Sir, – Okay, the budget passed and new currency will be printed
(“Finance Ministry used ‘antidemocratic’ methods in budget vote, Peretz says,”
Now we need an MK to get a law passed that either outlaws prices
with one or five agorot or returns those coins into circulation.
a country allow prices to be posted without any intention of giving change?
Sir, – Having read “Shavuot and unity” (Editorial, May 14), I
think it is shameful that our government, especially its finance minister, has
chosen not to take on the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), the country’s
longshoreman or the Histadrut. Why doesn’t Yair Lapid pick on people his own
size? Anyone who works for the government or government-owned companies should
by law never be allowed to go on strike.
Lapid has taken the easy road
instead of the correct path to economic stability.
JILL S. SINIGAGLIA
Sir, – With regard to “In wake of ‘Bed-gate,’ PM’s budget made public”
(May 14), I have read about our prime minister’s taste for the good life,
smoking large, expensive cigars and drinking whiskey at private meetings. We
also have read about his ice cream binges, his private residence’s over-inflated
expenses and how his traveling costs have gotten out of hand. At a time we’re
being asked to tighten our belts, he’s loosening his.
I know he’s the
prime minister of Israel, but does he need to be a prime minister in his own
home? I didn’t vote for him in the last election and I won’t until he gets his
Sir, – Finance Minister Yair Lapid
once mentioned that he is not willing to reach the situation of Greece. He
obviously thinks the best way to avoid this is by charging costs to the middle
Doing what other counties did in vain is probably not the best way
to do so. It seems much better to attack “fiscal corruption” and improve
Jerusalem Stubborn resistance
– In “Irish ire” (Editorial, May 16) you are obviously right when you write that
Ireland wrongs Israel by singling out for boycott products that are produced in
the West Bank and by encouraging other EU member states to follow suit. The
trouble with this policy is that it leads the Palestinians down the road of
Irish stubborn resistance.
What do the Irish have to show for 400 years
of resisting British rule? Ultimately, Ireland did achieve independence, but the
land was truncated as the North remains under British
Moreover, the Irish national identity has been decimated to
a point where the national tongue is hardly spoken.
It seems to me that
if Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore would really like to help the Palestinians
achieve a culturally and economically viable state, he should encourage them to
negotiate with Israel and stop persisting upon every small point.
Judaism and freedom
Sir, – I must say that the column by
Susan Hattis Rolef (“Confronting sexual harassment,” Think About It, May 13) was
very nice and sent a very good message. However, I did not agree with her saying
that Judaism takes away women’s freedom and equality. Judaism helps women be
more free! When women are looked at as objects, Judaism tells them to dress
modestly. A body is a private thing. A women who is free should not want to show
it to everyone in the street!
The writer is 15 years old
Price is wrong
Sir, – Gil Troy (“‘Price Tags’: Morally bankrupt, politically
foolish,” Center Field, May 9) is entirely right in excoriating “price tag”
criminals for their participation in a form of terrorism.
contemptible actions are inexcusable. However, he incorrectly refers to the
literal reading of the biblical “eye for an eye” injunction as a “harsh
At the time, it was a far-reaching step in human progress. It
meant the substitution of legal punishment and the exact equivalent in payment
for an injury rather than wild revenge. As a law of justice, not hatred, it was
a statement of equitable relation between crime and punishment, requiring that
all citizens are equal before the law, and that the injuries of all people
should be valued according to the same standard.
As Troy no doubt would
agree, there is simply no way that “price tag” terrorists can claim this rule as
a justification for their crimes.
EFRAIM A. COHEN
Sir, – I think I am destined, despite my best, good-faith efforts, to
remain ignorant of the criteria you use to compile your list “The 50 most
influential Jews” (Shavuot Supplement, May 14). Every time I think I get a
handle on it I see another name on the list that undermines my short-lived
Be that as it may, it is my considered opinion that regardless
of the specific criteria, there are certain individuals who are conspicuously
absent. Here is a short (and certainly not exhaustive) list of some of the names
I conjured up over the holiday: Former US senator Joseph Lieberman, Malcolm
Hoenlein, Abraham Foxman, David Harris, Barbra Streisand, Stanley Fischer, James
Snyder, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Daniel Tropper and IDF Chief of Staff Benny
Please notice that I did not disparage even one of your choices.
That was not easy!
NORMAN M. MESKIN
Sir, – By inserting Anat Hoffman
in fifth place, the Post is supporting the destructive attitude of the Women of
the Wall, who seem intent on distorting true Judaism and the heritage of the
This group of ladies does not represent anything close the
true values of Judaism, which hold the remains of the Temple close to every
religious person’s heart.
Pluralistic people should stay in their own
pluralistic places of praying.
Sir, – I’m a black
Episcopalian from Brooklyn so maybe I don’t have my finger on the pulse of
things. But I have a question.
How can your list omit Sandy Koufax?
Sir, – Any compendium of the world’s 50 most influential Jews
that finds room for Scooter Braun and Ruth Westheimer, but none for Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalists Bret Stephens and Thomas L. Friedman, cannot be taken
seriously. You appear to have lost it.
Sir, – You list
Sara Netanyahu as a most influential Jew, yet in the write-up you admit she
could not influence her husband to keep out of his coalition a certain head of
party. What then is her influence? Maybe having her husband refurnish a plane
carrying them on a diplomatic mission?
Any committee that chooses the “most important” people will always be criticized
by at least someone for the wrong choice. Nevertheless, I was surprised not to
see America’s most influential Jew.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive director
of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations for well
over 25 years, meets with presidents, kings and prime ministers throughout the
world on a regular basis, speaking eloquently on Israel’s behalf. I guess he’s
so well known he was taken for granted.