letters to the editor

Dear Ms. Sebrow,

I have never previously written to anyone who publishes shidduch-related articles in community newspapers (or for that matter, any articles in any community newspaper). But over the past year I have been reading your articles in the 5TJT. I would like to commend you on your thoughtful, well-written, and response-specific articles. You seem to be able to answer random queries by bringing the issues into clear focus. Also, your answers are really good.

Keep up the good work.

Thank you,

A Reader

A Worthy Cause

Dear Editor,

For years I used to participate in an annual marathon to help raise money for Chai Lifeline, but due to losing my vision and developing a brain tumor, I ceased running the marathons.

I have since overcome some of my health issues and have decided to try to run the Miami Half Marathon on Sunday, February 9, 2020, to raise money for Chai Lifeline.

On November 10, 2001, my wife and I were told that our son, Jonah, had cancer (Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma). Fortunately, Jonah was cured, and throughout our ordeal, Chai Lifeline stood by our side and helped Jonah and our family tremendously.

As a parent of a child who had cancer and had the assistance of this great and worthy organization, I would never be able to truly repay the kindness and generosity they provided.

Throughout our ordeal, Chai Lifeline provided our children with big brothers and sisters, emotional support, and provided us with home-cooked meals while Jonah was in the hospital. Chai Lifeline also sent Jonah to Camp Simcha, located in the Catskill Mountains, where he always had a blast.

Children with a serious illness face a host of challenges on numerous fronts, challenges that immeasurably compound the difficulty of their arduous struggle to combat the disease itself.

Chai Lifeline is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children suffering from serious illness as well as their family members.

Chai Lifeline addresses the full spectrum of needs, from logistical to social, recreational to psychological. Chai Lifeline reaches out not only to patients, but also to parents, siblings, classmates, school faculty, and the community as well.

Jonah is now healthy and well on his way on the road of life. However, some of these children are not so fortunate, and it is up to us to try to shed some light on their days. Please help me raise as much money as possible to help the children of Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha.

Please help me reach our goal by going to our website teamlifeline.org/miami/Howard and contribute, or mail your checks payable to: Chai Lifeline c/o Adelsberg, 309 Barr Avenue, Woodmere, New York 11598.

Thank You,

Howard Adelsberg

The “Normal” Democrats Of Today

Dear Editor,

This week, I wanted to write about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent comments about migration camps at our southern border. She said that America is running concentration camps! When a lot of people listen to AOC, they think that whatever she is saying is the craziest thing that she has said, but then you hear her next speech and it gets loonier.

These comments are not only ludicrous but appalling. Democrats seem to have a trend of constantly comparing anything to do with Trump to an aspect of Nazi Germany. Calling an immigration camp that provides food, clothing, education, and assistance in other things a death camp is just factually wrong. AOC tried to defend herself by claiming that there was a difference between death camps and concentration camps. I find it interesting to see that Democrats don’t call out such comments that are offensive to Jews. Jews suffered through concentration camps that were also death camps. Concentration camps had crematoria and gas chambers, while migration camps have assistance in all aspects.

There have been stories that the people who run the migration camps use a lot of their own belongings and money to support children in these camps. This is not a concentration camp; this is a camp where there is human compassion. This is a camp where illegal immigrants go until their own situations are sorted out. AOC doesn’t believe in the word “illegal” because she believes that no human is illegal. First of all, everyone agrees that no person is illegal, but isn’t the definition of illegal that an act is forbidden by law? Saying the words “illegal immigrants” is just saying that we have millions of people who are breaking not only our law, but our sovereignty.

Many of the Holocaust Museum organizations have condemned these loony comments. If Trump or a Republican said the same thing, can you imagine the outrage that there would be?! However, this happened to Republicans when Republican Representative Steve King said an anti-Semitic comment a few months ago. Not only did Democrats condemn his act immediately, but Republicans did, too. Republicans also suspended him from all congressional committees. Republicans have always condemned anti-Semitism, but Democrats only condemn anti-Semitism when it works in their favor. Why don’t Democrats call out AOC’s anti-Semitic comment? Why aren’t Democrat Party leaders calling out AOC? Where are the “moderate Democrats” condemning this crazy progressive? Why do we have the incompetent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who brushes off her comments by saying that she hasn’t heard the exact comments from AOC and that she is just representing her district?

Why are people being complacent about this? This is an issue that all of us should be concerned about. It is crazy to see that this is the normal way of today’s Democrats. Can you imagine the disgust that President Truman, who recognized Israel as a country and was a Democrat, would have with today’s Democrats? Let’s all unite to condemn anti-Semitism and to condemn a political party that only says things for the sake of it working out in their favor politically.


Donny Simcha Guttman

Huge Loss for Us All

Dear Editor,

Thousands of people all over the world are plunged into mourning with the petirah of Reb Dovid Trenk, zt’l, who was niftar Sunday afternoon at his home in Lakewood. He was 78 years old.

Our Place is here because of this man. Over 18,226 lives I accredit to Reb Dovid, zt’l.

I spent the last few months taking care of him. Last week I was in the hospital putting his tefillin on him for the last time.

Reb Dovid was the original trailblazer in chinuch. Decades before there was an Our Place, Minyan Shelanu, The Living Room, Waterbury Yeshiva, and other such mosdos, Rav Dovid was out on the front lines, recruiting and inspiring boys, often those shunned or disappointed by others or society.

The world should know that he is the reason why there are tens of thousands of souls that are OK today, all because of him.

The levaya was in Lakewood, attended by a few thousand people.

Thank you,

Eli Verschleiser


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