October 11, 2007
The Yavneh incident was stupid but not quite anti-Semitic
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Government officials can assist by not acting foolishly. They would have known enough not to attempt to break up a Christmas Eve Mass in a makeshift church. Jews could have made them aware of their special needs for Yom Kippur, just as in other city neighborhoods, police are aware of special security and parking needs on the Holy Days.
Living together requires that we work together at it. The alternative is clearly visible in Iraq day-by-day.
Michael Berenbaum is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and a professor of theology (adjunct) at American Jewish University.
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