July 20: Missed opportunity
I believe that the greatest danger facing Israel is posed by the haredim and their political parties.
Sir, – It is with great sadness that we witness the
dissolution of Israel’s unity government (“Kadima quits coalition over haredi
IDF service,” July 18).
I believe that the greatest danger facing Israel
is posed by the haredim and their political parties. They force their will on
the rest of the citizens. It is no different from Muslims and Shari’a
It seems that when the political establishment had the chance free
itself from an oppressive environment it failed.
Turns of phrase
Sir, – Congratulations to Herb Keinon for
pointing to the US administration’s new emphasis on Iran (“Clinton changes
slightly, perhaps significantly, the language on Iran,” Analysis, July
He focuses on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement: “We
will use all elements of US power to prevent Iran....” He fails, however, to
focus on the second element of that statement: “...from obtaining a nuclear
I have 30 years of experience with the useful turns of phrase of
the US State Department. Consciously using the clause “a nuclear weapon” rather
than “a nuclear weapons capability” shows we are still in La La Land. Iran’s
fanatical revolutionary guards read this quite clearly.
Iran does not
need to have a “weapon” – just ask any knowledgeable defense expert how long it
takes to convert “weapons capability” into one. What will the West do then? It
will be too late.
Unless the White House changes its rhetoric from
“weapon” to “weapons capability” the world will have moved only one step forward
for two steps back.
Is President Obama really serious about Iran?
The writer is a retired US Foreign Service officer
Sir, – What a poetic, creative and thought-provoking article by Nathan
Lopes Cardozo (“Halacha: The greatest chess game on earth,” Comment &
Features, July 17).
“The chessboard becomes the world, the pieces are the
phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are the laws of nature, and man
roams freely on this board once he applies the rules in a way that will deepen
their impact to such an extent that a whole new world is revealed.” This is
The creativity is in the fusion of chess and Halacha. Why do
literally millions of Jews sit for days, weeks, months and years studying
Gemara? Because even though the rules are “ruthless” they “allow for thousands
of combinations, maneuvers and sub-rules.”
Why is the article
thought-provoking? Because secularists and the religious are to this day
discussing the merits or demerits of Halacha.
Cardozo’s article should be
read by all because it encompasses the quintessential elements of
Sir, – Nathan Lopes Cardozo has indeed
given us a fascinating analogy with which to relate to Halacha and the role it
plays in our lives.
The point that is relevant to those of us living here
is that the percentage of chess players who devote their lives to chess and make
their living from it is miniscule. It should be the same with the study of
Sir, – It was most enjoyable to
read Yaakov Katz’s “It was all destiny” (July 16), which recounted the story of
Lou Lenart from our hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Lou’s family escaped
from Hungary and had a candy and stationery store in the Heights section of our
community, which had five synagogues.
Mahal volunteers have not received
the recognition they deserve. They saved our country at a critical
HELEN and ARNOLD SULLUM