Why Authors Write

An author writes a book for two main reasons. One is to make money from its publication. Two is to appeal to readers. And a possible third is to hopefully have the book made into a film.  Viva Spielberg.

Bloggers write for other reasons. One is for the ego of seeing his/her name in print. Another is to share his/her feelings on any given subject. And yet another is to elicit responses from readers. Do they agree or disagree with the blogger’s thoughts and opinions?

708  published blogs later I do not write in order to read what I have written. Not for monetary gain. Definitely not for seeing a blog turned into a film. And honestly, not for my ego.  (It’s big enough !)

I write only to share my interests and concerns with readers in an effort to elicit their responses in the space provided for Comments. I welcome those comments whether or not the reader agrees or disagrees with my words.  I write not alone for the joy of writing but hopefully to bring joy to my readers.

One of my recent published articles dealt with the tragedy of mistreatment and cruel slaughter of animals in Israel. Not of our dog or cat pets…hopefully not. But of those animals so many of us depend upon for food… for the steaks, beef kabobs, lamb and veal that we consume with savoury delight.

When a reader in Hadera brought the original HaAretz photo-story to my attention, I was truly heart-sick at what I saw and read. And as I sat down to write my own reaction to it, somehow I felt assured that readers would deluge me with Comments, pro or con.

The intention of my article was to elicit support for Israel’s Animal Humane Society. That intention was a gloomy and disappointing failure.

The “deluge” was limited to one comment only. That of the reader from Hadera,  the source of the original story.

Some years ago I could depend upon the very frequent comments from an American Yankee in Connecticut…not from King Arthur’s court. Jonah, a Christian reader, often took issues with me regarding Israel and our policies towards Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular.

While he was not an anti-Semite it was clearly obvious that his sympathies lay with the “poor and oppressed” of the world. Most of them being Palestinian Arabs. He was a gifted critic and while I could not agree with him I nevertheless respected his viewpoints, antithetical to my own.

There is a reason why our editors at TIMES OF ISRAEL include a space for readers’ comments at the end of every blog. My comments space usually remains empty now  (and very lonely).

Unless the American Jonah has been swallowed up by a whale (really only by a big fish; there are no whales in the Mediterranean), his comment on animal welfare would be a welcome treat.

It really perplexes me, however, why our animal-loving public in Israel has remained basically silent on this unfortunate issue.  A very large proportion of our society are meat-eaters and heaven forbid they should take a stand on mercy and kindness which might raise the cost of shashlik and kabobs.

While in my home, both in my childhood and in my marriage, lamb was never part of our meat menu, neither was veal.  My late wife always felt it was especially cruel to take a young calf away from its mother and bring it to slaughter for the schnitzel-loving gourmet public.

Our meals consisted mainly of chickens, turkeys and fish, especially St. Peter’s fish and salmon. Neither my mother nor my wife specialized in dairy meals other than those cooked and prepared for Shavuot. We broke the Yom Kippur fast with tuna fish salad and/or gefilte fish.

So why do authors write?  More to the point, why does this particular author write?  Perhaps I should re-read each article after it has been published and then write a comment to myself.

Should my comment be pro or con? Should I agree or disagree with my own words? And where should I begin? Retirement is around the corner! The first one was in 2006.

Now I think it’s time for another.  Any comments?

 

 

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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