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Sir, – Reader Burt Edelstein (“”Sherman’s sky,” Letters, April 17) is
probably betraying American roots by complaining about columnist Martin
Sherman’s reference to the story of “Chicken Licken” rather than “Chicken
Little.” Licken is indeed the central character’s last name in the version
usually told to children in Britain and some (but clearly not all) of its former
DAVID LERER Beit Shemesh
Sir, – I was preparing for Jerusalem
Emunah’s B’simcha book swap and I happened upon a book titled Chicken Licken
where, in fact, Chicken Licken, and not Chicken Little, is hit on the head with
an acorn and proceeds to run around exclaiming, “The sky is falling!” Your
proofreaders were right not to change the name.AMY BODNER
Sir, – With regard to the letters published under “Atavistic
ritual” (April 12), my son was born in London in 1965. He was circumcised by the
Orthodox mohel (ritual circumciser), Rev. Jacob Snowman – mohel to the royal
Surprised? Well, it’s true. It seems the royals knew what was
good for them! My point is that the reverend used a pipette to draw out the
blood, his mouth never coming closer to the foreskin than the top end of the
pipette. That’s the way it was, and, in my opinion that’s the way it should
The idea of a mohel drawing out blood with his mouth is disgusting
and repugnant in modern times, and should be banned.
Sir, – Further on the claim that US president Franklin D.
Roosevelt did not send the Coast Guard to prevent the St. Louis from reaching
America (“Holocaust survivors who were aboard ‘St.
Louis’ fight against
‘revisionist history,’” April 9), Voyage of the Damned (Stein and Day, 1974), by
Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts, is a detailed, literally day-by-day account
of the St. Louis saga, from initial preparations in Germany to the sad and
The US government’s dispatch of US Coast Guard cutter 244 to
prevent the vessel’s passengers from disembarking is fully documented and
recorded for posterity.
The book also details much more disturbing facts
about Roosevelt and his administration’s unequivocal and unrelenting refusal to
allow the refugees to enter the US, culminating in an official statement by
immigration inspector Walter Thomas of Miami: “The St. Louis will not be allowed
to dock here, or at any US port” (p. 252, italics in original).
by Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman that the Roosevelt administration did not
send the Coast Guard cutter is worse than revisionist history – it is an
outright falsification of the historical record.GERSHON HARRIS
Sir, – There are many countries that are Christian or
Muslim. There is only one country that is Jewish, so we need to nurture every
aspect, large and small, of our Jewish heritage.
Similarly, there is only
one city that is known to represent the birth and life of religious Judaism –
Jerusalem – and only religious Judaism has enabled us to be Jews
One knows the saying: “More than the Jews have kept the Shabbat,
the Shabbat has kept the Jews.” So please, can’t we have one city that keeps
Shabbat? To those whose needs for entertainment are very important to them,
would it be possible for you to go elsewhere? There are many other places, so
please look at the big Shabbat picture.
Perhaps the city’s theaters could
be opened for extended hours on Thursday nights.JOAN FISHER