2007-08-17 / Letters

Wave Is Wrong On Orthodox Jews

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

What you wrote in this week's edition of The Wave, was one shocking, and two false. Before you use "freedom of the press," shouldn't you do a little more research?

Firstly: what you wrote about the Satmar community was false. Since when is building a synagogue on one's property called taking over? Or by buying a house in any community, be it Bayswater or Kalamazoo, taking over? If no one was to buy a house here, this wouldn't be called a community either Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu or Jewish.

As for the Carvel or another kosher chain food store- if someone wants the community to buy their merchandisemeaning, there is a need for it to be kosher in order for the community to eat by the owner- if it's not kosher enough "...Asian owner of the store, telling him that he needed a certificate from the local Orthodox Rabbi if he wanted to stay in business... wasn't good enough and that if he didn't pay for one from the local rabbi, nobody from the community would ever again come into his store."- if it's not Kosher enough we will not eat by it. The extra certificate could be required by a stricter rabbi, which would allow more of the community to use this owner as a food source. For example: you go to the doctor and see a nurse instead, who gives you a diagnosis and you go home and the next day you see the doctor and he/she says something totally different than the nurse. Would you trust the doctor or would you trust the nurse? Most people would say the doctor- more training, stricter diagnoses, more experience...etc. Same goes for the certificate- we would not go by any Joe Shmoe, some use some rabbis as food being "ok" and some use others. It's very possible the stricter rabbi wanted him to have the certificate because more of the community goes by him which, therefore, would allow more of the community to shop by this Carvel. One plus one equals two, not three. The stricter rabbi (more certificate) + more community= payday for Carvel. Nonetheless, Carvel could have had to close because he didn't pay the fee for a rabbi's supervision.

Thirdly, as for your comment on the pool was also false. We require a separate time for men and women due to our religious constraints of men and women being together. However, it has nothing to do with mixing with non-Orthodox or non- Jewish people. Yet, as a person who has modesty, ask anyone who needs to lose a few pounds or go to the gymmost would say they would like a separate area so men or women don't see them. Why not yell at "Curves" or "Lucille Roberts" or any other nongender mixed venues. Aren't they sexist as well? Would you like your wife/sister/mother/daughter being flaunted by someone in a Speedo who really should be in a boxer swimsuit? I surely do not need to see any man's silhouette nor he see mine.

In conclusion, there's more to your article than what you wrote. Your accusations were false and should have been researched more. Judaism is a complex religion and we strive on our community establishments and by allowing more "chain stores" to adhere to our strictness, they gain since the community is growing and will probably keep growing. If store owners don't want to abide by our standards then they can't be angry if we don't shop there. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

MOISHE AND LOREN

BERKOVICS

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