(photo credit: Courtesy)
Sir, – David Geffen’s superb recall of yesteryear
continues to amaze me (“Remembering the birth of the state,” Independence Day
supplement, May 9).
My own memory of that day is, as a pre-teen, standing
on my Brooklyn sidewalk, looking up at our apartment windows from where the
blasting radio proclaimed the news, and feeling very much the lonely bystander,
not the jubilant participant.
I knew with the utmost certainty that
though my future would include many joyous milestones, I would never share fully
in this irretrievable moment.
I was not there.
At least I am here
Jerusalem ...than misidentified
Sir, – In my article,
Dr. David Petegorsky is cited.
He is not my uncle but the uncle of
my cousins, Dr. David Geffen and Reuven Geffen, residents of the Negev
for several decades.DAVID GEFFEN
Jerusalem Remember the poor
Sir, – Your
editorial of May 9 (“Booming at 63”) points to many of Israel’s achievements in
the last 63 years, of which we can indeed be proud. However, no mention is made
of the one-third of the population, including children, who unfortunately do not
share in the benefits, and who live below poverty line.
The numbers of
patents produced, quantity of published scientific papers and startups mean
nothing to our deprived. It is likely that they would not even know of their
Is it not time that our poor be given a share of our booming
economy? M. VEEDER
Netanya Understanding needed
Sir, – When the Brooklyn- based
Der Zeitung eliminated US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and
counter-terrorism director Audrey Tomason from the situation room photo of
President Obama and his national security team (“New York hassidic paper
‘deletes’ Clinton from iconic White House photo, May 8), the media and our
culture were quick to ridicule the hassidic way of life.
Of course, it
was wrong to alter this historic photo.
It was wrong because publishing
this manipulated image was a blatant violation of copyright law and an attempt
to rewrite history. Altering the image even arguably violated Jewish law against
deceiving the public (i.e., geneivat da’at; see Choshen Mishpat 228:
To the newspaper’s credit it was quick to issue an apology. But the
real issue here is the lack of cultural sensitivity displayed by the mainstream
media and our society. We should be valuing and cherishing this community’s
right to freedom of the press, which includes the right to include or exclude
The First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion and the
press was designed to protect nonmainstream views. Dare we tread on this sect’s
right to practice their faith? Even if we disagree with their lifestyle we
should respect it.ELIYAHU FEDERMAN
Sir, – Your article and two
photos on the New York Yiddish weekly Der Zeitung – published by rabidly
anti-Zionist Satmar hassidim – reminds me of when I exposed a bizarre act by
another Satmar Yiddish weekly, Der Blatt.
It did not mention at all the
name Christchurch in its articles about the earthquake that shook the New
Zealand city because ultra-Orthodox Jews never utter the name Jesus or anything
associated with him. Der Blatt only mentioned New Zealand and “the second
largest city” when it referred to Christchurch.
For haredim, Jesus is the
ultimate satanic person, and there is a large amount of literature about