(photo credit: JP)
Let’s be blunt
Sir, – I have only praise for Judy Montagu’s gentle condemnation
of those “good Jews” who claim to know why God has punished certain individuals
when they suffer some sort of disaster in their lives (“‘God’s policemen,’” In
My Own Write, February 23).
Again, Montagu demonstrates her masterful
English in portraying some of the explanations by such selfrighteous Jews. But I
would more bluntly add that it is pure chutzpah for such “pious” Jews to pretend
to know the ways of God.
The prophet Isaiah states (55:8): “For My
thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.”
Some might describe Isaiah as overly fatalistic, but reality often leaves us
with questions about God’s actions.
Still, who among us, even the most
religious, can claim direct access to God’s motives? RON BELZER
– To the biblical quotations Judy Montagu evokes in describing the
inscrutability of God, she might have quoted Ecclesiastes 5:1: “Be not rash with
your mouth and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God; for God
is in heaven and you are on earth.”
This is from King Solomon, the wisest
of all men.FRED GOTTLIEB
Sir, – I applaud Judy
God’s ways are mysterious to man, and perhaps there is some
comfort in knowing this. We strive to fulfill His commandments and reach the
goals He has set for us, and with that in mind comes the strength that He is
there for and with us.
All who sacrificed their lives, whether it be in
the Holocaust or in the Carmel Fire, are heroes who died sanctifying God’s
Each one is a martyr. For our people they will always be examples
of man being created in God’s image.
How dare anyone judge
them.MAURICE M. LEVINE
Sir, – I am enraged when people have
the gall to decipher God’s mind. They should remember Aaron’s response when his
two sons were struck down: “And Aaron was silent” (Leviticus 10:3). I vividly
remember the IDF’s disastrous failure in 1994 to free Nachson Wachsman, a
religious Jew, from the dungeon in which he had been imprisoned by terrorists.
Both Wachsman and Captain Nir Poraz, one of his rescuers, were killed in the
The Torah (Exodus 15:14- 16) tells us how the surrounding
nations heard of the miraculous salvation of the Jewish people from the Egyptian
army. So, too, was there widespread viewing of the prayers of thousands of Jews
for Wachsman’s freedom as the scene at the Kotel was televised around the world.
Alas, no miraculous rescue occurred then.JACOB MENDLOVIC
Sir, – People are calling for democracy in many countries now,
especially in the Middle East. But democracy is being hijacked by dark forces
that are using it for their own ends. These forces, such as militant Islam, are
not really committed to democracy. They use “democracy” as a slogan so they can
demand support from democratic countries around the world.
Where will it
lead? Oppressed people crave democracy, and rightfully so. However, this
movement is being manipulated by anti-democratic forces.
We saw it happen
30 years ago in Iran. The mullahs turned the people’s legitimate striving for
democracy into an Islamist dictatorship.
The same forces are now using
the slogan “Democracy!” to turn world opinion in their favor and gain
They are infiltrating Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Yemen and
the Gulf states, whose people are in danger of losing the freedom they are
Free people the world over must stand united to combat
these dark forces and help true democracy develop and survive in the Middle