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Sir, – Regarding “Top court opposed to imposing curriculum
on haredim” (October 5), the law stipulates that every child has to get an
But what is an education? It should be clearly defined
regarding the core subjects (e.g., reading, writing and basic maths in the
lowest grades, Jewish and general history and more at the next level, and so
To paraphrase Justice Elyakim Rubinstein: Do we have the right to
force someone to learn to read even though he doesn’t want to? I think we do! HANNA ZLOTNICK
Sir, - The mind boggles at nine Supreme Court justices
demonstrating political correctness while committing Israeli society to a
downward spiral, perpetuating the plunge of ever-increasing ranks of haredim
into a life of poverty, state handouts and educational ignorance.
a knowledge of core subjects, haredim cannot earn a living or contribute to the
They will receive social benefits financed solely by those with
an education that enables them to work.
Since the average family size
among haredim greatly exceeds that of non-haredim, this court decision condemns
us to eventual national bankruptcy.
Elyakim Rubinstein’s remark
underlines the fact that the constitutional panel charged with making decisions
on fundamental changes in the law is concerned only with abstruse niceties, and
is blind to the good of the country.GERRY MYERS
Sir, – Haredi
schools that do not wish to teach secular subjects should be required to teach
Torah – for example, the assertion in the Talmud that a father has a duty to
teach his son a trade.YONATAN SILVER
Sir, – Several days ago,
less than a week before Yom Kippur, I was walking home along Netanya’s main
street when I saw two men walking toward me. I heard them conversing clearly in
One asked the other, “When will it be Yom Kippur, next Sunday?”
He was corrected by his companion.
How can it be that there are adult
Israelis who are so ignorant of their heritage! I walked home with my head down.
Oh, for some real Jewish education.M. VEEDER
Netanya Partnership, not
Sir, – In “Easing concerns and looking for assurances” (Analysis,
October 3), Yaakov Katz suggests that we need to look at US Secretary of Defense
Leon Panetta’s visit through the prism of current Israeli- American
I could not agree more, but with a caveat: Our strategic
planning should go far beyond the next presidential election. It is in Israel’s
best interest, as it faces a new and very complex Middle East in relative
diplomatic isolation, to strengthen its partnership with its closest and most
powerful ally.AMRAM YOSEF
Sir, – Secretary Panetta, the last
time we looked to the US to rescue us was in 1967, when president Lyndon Johnson
said he would send an international armada of ships through the Straits of Tiran
to break the siege of Eilat imposed by Egypt’s Nasser. But it never happened –
he could only send an aircraft carrier, and it never arrived.
lecture us about depending on the might of the US (“Panetta: Israel and
international community need to cooperate on Iran,” October 4). If we depended
on anybody else for our own defense we'd be in deep trouble.
But if it
comes to attacking a country intent on destroying us, we would be happy for the
help. You are right that we should not do it unilaterally – we should expect to
depend on the leader of the free world, if the US is still that, to support
So please let us know when the threat from Iran becomes imminent. We
can respond together, as allies should.JACK COHEN