Letters Week of Oct. 15, 2009



Paper Takes a Good Turn in Time for the New Year

What an auspicious way to celebrate the Jewish New Year!

Two items in Lisa Hostein's article (The Editor's Desk: "Inclusion: It's the Primary Goal Behind Paper's New Policy," Oct. 1) made me take notice. First, the resolution to publish gay and lesbian unions in the paper's life-cycles section. This was an excellent decision.

Second was the fact that the decision by the board of directors of the Jewish Publishing Group was unanimous.

This alone says much about the people running the Jewish Exponent — all of it good.

James Warren 

An Unexpected Lesson Discovered During March

With the March for Equality now over, I'm left with many memories of a day of great significance for the GLBT community and America.

And yet, when I'd arrived in Washington, D.C., I wasn't sure what to expect. As the father of a 2-year-old, I'm not certain I could have anticipated the impact. With diapers to change, naps to arrange and meals to cook, there was just no time to prepare for such an event.

But I have lots of memories. Some elicit a good laugh, like changing my son's dirty diaper on the White House lawn and thinking, "If this isn't family values, then what are?"

Some memories still choke me up, like listening to Judy Shepard talk about the tragic murder of her son Matthew in Laramie, Wyo., and celebrating Simchat Torah with 200 fellow gay Jews at the Washington Jewish Community Center.

But the memory that still stirs me the most is of Robbie. You may think that's the name of my son, but his is Ethan. He and Robbie became friends over this past weekend.

Robbie is an adorable little boy with special needs. He was left to die by his drug-addicted mother and a family that didn't want him. Robbie came to the March from Florida with his two dads who have yet to be able to adopt him because they're gay. Today, because of the love of his two dads, Robbie has a promising future.

After a long day in the Washington sun, we returned to our hotel, loaded up the car and said goodbye to our new friends. Robbie, totally exhausted, put his head on my shoulder; this simple action touched my heart.

I had arrived in Washington not knowing why I was there, but left knowing exactly why.

Lee B. Rosenfield 
Lambertville, N.J. 

How Can a Jewish Paper Print Attacks on Israel?

Is the Jewish Exponent trying to emulate The New York Times by giving space to foes of Israel like Salam Al-Marayati (Opinions: "Conference a Crucial Step in Healing Middle East Divide," Oct.1)? A significant difference is that the Times is not a Jewish newspaper.

Unfortunately, many Jews and non-Jews delight in criticizing Israel and praising the Palestinians. They may be a tiny minority, but they manage to get a lot of coverage in the media. And any Jewish criticism of Israel is then used directly by its foes.

Henry J. Lotto 

'Exponent' Owes Rabbi a Very Public Apology

When I read the cover story on the Oct. 8 Jewish Exponent ("Local Rabbi Faces Abuse Charges in Boston Court"), I was appalled that the article had been given this kind of prominence.

It is against Jewish law to embarrass a rabbi and/or teacher who was highly respected in the community.

I am the former president of the Young Israel Synagogue of Oxford Circle and a Torah reader at that synagogue who often led services there. Rabbi Levitt was an honored member, who frequently lectured on Torah on Saturday mornings.

He had only the highest respect of all the other congregants.

The Jewish Exponent should make a public apology to this rabbi on the newspaper's front page for the damage that was done by this article.

In addition, a letter of apology should be sent directly to Rabbi Levitt for criticism that could directly affect his livelihood.

I have been a subscriber to the newspaper for many years, and this has been one of the worst offenses that I have seen.

Harry Leibson 
Elkins Park


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