Praise for treatment
Sir, – Being a cancer survivor I read with great interest
“No more falling between the cracks” (Health & Science, February 10), about
private community clinics providing chemotherapy to cancer patients.
think that in many ways this can be a good thing. However, I take exception to
the tone of the article in reference to hospital treatment. The sub-headline
sets this tone when it refers to hospital clinics as “impersonal, bureaucratic
I was treated in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in
Jerusalem and the treatment I received was anything but.
treatment I was introduced by my surgeon to a “personal nurse,” Susan
Susan guided me through the whole system without bureaucratic
blocks, and was there for me every step of the way. I was even given a cell
phone number to reach her whenever I had a problem or question.
the treatments the staff was warm and caring, and I did not go through any
bureaucratic hassles. I am grateful that, being connected with a hospital, I was
able to be treated immediately when I had a serious reaction to the
As stated about an advantage of the private clinic, I also
received hugs and encouragement from nurses and my oncologist. Even today, when
I return for check-ups, I am warmly greeted by name by many of the
I will forever be grateful to them for the very personal,
convenient and uncomplicated treatment I received during one of the most
difficult periods of my life.
Take on textbooks
Sir, – I thank Itamar Marcus (“The whitewashing of hate,” Comment &
Features, February 10) for giving me insight about Palestinian Authority
textbooks and where all the alternative history and downright lies are coming
How can we combat this? Where are my Christian colleagues? Wasn’t
Jesus Jewish? Did he not live and work in Palestine? Did the Romans not raze the
Temple and banish us from our homeland? There were no Arabs then.
came much later as nomadic tribes. There was never an Arab government in
Suddenly, the Jews who returned to their homeland are
“colonialists.” “Usurpers.” How can this be? We have every right to be here.
More so than Jordan, which was artificially created by the British – and nobody
says the Jordanians have no right to be here.
So to all who deny us the
right to live and prosper in our homeland, we are here to stay no matter how
many lies and historical errors you are willing to believe. This land is my
land, where my forefathers lived and died, my promised land.
Sir, – How many more lives will be
lost before Uri Savir (“Welcome, Secretary Kerry!,” Savir’s Corner, February 8)
realizes that his ludicrous obsession with the “peace process” brings only
lethal results? Israel’s previous territorial and political concessions, be they
the Gaza or southern Lebanon withdrawals, or Savir’s own Oslo Accords, resulted
in situations where Israel has become more vulnerable and less
The solution to the conflict will not come about after Israel
gives up more land or after the creation of another Palestinian state. The war
is not about settlement expansion, but about the elimination of the one and only
Jewish state. It is an irrational, fanatical, genocidal and religious war
against the infidel Jews, and will not end after further concessions and
Savir buys into the lies of the “perceptions” of young
people affected by the Arab Spring about “the fate of their Palestinian brethren
under Israeli occupation.”
First, Jews are not occupiers in their own
homeland. If anything, the Arabs are the occupiers. Second, the fate of their
Palestinian “brethren” is far superior under Israeli rule, considering the
freedoms and economic, educational, health and social benefits they
Reason to meet
Sir, – It is interesting to
read that the haredi rabbinic councils have now suddenly found a reason to
convene (“Haredi rabbinic councils meet, solidify opposition to the draft,”
February 8). It is also interesting to note that Agudat Yisrael’s council had
not met for 16 years.
One would deduce from this behavior that there have
been no pressing problems facing the Jewish religion. But we have rampant
assimilation in the Diaspora.
We have growing Conservative and Reform
movements. And there are growing divisions between sectors of communities in
Israel spurred on by religious extremism the likes of which have not been known
One wonders why our current religious leaders have not applied
themselves to reestablishing a Sanhedrin instead of blindly sticking to the
It seems that religious leaders of the caliber of the late
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook are sadly lacking. Kook supported very strongly
the reestablishment of the Sanhedrin, and had the gift of knowing how to reduce
rifts between the religious and secular.
Your reporter Jeremy Sharon writes: “According to Yisrael Cohen, a journalist
for the Haredi website Kikar Hashabbat, the fact that so many of the most senior
rabbis in the country – and of world Jewry – have assembled together illustrates
the importance they attach to the issue of yeshiva students and their ability to
This makes me think of the time that 10 of the most
senior Jewish leaders reported to Moses that setting up a Jewish state would
take away from their studies in the desert. The insistence and concentration on
studying also makes me think of driving students who spend all their time
learning the rules of the road but do not take hold of a steering wheel and
drive the car themselves.
No reason to
Sir, – In “Obama to visit Israel for the first time as president”
(February 6), you reported that Barack Obama “came under a great deal of
criticism for not visiting Israel during his first term, something that many
believed would have reassured a jittery Israeli public of his
I can’t accept that a visit now will increase our trust in
him, especially having witnessed so many instances of his hostility toward
Israel while president.
Though the visit itself is thought to be an
attempt to “kick-start a moribund peace process between Israelis and
Palestinians,” I don’t think Israelis on the whole share his enthusiasm for this
issue, since so many fruitless attempts have already been made and there is a
fear that Israel will be pressured to take unreasonable and dangerous risks for
a phony peace.
In polls taken prior to the US elections it was revealed
that Obama was unpopular in Israel. I don’t believe the Israeli public’s
disapproval will be significantly altered on the strength of a mere
CLARIFICATIONS • With regard to “US court
validates halachic prenuptial agreement” (February 11), the Bet Din of America,
while being more liberal than parallel ultra-Orthodox bodies, is not “liberal”
in the sense of being “non-Orthodox.” Its members are part of the traditional
halachic-Orthodox stream of Judaism and any inference otherwise would be
• The “executive director” mentioned in the final letter under
“Spewers of hate” (February 11) was Gloria Mound, who heads the Casa Shalom
Institute for Marrano-Anusim Studies (www.casashalom.org.il).