July 19, 2001
Strasser and Smith
Teresa Strasser, my heart cries for you, girlfriend. I know you are a 20-something writing a singles column, but how much pain are you going to take? You don't need this tszuris -- meeting guys on your own who come over late at night to feign headaches and maneuver onto your bed ("When Booty Calls," June 22). Feh! Believe me, I know. I was single and secular once.
Please get thyself to a frum rabbi and head toward an Orthodox lifestyle. Your new religious friends will want to introduce you to marriage-minded young men who don't expect liberties before the first date.
One of these days you will enter the land of 30 and beyond. Wouldn't it be nice to author a column on happy, fulfilling marital life?
Leslie Fuhrer Friedman, Venice
Awoke feeling energetic. Multigrain cereal with organic banana slices. Read Jewish Journal; J.D. Smith finally wrote a column that didn't make me want to hunt him down and wring his evil little neck. Workday uneventful. Late lunch with salad. Lovely evening with boyfriend. Midnight snack of peach sorbet. And so to bed.
Susan Wolfson, Burbank
Regarding Marlene Marks' discussion concerning the "Jewish seat" on the California Supreme Court formerly occupied by the late Justice Stanley Mosk ("The Mosk Seat," June 29), it is worth noting that in 1852 two out of the three judges on that court were Jewish. Justice Mosk himself described this brief coincidence in a 1976 article, "A Majority of the California Supreme Court." One of these justices, Solomon Heydenfeldt, had a major impact on California law in the 19th century, writing a precedent-setting water law opinion in 1855 and, after his return to legal practice, litigating successfully against a Sunday blue law on behalf of a Jewish merchant in Sacramento.
When I present my living-history impersonation of Justice Heydenfeldt to fourth-grade classes at Valley Beth Shalom Day School, I emphasize that his Jewish identity gave him a perspective that favored legal innovation and religious freedom. I agree with Marks, however, that it is not necessary to have a "Jewish seat" in order to promote these values.
Prof. Peter L. Reich, Whittier Law School
Thank you, Si Frumkin ("An Insult to Our Soldiers," July 6). Perhaps your firsthand story will inspire the needed outcry against the shameful letting of the contract to build our World War II memorial to a wholly owned subsidiary of a German construction giant. Using slave labor, this company profited handsomely from working for the very enemy our servicemen were fighting.
I have been trying since mid-June, to little avail, to inspire a huge protest against this unbelievable insult to the memories of all who fought, died, were injured or lost years of their lives in that grim period of history. No response from my senators and none from veterans or Holocaust organizations.
In these ensuing weeks of frustration, one further and terribly disturbing thought has occurred to me. Philipp Holzmann AG has now been ordered to pay reparations to those few former slave laborers still living. Some of the profit made from constructing our memorial will defray this expense. American tax dollars wash Nazi hands. The ultimate irony.
Eleanor Jackson, Palm Springs
The Orthodox Jews I know ordinarily avoid reading The Jewish Journal or cringe when reading it. The July 6 issue has got to be the most Orthodox-friendly issue in the modern history of The Jewish Journal and leaves us flabbergasted. So many positive articles about Orthodox Jews and even ads for women's hats and kosher facilities for the retired.
We hope, for the sake of Jewish unity, that the July 6 edition will be a new beginning.
Yehoshua ben Gershon, Los Angeles