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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Other Nations’ Promises

Western nations, led by the U.S., constantly demand that Israel take greater and greater geopolitical risks for possible peace, namely in making territorial concessions that are to be compensated by proffered Western military aid and support.

Yet for the past 15 months, while the Syrian regime has engaged in the horrific mass murder of thousands of its opponents, NATO and the U.S. have repeatedly refused to intervene militarily to stop the slaughter.

Consequently we see that Israel, as has been the case since 1948, can depend only on Almighty God and a mighty IDF.

Henry J. Moscovic
Flushing, NY

Coke’s Hubris

Maybe I’m naïve, but I cannot understand how Coca-Cola refuses to honor the claims of the Bigio family (“The Egyptian Jew Who’s Battling Coca-Cola,” front page essay, June 8). What hubris!

From the article it seems clear that Coke is relying on an interpretation of law that recognizes the legitimacy of a sovereign nation seizing the property of its own citizens, or property located within its borders, as long as the country’s laws authorize it. It also seems obvious that Coke does not dispute the fact that until the seizure of their property by Nasser, the Bigios were the rightful owners. And Nasser took the Bigios’ property only because they were Jewish.

I think it is disgraceful that Coca-Cola profits from a seizure most Americans would consider wrong. Perhaps the company should have thought twice before buying the tainted property from Nasser’s government in the first place.

Arthur Rappaport
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Hubris (I)

After reading “Mr. Obama’s Monumental Hubris” (editorial, June 8) and its recitation of national security leaks that serve to cast the president in a positive light, as well as your earlier editorials concerning the administration’s adding Obama’s alleged accomplishments to biographical sketches of past presidents on the White House website, I no longer doubt that Obama thinks everything and anything can and should be used to get him reelected.

I find it very sad that someone who seemed to have so much promise is acting like a Third World dictator.

Devorah Katz
Los Angeles, CA

Obama’s Hubris (II)

Reader Michael Brenner missed the point (Letters, June 8) when he took The Jewish Press to task for having challenged President Obama’s amending biographies of past presidents contained on the official White House website by adding favorable references to himself. Contrary to Mr. Brenner’s What, Me Worry? reaction to this unprecedented action, it really is a big deal and we should all be concerned about it.

Does it not trouble him that anyone consulting the White House public biographies will automatically be exposed to the president’s campaign rhetoric? To be sure, a sitting president inevitably enjoys certain perks that come with the office, but this seems way out of line and alarming.

Howard Wachtel
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Hubris (III)

It is unfortunate that Michael Brenner in his letter to the editor perpetuates the canard that those of us in the frum community who are critical of President Obama are either unfair, racist, or both. This president really is different from any of his predecessors – not because of the color of his skin but because of the way he seeks to change our country. There is nothing “unfair” about pointing this out.

Yossi Trachtenberg
(Via E-Mail)

Internet Asifa (I)

I wonder what reader Joey Aron was referring to when he wrote about the “myriad of solutions” “inspired” by the asifa (Letters, June 8). Can anyone point me to something we didn’t know about before? Are we really any different now that the asifa has come and gone?

Allan Bloom
(Via E-Mail)

Internet Asifa (II)

Joey Aron in his letter captured the sentiment of most of us who were initially skeptical about the prospects for success of the asifa but were pleasantly surprised. At the risk of hyperbole, I can’t think of a greater danger than misuse of the Internet.

Pinchas Eisen
Jerusalem

Remember Pollard

I wholeheartedly agree with reader Hazel Levin (Letters, June 8) that we should never miss an opportunity to draw attention to the plight of Jonathan Pollard. His remaining in jail all this time is a continuing statement of rebuke to the Jewish state and an indulgence of the late Caspar Weinberger’s contempt for it.

Mark Norman
(Via E-Mail)

Drawing A Line

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Chabad’s Mission

I applaud you for carrying the picture of the children of the Chabad shluchim on your front page last week. It is a testament to the ongoing mission of Chabad-Lubavitch to bring Torah and Yiddishkeit to Jews spread across the globe. There is no equal in Judaism. It was particularly poignant as it roughly coincided with the yahrzeit of the Mumbai korbanos.

Yisroel Farkash
(Via E-Mail)

 

Mideast Chaos

As The Jewish Press reported on its front page last week, regional turmoil in the Middle East is causing Israel to reevaluate its security strategies that developed when Arab governments were headed by those who valued stability and friendship with the U.S.

What I cannot fathom is how the Obama administration seems to think that Israel should negotiate in the midst of this chaos, especially given the uncertainty as to which factions will end up in control in the various countries.

Miriam Silverman
New York, NY

 

Moved By Tribute

I was moved by Naomi Klass Mauer’s heartfelt tribute to her late husband, Dr. Ivan Mauer (“Everything I Dreamed of in a Husband,” op-ed, Dec.2). He seems to have been a wonderful human being and the kind of soulmate everyone seeks in life but doesn’t always find.

Etty Smadja
(Via E-Mail)

 

Israel And PA Funds

Re “Israel’s Economic Sanctions” (editorial, Dec. 2):

The Jewish Press got it exactly right last week. Israel’s withholding Palestinian funds in response to Palestinian policies is no different from the sanctions imposed on Iran over disagreements with its policies. Not only are there growing restrictions on Iran’s regular trading with other countries, but Iranian assets are being frozen in the U.S. and Europe.

Too bad Netanyahu gave in. Once again his word proved tougher than his actions.

Richard Glasser
Dayton, OH

 

Glossing Over The GOP Field?

As someone who takes the political process seriously, and who did not vote for Barack Obama last time, I found Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s Dec. 2 front-page essay (“Presidential Racing Form”) quite disappointing.

The rabbi starts out by dismissing Obama supporters as “blacks, committed liberals, union members, and recipients of public handouts,” strongly implying that  anyone voting for Obama (who won 53 percent of the vote in 2008) must be someone who just isn’t thinking and simply has a vested interest.

Apparently, wealthy individuals and corporations who are paying much less in taxes than they should, and Christian evangelicals who don’t even agree to a legal abortion in the case of saving a woman’s life, are somehow voters who do think.

Worse, the rabbi glosses over the startling inadequacies of some of the Republican candidates.

We as Jews, especially observant Jews, should do better.

Yosef Tannenbaum
(Via E-Mail)

 

 

Torah And Science

Talmudic Sages Were Not Scientifically Infallible

Reader Dr. Yaakov Stern writes that one who believes the Talmud erred in scientific matters is a heretic (Letters, Dec. 2). Dr. Stern’s position flies in the face of the facts. The Sages were frequently wrong regarding science; moreover, these mistakes are reflected in halacha.

We need look no further than the small change made in our prayers starting Monday, December 5, when Jews outside of Israel began saying “v’sain tal u’matar” in Shemoneh Esrei. According to Jewish law, this change commences 60 days after tekufas Tishrei, the autumnal equinox. Simple math demonstrates that whereas the equinox occurred on September 23, we should have begun saying v’sain tal umatar 60 days later, approximately November 23. Yet we wait until the first week of December, because the calendar used to calculate the equinox, devised by the Talmudic sage Shmuel, errs in its calculation of the solar year.

Similarly, the time for recitation of the Blessing of the Sun (every 28 years), which is supposed to coincide with the moment the sun was first placed in position, is based on Shmuel’s calendar and hence cannot possibly be accurate.

Among other scientific miscues, the Sages of the Talmud held the world to be flat. (This is of course not stated in the Talmud, since the Sages never considered the possibility that the world is spherical.) The halachic consequences are significant; perhaps the most glaring issue is the location of the International Dateline. The Talmud nowhere discusses a dateline, despite the fact that its placement affects the day that Shabbos is kept around the world. In a flat world, time is the same everywhere, and there is no dateline.

The Talmudic Sages believed in spontaneous generation. This too has ramifications, most famously in the law that one may kill lice on Shabbos because lice generate spontaneously. Writing in the eighteenth century, Rav Yitzchak Lampronti, in his Pachad Yitzchak, declares that whereas scientists had determined conclusively that no life is spontaneously generated, one should not kill lice on Shabbos. Does Dr. Stern reckon the Pachad Yitzchak a heretic?

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