Sephardic Food Fund

After reading the article about the Sephardic Food Fund (February issue), I was feeling very melancholy. I had no idea that there are so many families in our own community that are struggling and living below the breadline. Somehow, I always thought that this type of problem did not exist within our own community.

Most likely most of us wake up every morning thinking, “What am I going to eat today?” and then go on to complain that the food is the same boring stuff as always. We don’t realize that there are many people that wake up in the morning with nothing to eat. Instead of thinking what they will be eating, they are wondering if they will be able to eat today.

I wish I knew about this earlier, but I’m thankful that you brought this problem to light, as people definitely need to be aware of the difficulties that fellow community members are experiencing. I plan on donating my next ma’aser check to the SFF – and hopefully, many of your readers will do the same.

Robert E.

Prayer at the Kotel

The article in last month’s issue about what is going on in Israel in regards to the Kotel (Prayer at the Kotel – A Battle Over More Than a Mechitza) was very informative – but in hindsight I think this type of article is better off not being published. Let me explain.

I would like to believe that all Jews deep down inside agree that prayers should be conducted according to halacha. This Woman of the Wall movement is all about politics, and has absolutely nothing to do with religion or woman’s rights. It is obvious that this is mostly a publicity stunt as these women do not keep Shabbat, eat kosher, or pray during the rest of the month. They only visit the Kotel to cause a commotion so that the liberal courts in Israel will rule that nonreligious people can made a mockery of one of the holiest sites in the Land.  Their goal is to create the ultimate hillul Hashem. Unfortunately, the mainstream media does not seem to report the truth behind this movement. If these women really felt this way, they would pray in the privacy of their homes instead of making a spectacle of themselves. The truth is – all this media coverage is exactly what they want. We should all just ignore them, and hopefully they will just go away.

Simon W.

The Trump White House

I’m probably in the minority among your readership, but I did not agree with your positive assessment of Trump’s first year as president. Although the economy has rebounded, I’m still very disappointed with President Trump. After all, Trump is an experienced businessman – so we should expect nothing less when it comes to dealing with financial matters and the economy – it should be booming. But, there are other issues that are just as important as the economy. For instance, his response to the hurricane disaster situations was poor at best. His policies are going to undermine the healthcare system and decimate Medicaid. And, I don’t like all this hand-waving about how the tax cut bills will help the middle class because it will probably be used as an excuse to cut social programs later. Bottom line – there was too much noise and distraction during Trump’s first year in office and not enough substance.

Diana M.

Ask Jido

I first want to commend and praise you for the wonderful Community Magazine! I look forward to it each month. The column “Ask Jido” is a favorite of mine. However, Jido’s response to the soon-to-be first-time parents about their concern about the in-laws and their dogs (December 2017 issue) coming to visit, disturbed me intensely. Why should the parents be burdened and stressed out by the thought of two dogs being around their newborn baby?   The parents already have enough things to think about. I think it is selfish of the in-laws to even think about bringing their dogs to the home. I can go on and on about this….

Mazel tovto the family – and may all go well!

Mrs. S.


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Article Request

Dear Editor,

There has been much discussion lately about the subject of fulltime Torah study and the elite few who choose this distinguished lifestyle. I recall that some years ago Community Magazine ran an article by Rabbi Eli Mansour which provided eloquent elucidation of this very subject. I think it would be most helpful if the article were reprinted in some form to offer clarification for those who still have lingering questions.

R. Gindi

Editor’s Reply: This request seems especially appropriate during these days leading up to Hanukah, when we commemorate the struggle of the Maccabim who were prepared to sacrifice their very lives to defend our privilege to learn Torah and live as faithful Jews. It is therefore our pleasure to present the article you requested, which was originally published in June 2007. It is reprinted in this issue, in its entirety, on page ??.

Technology and our Children

I felt last month’s article, “What is Technology Doing to Our Children?” was completely one-sided, and, not surprisingly, painted a very negative view about the advancement of technology. As a parent and a teacher, I am continually impressed with the number of amazingly smart young people I encounter. I find that young people are generally more creative than older people. In part because of their early exposure to new technologies, they have learned to think of creative ways to express their thoughts. They just naturally gravitate towards graphic representation of their ideas. Case in point, unlike my generation and my parents’ generation, young people today don’t waste their time to protest by writing letters or signing petitions. They take immediate action. They use their creativity and their intelligence to get things done effectively and ultimately improve our society. Thanks to the advancement of technology, our children will surpass us, and that is as it should be!

Frances D.

Last month’s article on the effects technology is having on our children was truly a sound assessment of where this generation stands. Author Dave Gordon skillfully highlighted the potential pitfalls of unrestricted digital use by children. His citing of a University of Haifa study stating that 95 percent of high school students are engaging in some form of technological use is astounding to say the least! 95 percent? My goodness. The article mentioned a statement by David Silverberg stating that parents must tell their children “NO.” I want to second that motion. Parents must implore their children to refrain from using their devices every minute of the day. This new reality is killing us socially as well as spiritually. If the child refuses to listen then, dare I say it, TAKE AWAY THE DEVICE. The many studies and experts listed in the article make an extraordinary case against children (i.e. students) owning such devices. However, if a parent feels the child needs a phone, then that same parent must understand the consequences of that decision and be ready for what may come. It behooves all of us to take note of this article and implement the steps necessary to avoid a negative outcome.

Ronny D.

Cyber Warfare

I would like to make a few comments regarding last month’s article, “Cyber Warfare.” While it was very well-written and thoroughly researched, I would like to interject a word of thought.

The author mentioned both in the beginning and at the end of the article that while there are many innovations made by man, it is ultimately the Creator that protects the Jewish nation. This cannot be stressed enough. While the innovators, developers and armies try to convince the world that it is through their own genius that lives are saved, nothing can be further from the truth. As I read of the amazing inventions and discoveries that the IDF has been incorporating into their arsenal, my mind harkened back to the dreadful events of this past summer and how we heard hundreds of extraordinary stories that can only be attributed the Hashem. I think it’s imperative that when we read or hear about the latest technologies created for our protection, we must realize that the One above, and only He, can protect us.

May Hashem protect our brothers and sisters in Israel during this incredibly difficult time. Amen.

Ezra R.

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