February 22, 2007
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Our history is clear and inspiring. It's revisionists like Klinghoffer and Prager who distort it.
Stephen F. Rohde
David Klinghoffer defends Dennis Prager and mentions Michael Medved, and there you have the three notorious Jewish hypocrites of the religious right ("Prager Shouldn't Lose His Museum Post," Feb. 16).
These Jewish counterparts of Hannity and O'Reilly support the Evangelical Christians even though they know that the Evangelicals do not respect Judaism and consider our religion only a precursor to Christianity.
Martin J. Weisman
End Silence on War
While professors [Aryeh] Cohen and [Adam] Rubin may be right that Al Qaeda did not enter Iraq until after we invaded, the answer is: So what ("It's Time For Leaders to End Silence on War," Feb. 9)?
If we had invaded the moon and thereafter Al Qaeda took up residence behind some of the many moon craters, wouldn't professors Cohen and Rubin say "lets take advantage of the situation and kill Al Qaeda on the moon, or wherever we can find them."
Perhaps our motivation for invading Iraq (aside from the fact that Saddam put live humans into giant hamburger meat grinders) was the strategic potential of controlling three anti-American rogue regimes for the cost of one invasion.
Because Iraq is bordered on the west by Syria and on the east by Iran, could the invasion planners have calculated that with one American Army in Iraq we would be able to intimidate Syria and Iran by stationing American forces based in Iraq, on their borders.
That being the case, the strategy for the invasion could be called "Three for the Price of One." Unfortunately, the plan did not work out and was miserably executed and as it stands now the situation could fairly be called "None for the Price of Three." However, professors Cohen and Rubin, good logicians and talmudic scholars, know better than to judge the merits of a plan by how well it is executed.
I wonder if The Jewish Journal knows that we have a treasure in our midst here in the Los Angeles area ("Premarital Counseling Gets Short Shrift in Jewish L.A.," Feb. 9)?
Dr. Sylvia Weishaus, a psychologist, along with Rabbi Aaron Weiss, of blessed memory, of Adat Ari El created the "Making Marriage Work" program at the University of Judaism you referred to in your article.
As someone who has been a teacher of many of the classes, I know this was either the first, or one of the first, premarital education classes in the country. It serves as a template for the many offerings available today in the United States.
Weishaus has been an inspiration to hundreds of couples to focus on the positives in a relationship in order to help their marriage grow.
Some of the contributing writers to The Jewish Journal are graduates.
The fact the "Making Marriage Work" thrives today is a tribute to her and Rabbi Weiss.
Thank you for your story on the Cohens ("Neighborhood Angels," Feb 2). I have recently recovered some money that I was sure I would never see again and I will be dropping off $500 to them this week and hopefully more in the future.
The pen is truly an arm of tzedakah.
Name withheld by request
So Many Singles
It is very admirable what Lori Pietruszka is doing and wonderful that David Suissa would bring her efforts out into the open and call on families to support the singles in the LA area ("So Many Singles, So Few Tables," Feb. 16).
However, I also think that the single community must not just rely on families for their Shabbat meals or experience. I think that by doing so, we are hurting ourselves. We are substituting building a thriving community for ourselves for the instant gratification of a Shabbat experience that we did not have to work for.
That is why so many of our college-bound teenagers and 20-somethings go to New York -- for the community that is lacking here. Many of my friends complain about the L.A. singles community and how there is "no one here." And how they have to move to New York or go to Israel to date. While I think both places are amazing experiences, you shouldn't have to uproot your whole life to date. If we would take it upon ourselves to build our community -- to invite people over, to be invited out, to get people out of their apartments and at a friends dinner table Friday night, to have over those friends-of-friends-of-friends -- we will have a community here.
I think that it is wonderful that families have over singles for Shabbat ... but I think that it is even better if singles have singles over for Shabbat.
It's three or four years down the road. Obama is president. Iran has developed nuclear weapons while continuing to talk about the genocide of Israel. The United Nations, European Union and much of liberal and left-wing opinion here scold Israel to sit by, do nothing and hope for the best.
Instead, Israel nukes the heck out of Iran. What will Obama (or Hillary, or John Edwards) do?
Does the typical American Jewish liberal Democrat care to find out? Care at all?
We can be pretty sure John McCain would stand with Israel.
Does it matter?
Bruce J. Schneider
Richard Friedman's letter contains more than one factual error, but the most obvious one is naming Abu Nidal as the bombmaker involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Nidal, a Palestinian terrorist and mercenary, had nothing to do with the event (Letters, Feb. 16).