(photo credit: JP)
The heat is on
Sir, – Is Shmuley Boteach (“How Israel is missing the Arab
spring,” No Holds Barred, August 9) kidding? What so far are the wonderful
results of the Arab spring?
Egypt, where Mubarak kept the peace with Israel for
30 years, is now talking about canceling the peace treaty. In Libya there is
civil war. Who will succeed Gaddafi if he is toppled? A friend of Israel? And in
Syria, everyone is shocked by the atrocities. But if Assad falls and the Sunnis
take over, will that benefit Israel?
Even more ludicrous is the idea that the
“Israeli Spring” was inspired by the Arab Spring and can yield social justice
and more democracy. What will happen will be the weakening of the Israeli
government and the diversion of the public awareness from our existential
I am afraid that both the Arab and the Jewish springs will end
up hot, cruel summers.JACOB CHINITZ
Sir, – While I
support the claims of the social justice demonstrators, I am not sure why
protesting parents choose to focus on the cost of daycare, baby carriages,
formula and diapers, as if these are staples of childrearing.
most of the planet gets along very well without these “essentials.” There is a
wealth of research indicating that babies in Africa cry less than they do here.
A simple cloth sling is a much better option than a carriage.
with diapers. If more mothers practiced elimination communication (natural
infant hygiene) and/or used cloth diapers, there would be no need to pay through
the nose for disposable ones.
There are ways of bringing up children on
the cheap. It just generally means you have to do it yourself.
country has spent so long entrenched in the ideal of outsourcing its young at
the earliest possible age that it seems parents now need an education in how to
bring up their kids. A few basic policies from the government to support and
encourage stay-at-home moms would serve the nation a lot better than reducing the
price of formula.DUGGI GLICK
Karmiel The real scare
Sir, – I found
Stewart Weiss’s “A world without Israel?” (Comment & Features, August 8)
important and necessary – not for its predictions or its conclusions, but
because the Jewish people refuse to see anything negative, especially on Tisha
Be’av, when it is our duty to correct our continual errors as a
If we didn’t have any errors, we wouldn’t be
Our rabbis taught: “Every year that the Temple is not built,
it is as if it is destroyed” by our actions and inactions.
words of comfort remind me of Jeremiah’s struggle with the false prophets of his
day. The people chose comforting prophecies simply because they were more
pleasurable and consumable than a truth that required confrontation and
Jeremiah was cast to the pit, God was infuriated and the Temple
The need to be lulled with words of comfort is the real
Ra’anana Just a pretty face?
Sir, – Regarding
“Becky Griffin forces Nivea to place Israel on website” (August 8), I have such
a warm feeling for this bright, beautiful and articulate young
Just imagine if more people in the public eye had her moral
Three cheers to Becky Griffin.BARBARA OBERMAN
Sir, – Kol hakavod to Becky Griffin. In her blistering critique of German
cosmetic giant Nivea, she has shown that not only is she a pretty face, but an
eloquent fighter for Israeli rights.
I am now, and will forever be, a fan
of hers.I. ZUNDER