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Saturday, September 13th, 2003
When I heard you speak at a synagogue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I asked you how you felt about women becoming rabbis. I even suggested that you--with your erudition and fierce commitment to the survival of the Jewish people--would be a wonderful rabbi. You replied that not everyone can play the same instrument in the orchestra. I would respectfully suggest that Jewish civilization is not an orchestra. Jewish survival requires that all Jews strive to use their talents in the most honest, authentic way to ensure a dynamic Jewish future. If a woman of strong Jewish values and intellect feels a sincere calling to become a rabbi, why deny her this opportunity to contribute to Jewish life?