November 7: True challenges

November 6, 2014 22:15
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Letters. (photo credit: REUTERS)

True challenges

Sir, – Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is right when says that Israel is “facing many challenges, more than all of the EU together” (“‘I’d like to see a Palestinian state,’” November 5).

And what are these challenges? Having Liberman as a foreign minister and having to work with a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Will be missed

Sir, – I was so sorry to read “JEST takes its final bow” (Arts & Entertainment, November 5). The theater’s productions will surely be missed by me and by all English speakers.

I realize that, as the article states, Leah Stoller and many of the others “got old during their time at JEST.” I’m just surprised that some “younger” people have not taken over.

There must be younger people around who can carry on the work.

JEST produced many terrific plays over the years. Kol hakavod! We’ll miss you!


Why the limits?

Sir, – Nathan Lopes Cardozo is right when he says that “the institution of Shabbat is one of the best inventions God ever came up with” (“Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, the Nobel Prize and the Buddha,” Comment & Features, November 5).

May I add my small voice to the many from around the world in congratulating the organizers of the Shabbat Project. But by linking it to Orthodox practice (e.g., Torah study, no driving, no gardening, no switching on and off of electricity, etc.), they alienated many who would otherwise enjoy and appreciate the idea of a Sabbath.

Eastern religions have no concept of a Sabbath; the great civilizations of Greece and Rome had no idea of a Sabbath. A day off for workers every week? Unheard of! Now the whole world revolves around the weekend, the “thank goodness it’s Friday” feeling, all stemming from the Jewish Sabbath.

But why can’t we remember and honor the Sabbath – and then watch football or visit friends by car or do gardening (forbidden because it is one of the 32 activities associated with the building of the Temple)? That magic moment, dusk on Friday, when the whole Jewish world is united by women lighting candles in large homes or small, rich or poor, Orthodox or not.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this magic moment were shown on television? How many more people would feel the joy and wonder of the Sabbath?

RENEE BRAVO Aseret/London

Healthy advice

Sir, – In answer to reader Daniel Abelman (“Hold the kugel, Letters, November 6), having enjoyed cooking (and eating) since I was old enough to follow a recipe in my mum’s Bero cookbook, and having cooked for my family for nearly 30 years, I follow the advice of Michael Pollan: Eat food. Not too much.

Mostly plants. Eat only the food your granny would have recognized as food (that is, anyone’s granny – this is not an excuse for my Sephardi son-in-law to avoid my gefilte fish and chopped herring). Buy only food with fewer than five ingredients and with ingredients you can pronounce.

These simple, easy-to-follow rules will certainly help improve health and decrease obesity all over the world.

Okay, it’s time to prepare for Shabbat. Who wants to try my home-made challah? Oh, and by the way, baruch Hashem, not one member of my family is overweight despite my cooking (and us eating) lots of yummy traditional meals.


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