February 15, 2007
News from the hood, eruv in the air
(Page 2 - Previous Page)However, after almost 60 years of Israel's existence, we see a quasi-theocracy, where non-Orthodox Jews are second-class citizens and government officials consider expelling non-Jews. This can only lead to a Jewish republic, similar to Saudi Arabia's Islamic republic.
We do not have to guess what a Jew-hating madman, such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, would do with his first nuclear weapon when half of the world's Jews have isolated themselves behind a ghetto wall.
Why can't Israel take a cue from Ireland, which has a huge Roman Catholic majority, but has not allowed religious fundamentalism to raise its ugly head and prevent it from being a true democracy?
Martin J. Weisman
I loved reading the article on the Renewal rabbis and chaplains being ordained by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's Aleph rabbinic program during the Ohalah retreat ("Renewal Seeks Consistency in Its Rabbinical Training," Jan. 26).
I hope parts two and three are written. There is so much more to learn about this rabbinic program and what the students are learning and teaching, and the impact on our L.A. community and worldwide.
One woman in the photograph printed, taken in Boulder, Colo., is Rabbi T'mimah Ickowitz. I would have liked to have read her quotes as she lives here in L.A. and has been actively teaching and sharing for years her love for Judasim and sacred text. (I have studied with her.) Rabbi Alicia Magal was quoted, and I would love to have heard something more important about how this talented L.A. woman is faring as rabbi in Sedona, Ariz., the most magical of places.
We have extraordinary teachers here in L.A. who actively mentor the Aleph students. Please run more stories on Renewal, even if we don't have a "Hood."
Adam Rubin and Aryeh Cohen are perplexed by the Jewish community's silence on the war in Iraq ("It's Time for Leaders to End Silence on War," Feb. 9). Their main sources for reference are Al Gore, the former vice president and present-day amateur meteorologist, who fiddled for eight years while Islamo-fascism metastasized, and Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, who brilliantly compared American troops in Iraq to Nazis.
Rubin and Cohen portray preinvasion Iraq as a cross between Tibet and Disneyland. Saddam's rape rooms; his many torture chambers; his sheltering of Palestininan terrorist Abu Nidal, the bombmaker of the first World Trade Center bombing; his abrogation of U.N. treaties by kicking out inspectors and firing on allied aircraft; his paying $25,000 to Palestinian families of homicide bombers; [and] his firing Scuds at Israel do not concern Rubin and Cohen.
Perhaps they should re-read the Tractate of Talmud they present as a morality lesson to their fellow Jews -- it seems they are the ones that are very lost.
I am disturbed at the strong leftist turn that puts a two-faced Muslim on the cover of The Jewish Journal (Cover, Jan. 19); that prints a sophomoric harangue against [Benajmin] Netanyahu ("Netanyahu Ranks High ... as Racist Demagogue," Jan. 19); that promotes the writings of a "progressives" front for the far left; an editor who urges his readers to see an Arab movie to "understand" the "Palestinian terrorist" as a type, and who found fault with the Israeli defense of Israel against the Hezbollah on moral grounds but not with Hezbollah for using bomblet explosives, as well, and more.
Los Angeles needs a competitive Jewish paper before this one tries to jam a single-state solution for Israel and Palestine down our throats. That's the Palestinian preference and the Jewish far left's agenda.
How about a campaign for the release of Israeli soldiers held by Palestinians? The unity of Jews?
In "Botox-Aided Pianist: Oscar Documentary Nod a 'Gas'" and "Filmmaker Gets Up Close an Personal With Fleisher" (Feb. 9), Leon Fleisher's last name was misspelled as Fleischer. We regret the error.
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