(photo credit: JP)
Other Yekke tales
Sir, – I so enjoyed Judy Montagu’s description of her father’s
“Yekke” personality (“Yekke par excellence,” In my own write, August
I have a “super-Yekke” husband who also refuses to wear sandals, but
the best story is as follows: When my daughter-inlaw’s second baby was due, we
arranged to be on call for babysitting the elder child. He got the call at 2
a.m. and hurriedly got dressed, including shirt and tie. He drove over to her
home and rested, fully dressed, on the spare bed.
When the 3-year old
woke up and saw her grandpa lying there in shirt and tie, it made her day. My
husband has never lived it down.
One has to be dressed correctly at all
times, so he says. Still I prefer a Yekke who gets things done on time and is
always reliable, to someone who procrastinates and is always late.
PRAGER Petah Tikva
Sir, – For 35 years, my late husband, of blessed memory, and
I belonged to the “Yekke shul,” Shearith Israel, in Baltimore,
It was called the Yekke shul because most of the members had
escaped from Germany before the Second World War.
I remember well how
orderly, dependable and super punctilious they all were. Never was any one of
them as much as a minute late for an appointment. In addition, they were
well-educated, highly cultured and very polite.
My husband, a history
professor whose life was also full of order, integrity and courtesy, had a deep
admiration for these outstanding people – so much that even though he was a
Litvak with roots in Kovna, I jokingly called him a “wanna-be
THELMA BLUMBERG ABRAMOWITZ
Sir, – I wish to thank Judy
Montagu for her wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.
It appears that
Devorah Jerichower was of a generation that is long gone – a generation of
people who worshipped God and man with the same values and created a balanced
society that we could certainly use today.
JOYCE KAHN Petah Tikva No play, that
Sir, – “Everyone played their
parts brilliantly,” enthuses Gil Troy, writing on the Gush Katif expulsion (“The
five-year disengageversary,” July 21).
However – the Bard notwithstanding
– all the world is not a stage and its men and women are not merely players.
Unlike at the close of a Shakespearian tragedy, the army chiefs, senior
politicians and settler leaders did not step forward arm in arm to take their
bows to the accompaniment of rippling applause.
The political leadership
has to live with the consequences of what in hindsight is widely seen to have
been a disastrous mistake. The soldiers responsible for the evacuation have yet
to recover from the trauma of having to clear an Israeli settlement of all its
Jews. And the settlers themselves still have their lives and careers in
Meanwhile, Gaza seethes with violence and hatred against the
Jewish state, and Kassam rockets continue to rain down.
makes these points in his article while still somehow managing to find moral
inspiration in the disengagement.
He trumpets the triumph of democracy as
though that were an end in itself, whereas if democracy leads to the pursuit of
injustice, then surely democracy has failed. If so, there is no triumph – only
the most egregious of blunders and the biggest moral and ethical stain on Israel
in its 62-year history.
RABBI CHAIM INGRAM
Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia
Former defense minister Shaul Mofaz is an MK from Kadima, and not as
noted in “PM issues stern warnings to Lebanon, Hamas over attacks” on August 5.