Rob Eshman is right (“Look,” March 18). We should mourn any child killed during war, either intentionally or unintentionally. But the real question is, who started the violence? The Nazis remained the aggressors even though many German children were killed by the allies in World War II. Look again at the facts. Palestinian leaders have misled their own people, rejecting all offers for peaceful compromise, incessantly fomenting state-sponsored hatred by demonizing Israelis and Jews, even in their children’s schoolbooks and TV shows. Look again.
Nathaniel Liberman played through muscle cramps in both legs on Thursday night, but he couldn't overcome them. And neither could Valley Torah overcome a fourth-quarter comeback by View Park, falling 69-68, as the Knights slayed the Wolfpack's hopes of a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division 5 state championship in the quarterfinal round on March 10.
Yosef Grundman got his groove back just in time for Valley Torah's historic postseason run, leading the Wolfpack to a 58-50 win over Calvin Christian of Escondido in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Division 5 basketball tournament at Los Angeles Valley College on March 8. "I was going through a slump during the season mentally, but I overcame it," said Grundman, whose 19 points were more than double his season average.
First-quarter scores of 17-5 are usually in Valley Torah’s favor. Not so against Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara, which seemed poised to end the No. 1-seeded Wolfpack’s winning season. But, as the adage goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” The Wolfpack finished strong, becoming the first Orthodox Jewish school to win a California Interscholastic Federation championship after coming back from a 44-35 fourth-quarter deficit to take the Southern Section Division 6AA championship title, 58-51.
When Aaron Liberman said that, endless legs splayed out in front of him on a Sunday morning in late December, he didn’t know how true his words would be.