The letters are written by men with names like Yair Rosenberg and Daniel Levin, and range from the irate to the amusing. Any one of them would have sufficiently represented the issue, but the magazine chose to print three, giving over 37 percent of the letter column to this one issue. Truly astounding. My favorite one:
At first I was disturbed by the cover art, but then I recognized your brilliant effort at self-promotion: First, those who take Jewish law seriously will carefully dispose of the cover in a geniza (burial location for holy writ)to prevent the desecration and destruction of God's holy Hebrew name. A thousand years from now, archeologists will uncover a genizah and declare that TNR was the leading publication of the twenty-first century! Second, those who, like me, read TNR in the bathroom, will now have to read it in more public and respectable places. You are clever indeed, but I hope you do not do this too often.
Silver Spring, Maryland