Whereabouts of God
Sir, – Shmuley Boteach, in “Was God at Ground Zero?” (No
Holds Barred, September 11), has the audacity to speak about the Creator of
heaven and earth in such a fashion as to intimate that a mere mortal such as
himself could possibly understand how God runs this universe.
“I am the
Lord your God” is the first commandment given at Sinai. This requires that we
have perfect belief in our Creator and implies complete trust in His
The famous sage Rashi, in his commentary on the Book of Genesis,
stresses the importance of understanding that there is nothing that is not in
the Creator’s control. The renowned Tosafist Rabbi Isaac of Courbil further
reiterates that our belief in the Creator entails the understanding that He
supervises all that transpires in the universe.
Through the ages,
millions of innocent people have lost their lives in horrible wars, pogroms,
kidnappings, inquisitions – and, of course, the Holocaust. The bombing of the
Twin Towers was certainly not the first such tragic occurrence where thousands
of innocent people lost their lives.
It is shocking that someone who
studied for years at a yeshiva, was ordained a rabbi and is regarded by many as
a spiritual advisor could possibly utter such invective.RUTH AND ISAAC
Sir, – Was God there when the only son of a couple in our
community, already in their 40s, drowned in a freak accident when he was just
18? Did anyone really believe He heard the mother’s outpouring of grief at the
funeral when, with supreme eloquence, she cried out to Him in desperation as she
eulogized the only child she had managed to bring into the world, and only then
with great difficulty? “You, God,” she thundered.
“You can do anything if
You want. Bring me back my son!” Nobody could hold back the tears and nobody
forgot her message. But God did hear her prayer and a few years later, against
all odds, the couple was blessed with twin sons, now four-years old.
do we really know? LINDA STERN
Sir, – Of course God was at Ground
From the instant of creation, 9/11 was pre-ordained and the date
was marked on His calendar.
He was at Ground Zero to make sure his master
plan for our world’s continual existence went implemented as planned.
to us of little faith! DANIEL ABELMAN
Jerusalem Suspicion with honor
Regarding Barry Rubin’s “What Jews should know about Christians” (The Region,
September 12), Jews cannot be expected to ignore millennia of persecution in the
name of Christianity or the Christians’ devious attempts to convert them, and
accept their recent extension of friendly arms without trepidation.
there have been some attempts by Christian groups to sincerely embrace Jews for
what they are and not to try to change them, but the wariness of the Jews is
more than understandable.
As Jews we should follow the dictum “Honor him
but suspect him.”HAIM M. LERNER
Ganei Tikva Where’s the Knesset?
The latest crisis (“Netanyahu pledges allegiance to treaty with Egypt despite
siege and ransacking of embassy,” September 11) is an example of a Knesset,
which remains in recess, that has no input and no relevance in dealing with
long- or short-term problems in foreign affairs.
We can thank the blessed
Lord that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu acted with intelligence and
restraint in coping with the mob scenes around the Israeli embassy. We can also
thank US President Barack Obama for his concern in warning the Egyptian
government that a mob cannot take over the embassy, and that such actions pose a
threat to all embassies.
The government of Egypt has not really become
stabilized since Hosni Mubarak’s downfall. The Knesset could play a vital role
in reaching out to that’s country’s members of parliament and new
The Knesset has no reason to absent itself with such long
Netanyahu is a full-time prime minister. Members of the
cabinet are full-time cabinet members. In a country like Israel, which has a
crisis each minute, we need a full-time Knesset.TOBY WILLIG
Sir, – According to State Department spokeswoman Victoria
Nuland, “Violence will not advance, but will impede, the hope for peace between
Israelis and Palestinians based on acceptance and respect” (“US condemn ‘price
tag’ attacks on W. Bank mosques,” September 11).
First of all, we can do
without more interference from the US, which would do better condemning the
ongoing attacks on Israelis by Palestinians who show their acceptance and
respect by targeting innocent men, women and children. And has anyone taken the
time to actually verify that it was indeed the vilified settlers, or could it
have been Palestinians, perhaps helped by leftwing organizations determined to
bring Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel to a halt? EDITH OGNALL
Not much of a fan
Sir, – Regarding “ADL raps Mel Gibson on Maccabee movie”
(September 11), I understand Gibson will be playing either the anti-Semitic King
Antiochus or the self-hating Jew who bowed down to the idol and was killed by
Matityahu. Good choices.
The theme of the movie has its own unique twist:
It purports to show how the Maccabees killed the Seleucid gods just as they had
Jesus. Fortunately, Gibson has Joe Eszterhas writing the screenplay and
hopefully the result will only help add to the writer’s burgeoning collection of
Golden Raspberry awards.YAACOV PETERSEIL
Sir, – The
closing of the Abu Tor kindergarten by Israeli police on suspicion of being a
Hamas center is very disturbing (“Police close kindergarten in east Jerusalem
for harboring Hamas activities,” September 9). If the allegations are true, one
must ask who is responsible for such an outrageous lack of Israeli security and
educational common sense? The article quotes denials from Najat school officials
but, regrettably, no specifics of the charges.
One would hope that this
incident gets further investigation so that the truth emerges.
well-known Hamas program to poison the minds of its children with hatred and
lies about Jews has been a hallmark of its barbaric anti-Israel
To discover that the Islamists have succeeded in infiltrating the
Jerusalem school system is an eye-opener.
Has our Ministry of Education
been asleep, or has it been deluded by the wishful thinkers of our politically
correct academia? YITZCHAK BEN-SHMUEL
Modi’in No mystery there
Sir, – The
identities and addresses of many of the individuals who are harassing the Beit
Orot schoolgirls in Beit Shemesh are known (“Arrest in Beit Shemesh school
protest,” News in Brief, September 9), so I suggest that each and every girl in
the school, and her parents, go to the local police station and file criminal
complaints of sexual harassment, stalking and assault.
What else do you
call it when a male over the age of 18 stands outside a girls’ school waiting
for the girls to exit and then physically and verbally assaults them? In
parallel, the families should file civil suits against these individuals and
seek immediate injunctions ordering them to stay at least 500 meters away from
the school and the girls themselves.DANIEL FEIGELSON