Hope in letters
Sir, – It is important that our prime minister’s letter
(“‘Battle of letters’ shaping up as Netanyahu prepares diplomatic missive for
Abbas,” April 4) includes an offer to put on the negotiating table each of the
pre-conditions that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has stuck to
so determinedly, no doubt for internal political reasons, ever since the
abortive peace talks of September 2010.
“post-conditions” referred to in your news item will need to be part of any
One can only hope that this exchange of letters will
pave the way for a resumption of face-to-face negotiations.
Beit Shemesh Women and walls
Sir, – Anat Hoffman says she wants women at
the Western Wall to be permitted to wear tefillin and read aloud from the Torah
(“‘Plans for Mughrabi bridge must account for women’s area at Kotel,’” April 4).
May I remind her that Robinsons’s Arch is also part of the Western Wall and has
been designated for non-Orthodox services.
We don’t try to build mehitzot
(gender partitions) in Reform temples, so why do they want to tear down the
mehitza at our holiest site?
London No shame here
Sir, – Welfare and
Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon is a neighbor of mine, so it is a pity he
did not see me and other congregants of the Moriah Masorti Community in Haifa
delivering boxes of Pessah supplies to needy families on Tuesday afternoon (“As
holiday nears, Kahlon stands by his attack on ‘degrading’ distribution policies
of food-aid charities,” April 4).
As in other years led by Rabbi Dubi
Hayun, Moriah members were asked to either drive their vehicles or help carry
the boxes to families in need.
It was certainly not a humiliating
experience for the volunteers or the recipients, who greeted us with a smile and
thanks. And nobody took photos for publicity or other purposes.
like those of Kahlon show just how much the government is neglecting the social
issues of Israel today. However, having received tens of phone calls in the past
month requesting funds for various charities claiming to provide food for the
needy or quality treatments for the sick, I do agree that most of these NGOs
should form a roof organization that would stop the duplication of efforts and
reduce salaries and overhead.
Haifa Look to Korea
“Bolster Israel-South Korean ties” (Fundamentally Freund,” April 4) was a very
Jews and Koreans have both suffered oppression, and
just like Israelis they do not have natural resources.
They can only
depend on their intelligence.
The South Koreans have displayed a love for
Their ambassador here, Ma Young-sam, told reporters that the
Talmud was obligatory reading for Korean schoolchildren.
Alper wrote in the Jewish Chronicle
last May: “Pop down to the local corner shop
and along with a pot of instant rice or dried noodles you can buy a copy of
Stories from the Talmud
It is not rare, either, to come across
book-vending machines stocked with classic works of Babylonian
He quotes one mother as saying, “The stereotype of Jews here
is that they are ultra-intelligent people.
Jews have come out of nowhere
to become business chiefs, media bosses, Nobel Prize winners – we want our
children to do the same. If that means studying Talmud, Torah, whatever, so be
May the ties with Israel and South Korea grow stronger through the
years. The world will benefit from this close association.