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Sir, – I hope it is forgivable to say that Stephen Gabriel Rosenberg
has a dirty mind in slandering Ruth, Boaz and their greatgrandson David (“Sex
and the Moabite girl,” Comment & Features, May 14).
Ruth is praised
for her modesty in stooping to glean in her dress, and in not flirting with
Boaz’s field workers, as the other maidens did. She was 40 years old. Boaz is
also praised for his humility and saintliness.
He was 80 years old. Ruth
lay down at Boaz’s feet. He discovered her at his feet and after he blessed her
she slept at his feet.
As to the other “cases” quoted, there isn’t space
to go into Tamar’s pure motives or Judah’s subsequent gentlemanliness in saving
her from the fire.
David did not commit adultery with Bathsheba since the
practice was for soldiers going to war to divorce their wives conditional to
their falling in battle.
I submit that besmirching the saintly is not an
Sir, – I just read Stephen
Gabriel Rosenberg’s piece and was horrified.
Rosenberg twisted the sense
of many words and presented the story of Ruth and Boaz as a sexual encounter. On
top of that, he brought false Halacha from Ezra and mixed up the first child of
David, who died, and Solomon.
All he wanted is to prove that the Book of
Ruth is not so pure and simple. He just wanted to write something with that
Sir, – The whitewashing of
the BDS movement by David Newman (“Fighting on two fronts,” Borderline Views,
May 14) cannot go unchallenged.
Who are the main advocates of this
movement? Democratic, left-wing, liberal, pro-peace groups, as suggested?
Factually, look at the supporters – a coterie of communists, Marxists,
anarchists, simpletons and a sprinkling of do-gooders. Their last interest is
democracy. If it were not, they would be up in arms concerning the slaughter in
BDS advocates have one aim: the destruction of the Jewish
state and its replacement with another Arab “democracy.” Thus it is also with
Stephen Hawking. His negative influence counts for more than that of the
numerous great people who will be attending the President’s
The so-called Right is the only movement defending Israel
against those who by all means and with the most radical associates are trying
to replace our embattled democracy with something that has never existed – a
democratic Arab government for all.
Sir, – Recently, I lost my digital camera on a street in the Jerusalem
neighborhood of Talbieh. There was not much chance of my ever seeing it again
(or the pictures, which had so much personal meaning.) The following evening,
when we returned to the apartment we were renting in the German Colony, there
was note attached to our door. It said, “I think you lost your camera,” and that
we should call such and such a telephone number.
Shlomit had found our
camera on the street, found a picture we had taken in front of our house, with
the street name and house number in the background. She enlarged the picture to
see the address, came to the house and knocked on the door of one of the
apartments, and asked whether there was an American tourist renting in the
She arranged to bring me the camera and refused to take a
I cannot express my appreciation and amazement at all the
detective work and effort that Shlomit went through to do this act of
The people of Jerusalem can be proud that it has produced such
wonderful hosts to those who visit.
P.S. – A few of the pictures on the
camera were taken with the mayor at David’s Citadel.