Pack their bags
Sir, – I was not surprised to read about the latest aberration
emanating from the Church of Scotland (“Church of Scotland chutzpah debases
interfaith trust,” Comment and Features, July 2).
As one who, although a
“Sassenach,” has close family connections and is very familiar with Scotland and
is an admirer of Scottish culture and history, I am nevertheless disturbed. It
has to be said that there are within the COS some decidedly
anti-Semitic/anti-Zionist elements who are aligned with the Scottish National
Party – a party known for its authoritarian and fascistic leanings.
Unfortunately, it is currently the ruling party in Scotland. If the Scots are
foolish enough to vote for independence in the referendum next year (happily
unlikely according to the present opinion polls), independent Scotland will be
ruled by that party, which numbers many virulent anti-Semites.
event, the remaining members of the diminishing Jewish community should start
packing their bags.
LARRY REEFE Netanya
Sir, – “Was
there a Jewish temple in ancient Egypt?” (Comment and Features, July 2). The
continued existence of a Jewish colony at Elephantine in the 5th century BCE,
i.e., after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, is a tenuous link to the
credibility of the Ethiopian claim that they possess the Ark of the
Although there’s no historical record of such an event, it is
not incredible that with the Babylonian threat it might have been moved to this
other temple for safekeeping and then taken to Ethiopia by some secret
arrangement. Indiana Jones stuff?
BARNEY WAINER Tel Aviv
Really that bad
It seems to me that the recent Likud elections point to a sad conclusion – that
the Likud will return to its extreme backwardness as far as our nation’s
business is concerned (“Katz, Danon, Elkin win Likud races,” July 1).
cannot imagine three worse candidates for leadership in what was once a proud,
forward-looking party than these three. If they are able to influence our prime
minister to go their way, then, indeed, the nation is in for a really bad time.
At this point, if things go the way they seem to be going, I cannot imagine a
worse scenario than these three utterly brainless people leading what could be
the leading party. May the Lord have mercy on us, for now we have nowhere to
turn for help. Yes, things are really that bad! No question about it!
A ‘new way’
Sir, – Two articles in The Jerusalem Post on July 1
are thought-provoking. As a ba’al tshuva who became national-religious, I felt
very ambivalent about the quite shallow and hokey piece by the dean of New
York’s “Yeshiva Maharat” about the granting of Orthodox smicha to its first
graduates who happen to be women (“Ordaining women in the Jewish community,”
Comment and Features). Something about ordaining women as rabbis didn’t sit
right; however, her sincere joy and optimism were uplifting. I expect that this
“new way” will attract and inspire Jews who may be jaded by “same old-same old”
On the other hand is an article about the ongoing saga of
unseemly conduct by the top people of the Claims Conference, that pricked an
even more uncomfortable inner wrestling (“Kramer to insist on advance copy of
Claims Conference probe results”).
I realize that the organization’s
chairman, as a heavy-hitting New York lawyer, is only doing what he was trained
to do by defending the indefensible.
It is indisputable that he is
rendering outstanding service to the “same old same-old.”
However, as a
rabbi ordained in the good oldfashioned way by an eminently respectable Orthodox
theological seminary, how does he square that with his obligations not only to
God and to survivors of the Shoah, but to those who have a right to expect the
highest probity in stewardship of the Conference, and indeed to his own soul?
DAVID SCHOLEM Jerusalem