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I thank all those who participated in the recent discussion about a suitable name for "Modern Orthodoxy". The comments were very perceptive and helpful. I also received a number of comments directly, from people who did not put their comments online.

A member of the Institute recently sent me an email. Here are his comments, although I've deleted the name of the rabbi to whom he referred. (Rabbi X isn't his real name.)

In recent years, there seems to be a proliferation of kasher food products that contain multiple rabbinic supervisions (hashgahot). If you buy a box of cookies or a packaged cake, you are likely to find several symbols of competing kashruth agencies. Why isn't one hashgaha enough?

(The following essay was written by Joe Behar, a retired teacher, on a topic that should concern all of us. Readers are invited to share their views and experiences on this topic, by entering their comments on this blog site.)

I feel a profound sadness on learning of the passing of Professor Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi. He was one of the great teachers and Jewish historians of our era, having taught at Harvard and Columbia Universities, and having written so many important works.

I thank all those who participated in the recent discussion about a suitable name for "Modern Orthodoxy". The comments were very perceptive and helpful. I also received a number of comments directly, from people who did not put their comments online.

A member of the Institute recently sent me an email. Here are his comments, although I've deleted the name of the rabbi to whom he referred. (Rabbi X isn't his real name.)

In recent years, there seems to be a proliferation of kasher food products that contain multiple rabbinic supervisions (hashgahot). If you buy a box of cookies or a packaged cake, you are likely to find several symbols of competing kashruth agencies. Why isn't one hashgaha enough?

(The following essay was written by Joe Behar, a retired teacher, on a topic that should concern all of us. Readers are invited to share their views and experiences on this topic, by entering their comments on this blog site.)

I feel a profound sadness on learning of the passing of Professor Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi. He was one of the great teachers and Jewish historians of our era, having taught at Harvard and Columbia Universities, and having written so many important works.