Letters, the Week of Jan. 19, 2017



More Disapproval for Seymour Rosenbloom …

I wish to express my appreciation for Zachary Margolies’ letter concerning Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom [“Nothing Sanctified in an Interfaith Marriage,” Jan. 12]. His choice to perform his daughter’s interfaith marriage shows his total disregard for the tenets of our faith, which he was supposed to be upholding as a rabbi.

I would bet that any great-grandchildren which might eventually result from this union would not even know they are Jews, let alone practice anything remotely resembling the Jewish religion. The rabbi’s choice is not “practicing diversity and acceptance in a multicultural society,” but has rather guaranteed the spiritual and cultural death of his family.

The Consevative movement was correct in stripping Rosenbloom of his credentials. I applaud them.

Harold Rose | Narberth

… As Well As Support

In response to Zachary Margolies’ letter, I just wonder how he would feel if a child of his wanted to marry someone of another faith [“Nothing Sanctified in an Interfaith Marriage,” Jan. 12]. Times have changed and millennials are independent, and should be able to select whomever they want to love and marry.

To say such harsh words regarding Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom’s decision to perform intermarriage doesn’t say much about him as a father. If you truly love your children, you have to understand and accept their right to conduct their lives as they wish.

I commend the rabbi’s decision to not judge these young people but to allow them to marry in synagogue to whomever they love. How terrible a person would have to be to turn his back on his beloved children if they chose to marry out of their faith.

Linda R. Blatstein | Holland

Hier Is Making a Mistake

Your editorial states that Rabbi Marvin Hier is honoring the presidency, not President-elect Donald Trump, by participating in the inauguration [“Hier Will Honor the Presidency,” Jan. 12]. Under normal circumstances, I’d agree. These are not normal circumstances.  

Hier is the public face of the Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance. His presence gives an imprimatur of acceptability to someone whose campaign exploited hatred and fear, and whose election has emboldened racists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Since the election, there has been a surge of hate crimes — from the swastika on the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion campus to harassment and intimidation in local schools, to the now twice-broken windows of a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue.

The implication will be that the Wiesenthal Center condones — or at least does not condemn — the reprehensible racism, bigotry and fearmongering that Trump has repeatedly stoked. This is unconscionable.

I believe Simon Wiesenthal would be appalled. As Elie Wiesel once said to President Reagan, “That place is not your place.”

Rosalind Holtzman | Elkins Park


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