Letters, the Week of April 27, 2017


Hate Should Have a Home Here

There is a most disturbing development in suburban Philadelphia. Many homes, some owned by Jewish people, display a sign on their property which says, “Hate has no home here.” The sign is translated into several languages, including Arabic and Farsi.

This would be an appropriate sign to be displayed in the suburbs in Saudi Arabia, Syria or Iran. There, it would display substance and courage for the owner. In Philadelphia, it is an empty statement, which displays naiveté and narcissism.

The greatest evil in the world today is that of political Islamic fascism.

Our Friday night services begin with the statement from Psalms, “You that love the Lord, hate evil!”

Ronald Werrin | Merion Station

Oh, Deer — Indeed!

Mazal tov on the Exponent’s 130th anniversary. I have been a regular reader for about half that number of years.

Concerning the feature about venison in the April 20 issue, you do not indicate where to obtain kosher venison (“Oh, Deer,” April 20). Since the food columns generally conform to standards of kashrut, your readers should be informed that while deer is essentially a kosher animal, not all venison is kosher.

In the popular mind, these animals are slaughtered either by hunting or as roadkill. They are thus rendered unfit for kosher consumption. In order for venison to be kosher, the deer must be domesticated (i.e., raised on a farm) and slaughtered by a shochet (ritual slaughterer). The meat must then be salted and soaked in water just like beef and other kosher cuts.

There was a kosher restaurant in New York City that featured venison on its menu. It was quite expensive. I was informed that the restaurant is no longer in business.

These important details should have been included in your article.

Rabbi Robert Layman | Wyncote

Keep the Recipes Coming

I am writing to you as a big fan of Keri White’s recipes in the Exponent. I love that she always has recipes with a modern twist and that are not complicated. They are delicious and we have made many, many of them.

We particularly loved the matzo croutons and salad dressing recipes. Who knew that anyone could actually like eating Passover food? I think the matzo croutons have been responsible for the survival of my family through Passover this year.

Thanks for publishing her recipes.

Stacy Jarett Levitan | Executive Director, JCHAI


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