Shammai Engelmayer, in his March 2 column, writes: “The Torah does not deny a woman the right to be called up to the Torah; men do – and the Talmud is very clear on that point.” How could the Torah deny such a “right,” when it is “men” that instituted the Torah reading in the first place?

Engelmayer is conflicted. He referred in the column to the rabbis being of “saintly memory,” but then consistently refers to them condescendingly as “men,” with the implication that they are chauvinists besides.

The Jewish Standard should decide if it wants to continue to allow columns that attack the sincere beliefs of so many of its readers and advertisers.