I’m a huge fan of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who writes in “Ashley Madison: Where bored, straight husbands go to meet other dudes” (No Holds Barred, August 25): “Ashley Madison lied to their clientele and refused to reveal that 95 percent of the people on the site are men.”
King Solomon wisely warns such men (Proverbs 6:25-26): “Do not lust for her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.
The last loaf of bread will go for a harlot; a married woman will snare a person of honor.”
Ezra made the ruling about Friday night sex between a husband and wife. Boteach teaches us that men must lust and covet their wives and the wives will respond.
I love how Boteach writes of kosher lust, husband to wife: “We think lust is only of the body when the truth... is that lust is the feverish, intuitive gravitation of masculine to feminine and feminine to masculine.”
GERALD ARANOFF, Bnei Brak
Why would a well read, well versed and excellent writer like Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose regular input I always enjoy reading, be so fixated on lust that he’s forever bringing up his book Kosher Lust or writing additional works on the subject? Me thinks there’s no dearth of topics that can be discussed and analyzed that are of interest to us all. I believe that The Jerusalem Post should be more selective in what it chooses to publish (as it is, after all, not renowned for it’s lessons in psychology) and should “low-key” it on lust, kosher or not.
NAOMI FEINSTEIN ,Nordiya
...and this newspaper’s Did it occur to any of your editors that a picture of a woman in what is essentially a bikini on the front page of your paper (“Israeli pride in Beijing,” August 25) might be inappropriate, offensive and disturbing? Please try to be more sensitive to your readers in the future.
ASHER RESNICK, Beit Shemesh Not fade away
So Ehud Barak (whose political legacy is that of abandoning Israel’s allies and millions worth of military equipment when he cut and ran from Southern Lebanon, and that of trying to give away the country to Yasser Arafat, who, thank God, said no) thinks our prime minister is a weakling (“Barak: Netanyahu is weak, can’t make tough decisions,” August 24).
Who cares what a man who destroyed not one, but two political parties has to say about anything? Why can’t he just sit back and enjoy retirement in his Tel Aviv penthouse, playing the piano and reading Goethe with his wife and illegal housekeeper? What is it with these old and failed politicians who won’t just fade away?
NORMAN DEROVAN, Ma’aleh Adumim
How “interesting” that Ehud Barak lets the security cat out of the bag (“Barak: Steinitz, Ya’alon got cold feet before slated Iran attack,” August 23) just when he is reportedly being investigated for financial issues (“When a leak reeks,” Analysis, August 24). My cynicism, however, senses the hands of US President Barack Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry.
To have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly demeaned before the congressional vote on the Iran deal in Congress – I smell a rat! Barak was always the darling of the Obama administration. What better tool to use! I, for one, will stand with Bibi.
And no, I did not vote for him.
MICHAEL PATCHEN, Tiberias Those smart phones
Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef issued a ruling regarding the use of smartphones (“Chief Rabbi Yosef: Smartphone users shouldn’t lead synagogue prayers,” August 21). In addition to what was mentioned in the headline, he said that children whose parents use smartphones should be removed from school, and that yeshiva students who possess smartphones should be removed from the yeshiva.
I found the last category most disturbing.
Yeshiva students are young men. If thrown out of their yeshiva, where are they to go? They have been dissuaded from serving in the army. Without army service, they cannot work.
Even if they could circumvent the army issue and seek employment, what skills do they have? These young men have been educated in school systems where secular studies are almost non-existent; no English, science, math or computer skills.
The chief rabbi shows no compassion or concern for the souls of these young men. If they don’t fit the ideal, they are to be discarded. No outreach, no programming, no guidance. Here in Jerusalem, all too many of these castaways can be seen roaming the streets of the center of town, drinking and doing drugs, with nowhere to go.
Rabbi Yosef is the designated spiritual leader of all Jews, compliant or non-compliant. If he designates a given segment of the population as undesirable and to be removed, then perhaps he should not be chief rabbi. Or perhaps the position of chief rabbi is no longer relevant and should be abolished.
NAME WITHHELD, Jerusalem
With respect to the Sephardi chief rabbi’s ruling regarding smartphones, I’ve concluded that I prefer a smartphone to an ignorant rabbi.
SAMUEL DERSHOWITZ, JerusalemThe Iran deal
With regard to “Bibi’s legacy” (Washington Watch, August 20), Douglas Bloomfield fervently speaks of the “irreparable damage to US-Israel relations” he foresees due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s continuing fight against the deal with Iran.
All of Bloomfield’s comments are heavily weighted against Netanyahu.
He blames him for leading the “bitter and divisive” battle against the agreement. But any battle is divisive – there are two sides, and that’s why there is a battle. He accuses him of dividing the American Jewish community. But surely it is the facts he is presenting, and not those of Netanyahu, that are doing this.
His contemptuous description of our leaders “marching in lockstep” behind the prime minister, and his declaration that the “rank and file” in Israel have no problem with the impossibly skewed deal are false.
One would hope that President Barack Obama had enough imagination to know where a 24-day warning before supervisors are permitted access would lead.
Surely Bloomfield knows Israel is against this agreement (just as the US should be) because of, among other things, Iran’s stated goal of destroying Israel. Why is that threat something neither he nor Obama even considers? And he has decided that preventing the deal from happening will guarantee war. Unsaid, but not-sosubtly hinted: “And it will be all your fault, Israel.”
MARCELLA WACHTEL, Jerusalem CORRECTIONS
The photo accompanying “Sanhedrin group pens letter of support to extremist suspects” (August 25) should have been of Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the focus of the article, and not of his brother, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, who is not involved with the Sanhedrin.
YISRAEL ARIEL, (Yaakov Shoham/Wikimedia Commons)
The Grapevine of August 26 used the wrong name for the prostitute who took her own life recently in Tel Aviv. She called herself Jessica, and not as stated. In addition, the poem mentioned was written by Marva Zohar, and not by the deceased.