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Titles Should Be Universal

Ben Rothke was very complimentary of Dr. Shana Strauch Schick’s new book, “Intention in Talmudic Law: Between Thought and Deed,” in his book review of October 14 (“Two Good Quick Reads”). I noticed that while Mr. Rothke introduces all persons mentioned in the article with their titles, he almost consistently refers to men in the second, third and further mentions using their titles (“Rabbi Adler,” “Professor Elman,”)—and deservedly so. He refers to Dr. Schick multiple times without her title, probably unintentionally. It behooves us all to reflect on the ways in which we recognize each other’s accomplishments and to ensure that we do so in equal measure.

Nina Kretzmer Seed
Riverdale

Editor’s note: The Associated Press, under whose style guide The Jewish Link edits articles, advises references to non-medical doctors to be made with a “PhD” after their name in first reference, and the last name only in subsequent references. While our addendum to the Associated Press style guide includes allowances for various courtesy titles such as “Dr.” on first reference (which we used in this piece about Dr. Schick’s book), it also stipulates that writers use the word “Rabbi,”“Dean,” “Professor” or “President” throughout articles.

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