ORTHODOX JEWS ARE NOT HYPOCRITES
When I first read David Aaronovitch’s article Not all hypocrisies are equal ( JC, November 9), my first reaction was: “Good for you, Dave”. Then I reread it and wasn’t so sure. What exactly are these hypocrisies that he exposes? After all, just because Aaronovitch does not believe in God, it doesn’t follow that frum people do not. In which case, what is hypocritical per se about wearing a sheitel, having 16 children or separating men and women in shul?
Here’s the rub. If I could only recover the faith I lost almost 40 years ago in my Hebrew classes at JFS, I’d be a frummer, too. Why? Because the real hypocrisy is this: the only reason Liberals, for a century or so, have had a Torah to pick and choose from is because the frummers have observed it — chapter and verse — for the last 2,000 years. Simon Platman Leabank Square, Hackney, London E9 Please note that individual letters cannot be acknowledged. Letters may be edited. The email address for correspondence is: email@example.com. All correspondents are requested to supply their postal address, even when writing by email.