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Sir, – While I personally do not condone embarrassing
anyone on the bus, I think Sharon Shenhav exaggerates a bit (“Scream, insult,
embarrass and harass ‘uppity’ women,” Comment & Features, July
We do not know all the facts. Was the woman on the bus taking a
direct stand against Mehadrin buses? How did she answer the yeshiva student?
According to the article, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv seemed to think she was
doing it on purpose, and not because she was disabled or unwell, or could not
physically sit in back.
But his proof must be learned in the Gemara, and
not just cited without background or context.
I don’t think one can
extrapolate from this, as Shenhav does, that it is okay to embarrass any woman
who does not follow Halacha. This was on a specific point in a specific
circumstance, and not a general call.
Has Shenhav tried to speak with
Rabbi Elyashiv and elucidate the reasoning behind this ruling? If she truly
wants to help women, perhaps she should. (And when she goes, she should dress
modestly.) BATYA BERLINGER
Sir, – Regarding “Credit due
others” (Letters, July 14), which was written in light of Shmuley Boteach’s
“Knee-deep in bloodsoaked battlefields of Europe” (No Hold Barred, July 12), my
brother, Brig.- Gen. Alvin D. Ungerleider, as a young lieutenant led his men
onto Omaha Beach and up the draw. He told them, “Follow me, step in my footsteps
and I will get you in,” and he did.
On the 50th anniversary, Al escorted
President Bill Clinton to lay a wreath at the monument at Colleville-su-Mer
The theme of Clinton’s speech was that these men saved the
For the 60th anniversary, my brother was awarded the French Legion
of Honor. Though wounded twice, he fought on until the end of the
Alvin also served in Korea and Vietnam. He retired after serving for
36 years and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on March 25,
He was a great American hero and never forgot his Jewish
roots.ANNETTE UNGERLEIDER MARTIN
Kfar Shmaryahu Cemetery latecomers
– In her article “Extensions to mosque inside Mount of Olives cemetery illegal,
says city” (July 13), Melanie Lidman reports that the area has “been used as a
Jewish and Muslim cemetery for more than 3,000 years.”
I was not aware
that Muslims are also buried in this ancient Jewish cemetery.
this certainly could not have been a practice for 3,000 years, i.e., even before
the advent of Islam.
The only connection I have heard between the Mount
of Olives and Muslims is from the 1948-1967 period, when the Jordanian army
reportedly used Jewish tombstones to pave the area of their
Jerusalem Melanie Lidman responds:
was incorrect. The area has been a Jewish cemetery for 3,000
years. Newer parts are Muslim.Deals require value
Sir, – The flaw
in letter writer Peter Redstone’s suggestion (“UFOs and BG,” July 12) that the
“flightilla” participants taken into police custody be placed under house arrest
until Gilad Schalit is released, is that these people mean less to Hamas than
even the Hamas terrorists in Israeli jails.
No value, no deal! MICHAEL
“Nothing new under the son” (Arts &
Entertainment, July 14), as well as the frontpage promotion for the article,
should have stated that the play All My Sons was written by Arthur Miller. We
regret the error.
Also, a dated version of “Genuine solidarity vs. stale
promises” by Eitan Grossman was inadvertently run in the Comment & Features
section on July 14. To read the updated version, visit www.jpostcom.