December 7, 2006
Attention, menschen! CAIR; Michael Richards; Shoah survivors
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Susie Forer-Dehrey,
Associate Executive Director
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
I read The Jewish Journal every week online from Tucson. And, I look forward to reading the humor, news and wisdom in Rob Eshman's weekly column. This week's column, however, almost makes me weep ("Michael Richards, Still Not a Jew," Dec. 1).
Eshman's agenda included jumping on Jesse Jackson for who he is and Gloria Allred for who she is instead of addressing Michael Richards' message, a very offensive message. It is not that the N-word was used or is used publicly by other blacks. The entire message was a mean-spirited, prancing, onstage rage. Most offensive was the rest of what Richards said. To paraphrase: 50 years ago, if you dare to stand up to me, I would get my boys and stick a pitch fork up your ass. Come now, Rob. What if some one had used the K-word and ranted about what he could do to us 60 years ago in Europe? So what if the K-word is thrown around in public, perhaps(?) by a Jew. Self-hating is a word that would describe such action.
Michael Richards apparently enjoyed a certain amount of success with the "Seinfeld" series. Now, perhaps his future is somewhat in question. He has done one failed TV show since "Seinfeld." To launch into a years-old classic racist rant to compensate for personal problems is not acceptable and sad, very sad.
In The Journal's phone conversation with Howard Rubenstein, did he happen to mention when and where his client, Michael Richards, would be addressing the Jewish community -- on the same worldwide basis -- to issue a mea culpa for his recent (but not videorecorded) anti-Semitic tirade at another L.A. comedy club?
Lydia B. Bruck
Kudos All Around
In the Dec. 1, 2006 issue of The Jewish Journal there is so much that I am enjoying for separate reasons. I love David Suissa's "The Pinto Miracle" because of the history and the "miracle" of the shul, and because it gives us a tam, a taste of the Moroccan Pinto Center. I have not been to Burning Man to experience it, and enjoyed reading the Wandering Jew's "Hot Shabbat" to learn about the Jewish aspect. This is good if Burning Man can bring people to their Judaism, even in the hot, dusty desert, especially when all else has failed. Thank you Scott Einbinder for a tam of this Shabbat that would not be found in the "Hood."
Thank you for including the "tzedek" quote from my favorite Jerusalem e-mail teacher in this week's Letters (Sara Kirschbaum) on the Venice eruv. I love learning from the daily teachings of Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen from Hazon.
Davening at Aishhhhhh
It was most gratifying to read David Suissa's article in The Journal a few weeks ago extolling the virtue of our talk free shul, or to put it as our sign at the entrance of the sanctuary states:
"Please refrain from talking to anyone else during services - signed the Almighty" ("Davening at Aishhhhhh," Nov. 17).
However to allay any misconception that people who daven at Aish HaTorah have taken an absolute vow of silence, I would like it to be known that there is a very Hamish Kiddush held after services at which members are only too happy to talk to and welcome anyone in attendance!
R' Moshe Cohen
Aish Los Angeles
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