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The party’s over
Sir, – One night last week my house was broken into and my
husband had to chase the burglar out while my children slept in the next room.
This has become a regular occurrence in our neighborhood of French
Over the past year there have been increased attacks on residents
here by people from the nearby neighborhood of Isawyia.
Just before the
burglary of my own apartment, another apartment in my building was broken into
and everything was stolen. The week before, a child was hit by a car and the
driver drove back to the safety of Isawyia. The same week a young girl was
attacked on her way home from school. The week before that, five fires were
started on Shabbat, including in a children’s park. In addition, the
neighborhood is constantly being tagged with graffiti that says
The list goes on and on.
Our community has organized a
neighborhood watch, contacted local media and even reached out to several
members of Knesset. But the question remains: Where is Mayor Nir Barkat?
Elections are just around the corner. Although there are still no concrete
challengers it is widely known that Barkat is going to need the votes of the
mostly secular French Hill and nearby Pisgat Ze’ev.
In a recent
conversation a Barkat supporter told me about the great things the mayor has
done for the city. The list included the marathon, the Old City light show and
the Formula 1 event. These are all nice, but a mayor’s primary responsibility is
to ensure the security and safety of the city’s citizens.
spending money on such grand affairs and city-wide parties, why not put a
security guard at our park, close the entrance to Isawyia that flows into French
Hill, or install security cameras at every corner? I have spoken to dozens of
families here about the upcoming election, and the most important issue to them
is the security of their families. They hold Barkat personally responsible for
failing this neighborhood.
The residents feel they have been
If Barkat does not do something fast, I believe he will lose
The party is over. It is time to act now before someone
else is seriously hurt.
Jerusalem Disturbing article
I found the article “Resigning YU head admits failures over sex allegations”
(July 2) disturbing.
The Post libeled a great man with six decades of
Jewish leadership. “Resignation” is different in implication from what really
At 85, Rabbi Dr. Lamm “retired” as scheduled by contract three
The article summed up the substance of his brilliant
career by pointing to a story about sexual abuse that he was informed of 30
years ago, when reporting standards were entirely different.
To hold him
to a standard that did not exist at the time is intellectually
Lamm had the courage to publically express remorse. Read his
words, as they are stirring, elegant, heartfelt and wrenching.
up like a man, a Jewish leader, and shows that we have no doctrine of
infallibility. Would that all our leaders act with such grace and
We should know that Lamm saved YU from bankruptcy and placed it
on sound financial ground.
He wrote hundreds of scholarly articles and
books, one of which is the defining treatise of modern Orthodoxy. He brought
Talmud studies to Stern College so women could study Jewish texts, publicly and
respectfully engaged students at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College, and
participated in Limmud so the voice of Orthodoxy would be heard by non-Orthodox
I trust the Post
will cover the real story of Rabbi
Dr. Norman Lamm, a true giant in our time.IRVING M. GOLDENBERG
The Editor responds: The story was written by the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, and not by a Post reporter.