Letters, the Week of Nov. 3, 2016

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Nothing Jewish About Halloween

As you claim to represent “what it means to be Jewish in Philadelphia,” I was very disappointed to see your wishing your readership a Happy Halloween on the cover of your Oct. 27 issue.
Perusing through Megillat Ta’anit, a first century CE tract which records many minor Jewish festivals of olden days throughout the year, I could find no reference to this ancient Celtic pagan-based celebration. It may be this day has evolved into a nonsectarian fun event enjoyed by children, adults and apparently even pets in recent years, but it has very little to do with Judaism of any stripe. Let us save our costumes, mild pranks and candy overload for Purim.
Elchonon Berkowitz | Merion Station
Nothing Kosher About Kosher-Style
Staff writer Rachel Kurland refers to kosher-style deli products several times (“As Carnegie Deli Closes, Local Delis Thrive on Regulars,” Oct. 20). There is no such thing as “kosher- style.”
When ham and cheese are on the menu, it’s not close to kosher.
David Mermelstein | Elkins Park
Pol’s Daughter’s Question No Coincidence
When writing about politics, there should be full disclosure made of the facts (“Query by State Senator’s Daughter to Clinton Briefly Becomes National Political Issue,” Oct. 20). A reexamination of the abundance of circumstantial evidence would cause a reasonable and prudent person to draw a much different conclusion than what was presented in the article.
According to The New York Times coverage of the event, and the accompanying photograph, Brennan Leach was wearing a red bow in her hair to make her easily identified (the color red was also the same color as the pantsuit Hillary was wearing that day). Was this coordinated or a coincidence?
She was also seated on the aisle, in a row immediately behind former Rep. Allyson Schwartz, someone whom Clinton could easily identify. Was this coordinated or coincidence?
Lastly, and most importantly, Brennan Leach is an aspiring child actor, and has appeared in her own father’s political campaign commercials, so they knew they were dealing with an adolescent who can take stage direction.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favor of child actors; my own son is active statewide in the Pennsylvania student thespian community, and he appeared at a young age in a Hollywood film. But let’s not perpetuate a lie. She was placed in the audience in a position of prominence to try and create news, and echo a narrative.
Neil Pohl | Horsham

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