CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1994
Don Bustany makes several misleading statements in his letter (Nov. 29). He asserts that prior to the early 1900s, Jews "in Arab societies did not experience persecution." The truth is that conditions for Jews in Arab lands, as in Christian Europe, were a mixture of good and bad. As a subjugated minority in both Islamic and Christian societies, Jews suffered chronic discrimination and recurring periods of active or even violent persecution. Indeed, Zionism developed as a modern movement in direct response to these dependent conditions and their resulting social, cultural and political problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1991
It is difficult to disprove Selene Bruk's own perception of negative sentiments exhibited toward some Jewish Poles in pre-World War II Poland (letter, Jan. 10). However, such personal perceptions, even if sincere, should never be extrapolated to a whole country or religion. In fact, no other nation did so much for Jews over the centuries, and during the war, and paid such a high price. Only in Poland did the Nazis decree that the penalty for helping a Jew was death. ROMAN J. ZAWADZKI Polish American Congress Anti-Defamation Committee Los Angeles
January 3, 1988
No longer are the Poles Zubin Mehta's Nazi sympathizers ("Zubin Mehta--Making Time for Making Music," by John Henken, Nov. 29), now they are Leo Bach's anti-Semites. Printing Bach's letter was as unfair and biased to the Poles as it would have been to print a letter written by a Pole blaming the Jews for their pre-war exploitation of the Poles, their communist sympathies and the Katyn Forest massacre of Lavrenti Beria. There are many reasons why these two proud peoples are in conflict.
December 12, 2013 |
Now here's something you don't see every day: A circle of African men chanting Hebrew prayers while wearing tallitot (prayer shawls) and yarmulkes (skull caps) along with their dashikis - not to mention scenes of African women lighting Sabbath candles and diligently preparing a kosher meal using such native crops as yam and cassava. But for the estimated 3,000 Igbo people of Nigeria who practice Judaism, these are common sightings, all part of a unique way of life portrayed with joy and grace in the captivating documentary "Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria.
November 23, 2012 |
El Iluminado A Graphic Novel Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin Basic Books: 208 pp, $24.99 Halfway into the graphic novel "El Iluminado," a Spanish literature professor in an Indiana Jones hat wanders into a café in Santa Fe, N.M., and receives a pearl of wisdom from a gray-haired woman. "A Jewish soul is a Jewish soul," the woman says. "When you have it, you know. " The professor is a real person: Ilan Stavans, a Latino literary maven known for his insightful criticism, his authoritative anthologies and his quirky translation of "Don Quixote" into the mother tongue of millions of Americans, Spanglish.
March 2, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday to protest emerging legislation that could end their sweeping exemption from military service. The country's capital was paralyzed as access to Jerusalem was blocked. Government offices, schools and courthouses closed early, and public transportation was halted to accommodate the mass prayer called by rabbinical leaders. Under heavy police protection, black hats bobbed as the crowd of demonstrators swayed in prayer or danced to express their opposition to a military draft that many decried as a “war against religion.” In an unusual move, religious women were encouraged to attend the protest, standing separately from the men. For decades, Israel's ultra-Orthodox have been effectively exempt from military service.
January 29, 2014 |
When poor, persecuted Tom Perkins, mega-millionaire financier and member in excellent standing of the nation's Richie Rich club, went off in a letter to the Wall Street Journal about how his enemies were trying to bring him down, he didn't know how right he was. As the satirical “Pogo” comic strip famously observed, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Perkins made himself into the caricature of an arrogant, out-of-touch plutocrat beyond...
March 25, 2014 |
Simon Schama, the British historian and television personality and name-in-the-title host of "Simon Schama's History of Britain," "Simon Schama's Power of Art," "Simon Schama's Shakespeare" and "Simon Schama's Obama's America," is back with "Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews. " Premiering Tuesday on PBS, it attempts to distill 3,000 years of Jewish history into five hours of TV and does a fine, if necessarily incomplete, job of it. Like many British documentaries - the series originally aired in September on the BBC - "The Story of the Jews" comes with a personal touch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1988
I was rather surprised that The Times published such a scurrilous note as Lawrence A. Levey's rebuke for your having accepted the Jews for Jesus ad (Letters, Jan. 8). What an intemperate heaping up of wild charges against that organization! One can dismiss his diatribe as an outburst of emotional resentment that many Jews today are drawn to Jesus of Nazareth as "bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh." On one point, however, I must challenge his deliberate distortion of the obvious.