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Sir, – I was very happy to read “Senior haredi rabbi appoints
panel to rule on Goloventzitz construction site” (August 14).
says that Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman and Rabbi Haim Kanievsky were approached
by leaders of Atra Kadisha, who asked them to reconcile the group’s dispute over
proposed construction on property that might contain the remains of
Apparently, these leaders realized that rioting and arson were not
the proper way to vent their anger.
We now hope that the panel of three
rabbis appointed by Rabbi Kanievsky will resolve the dispute, which has pitted a
segment of the haredi population interested in securing affordable housing
against another segment seeking to protect graves. We all pray that the panel
Having realized that their aggressive activities would
alienate members of their own group, the Atra Kadisha leaders have come to
understand the biblical injunctions on darchei noam (harmonious ways and paths
of peace). They should now carry the realization one step farther.
throwing, arson and fighting with the police will only serve to alienate the
secular community against haredim.
The haredi press is already
proclaiming that secularists are waging war against the haredim by intruding
upon haredi education programs, cutting their education budgets and drafting
young haredi men into the army. Prolonged aggressive activity will only serve to
intensify the secular community’s hatred for all haredim.STANLEY WEXLER
The writer is a rabbi
Sir, – I ask the following: Haredim, please help
your brothers. Contribute to the community through service.
please learn Torah, but not just in school – Torah knowledge leads to righteous
action toward all Jews and will strengthen our nation.
May God take pity
on us and help us unite without raising a hand against us.
Giving a little
Sir, – “Yesh Atid MKs visit camp for special
needs youth” (August 14) by Sammy Hudes provided a wonderful glimpse of Shutaf’s
inclusion programs in Jerusalem. But I’d like to correct the part that said the
Jerusalem Municipality “has not been willing to provide any funding or
The Jerusalem Municipality does provide funding for our
programs – a small grant in 2011 and 2013, less than one percent of our annual
expenditure on Shutaf’s year-round activities for children and teens with
We believe that services for children and teens with
disabilities in Jerusalem should receive far more strategic recognition in
addition to governmental and municipal support, as they do in both the US and
the UK.JOHNNY SOLOMON
The writer is director of communications
for Shutaf No apologies
Sir, – I make no apologies for liking Shmuley Boteach’s
No Holds Barred
columns. I find him a very interesting person who is immensely
supportive of our country, even though lately there has been a flurry of letters
in the Post
attacking the rabbi on a number of unimportant issues.
think it was brilliant on the part of Boteach to make his recent trip here in
the company of Dr.
Mehmet Oz, since the doctor is a very popular TV
personality in America.
The fact that Oz’s attachment to Israel was
strengthened by the trip can only be a boon for us since he doubtless will
convey his message of love for Israel to his huge audiences.
all the negative letter-writers and other attacks, and want to thank Rabbi
Boteach for supporting our country and taking practical measures to have Israel
portrayed in a positive light, thus offsetting the effects of numerous attacks
on Israel from a hostile world.RHONA YEMINI