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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

Tel Aviv

His­tor­i­cally, the To­rah and Halacha are eter­nal whereas the lat­est in­tel­lec­tual fad is ephemeral

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