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Yes to unity
Sir, – The Sanhedrin proposed in “IDC scholars suggest reviving
Sanhedrin could help bridge gaps with Diaspora” (February 9) would function as
an educative body of live Jewish law for all Jews and the unity of contemporary
Judaism, especially for educators and policy makers.
its main concern would be Israel- Diaspora relations (which means the Jewish
people as a whole), it holds promise for less polarization and blog-type
fragmentation of our people.
Doesn’t the power and world-historic
greatness of the Jewish people reside in a unified Jewishness that such a
Sanhedrin would promote? JOSEPH DAVID LEVINSON
The writer is a retired
professor of philosophy Passover revisited
Sir, – With regard to “Abbas, Dahlan
take out Jordanian citizenship” (February 9), to them, their families and Fatah
officials: Next Year in Amman! Good riddance.
Character in leadership
Sir, – In “Yoav Galant’s depressing defeat” (Our World,
February 8), Caroline B. Glick suggests that Maj.-Gen. Galant might indeed be
the best choice for IDF chief of General Staff because he has a reputation for
fearlessness and innovation, and a determination to win wars.
noticeably ironic, then, that Glick’s essay appeared just after news reports
that Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein seems to have an ethical or legal issue
analogous to Galant’s (“A-G faces probe for hiring of foreign worker,” February
7). Suddenly, the player who may be most responsible for the general’s defeat
now appears on stage with the same flaw. How Shakespearean.
it is not the shared drama of these two men that attracts us, but their
potential importance to our country, which now faces significant challenges,
some of which Glick enumerates. The question before us, then, is that in light
of these challenges, how should the government view Galant and Weinstein? Should
both be out of a job? Neither? Only one? Leadership is not about past results.
It is about the future. The past is important but, to borrow a phrase from the
financial community, it is no guarantee of future performance.
fearlessness, innovation and determination are crucial for a military leader, as
are political considerations (apparently) for an attorney-general. But for both,
there could be a more important consideration: character.TUVIA BRODIE
Sir, – Like many who want to push their own agenda, Caroline B.
Glick reports only what she wants to report. Doesn’t she read The Jerusalem
? She should talk to Liat Collins, who hit the nail on the head last week
(“The inelegant Galant affair,” My Word, February 6).
Glick reports that
“Galant apparently took control of state land... without
If I had done that it would be stealing, which is a
But that wasn’t Galant’s problem. He lied about
He refused to own up to it.
Others were recently kicked out of
the army for lying about who was driving a military vehicle! Maybe if Galant had
said from the start, “You are right, I was wrong. I’ll vacate the land; let me
pay a fine,” the whole episode would have blown over.LOIS GREEN
Sir, – In commenting on the unpleasant episodes related to the appointment of a
new IDF chief of General Staff, Caroline B.
Glick ends with the comment
that somewhere out there, Israel’s enemies are laughing.
This is true,
but bearing in mind Israel’s incredible achievements despite the need to
overcome several severe attempts at its annihilation, one can add that “he who
laughs last, laughs best.”MONTY M. ZION