In “Haredi coworking” (December 21) we are treated to a discussion of the new coworking facilities for the ultra-Orthodox community. It’s impossible not to notice immediately the blatant oxymoron in the term “coworking” immediately followed by “women are not allowed to rent space... in some offices women are allowed to attend meetings.” It is coworking, but not for women.
It is impossible for me not to feel disgust and contempt at this new development of haredi society to create their misogynistic women-free culture.
Is this any part of Judaism? What is the difference between this and “Jews are not allowed to rent space.” In the many discussions about living together in our multicultural society, we are told to respect the culture of others. Indeed! Sorry, I cannot.
Here we have Michael Freund telling it like it is for many who happen to live in this even more dangerous part of the Middle East (“The more they try to kill us,” Observations, December 14).
As we sit sipping our cappuccinos in Tel Aviv and other relatively safe havens hugging the Med, we are momentarily drawn to the news headlines of yet another murderous attack on our fellow brethren.
We shed tears and shake our heads, demanding that action must be taken to deter any future attacks.
This reaction is unfortunately one we have experienced for years, and we are locked in repeating the same request again and again, expecting a different response, which to date, despite a little security tinkering, has not produced the desired result.
Reality is something the families whose loved ones have suffered or perished from such attacks have to endure, along with their personal heartache. They rightly demand enough is enough.
As the Palestinians continue in their quest to murder our citizens and destroy the state, we must declare loud and clear that our presence on our land in Judea and Samaria is a given and must be expanded.
As this response might well produce the reaction from our enemies to shoot the messenger, we rightly demand that our government takes the strongest possible action to deter future attacks.
As the past shows, our destiny remains in our own hands, and like those who have unfortunately suffered, we must all now face this reality. STEPHEN VISHNICK
Historically, the Torah and Halacha are eternal whereas the latest intellectual fad is ephemeral