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Two issues ago, I wrote an open letter to Senator Toby Stavisky for her damaging letter to Yeshiva University, which was leaked to The New York Times. The letter added fuel to fiery hatred of The Times against Orthodox Jewry (and Israel). It turns out, as documented by Warren Hecht and others, that the charges of financial impropriety were totally unfounded . What really rankled the three Jewish co-signers, including Brad Hoylman-Sigal and Liz Krueger, was YU’s stand against the LGBTQ clubs. Other people privately wrote to Stavisky as well, expressing their dismay with her.

It has become a routine of mine here in Baltimore to attend the weekly Motza’ei Shabbos history lectures given by Rabbi Dovid Katz in Congregation Shomrei Emunah. Currently, Rabbi Katz is focusing on modern Israeli history. The best way to describe Rabbi Katz is that he is very similar in style and substance to Rabbi Berel Wein. Both are known to be fine talmidei chachamim (Torah scholars) while being experts in Jewish history. Both are as entertaining as they are informative and have a very earthy way of communicating.

Dear Senator Stavisky:

Although I have retired and live in Baltimore, I remain in close touch with the leadership in Queens and am keenly aware of what is going on. I am therefore very disappointed in your letter of January 11 to Yeshiva University – the letter in which you and two other state senators accuse Yeshiva University of bigotry against LGBTQ and of misappropriating millions of dollars.

On December 23, it was reported that about 330 American clergy from Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructive movements issued a “Call to Action” (fatwa or cheirem) to ban members from the Religious Zionist Alliance from speaking in their synagogues or anywhere in their communities.