With 600 published articles, my intended goal had been 613, corresponding to the Taryag Mitzvot, the 613 commandments of Maimonides.
To some surprise, the last 13 articles did not receive a single comment or reply. Not looking for any praise, I was hoping to hear something from our readers on some recent articles dealing with the Chief Rabbinate’s blacklisting of 124 American Orthodox rabbis, of the 1915 Ottoman Turkish genocide of 1.5 million Armenian Christians, of the Messi- Argentinian withdrawal from the proposed Jerusalem soccer match, of same-sex relationships, biblical and modern, and most recently, of the tragic murder of baby Yasmin.
Only silence ! If Israeli readers were uninterested in replying, I thought for sure that there would be selected comments from overseas readers. Likewise, none !
Writing frequently for the TIMES OF ISRAEL whose compassionate editors are often inundated by articles written and submitted (and pleasantly accepted for uncensored publication), I had in the past become accustomed to reading replies from readers both here in Israel and abroad. And I extended courtesy by responding to each one. Even replies that may have been critical of what I wrote were very much welcomed by me. It was proof that so many readers do read what I write.
Now I think perhaps it may be time for an earlier “sabbatical” than originally planned.
Over the past 60 years I have published one book and more than 2,000 articles. In 9 bound volumes of TIMES OF ISRAEL “random thoughts”, I leave some 1500 pages for my grandchildren to keep as part of their remembrance of their saba.
Writing has been my life-time occupation. It is not because of any skill which I may have, but more so because of a need to express my feelings which come to me as inspiration from my Creator.
In one sense, it is He who replies to me. His “comments”, either positive or negative, are kind and loving. What more can a writer ask for?
So I cannot say shalom (farewell) but rather “l’hitraot”… I hope we will meet again.
Now, as my early “sabbatical” approaches, what will I do to make my free time useful? Any suggestions?
If so, please feel free to reply !