Sir, – In regard to the June 17 article “PM ignoring improvement
with Rohani, say Left MKs”– all these Left MKs should know that Hassan Rohani
may be considered a moderate by them and the wishful democracies of Europe and
North America, but the true leader – or should I say the puppeteer of Iran – is
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Khamenei has pulled off a very
beautiful political coup by having Rohani elected, and now he can go forward at
an even faster pace in producing the atomic bomb, while the Western democracies
fawn over and talk with Rohani for months to come.
Sir, – The Jerusalem Post
headline on June 16: “Moderate Hassan Rohani
wins Iranian election in landslide,” suggests that the Iranian people favor a
That may be, but the fact that the Iranian supreme
leader selected the six candidates with one, the “moderate” winning by a
landslide, strongly suggests that this was quite predictable and nicely planned
by the supreme leader – who, presumably, would like the world to appreciate what
a “moderate” country Iran is.
Herzliya Anachronistic army
Sir, – The article in The Jerusalem Post
entitled “Ministers approve bill giving
veterans preferred treatment,” (June 17) once again reminds us of the benefits
of a professional volunteer army.
Those who oppose providing benefits for
army service claim it discriminates against those who don’t serve. But the very
notion of army service is a discriminatory burden, and jerry-rigging the system
to provide some benefits here and some affirmative action there only makes it
An all-volunteer army will free up Israeli society to be the
hi-tech “wunderkind” and world model that it can be; keeping legions of young
men conscripted is an anachronism.
Sir, – The opinion piece by Johanna Arbib-Perugia, chairwoman of the
board of worldwide Keren Hayesod, raises some important questions, but her key
answer is not developed sufficiently (“Jewish leadership needs a dose of
positivity,” Comment and Features, June 17).
When the late Rabbi Herbert
Friedman completed his extraordinary work with UJA (now JFNA), he turned to the
noted philanthropist, Leslie Wexner and asked for assistance. Friedman wanted to
create a significant program of studies for future Jewish leaders.
is how Wexner Heritage was born.
Young leaders have vied in Jewish
communities in USA and Canada to enter the program. Why? You have to commit for
two years, which involves extensive readings in the classics of Jewish history
and Jewish thought. The readings are made more vibrant via lectures in the
community, to Heritage participants alone, by some of the finest minds in Jewish
studies today. The initial graduates of the program have risen to major
When Arbib-Perugia refers to Jewish education for
leaders, she does not seem to be referring to the intensity of a Wexner Heritage
curriculum. The programs she mentions can inspire but cannot provide the depth
of Jewish knowledge which Jewish leaders require today.
Sir, – I hope The New York Times
is not paying for
Thomas Friedman’s trip to Egypt, because if they are, they’ve been gypped
(“Egypt’s perilous drift,” Comment and Features, June 17)! The central theme of
his article was a sentence that describes his take on Egypt’s Arab Spring: “It
is now clear that what happened two years ago was more musical chairs than
Only Friedman could make this banal statement sound like a
Where has he been? Most of the six million Jews living in
Israel could have told him that two years ago! It’s like coming to the
conclusion that terrorists in most parts of the world are Muslim.
Sir, – While it is certainly nice for a
company to have a public perception of looking out for the wellness of the
world, not its bottom line, it would be naive to believe it true (“This company
would be happy to have fewer customers,” Health, June 16). Novo Nordisk
certainly couldn’t adopt a public platform pushing a diet that encourages
diabetes, but if the rate of diabetes jumps, so do the number of people who need
the company’s insulin, and, therefore, so does its profits. No more diabetes, no
more Novo Nordisk. I can’t imagine its ultimate goal is
Safed Dangerous dialogue
Sir, – I wonder
whether Moses would be a suitable candidate for chief rabbi according to Rabbi
Shalom Hammer (“A chief rabbi for (all) the people,” Comment and Features, June
After all, Moses didn’t dialogue with those who rebelled against
him, against God, and against the Torah. Hammer, on the other hand, proposes
that the next chief rabbi should dialogue with representatives of the
Conservative and Reform movements.
What would Hammer have the chief rabbi
dialogue about and compromise? Regarding his criticism of the rabbinic leaders
of the religious- Zionist movement for promoting “Eretz Yisrael Hashlema”
instead of “Am Yisrael Hashalem” – the Conservative and Reform movements – with
whom Hammer wishes to dialogue – have presided over a 50% intermarriage rate of
their memberships in America, resulting not only in the disunity of the Jewish
nation, but ultimately leading to its disappearance.
religious-Zionist movement in general, and the hesder movement in particular,
have demonstrated to secular Jews their leadership in the military, in political
life, and in society. They are the wave of the future for Zionism in
Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook and his son, Rabbi Tzvi
Yehudah Kook, recognized the value and importance of every single Jew, but never
recognized or dialogued with the Conservative or Reform movements.
Jerusalem Waiting for aliya
Sir, – I read with interest your interview
with Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, but I was disappointed by her
attitude towards the Ethiopian aliya (“Landver say she wants ‘all Jews here,’”
There are 5,000 Falash Mura, or Zera Israel as they call
themselves, who were previously registered for aliya by the Jewish Agency, but
have now been told they are ineligible.
The reason they have been given
is that their Jewish descent is patrilineal. However, this is in contradiction
to the earlier agreement whereby they were registered for family reunification
under the Law of Entry.
All those registered have first- or second-degree
relatives in Israel.
Once in Israel, they undergo a year of study and a
The issue of halachic Jewish identity is not
relevant here (even under the law of return one does not need to be halachically
The Zera Israel moved to Gondar in order to make aliya, and even
if the Jewish Agency leaves they will still remain in Gondar, in the hopes of
one day reaching Israel.
London The writer is a representative
of Meketa, a nonprofit which seeks to aid Ethiopian Jews who are still in Gondar
A great draw Sir, – One of cartooning’s vital longtime goals has been to
illustrate harsh, stark reality at a single informative glance. This aim has
been highly successful in the Post‘s offerings. Whether or not the artists who
create these outstanding gems are identified, they deserve all readers’
gratitude for a job exceedingly well done.
The pleasant days of Looney
Tunes are long past.