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Letters to the editor: ‘Rabbi Lord Sacks was wrong on Stephen Hawking’

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Professor Stephen Hawking died aged 76

 Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire
Professor Stephen Hawking died aged 76 Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Lord Sacks wrong on hawking

It was unseemly for Lord Sacks, a believer in the Torah, to give such unwarranted fulsome encomium to fellow Gonville and Caius alumnus, Stephen Hawking (‘Hawking ‘altered our understanding’, 15 March). 

In addition to supporting Arab resistance and academic boycotts of Israel, to preaching erroneous science whilst suppressing the true scientific evidence for a recent creation and a geocentric universe, Hawking was an avowed atheist diametrically opposed to the Torah. He asked silly questions like “What place then for a Creator?” (“A Brief History of Time, 1988), “Does it need a Creator, and if so does He have any effect on the universe? And who created Him?” (“A Briefer History of Time”, 2005), “It would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. God is not necessary.” (“Black Holes and Baby Universes”, 1994).

Atheistic Evolutionists and Cosmologists like Hawking and his ilk have divested mankind of certainty, eternity, absolutes, mysticism, vitalism and creationism, having derided, undermined, damaged, and destroyed the abiding faith of countless millions. Hawking’s wife, a devout Christian, separated from him in 1990 partly because she was increasingly offended by his atheism.

Lord Sacks’ suggestion that a bracha be made on seeing Stephen Hawking would be a travesty.

Amnon Goldberg, Israel

Any contribution?    

I read with delight the contribution Israel makes to the world in the form of technology, e.g. eyes, water, electicity from the sun. What does the Charedi community do to improve  the lives of other people?

Noach Bright, Stamford Hill

Creationism proof          

In his letter, Dr Neville Jones stated: “Creationism is high-quality research….” (Jewish News, 15 March 2018). Really? Any evidence? Members of the scientific community would be very interested.

Fraser Michaelson, Southgate

Come to hear more from Grunwald-Spier 

I enjoyed your Jewish Views podcast interview with Holocaust survivor and author Agnes Grunwald-Spier (23 March).

She will be speaking at Edgware United Synagogue on Tuesday, 10 April, the day before Yom HaShoah, when she will be discussing her new book, Women’s Experiences in the Holocaust.

I hope Jewish News readers can attend to hear more from this remarkable woman.

Spencer Nathan, By email 

Some don’t hear ‘never again’

The 3,000 Polish nationalists who sent emails to the Jewish Museum’s Jewish staff last week ought to know that today’s news is tomorrow’s history. They will end up as footnotes to an exhibit themselves.

Our grandchildren will have to explain to their own grandchildren that even Europe’s right-wing never stopped considering history as ‘fair game’. There are those who never hear the words ‘never again’. They’re too busy typing their next angry email.

Mel Ferlin, Wimbledon

Don’t they read the news?

How ironic the day you report on the UK visit of the father of
the Israel Druze policeman shot and killed at Temple Mount by
a Palestinian terrorist last year, that we should read about a
similar atrocity, with two Israeli soldiers killed (Jewish News,
15 March).

When the world berates Donald Trump for withholding aid money from the Palestinians, do they simply ‘miss’ stories like this?

Perhaps, as a newspaper, you might consider running them side by side to make the point harder to miss.

Adele Bennam, By email 

Giving the gift of eyesight at Pesach

I understand the challenges World Jewish Relief faced with its Pesach appeal.

I have lived in Eastern Europe (albeit not Ukraine) and understand the mentality of not wanting to ask.

The reality is that it is only organisations like this – and money from Jewish families in richer countries – that mean Jewish communities in poorer countries get by.

I can think of nothing more pertinent than
giving the gift of eyesight
at Pesach.

Valerie Shaw, By email

So, What’s in a name?

You featured a story online about a text message exchange going viral, involving lawyer ‘Moshe’, arguing with his aunt who wants him to come ‘back to Judaism’ after he refuses to ditch his non-Jewish partner. It reminded me of the man whose son is dating.

The son tells his father he’s met a lovely girl. His father just wants to know the girl’s family name. ‘Ford.’ His father looks aghast and tells him he must find a girl with a nice Jewish name. The next day the son comes back; he’s found a beautiful girl, family name: Smith. No good, says the father. Ditch her for a girl with a Jewish name. Finally, the son comes back, and says: ‘I’ve found a girl with a name you’ll like: Goldberg.’ The dad is delighted. ‘Is her first name one of my favourites, like Rachael or Rebecca?’ ‘No father,’ says the son. ‘It’s Whoopi.’

Jon Meklenberg By email

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

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We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

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