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Sir, – With regard to “NGOs call for probe into rabbinic
‘income’ after Metzger comments” (April 3), Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Metzger’s
statements on charges for wedding services are simply further proof of the
levels of corruption, coercion and financial extortion that permeate the Chief
Hiddush’s Uri Regev called it right. What the religious
community in Israel is not cognizant of is the fact that momemtum is building
with every passing day for the complete abolition of the Chief Rabbinate. It is
an institution that has held the Israeli public in a straight jacket for decades
regarding every milestone in human life by virtue of a draconian interpretation
of Judaic law unimaginable to members of other streams of Judaism.
new Knesset must act now and free the public from this ongoing nightmare, as
only through legislation can change be realized.MITCHELL C. RADOV
Ya’acov Just a Jew in Israel
Sir, – Gil Troy has got it perfectly right with
regard to Orthodoxy vs. secularism (“Why I am not ‘Orthodox’ – or ‘secular,’”
Center Field, April 3).
Many of the so-called Orthodox rules are
absurdities not rooted in halachic traditions. The widebrimmed black hat is one
that readily comes to mind.
On the other hand, so called secularists are
nothing more than non-observant Jews who are very much aware of the Jewish
calendar and its ensuing holidays.
When asked if I’m Orthodox or secular,
my answer is that I’m just a Jew living in Israel! HAIM M. LERNER
Sir, – Hats off to Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel for their
eye-opening “Stop using misleading term ‘two-state solution’” (Comment &
Features, April 2).
There is another disgusting term: occupied
It has been adopted by most nations, as well as our
Prior to 1967, where was Palestine? There were just Egypt, Jordan
So wake up, folks! There were never Palestinian territories to
be occupied. Why in the world are all our ministers and pundits so ignorant in
bringing this fact to light? N.E. SAMUEL
Sir, – The
article “Israel’s Passover goy” (Passover Supplement, March 31), about the sale
of the country’s hametz prior to the holiday, was very interesting.
far as I am aware, however, there is no Hilton Hotel in Jerusalem. I hope the
hametz was in fact sold! AVRAHAM SCHRYBER
The Passover Supplement
editor responds: The hametz was sold. Jabar Hussein is employed by the Ramada
Jerusalem Hotel, and not as stated.
Sir, – Sarah Honig’s
“Bewitched, bothered and bewildered” (Another Tack, March 31) reminded me of how
easy it can be for charismatic leaders to convince rational people.
the Berlin Museum there is a diary entry by a Jewish teenager, who wrote in 1933
that she thought Hitler would be a good thing for the German people.
decade ago there was a propagandist speech against Israel at the annual Limmud
conference in the UK. I witnessed how many people were completely taken in by
the rhetoric and, sadly, also influenced by it to take an active part in
campaigns to harm the people of Israel.