Sir, – Thank you for directing your February 21 editorial
(“Consumer power”) at the price gouging and greedy ways of the Strauss company,
which manufactures the Pesek Zman candy bar.
The editorial focused on the
drop in price of Strauss shares, but more can be done.
I do not know what
the shelf life of Pesek Zman is, but let us stop buying them so that more will
have to be thrown out. I do not know where Pesek Zman is made, but let us find
out and picket the company.
Let us have friends who come from the US buy
as many of these candy bars as they can, and then let us stand in front of
supermarkets and candy stores and hand them out with a little slip saying “Do
not buy Pesek Zman – Strauss is making a fool of you and pilfering your
And then the piece-de-resistance: Let us go to the President’s
Residence and the Prime Minister’s Residence, open up hundreds of Pesek Zman
candy bars and grind them into the pavement.
It is now or
Sir, – “New March 1 boycott threatened
against Strauss” (Business & Finance, February 20) reminded me how
short-lived the offers last summer of “two for NIS 10” on many dairy products
were. The offers very quickly reverted to the original price – and even more –
once the boycott ended! And now, with Pessah rapidly approaching, I would like
to know why I have to pay NIS 25 for a box of Israeli-made Aviv matza when I can
buy the same product in virtually any British supermarket for a mere fraction of
the price. Perhaps someone could enlighten me! ANGELA GREEN
Aiming at Shmuley
Sir, – Regarding “Will ‘Kosher Jesus’ affect my children’s
shidduchim (marriages)?” (No Holds Barred, February 21), I completely agree that
concentration on yichus (family background or pedigree) and other extraneous
items is destructive when it comes to marriage. I feel certain that Shmuley
Boteach’s children will be blessed with marriages that will bring him nachas
(prideful joy), and thus I do not have concern for their shidduchim.
I do have concern for are the impressionable, unlearned and sometimes naïve
young Jewish people who will be influenced by Kosher Jesus.
No matter the
intent, it can easily leave the impression that after all is said and done, all
human beings have somewhat similar beliefs, opening the door for those who seek
to justify intermarriage, which is causing havoc to Jewish
Rabbi Yisroel Salanter said: “Not everything thought should be
said, not everything said should be written, and not everything written should
be read.” With all due respect, I believe Kosher Jesus is just such a
Beit Shemesh The writer is a rabbi
Sir, – I hope The
receives sufficient remuneration from Shmuley Boteach for
publishing his self-aggrandizing columns without printing “Advertisement” above
Come now, your readers deserve better than his continual
Sir, – What’s all the fuss about whether
Shmuley Boteach is qualified to be chief rabbi? Of course he is. He looks
He writes religious columns for The Jerusalem Post. He
He writes scholarly books like Kosher Sex and Kosher
There’s no question Boteach would make a great chief
Of Los Angeles. In LA he would be embraced by other famous
personalities – Madonna, Lady Gaga, who knows? Also, he can continue writing his
scholarly books without having to endure any more ridiculous criticism. The
possibilities are unlimited! Yo, Shmuley, you da man! BRUCE CLEMENT
Washington ‘Apartheid’ Israel
Sir, – Combatting the insidious vitriol directed
toward Israel on university campuses in the Diaspora is an arduous task
(“Fighting the apartheid libel,” Editorial, February 20).
As a university
student I have encountered only a small taste of the hatred that is so often
leveled at Israel on campus.
Perhaps I am one of the lucky
Here, the Australian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) does a
remarkably good job stifling some of the anti-Israel sentiment on our campuses.
This is often done by educating fellow students about the inaccuracies and
fallacies of the hardcore Left’s argument. In a sense, that’s all that can be
Israel bashing is in vogue.
Proving that Israel is not a
demonic superpower responsible for all the world’s woes is seemingly an uphill
Sir, – I was born and brought up
in South Africa and as a young student became involved in a university group
fighting against apartheid. We all managed to flee the country before being
taken to trial. I came to Israel 60 years ago.
All the claims that Israel
is an apartheid state stem from ignorance.
This is what the real
apartheid looked like in South Africa: People of color (non-whites, or POC) were
not allowed to study in whites-only schools, enter city parks or sit on city
benches. In every bank and post office there were separate lines for POC. POC
were not allowed to travel on whitesonly trains and buses, and were not allowed
in whites-only cinemas, restaurants, concert halls and churches. They were not
allowed to live in whites-only suburbs, so they lived in shanty towns on the
outskirts of town.
There were separate hospitals for POC. White doctors
could work at POC hospitals to gain experience, as these facilities were filled
to capacity, but black doctors were not allowed to work at whites-only
The government established homelands for the various tribes.
These homelands were at least a six-hour train journey away, so these people
made it home once or twice a year.
Every POC had to carry a pass
permitting him or her to be in a specific urban area. If these people ran afoul
of this law they would be arrested on the spot and jailed for up to three months
without being charged.
May I recommend that all those participating in
Israel Apartheid Week do their research thoroughly before they start spreading
lies. Let them drop the word apartheid, as they have no idea what it means. I
can assure them that the word is not applicable to Israel. There is no
Sir, – I agree with your
editorial, which advocates a proactive policy against those using the word
apartheid to describe Israel. I strongly disagree, however, with the statement
from The David Project “White Paper” that we should realize “the futility of
reaching out to [university] students and faculty in the humanities and social
According to the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES), business is the most popular college major among
undergraduates. Second in terms of popularity are degrees in the social sciences
Humanities and social sciences are clearly very popular with
all students and especially those who are Jewish. To give up on this large
segment seems to me to be foolish and extremely short-sighted.STEVE