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Did you know?
* Jerusalem has an altitude of
2,710 feet at its highest point.
Compare that with the Dead Sea,
the lowest point on Earth, which
is 1,306 feet below sea level.
That's a drop of 4,016 feet. Now
you know why your ears pop
when you take a bus ride down
to Ein Gedi.
* Jerusalem is rapidly becom-
ing a significant commercial cen-
ter. It houses the largest
shopping mall in the Middle
East, plus branches of Versace
(the famous Italian clothier),
Tower Records and McDonald's
(at the moment not kosher, but
a kosher branch is due to open
soon).
Don't worry though, all the
splendid Judaica stores with
their beautiful artifacts are still
there. So, you can still purchase
in Jerusalem the world's finest
engraved silver candlesticks and
decorated seder plates, plus
more.
Hundreds of conferences, fes-
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in Jerusalem over the coming

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* Jerusalem 3000 — Between
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* International Puppet The-
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The name on your masthead is
The Jewish News. Lately, how-
ever, I question the appropriate-
ness of your newspaper's title.
Your Dec. 1 issue prominent-
ly featured Jewish hunters on its
cover and dedicated several pages
glorifying the hunters. Your
prominent promotion of hunting
is a sad milestone for your news-
paper.
Hunting has always been a
non-Jewish activity. Putting
aside the kashrut issue, Jews do
not hunt. While gentiles may
hunt, for us, it is wrong. Over 200
years ago, Rabbi Ezekiel Landau
of Prague succinctly stated, "How
can a Jew kill a living thing with-
out any benefit to anyone, and en-
gage is hunting merely to satisfy
the enjoyable use of his time'?"
What has been true for thou-
sands of years is still true today.
Clearly, some assimilated Jews
choose to turn their backs on our
tradition and hunt. But, merely
because some choose to engage
in such anti-Jewish activity is no

reason to glorify this behavior on
the cover and in the pages of The
Jewish News.
If you want to report on these
activities, report on them. Don't
glorify these anti-Jewish activi-
ties with color cover pages that
promote these endeavors. With
cover stories on hunting and,
more recently, the "lure" of Sci-
entology, without serious chal-
lenge in the articles, your
message appears to be glorifying
and promoting assimilation.
In addition to traditional rea-
sons, your paper should consider
selfish reasons for not promi-
nently featuring such anti-Jew-
ish material. As our population
becomes more and more assimi-
lated, I believe the subsequent
generations will be less willing to
contribute to Jewish institutions.
As we drift further away from
our Jewish identity, who will care
about reading The Jewish News?
Even if you do not care about the
offensiveness of your articles, you
should reconsider your features
so that you may have future con-
sumers of your newspaper.
Donald H. Scharg
West Bloomfield

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