Ethics

For the week ending 7 November 2009 / 19 Heshvan 5770

Letter to the Editor

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Question: I sometimes read an article in a newspaper or magazine that greatly upsets me. My inclination is to write a letter to the editor in protest but I hesitate to do so because it may be an exercise in futility. What's the right thing to do?

Answer: As the recipient of more than one letter to the editor of this and other Ohrnet columns, I can assure you that such letters are not exercises in futility and do indeed have an impact.

One word of caution.

If you state your case dispassionately and stick to the facts as you see them you have a good chance of not only scoring your point but also getting your letter printed. Your passion may indeed be justified but it won't help you achieve your goal.

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