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Sir, - It is with great joy that we in Jerusalem have been able to visualize our past through archeology. How fortunate we are to have had archeologists discover the great quarry that was used to build the Second Temple under King Herod ("Archeologists unearth Second Temple quarry," September 24). How magnificent the structure must have been - and the whole world used to to come to Jerusalem to acknowledge and pray to God. All that we have read concerning the beauty and magnificence of the Temple in Jerusalem seems to be confirmed more and more as archeologists uncover so much of Jerusalem's precious history.
It is totally befitting the character of Ramat Shlomo, a modern neighborhood in the city composed of so many different religious people, that the quarry which gave the stones to our Holy Temple should have been found there.
The magnitude of Jerusalem's Jewish history can never be underestimated. No person, no government of Israel, and certainly no foreign peoples or governments can ever be allowed to divide this precious city.
Savings at Alyn
Sir, - I couldn't agree more with the thinking of Shoshana Dolgin-Be'er ("Hopeless mail," Letters, September 21). At Alyn Hospital, Israel's only pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation center, which relies heavily on donations, we have a strict policy not only of keeping our records updated, but of immediately weeding out any duplications brought to our attention.
This year, with the concept of "a shekel saved is a shekel earned," we even decided to save on a Rosh Hashana mailing, relying entirely on the premise that our highly-valued supporters would send us their donations without prompting!
Hopefully many Post readers who support Alyn Hospital and did not know why they did not receive a Rosh Hashana greeting from us this year will now understand.
Director, Public Relations
Alyn Hospital - Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center
Half won't do
Sir, - Re: "In a sign of the times, more streets to be named after outstanding women" (September 20): The main thing is, when you name a street after a woman, you have to use the whole name. If you put just the first name, it's like she has no name.
As an artist, I work with maps. When I worked with the map of Jerusalem I discovered that very few streets had women's names. And when they did, it was only her first name.
When we have a street named Rachel, nobody can guess which Rachel. Our foremother? The poet Rachel? Or maybe even me?
Sir, - To me, the Letters column is the vital public face of The Jerusalem Post and, indeed, of every paper. A letters column fosters community - a community of readers - and engages and elicits loyalty and commitment to a paper from its readership, and from the readers to each other. The letters column is one leg of the "three-legged stool" of any paper: hard news, editorials/opeds, and the readers' letters column.
To me, this three-legged stool is what makes a paper a paper.
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