October 26, 2006
‘Dumb Jews’ react, more politics, more Israel
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Susan Hirsch Goldfarb
Middle East Peace
In its Oct. 20 issue, The Journal continues the fine tradition of carrying opinion pieces that argue for the delusional "two-state solution," this time playing on feelings of sympathy for starving Arabs in Gaza ("World Must Now Shift Its Focus to Gaza's Plight).
The hatred of Israel and the desire to destroy it was strong among Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank before 1967, stayed strong after Israel's rule of those areas brought unprecedented prosperity and has become even stronger since the "peace process" began.
Yet fantasists such as the author of "Gaza's Plight" continue to believe in a piece of paper called a peace treaty ending this. No doubt the treaty will be negotiated by Peter Pan and the Good Witch of the North, and the Arabs will beat their Qassams and AK-47s into plowshares.
I was expecting the Re'ut Institute's peace article to present some creative, yet realistic, options in the Middle East discussion ("A Way to Peace: Carrot-And-Stick Approach Might Break Impasse," Oct. 13). Instead, their options were the same failed attempts of the past, without taking into consideration the Arab, as well as the Islamic, agenda.
Israeli unilateral actions are hated and despised by the Arabs. Why repeat past mistakes, and why is there no mention of with whom Israel is supposed to negotiate? Among the Arabs, Mahmoud Abbas is a disrespected and powerless "joke".
Israel Education Institute
Thanks for the interesting article by Roberto Loiederman ("Grupo Hispano's Buen New Year," Oct. 20). I never would have guessed there is a thriving Jewish community in Whittier.
Loiederman, however, is in error to write that people are born Christian. While it is true as being a tenet in Judaism that a baby born of a Jewish woman automatically classifies him/her as a Jew, the same does not apply to Christianity. Christians (Catholics and Protestants, inclusive) are baptized or Christened into the religion, separate from the act of birth.
Thanks for putting an interesting light on this community.
Amy Klein's article raises essential questions about what is arguably the most important challenge facing the Jewish community ("Wanted: Someone to Help Suffering Jews," Oct. 13).
Over six years ago, I began working in hospice to address the needs of seriously ill and dying members of the Jewish community. Our organized community has failed to adequately address its traditional responsibility of caring for our own, and every day, I met lonely, frightened Jews and families at the edges of life.
It's a little difficult to define just what "spiritual help" means, but most people do understand the help provided by the presence of a rabbi who is experienced in end-of-life issues and sensitive to Jewish concerns about beliefs and practices at this time.
Through my nonprofit, B'nai Emet Jewish Hospice, I am able to partner with medical hospices (such as Vitas Innovative Healthcare), synagogues and Jewish organizations, such as a rabbinic presence, for the underserved and unaffiliated of Jewish Los Angeles.
I invite anyone to contact me at (323) 723-2978, and I will be glad to respond to these similar questions so that "Suffering Jews" might find a measure of comfort.
Rabbi Sheldon Pennes B'nai Emet Jewish Hospice
You, Rob Eshman, have beitzim ("Beitzim," Oct. 13). I can only begin to imagine the flak you must be receiving from the left. The Democrats in this off-year election, with an unpopular president and war in the sixth year of his presidency, should be in a position to take scores of seats away from the Republicans in the House.
Instead, it will be a struggle for them to capture 15. The reason is that they have been relegated to a party of incessant karpers. No constructive criticism, no fresh ideas, no attempt to deal with serious issues. Not even any room for Joe Lieberman. Just a constant stream of the worst type of bile against everything and everyone. No wonder the Republican Jewish Coalition sees tremendous opportunity to make headway with their ads.
Box Office Politics
I attended the same Liberty Film Festival preview that Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman writes about in his weekly column ("Box Office Politics," Oct. 20). However, I had an entirely different experience and reaction.
I found Ms. Murty to be an impressive young woman who articulately presented her rationale for the Liberty Film Festival that she and her husband founded, which offers a venue to filmmakers with a minority viewpoint that is not being widely presented in the mainstream media.
The worldview is unabashedly pro-America, pro-religion and pro-Israel. As for the critiques of "Hollywood" that Eshman finds vague and conspiratorial, one good example was from the experience of being a political conservative screenwriter, i.e. having a different viewpoint from most of the executives he meets at the studios and feeling uncomfortable and out of place with the anti-Bush jokes and anti-religion bumper stickers. An analogy would be a Jewish person in the 1940s trying to work his way up the corporate ladder at a very Waspy corporation.
These brave artists (writers, directors, producers) are true countercultural heroes, standing up for the right to make films that go against the politically correct dogma of the day, i.e. Bush is a religious fanatic, America is responsible for most of the world's ills, the Palestinians commit terror due to oppression and the Islamic fascists can be handled exclusively with police work.
The Truth Speaks
Thank you for your piece taking the L. A. Times to task for it's slanted reporting in the Anaheim City Council race ("L.A. Times Violates Ethics in Council Race," Oct. 20). Perhaps you could educate one of their columnists, Dana Parsons, in the art of objectivity while you are at it.