Letters to the Editor: Shabbat road work

That my normally 55-minute journey ran over two hours is unacceptable; I arrived at my destination with two minutes to spare.

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August 29, 2016 20:46
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Shabbat road work

Your article “Haredi leaders demand emergency meeting with PM over rail construction” (August 28) says that a section of the Ayalon Highway “was closed for 27 hours over Shabbat.”

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Since Shabbat, from beginning to end, is 25 hours, those two extra hours should raise a red flag.

Regardless of whether one feels the work should have been done on Shabbat, all can agree that closing the road two hours before Shabbat was inexcusable. Heading south, I found myself in a large parking lot. I was surrounded by vehicles driven by people both with and without kippot.

We all shared looks of anguish and disgust.

Orthodox Jews need to be at their destination before the start of Shabbat. Non-Orthodox Jews frequently are going to see friends and parents for Shabbat, and are due by a specific time.

That my normally 55-minute journey ran over two hours is unacceptable; I arrived at my destination with two minutes to spare.



If work is done on Shabbat, it needs to start after people have finished their pre-Shabbat travels.

Whether it should be done or not is beyond the scope of my letter.

ELLEN MINAKER
Netanya

Avoiding ‘mistakes’

It is ridiculous to read so many times that soldiers are being investigated (“IDF probes shooting death of Palestinian near Silwad,” August 28). Isn’t it about time that their lives were given the priority they deserve? The fact that an initial military investigation found that the man who was shot was not a terrorist is irrelevant. We are at war, and our soldiers are on high alert because they never know from minute to minute where and when the attacks will come – only that the attackers will inevitably be Arabs.

Israeli families do not need the hypocritical leaders of this country to make shiva calls because these leaders are afraid to confront and destroy the barbarians that roam our land. For there to be no mistakes, make sure the “Palestinians” refrain from taking any actions that could be construed as dangerous to our soldiers and citizens.

YENTEL JACOBS

Netanya

The ‘Post’ and Trump

In your August 28 issue, an article appears on Page 2 depicting US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as the savior of America (“Clinton routing Trump in poll among Florida Jewish voters”), while on Page 19, there are three pieces badmouthing Republican nominee Donald Trump (“We’re winning!” “Trump’s new high of new lows” and “Why values voters value Trump”).

Why your bias and hatred toward Trump? It is agreed that he has his shortcomings, but he is not a constantly proven liar, as can be seen in the contents of thousands of Clinton’s emails, and is not complicit in anyone’s death, as Clinton is with the Benghazi affair and it’s horrific outcome.

Both Trump and Clinton are flawed, and voters will be forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. But subtlety is a mark of professionalism – you do not have to endorse Trump, but making readers who do endorse him feel like unpatriotic idiots is not who you are.

RUBY RAY KARZEN
Jerusalem

Letters about letters

After reading “Glick’s contortions” (Letters, August 29), I’m not sure what upsets me more: the venom, innuendos, factual distortions, racial slurs and vicious personal attacks of the writer, or the incredibly poor judgment shown in giving her over-the-top piece the light of the printed page.

RON SPIRO

Jerusalem

The letter “Facing the truth” (August 28) inspired me to complain about the racist and vicious letters that seem to be filling the Letters section recently.

Quoting from the Torah, one can find many nasty and unacceptable recommendations, most of which are not implemented in modern Jewish values. One can also find many quotations commanding kindness, humanitarian behavior and sensitivity. Abraham was told to go to the Promised Land and build a nation – “but do not displace the people therein” – is one of them.

The articles and editorials in The Jerusalem Post have become much more balanced and rational, and but I, for one, cannot tolerate racist ranting, even on the Letters page.

WENDY BLUMFIELD

Haifa

Death knell


I enjoyed “Waking up Angela Merkel in Wonderland” (Fundamentally Freund, August 25).

The German chancellor is right (in a way) that Islamic extremist attacks against European civilians did not begin with the recent waves of refugees. In fact, the efforts to Islamicize Europe started much earlier, with the illegal, western- catalyzed destruction of Yugoslavia.

The disappearance of Yugoslavia created Muslim-dominated Bosnia and Kosovo, Europe’s Islamic-terrorist and heroin-peddling black hole/safe haven. This, in turn, created hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees of Serbian and other ethnic backgrounds, and guaranteed that Islam would have a secure beachhead in Europe.

Traveling in parts of Bosnia and Kosovo gives one the impression of being in the Middle East, not Europe.

Recent Islamic terrorist attacks are just part of the “blowback” that is to be expected from the love affair that western leaders have with Islamic extremists, which will be the death knell of civilized European democracies.

MICHAEL PRAVICA

Henderson, Nevada

Won’t interfere

With regard to “Handwriting just doesn’t matter” (Comment & Features, August 25), new methods of communication have improved the way we can be in touch with loved ones. However, how would I know who my grandparents were if it were not for just a few last letters before World War II? I am a great-grandmother, and on some days, I open a letter box with letters my parents wrote when I was far away. Their love is still imprinted in their handwriting.

Children should be introduced to cursive writing. It will not interfere with progress.

OLGA P. WIND
Holon

The burkini matter

There’s something I don’t understand about the way Muslim women are supposed to dress.

There was outrage in France over banning veils, since this was said to be an essential requirement of Islam. But an observant Muslim woman can frolic on the beach or at a pool in a burkini, with her face uncovered?

NAOMI SANDLER

Jerusalem I don’t think the burkini ban in France has anything to do with fashion or the values of a particular country. A burka or any of the full-body cover-ups can conceal firearms, sticks of explosives, knives and various other terrorist toys. It can also conceal the face – and gender – of the wearer.

While repairing my hair and makeup in the ladies’ room at the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, I noticed a person in a cover-up burka. This person walked back and forth until it became obvious that the purpose was not to use the facilities.

I went out to the matron and told her there was something wrong. She came in and asked the burka-clad person something, and then walked this person out into the terminal. I had no proof, but my mind immediately went to thoughts of a man dressed as a woman to observe women in intimate places. That is another danger of the all-concealing burka.

Not permitting people to dress as they please is not the idea behind the anti-burkini movement.

Safety is.

MARCELLA WACHTEL

Jerusalem

CLARIFICATION


“Erdogan’s mighty hypocrisy,” on Page 13 of the August 29 Comment & Features section was the latest Right from Wrong column by Ruthie Blum.

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