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Have these men no shame? Do they feel so entitled, so unique in their abilities, that they won’t just slink quietly off the public stage? How ill-informed and easily manipulated do they think voters are? It’s been said that voters get the leaders they deserve. We soon shall see.

Richard D. Wilkins
Syracuse, NY

Faith And Proof

Reader Josh Greenberger writes (Letters, July 5) that one can prove the existence of God. Why then is there a hugely disproportionate number of brilliant Jews, including Albert Einstein, who did not and do not believe in the personal God of Judaism? Wikipedia has a lengthy list of Jewish atheists and agnostics. Only emunah – faith – can make a Jew believe, especially in the post-Holocaust era.

Even if one could somehow prove that a powerful being created the universe, that still would not mean he is the God of Judaism, whose greatness one cannot even begin to conceive. The being could be omnipotent but not omniscient, or omnipotent and omniscient but not all-good.

The path to belief in God is in appreciating that God is not only the Creator of the universe but also its constant Sustainer. As we declare in Shacharit: “And in His goodness He renews daily, perpetually, the work of Creation.”

Jacob Mendlovic
Toronto, Canada

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