Letters the Week of July 25, 2013


One letter praises a rabbi's insights while another questions the need for a debate over whether there's been a coup in Egypt.

‘All That Is Thought Should Not Be Said’

I am writing in support of a very important value expressed by Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg in his July 19 blog post the Exponent online site called “I Am Trayvon Martin?”

In it, he writes about the conflict between correct behavior and capability and whether just because we can do something means that we should do it.

In expressing himself this way, Rabbi Gruenberg brings to mind the great words of the Kotzker Rebbe: “All that is thought should not be said, all that is said should not be written, all that is written should not be published, and all that is published should not be read.”

Lee Fiederer | Elkins Park

Was It a ‘Coup’ or Was It Not?

The debate about the Egyptian Army “coup” (Cover story: “Tough Policy on Aid Limits U.S. Options in Egypt,” July 11),
reminded me of the following:

After World War II, the chief of the German general staff, Franz von Halder, said that, in September 1938, he and some of his colleagues were convinced that Adolf Hitler, who had been only a corporal during the previous war, was about to plunge turmoil-ridden Germany into a war against the Allies for which the German military was still not prepared to fight successfully.

Therefore, they were preparing three German army units to enter Berlin and arrest Hitler and some other Nazi officials. However, the coup was aborted when Neville Chamberlain came to Munich and gave in to Hitler’s demands concerning Czechoslovakia. Consequently, the generals accepted that, although Hitler may be a military idiot, he was a political genius.

Now, considering that Hitler and his Nazi party came to power in a “democratic” election, should the United States and the other Western democracies have supported the Nazis — or the Army — if the coup had actually taken place?

Arthur Rabin | Havertown

In Lieu of E.U. Move, Leaders Must Speak Out

Last Thursday, July 17, the European Union published its guidelines for boycotting Israeli Jewish businesses, Israeli institutions and Israeli Jews. U.S. Jewish leadership in Philadelphia has thus far been silent concerning these new E.U. guidelines.

Why? Where is the outrage? Why has the Jewish Federation
of Greater Philadelphia not called its leadership into emergency session? Why?

Claude Schoenberg | Bala Cynwyd


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