Thank you, Rabbi Engelmayer for providing a voice (April 30) that has been sorely missing on the vote for the board of education and school budget. Your name is Shammai, but your words evoke the famous saying of Hillel, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.”
Those who ran against the current school boards may be good people with good intentions, but if it were not for high taxes, they would not have run. How can we elect people to the board of education who have any motivation other than the best interest of the students? The economic times are tight, but if we would not sacrifice our own children’s education, how can we short-change our neighbors’ children? How can we fulfill our mission of being a light to the nations if we do not acknowledge our responsibility to our fellow man? Rabbi, thank you for your voice of reason and compassion that serves as a kiddush HaShem demonstrating the beauty of our Torah to the world.