(photo credit: JP)
Time for unity
Sir, – The Orot School complex in Beit Shemesh is situated
between national religious and Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet neighborhoods.
land was allocated to Shaalei Torah schools before Moshe Abutbul was elected
mayor, although during a speech he gave at last year’s Orot Banot graduation, he
affirmed that a girls’ school would open on the site.
We are living in a
land for all the Jewish people and are going into the High Holy Days. It is a
time for unity. We are all part of the broad tapestry of Israelis who live in
Beit Shemesh, from olim who come from all over the world to generations of
sabras. We all choose to observe the Torah in our own way. We must respect one
Beit Shemesh The writer is an Orot Banot parent Home
Sir, – What an inspirational article Judy Siegel- Itzkovich wrote
(“Taking time to say goodbye,” Health, September 25).
It is a shame that
people are unaware of the wonderful help that is available at these sad times. I
am sure that many would take on the burden of home hospice care if they were
informed of the option.
At least Siegel-Itzkovich has the comfort of
knowing that she and her caring family made the last months of her husband’s
life as pleasant and bearable as possible. I must give her credit in that all
the time she was going through this tragic and trying episode, up to the very
end, she continued to write interesting and informative articles, with no hint
of what was going on in her personal life.
May she and her family know
only happiness in the future.JUDY PRAGER
Sir, – I would like
to thank Judy Siegel-Itzkovich for sharing the end-of-life experience of her
husband in a very touching and personal article. I believe opening up the issues
she encountered can benefit many people who find themselves in a similar
Dvora and Ben Corn’s work is ground-breaking here in Israel,
and the Life’s Door programs have had a tremendous impact on many lives.
However, there is one correction I would like to make.
Ma’agan – The
Jerusalem Support Center for People with Cancer was founded by me and by Miriam
Shiffman in 1999, not by the ICA (Israel Cancer Association).
with Life’s Door has enabled us to cut our administrative costs and offer our
members a greater range of services.
The input of the Corns has been
enormous and I feel blessed that the people in our blended entity put the good
of our members first, way beyond any egotistical or political
Jerusalem The writer is a board member of
Ma’agan Open up to Taiwan
Sir, – Liat Collins (“What friends are for....,” My
Word, September 25) writes that it’s time for the Republic of China (Taiwan) to
be a member of the United Nations.
She correctly pointed out that Taiwan
was forced to leave the UN 40 years ago and that the government and people have
since tried repeatedly to return to the international body, but to no avail due
to China’s objection.
Yet after leaving the UN, Taiwan was never down and
out. We built a fullfledged democracy and became an equitable society.
sustain a vibrant economy and render humanitarian help worldwide.
have the resources, expertise and willingness to make more contributions to the
It is time for the international community to face squarely the
issue of our participation in UN-affiliated bodies and for China to change its
suffocating policy toward Taiwan.LIANG-JEN CHANG The writer is
representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv