Serious newspapers, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, do not publish unsigned or anonymous letters to the editor. The 5TJT, on the other hand, not only publishes unsigned letters but encourages them.
So, for example, in the December 7 edition, there are three unsigned letters to the editor by anti-vaccination proponents. The public does not know who they are, their affiliations, or their agenda. What then is the purpose of presenting their views? Would you publish the views of a 3-year-old on this important subject? Well, maybe you did!
If one truly believes in what he has to say, he should not be afraid or embarrassed to say it. If he is afraid or embarrassed to say it, then shut up. Anonymous writers are the cowards of our generation, especially in the frum community. Afraid that they won’t get a shidduch for their children, afraid that they won’t get a kibud in shul or an organizational honor. If the 5TJT wants to be a newspaper that is taken seriously, and not just a fancy PennySaver, then make everyone sign their full name to their letters and opinions.
Shabbat shalom and Happy Chanukah.
Sol Liss (you may publish my name)
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While I typically do not write letters to the editor, I feel the need to say something after reading Dr. Glatt’s op-ed in your paper last week (No Medical Dilemma Parts 1 and 2. Quite frankly, I was more than a little surprised that you would be willing to print something in an ostensibly frum paper that is so disrespectful to some of the gedolei Yisrael. It is one thing to disagree, but to be so obviously disrespectful and condescending to their opinions is too much. They are without question vastly greater in knowledge of halachah and Jewish mesorah than the author. While it is clear that Dr. Glatt represents a more modern segment of the community, his blatant disregard of the stature of those other poskim and roshei yeshiva (not just some local rabbis) is inexcusable and must be denounced. He needs to apologize regardless of what might be good intentions. Given the huge holes in his halachic analysis, perhaps he should just stick to practicing medicine and let the halachic experts deal with this issue.
Rabbi Oren Kagan