I thank Mr. Berman for his letter. As the title of my column indicates, these are brief reviews. In the short space allocated for this book, I attempted to summarize the book’s main arguments using the author’s own words as much as possible to avoid accusations of exaggeration and misrepresentation. I believe that this brief discussion offers readers an idea of what is discussed in the book and how it is perceived by at least some readers. I am surprised that Mr. Berman does not consider that sufficient for a “legitimate review” unless he disagrees with the entire concept of a brief review, which is a fairly standard feature in magazines and journals. While I am happy to write at length on the subject, this column is not the forum for such an exercise.
Rabbi Gil Student Responds
This article was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Jewish Action.