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Comments on Passover Supplement
Sir, – Ruth Gan Kagan makes some valid points in “In defense of spring cleaning”
(Passover Supplement, March 25) about not letting the concept “all things in
moderation” go too far. But instead of simply sharing her bubbe’s wisdom and
educating the reader about various other cultural approaches to the yearly
purging and cleaning, she chooses to follow the tired path of denigrating the
wisdom of others to make herself look spiritually superior.
reducing Rabbi Shlomo Aviner’s essay about meaningful rather than obsessive
Passover cleaning to drenching your home in bleach so you can spend time with
the kids, Kagan points out that she looks for the spiritual aspects in the
cleaning process – something her curt dismissal might lead the reader to believe
Aviner and his ilk don’t bother with.
And she is not satisfied with this:
She suggests that by offering clarity about differentiating between ridding the
house of hametz and spring cleaning, such rabbis are actually denying women
their due praise and even insulting them. Those who are trying to ease the
burden of women are actually denigrating them? Kagan missed the opportunity for
timelessness, an invariable result of basing one’s writing on an attack against
someone else’s approach.
Sir, – The caption
accompanying the photo in Dafna Laskin’s nostalgic piece on Streit’s Matza and
the other brands (“Matza do about nothing,” Passover Supplement, March 25)
should have identified the rabbi shown supervising kashrut as Ahron Soloveichik,
and not his older brother, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik.
As the article
itself correctly mentions, Ahron Soloveichik (his spelling) was indeed a
renowned scholar of Talmud and halacha in his own right, albeit having been
somewhat overshadowed by his illustrious brother.AARON ADLER
The writer is a rabbi
Sir, – I enjoyed reading “Passover on the battlefields”
(Passover Supplement, March 25).
My great grandfather, Levy Wetherhorn,
was one of the Jewish soldiers on the Confederate side. He and his four brothers
all fought for the South, and all survived the war.
Levy was in a local
Charleston, South Carolina, infantry militia unit that was called up to guard
the artillery batteries that fired on Fort Sumter to begin the war. Later he
joined Capt. Waganer’s German Artillery Battery, which was active against the
Federal naval forces blockading Charleston harbor.
Family tradition says
Levy was imprisoned, briefly, in Fort Sumter at the end of the war. He had been
captured by a Federal patrol while foraging.
Levy was the first son born
in America, in 1842.
His two older siblings had been born in Germany. His
brother Solomon was wounded during the fighting in Virginia late in the war but
The family belonged to Kehilat Kodesh Beth Elohim in
Charleston. The main temple building is an American historical treasure, and you
can still see the two stained glass windows on the right side of the bima
donated in honor of the Wetherhorn and Kahn families by my
CORRECTION It was Rabbi Moshe Ben-
Maimon who was known as Maimonides or the Rambam, and not as stated in “A fight
for the future of Acre’s Old City” (March 28).