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A HIGH MARK
I would like to give thanks to Barbara Sofer for listing the reasons she loves Israel (“70 plus one: Reasons I love Israel,” The Human Spirit, April 13).
I would like to add one more: This great country will stand as a lasting symbol for those who, unfortunately, did not survive the Holocaust. It will forever remain a high mark of what a remarkable people has been able to achieve through the greatest of adversity.
LAST OF THE LINE
While I greatly admire the work that Serge Klarsfeld has undertaken in hunting down Nazis (“A life hunting Nazis – together,” Books, April 13), it is very upsetting to note that he played into the hands of Hitler by marrying out of the faith, thus ending the Jewish line in his family. FRANCES TAYLOR
Regarding “Perpendicular aliya” (Arrivals, April 13), what a lovely tribute to a wonderful teacher, rabbi and all-round human being.
Rabbi Avraham Moshe Kowalsky is a unique person with an unusual, progressive outlook. Wishing him and his wife, Sharon, many years of staying perpendicular in our homeland. DIANA SCHIOWITZ
NOT A FAN OF SCHALIT
Reading “Standing in judgment” (Grumpy Old Man, April 5), I became enlightened – and then distraught at the comparison of the actions of the parents of Gilad Schalit and Hadar Goldin regarding the manner in which their soldier children were treated.
One set of parents with a background of academia and Halacha lost a heroic son. The Goldins portray a strong character of commitment to our people and the country. The other set appeared to not give a damn about the magnitude of their son’s performance.
The father, Noam Schalit, had the audacity for mob manipulation and a vanguard of bleeding hearts and human-rights activists who sat in a protest tent adjacent to the Prime Minister’s Residence for months, with continuous clamor to let his shameless son’s cowardly conduct be elevated to idol status. Gilad Schalit was regarded as the nation’s sweetheart to be set free, irrespective of the consequences of releasing over 1,000 bloodthirsty savages into our midst, creating more murder and mayhem to our citizens.
In a military investigation of Schalit’s conduct, he admitted he had failed and acknowledged that he had not done his duty. In my opinion, on his release, he should have been answered with charges of desertion and dereliction of duty together with a dishonorable discharge.
Over the past years, our political leaders have made serious errors of judgment. These errors include the Yom Kippur War, the Oslo Accords, the Gaza and Lebanon wars, and the Schalit saga, all of which resulted in a loss of valuable Israeli lives and destruction.
Let us follow the example of Hadar Goldin, and his parents’ example of sacrifice, courage and bravery to the Jewish people. JACK DAVIS
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
I read Alan Rosenbaum’s “The last common denominator in Jewish society” (Jewish Life, March 9) with a mixture of dismay and renewed hope.
The dismay stems from the fact that the study of Tanach lost much of the respect and importance it had in my time (I grew up in the 1950s). The renewed hope stems from the wonderful project “929 Tanach B’yahad,” headed by Rabbi Benny Lau, and that it will make a much-needed change in this sad situation.
Going through the Israeli educational system of the late 1940s and 1950s, we were supposed to learn by heart the most beautiful passages, such as Shirat Hayam, Shirat Ha’azinu and Shirat Devora – words I remember to this very day – as well as beautiful literary passages found in the Prophets.
I hope and pray that 929: Tanach B’yahad will rectify the situation and return the Tanach to its previous prominence and respect in Israel, thus justifying our people’s designation as Am Hasefer, People of the Book.
RACHEL KAPEN West Bloomfield, Michigan