of caution to certain Har Zion members warning them not to use Main Line Kosher Meats, for the time being, because it was our understanding that Main Line was in between mashgiachs.
As Rabbi Samuel Kieffer was quoted as saying in the online version of the Exponent’s story, “Abrupt End to Beloved Kosher Shop”: “If a kosher establishment is without a mashgiach, for that period of time, they cannot call themselves kosher,” he said. “We weren’t passing judgment on them. We were anxiously awaiting news of their resolving this.”
Kieffer added that he, and several conservative rabbis, had planned to meet with the owner and were surprised to hear of its closing.
Har Zion would like the community to know that our clergy made these efforts to help Main Line Kosher Meats. In the end, a business decision had to be made and unfortunately, there was nothing we could do for them; they chose to close.
Nancy Kurtzman | President, Har Zion Temple