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Sir, – It astonishes me that Simcha Jacobovici could suggest for one moment that two nails found in an ossuary may have been from the cross where Jesus of Nazareth was believed crucified (“With ‘Nails of the Cross,’ Israeli filmmaker reopens explosive centuriesold debate,” April 13).
He appears to overlook completely the fact that there were hundreds of crucifixions, day after day and week after week, and on the basis of three nails for each crucifixion, there were thousands and tens of thousands over a period of time.
I appreciate that Jacobovici wishes to investigate and make a film, but to maintain that there is even a remote possibility that these specific nails were from the crucifixion of Jesus must be rubbish.NEVILLE C. GOLDREIN
Sir, – I am very excited and impressed by Simcha Jacobovici’s discovery. However, I would be far more overwhelmed if he would come up with the clawhammer that Caiaphas used to pull the nails, to say nothing of the small ladder used to get to the top of the cross to reach them.
Looking forward to more startling and thrilling “archaeological finds.”MARCHAL KAPLAN
Sir, – It is puzzling to see a front page report about a “find” by
historian-showman Simcha Jacobovici. In fact it is downright irritating.
What could your editors possibly have been thinking? It reflects a
peculiar sense of news evaluation to place a promotional item on the
front page as news.
Did nothing else happen in the country, the region or the world that might conceivably be a tad more newsworthy? DAVID SCHOLEM
Jerusalem All for naught
Sir, – “School of hard knocks” (Comment & Features, April 12) was
the latest in a number of news items, reports and op-eds describing
joint Jewish-Arab kindergartens, schools, summer camps, clubs and the
like, whose organizers assure us that these projects will bring peace
Like my father before me, I went to a non-Jewish school. Virtually all
my classmates and friends were non-Jews. We studied together, did
homework together, played together and visited each other’s homes.
My father’s family had been living in Germany for almost a thousand years.
My mother’s people were new arrivals – they came only in 1492, after the
expulsion from Spain. We considered ourselves to be Germans.
With the outbreak of the First World War, my father and his two brothers
volunteered to fight in the German army. One brother, Ludwig, was
killed in action; the other, Siegfried, was invalided out of the army
after being severely wounded, and was awarded Germany’s highest honor
for bravery. My father, too, was awarded a medal for bravery.
None of this stopped their ex-comrades from rounding them up, together
with my mother, sister and Ludwig’s widow, and herding them into cattle
cars to be sent to the death camps, where they were murdered by my
The only reason they didn’t murder me is because I had been sent to England before the war on a Kindertransport.
Einstein said, “There are only two things that are infinite: the
universe and human stupidity – but I’m not sure about the former.”LORE STEINHART
Petah Tikva For shame
Sir, – Abe Krieger (“Revolting aberration,” Letters, April 12) complains The Jerusalem Post
reported that an Orthodox man spat in someone’s face.
If someone dresses so as to be identified with a particular community,
he shouldn’t be surprised when that is how he is described. If he does
something shameful, he does indeed bring shame on his community.HELEN LEVENSTON
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