Sir: The "road rage" of Balaam against his ass (Numbers, 22) referred to by the Rev Barry Etherington (Letters, 1 June) is more like that which John Cleese takes out against his obstinate car. This was, moreover, no "dumb animal" but an example of divine ventriloquism.
One practical lesson to be drawn might be to invent a device to be fitted to every vehicle which vocally warns the driver, when tail-gating or recklessly overtaking, of the perilous consequences of his actions.
Rabbi Dr REUVEN SILVERMAN
Manchester Reform Synagogue