Jewish Journal


May 2, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Orrin Hatch, Dennis Prager, Israel Independence Day Celebration


Exorcism Needed

Kudos to Marty Kaplan for his well-argued rally cry to rid the national scene of Orrin Hatch (“Exorcising Orrin Hatch,” April 27).

Hatch, Arlen Specter, Joe Biden, and especially Ginny and Clarence Thomas owe an apology to Anita Hill and to the American people.

George H.W. Bush owes the nation an apology for the insulting replacement of civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall with a bad joke like Thomas. Orrin Hatch owes an additional apology to William Peter Blatty for blaming the origin of the infamous “pubic hair” comment attributed to Thomas (not just by Ms. Hill) on Blatty’s best-selling novel “The Exorcist.”

When Clarence Thomas’ obituary is written, surely the “pubic hair” comment will be printed with it. Would that Thomas, and Hatch, leave public service before much worse accrues on their record and on our national conscience.

Robert J. Goldman
Santa Monica

Dennis Entertains … Some

Dennis Prager, not generally known for his comedy-writing prowess — at least not by me — gave me a hearty chuckle with his answer to Leon M. Salter’s letter (“Left, Right and the Definition of Evil,” April 27). “And the roots of the current recession lie in politics put into place long before George W. Bush. It was largely brought on by Presidents Carter and Clinton, whose legislation and financial industry regulation coerced banks into giving home loans to minorities and other people with low incomes. …”

Move over, Stephen Colbert — even you can’t beat this the kind of writing from inside the bubble.

Benni Korzen
Los Angeles

Enough is enough. First Mr. Prager gets to write his commentary, which can take up to a half page to make his point. Then, when his point is challenged by one of your readers, you provide Mr. Prager additional space to respond on the page devoted to letters to the editor. His response takes up space on the page for letters, which means that another reader is prevented from having their letter published.

If Mr. Prager finds the need to respond, let him do so using his regular column. Leave the “Letters” for us readers.

Leslie Spiegel
Port Hueneme

One of the worst aspects of The Jewish Journal is to see so much anger and hatred directed at, of all people, Dennis Prager. I have never read any of his columns that should inspire this kind of meanness. All Prager stands for is to be pro-Jewish, pro-America, and to live and be a happy person. Why this causes so much hatred is beyond belief. If it wasn’t for Dennis explaining this in his columns, I would never have guessed the reasons. Thanks, Dennis.

Richard Levine
via e-mail

Support or Delegitimize Israel?

Yes, Mr. Sokatch, there is more than one way to support Israel but your way is definitely not one of them (“There’s More Than One Way to Support the Jewish State,” April 27). Placing an ad in a major American newspaper bemoaning the State of Israel’s treatment of women is senseless and destructive. I don’t like what I see of my “beloved” country, so why don’t I just go and expose these self-perceived flaws to a world that is already always looking for ways to marginalize her. All the NIF [New Israel Fund] is accomplishing is helping delegitimize Israel to the outside world. It’s a self-serving and traitorous action and should be disdained by any thinking person who really cares about Israel.

Allan Kandel
Los Angeles

Congratulations, ILC

Kudos, kol ha-kavod, yasher koach, mazel tov to the ILC for producing an outstanding Israel Independence Day Celebration (“Guess Who’s Bringing the Israel Festival Back,” April 27).

Thank you to those agencies whose financial and logistical support made this spectacular day possible. The lead-up/marketing, the organization and every aspect of this day was planned and executed perfectly.

I hope that next year the local institutions that had their own celebrations will be able to join the total community in this most important statement of support for Israel.

Paul Jeser
National Director of Major Gifts
Western Region
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem


Yehuda Avner (“The Pragmatists,” April 27) will be speaking at Congregation Beth Jacob on May 19 (not May 7).

An article about Los Angeles’ Yom HaAtzmaut festival (“Guess Who’s Bringing the Israel Festival Back?” April 27) left out mention that StandWithUs wass one of yhr sponsors of the festival’s “Salute to Israel Walk” along the sidewalks of Pico Boulevard.

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