July 6: Other Yekke tales

I so enjoyed Judy Montagu’s description of her father’s “Yekke” personality.

letters (photo credit: JP)
(photo credit: JP)
Other Yekke tales
Sir, – I so enjoyed Judy Montagu’s description of her father’s “Yekke” personality (“Yekke par excellence,” In my own write, August 4).
I have a “super-Yekke” husband who also refuses to wear sandals, but the best story is as follows: When my daughter-inlaw’s second baby was due, we arranged to be on call for babysitting the elder child. He got the call at 2 a.m. and hurriedly got dressed, including shirt and tie. He drove over to her home and rested, fully dressed, on the spare bed.
When the 3-year old woke up and saw her grandpa lying there in shirt and tie, it made her day. My husband has never lived it down.
One has to be dressed correctly at all times, so he says. Still I prefer a Yekke who gets things done on time and is always reliable, to someone who procrastinates and is always late.
Sir, – For 35 years, my late husband, of blessed memory, and I belonged to the “Yekke shul,” Shearith Israel, in Baltimore, Maryland.
It was called the Yekke shul because most of the members had escaped from Germany before the Second World War.
I remember well how orderly, dependable and super punctilious they all were. Never was any one of them as much as a minute late for an appointment. In addition, they were well-educated, highly cultured and very polite.
My husband, a history professor whose life was also full of order, integrity and courtesy, had a deep admiration for these outstanding people – so much that even though he was a Litvak with roots in Kovna, I jokingly called him a “wanna-be Yekke.”
Sir, – I wish to thank Judy Montagu for her wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.
It appears that Devorah Jerichower was of a generation that is long gone – a generation of people who worshipped God and man with the same values and created a balanced society that we could certainly use today.
Thanks again, Judy.
Petah Tikva
No play, that
Sir, – “Everyone played their parts brilliantly,” enthuses Gil Troy, writing on the Gush Katif expulsion (“The five-year disengageversary,” July 21).
However – the Bard notwithstanding – all the world is not a stage and its men and women are not merely players. Unlike at the close of a Shakespearian tragedy, the army chiefs, senior politicians and settler leaders did not step forward arm in arm to take their bows to the accompaniment of rippling applause.
The political leadership has to live with the consequences of what in hindsight is widely seen to have been a disastrous mistake. The soldiers responsible for the evacuation have yet to recover from the trauma of having to clear an Israeli settlement of all its Jews. And the settlers themselves still have their lives and careers in ruins.
Meanwhile, Gaza seethes with violence and hatred against the Jewish state, and Kassam rockets continue to rain down.
Incredibly, Troy makes these points in his article while still somehow managing to find moral inspiration in the disengagement.
He trumpets the triumph of democracy as though that were an end in itself, whereas if democracy leads to the pursuit of injustice, then surely democracy has failed. If so, there is no triumph – only the most egregious of blunders and the biggest moral and ethical stain on Israel in its 62-year history.
Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia
Former defense minister Shaul Mofaz is an MK from Kadima, and not as noted in “PM issues stern warnings to Lebanon, Hamas over attacks” on August 5.