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Sir, – Nathan Lopes Cardozo’s “Judaism – The art of bold ideas”
(Part 2, Comment & Features, December 1) is further proof of his fair,
inspirational and knowledgeable teaching skills. His full, true respect for his
students’ intellect is rare. We, in turn, have respected him from the beginning
of every one of his classes and lectures.
It has been unusually
courageous of Cardozo to promote real educational openness from within closed
and confined circles.
A regular column by him in the Post
would be a
crucially relevant and giant step in the right direction.ESTER ZEITLIN
Sir, – I am disappointed in Rabbi Cardozo. That is not to say I didn’t
enjoy reading both installments of his essay. He writes with a passion for bold
ideas and articulates his arguments forcefully and eloquently.
are a number of things with which I disagree, and some I find unclear.
writes “Halacha is the practical upshot of unfinalized beliefs that remain in
Frankly, I cannot understand the meaning of that
sentence and have no inkling whether he is in favor of Halacha or
Also, the only examples of great and bold thinkers he chose were
people like Einstein and Freud, who indeed were Jewish and great thinkers, but
were not at all thinkers about Judaism. He ignores Maimonides and Rabbi Joseph
Finally, I was looking forward to the second installment
to include bold but practical programs for the implementation of the changes he
suggests, but found them to be absent.ZEV CHAMUDOT
Petah Tikva Go to
Sir, – The headline “‘One in 5 Israelis can’t afford sufficient food’”
(November 30) is probably accurate, but it’s very misleading.
assume in fairness that the survey sample included the vast and growing
ultra-Orthodox community, many of whose able-bodied males refuse to work, and up
to half of Israel’s Arab citizens who refuse to work. Thus, it is no wonder that
a vast swath of the Israeli public is complaining about not having enough money
for food, medicine or utility bills.
Putting the ultra-Orthodox to work
or cutting off their subsidies would solve Israel’s economic problems overnight.
And if the Arab sector went to work, we would have a budget surplus.
of this would make it possible for the National Insurance Institute to
effectively help the deserving poor.KENNETH BESIG
Kiryat Arba From
Sir, – Regarding “Israel’s ‘Purloined Letter’” (Comment & Features,
November 30), more often than not it was the right-wing itself that caused its
own self-destruction by either initiating or supporting the fall of the ruling
Likudled coalition, whether because of territorial issues, this or that
religious party, or just internal but fierce infighting and
Overall, the record clearly shows that right-wing politicians
have intimidated other right-wing politicians more than any leftwinger could
hope to do.
So let Emmanuel Navon take another look at his party before
so sweepingly accusing everyone else for its problems.GERSHON HARRIS
Hatzor Haglilit Frankly Jewish
Sir, – Who in the entire world associates Barney
Frank primarily, or even secondarily, with anything Jewish (“Jewish congressman
to retire after 30 years,” November 29)? Gay, yes. Inappropriately connected
with male aides, yes. A mismanager of the government mortgage companies Fannie
and Freddie, yes. Loud, obnoxious and ridiculously partial, yes.
he may be Jewish, this has certainly not been his focus or why he is so
CHAIM A. ABRAMOWITZ