Maariv’s Gail Hareven (Hebrew link) says we shouldn’t get hysterical about being poisoned in restaurants by terrorist chefs. She reminds us that statistically, women have a far higher chance of being victims of violence in the home (she says its one in seven), than of being poisoned by a terrorist, but this doesn’t stop women from being in contact with men. This is a ridiculous analogy, of course, even if the point she’s trying to make is correct. Jewish women, even most ultra-religious women these days, from what I hear, have a chance to get to know the man they’re bringing into their lives. I’m sure if I could really get to know the chef in every restaurant and meet his or her parents, I’d feel much better about eating his or her food (even without the fear of terrorism).
Friday, September 13, 2002