July 20, 2000
Letters to the Editor
Oy vey, lets convene the ADL, JCRC and the AJCs. Sara Blustain ("The Stealth Politics of Dr. Laura," July 14) has given the call for the newest battle for the Jewish community. No, it's not assimilation, threats to Israel or danger to Jews in places like Iran. It's Dr. Laura, and she is part of some vast right-wing conspiracy.
According to the associate editor of LILITH magazine, Dr. Laura has formed a nefarious political alliance with the Christian right and we can't sit quietly faced with this dire threat. Blustain has fallen into the abyss of name-calling and fear-mongering. Her perspective is a product of a varying personal morality based on liberal Western culture, unlike Dr. Laura, whose ideas are rooted in Jewish principles and teachings of Torah.
The true threat to the Jewish community does not come from a radio personality who argues that children should receive Jewish education, parents take responsibility for their kids and people look into the Torah for moral direction. Rather, the threat comes from a radical left that pulls sinister plots against the Jewish community from thin air.
Rabbi David Eliezrie
Rabbinical Council of Orange County
The July 14 cover, which featured President Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat with the caption "Three Leaders: Their Endgame," disgusts me."A Murderer and Two Fools," would have been a more apt caption.
Paul Gropman, Woodland Hills
Stan Lee Marvel-ous
I was excited to read the spotlight on Stan Lee ("X-men," July 14), whose work has always been highly entertaining. It's fascinating to realize that Jews like Lee, Jack Kirby, Bob Kane, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, all but invented the superhero comic.
I'm sure it had to do with the repression Jews felt, especially in the late '30s. They were forced to adopt secret identities, as it were, in order to practice their religion. Is it any wonder that Siegel and Shuster created both Clark Kent and Superman, or that Bob Kane gave us both Bruce Wayne and Batman? Superheros - just another reason it's cool to be Jewish.
Jeff Gelb, Redondo Beach
We deeply regret that we mistakenly published the incorrect photo of Rabbi Ezra Schochet in our July 14 edition of Other Voices. Rabbi Schochet's correct photo appears to the right.