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April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

Leading a Double Life



I am a Marine wife and don't get a whole lot of contact with other Jews. Getting The Jewish Journal helps a lot. I love reading your paper.

After reading, "Leading a Double Life," (March 7) I felt like crying. I am only 19, a new mom and a traditional Jewish wife, but I was raped. I was only 16. I felt shamed and without value. It was painful; I lost myself, and I'll never forget it. But I lived according to the Jewish law, because I love my family.

People trusted this rabbi in your article. Children trusted him. How could he make the conscious decision to be ordained, practice for so many years, have children, and give advice? Each of these takes an enormous amount of awareness and caution to do. If he's capable of making these types of decisions, he was capable of deciding not to pick up a korva (prostitute). This is the same kind of man who could perpetrate a rape himself. I'm sorry it happened, but a real Jew can find solace in his beshert, as I have. I couldn't have made it through without the support of my husband. Perhaps he should've thought of talking to his wife (no matter how hard it might be). It's got to be a lot easier than telling her you've been sleeping with other women and using heroin.



V. Rachel Lemus, Woodland Hills



The Aftermath



With regard to "The Aftermath" (March 21), you have it backward. President Bush has not failed in building significant international support for the war. France, Germany, Russia and their ilk have failed. The "coalition of the willing" is our president's success.



Carolyn B. Greene, Santa Monica





Editor Rob Eshman writes in his column, "The Aftermath," "After the war comes the time [for President Bush] to push Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon into a resolution that protects Israel's security and respects Palestinian rights."

So, Eshman prefers to have Bush -- rather than Sharon -- determine what will "protect Israel's security." How would Eshman react if Sharon, or any other Israeli politician, were to publicly declare what American's foreign policy should be, particularly regarding its very existence.

The people of Israel freely elected their prime minister and charged his government with the responsibility to make life and death policy decisions for Israel. It is the height of chutzpah for Eshman, living in the safety of Los Angeles, to advocate that foreigners, with their own selfish political interests, should determine the fate of the Jewish nation.



David Friedman, Mission Viejo



Rob Eshman, in his editorial, "The Aftermath," ignores certain realities in his article criticizing Bush and the war in Iraq. He denounces Bush for failing to build international support for the war. What do you call a coalition of 48 countries? Unilateralism? Or is he concerned that France, Germany and Russia are not part of it? France was never going to be part of the coalition.

Eshman also links the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to the resolution of the Iraqi conflict. What has that to do with it? The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has always been a red herring dragged across the table by the Arab world to divert attention from the real problems. If Israel were to cease to exist today, would that make a difference in the anti-American feelings in the Arab world? Hardly.

It is a disservice to The Jewish Journal readership to color analysis of world events with personal political biases and avoid integrating all relevant facts into the analysis.



Emanuel R. Baker, Los Angeles



Who Will be Esther?



As one who also has a special place in my heart for the story of Purim and what it celebrates, I was dismayed when I finished reading the article on Purim by Amy Klein ("Who Will be Esther?" March 14). Nowhere in the article did I find mention of Mordechai, uncle to Esther, and his contribution toward the saving of the Jews from evil decree inspired by the wicked Haman who, with his progeny, met his deserved end. I think young Jewish girls, as proud as they are of Esther, would know there is enough credit to go around.



Martin Simon, Los Angeles



To Our Readers



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