Category Archives: Letters to the Editor

Responsible Judaism and Sustainability

February 1, 2012

Lisa Kempler In his December 2011 Sh’ma essay, “Sharing a Divergent Path,” Bruce Weinstock, my husband, accurately and respectfully depicts my perspective regarding leaving lights on during Shabbat. In fact, my discomfort extends to other standard practices in observant homes, such as leaving on the oven, the air conditioner, or the heat. When Shabbat is More »

An Exchange with the Editor

March 1, 2011

Susan, I just looked through the latest issue of Sh’ma, all about Jewish identity.  I am amazed that you have 20 pages on the subject, but not a single article, or even paragraph, on the Jewish identity of the majority of our people who self-declare as secular. There is so much now being written in More »

Encouraging Dialogue

April 23, 2010

I find Bob Goldfarb’s response to the April Sh’ma — “What does it mean to be a loyal Jew?” — astonishing, especially in its contention that at the heart of the issue are “generic urgings to promote debate” for its own sake.  The people he knows “aren’t preoccupied with dissent” but rather “exemplify loyalty to their More »

Correction from Maya Bernstein

February 1, 2010

The opening sentence of my essay in the February Sh’ma, which states that it is 80% more likely that Bay Area Jews will create a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ritual themselves than celebrate it at a synagogue, is NOT factually accurate. I was quoting the well-known 2004 population study which claims that 80% of Jews More »

Contemporary Jewish Museum

January 23, 2010

Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility celebrates its move to the west coast with a conversation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on the boundaries of pluralistic dialogue and engagement.
Thursday February 25th 6:00 pm More »

The Fading Faith of a Jewish Moral Exceptionalist Sh’ma 40/664 November 2009/Cheshvan 5770

January 10, 2010

Dear editor: I strongly disagree with David N. Myers’ view of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. Its report is simply another example of the U.N.’s anti- Israel bias.  Several members of Goldstone’s “impartial” panel issued denunciations of Israel before investigations had begun; the commission willingly accepted testimony from Palestinian “eyewitnesses.” (Such testimony More »