Presbyterians and anatomy
Sir, – Douglas Bloomfield’s opinion piece on the
Presbyterian Church’s long-standing anti- Semitic/anti-Israel history goes back
to the founding of the state and earlier (“Presbyterians push to demonize,
delegitimize Israel,” June 17). But it also brings back memories of my late
teens and early twenties in an Irish, Scottish and English neighborhood in
I had friends in all three groups. While none agreed with the
other, their Jewish buddy got along cheerfully with all.
One of the
Scottish/English epithets for the Irish Catholics was to describe the part of a
chicken that passes through the gate last as the “pope’s nose.”
called that same bit of anatomy the ”pastor’s nose.”
Unlike the lay
members of the church, the arrogant, obnoxious Presbyterian leadership’s
contempt for Jews and Judaism leads me to refer the chicken’s rear as the
“presbyter’s brain.”DAVID STAR
Ma’aleh Adumim Worthwhile investment
– Your editorial “A learned ruling” (June 15) presents in its usual,
well-written fashion the arguments in support of the abolishing support payments
to Kollel students.
However, I take issue with two points, one of which
is an egregious error, and the other a failure to present the other side
To say that “relying on charity” can have a “devastating
effect” on the “father’s self esteem” and “undermine his ability to
respect of his wife and children” is to demonstrate an abysmal lack of
understanding of the haredi community.
It happens that my wife came back
this evening from visiting our granddaughter who, with gleaming pride in
eyes, related how on Friday her husband had sat for a special four hours
engrossed in Torah study, deliberately avoiding any interruption for
conversation of any sort. Loss of self-esteem, of respect by family? It
seems this editorial is somewhat self-contradictory in that it
lifestyle of the haredi community, which is growing and flourishing and
the message of Torah Judaism to so many others, while at the same time
out that Judaism is being ravaged by intermarriage and assimilation
not ascribing to that way of life.
So which is worthwhile – maintaining
that community with minimal social support, or risking its loss, which
precipitate the disappearance of all vestiges of Torah Judaism, leaving
“Jewish” state.MARCHAL KAPLAN
Jerusalem On the other hand...
– While the government supports haredim in their learning, they find
time to go
out and riot (“Excavations and graves spark violent haredi rioting in
Those who are rioting are not holding up their end of the
bargain to learn Torah. Perhaps they have too much time on their hands –
they don’t need to work for a living.
They should be arrested and
immediately drafted into the army.BARRY and RACHEL LYNN
Sir, – Regarding “A modest proposal for solving the kosher slaughter
problem” (June 16), I would like to add that New Zealand has introduced
species, such as the red deer from Europe and the Himalayan tahr (a kind
goat that is very rare in its native habitat), for the purpose of sport
which is done with the help of helicopters.
Norway and Iceland have
started again to hunt whales, together with Japan. Of course, all these
creatures die very quickly and painlessly when they are shot or
no stress involved.RUTH SCHUELER
Jerusalem Yawn Emanuel
Sir, – Yizhar
Hess (“Mazal tov, Zach Emanuel,” June 15) suggests that had Rahm Emanuel
to allow press coverage of his son’s bar mitzva, masses of Israelis
I doubt it. The Israeli public is far from sanguine
regarding Emanuel’s role in the present US administration, and many
as exerting a negative influence regarding Jews and Israel on an already
As for Hess’s complaints regarding prayer custom at the Kotel,
I have several points to make.
1. The Orthodox do not have a monopoly.
All are free to worship at the Kotel.
2. One comes to pray at the Kotel
in order to be in a relationship with the Deity, and not with one’s
whether male or female.
3. Segregation of the sexes does not preclude
anyone from praying, while mixed congregating would make worship
4. It is fitting and proper that the traditional form of
Judaism holds sway at the site of the ancient Temple, which has been the
of traditional Jewish prayer for millennia.DR. JEANETTE DERSHOWITZ
Jerusalem No surprise there
Sir, – Former Supreme Court justice Jacob Terkel
recently told Army Radio that he’s against investigative committees that
personal conclusions concerning those involved (“Just who will be
the matter of the Gaza flotilla?,” June 15).
This is precisely the reason
he was chosen – so that no one would be held responsible for the
flawed plan of attack on the Turkish ship and for the ludicrous public
fiasco that followed. No one will be fired, and those found guilty will
go on to
plan and do the PR for the next snafu.ELIEZER WHARTMAN
Were Israel’s flotilla inquiry conducted by Moses, Christ and Muhammad,
still be seen as unacceptable by the usual suspects.
Turkey, Iran, the
Palestinians, the European Union et al don’t want an honest, balanced
that could be critical of them and expose their abominable actions and
They want a report that will heap criticism and
approbation on Israel, and they are afraid they might get something
Comox, British Columbia
Sir, – International
pressure is mounting for an “impartial” inquiry regarding the flotilla
irrespective of an Israeli panel with international observers (“Hamas
the West,” June 15).
Surely it is time for world Jewry to demand an
international commission of inquiry to investigate why Hamas has never
International Red Cross access to Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit.
actions run contrary to the Geneva Convention.
Were the boot on the other
foot, no doubt there would be a world outcry instead of the deafening
silence.DR. COLIN L. LECI
Jerusalem Time to try the UN
Sir, – The
parents of Gilad Schalit are doing everything possible to get him back
family: Gaza restrictions are last card to pressure Hamas,” June 15).
their prime efforts are put into pressuring the Israeli government to
notorious murderers – to the satisfaction of Hamas.
I believe that if
there were hundreds of thousands of people who stood in front of the
Nations and demanded Schalit’s release, it might prove far more
Non-Jews as well as Jews should be at the forefront and should also
outside the embassies of nations that have expressed sympathy for
The Soviet Jewry movement succeeded because the world took part.
The world can do the same now.
This is the time to make the UN aware of
its responsibilities.TOBY WILLIG