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I did a double-take on opening the Jan.
9 issue of the Jewish News to page 3 that
lists the Contents.
The main heading was "Spirituality"
and the photo showed two adults in
New Year's Eve party hats blowing
noisemakers, with the subtitle, "Upbeat
Temple Party Ushers In Secular Year."
I thought that perhaps the heading
was a bad joke or a mistake. When I
looked up and read the article (on page
49), it was indeed under your category
of "Spirituality." The article and accom-
panying pictures had nothing to do
with the concept of spirituality.
Not every social activity or party held
in a synagogue has a spiritual compo-
nent. Perhaps it would be more honest
to eliminate (instead of cheapening)
your Spirituality section, and consider
different headings such as Synagogue,
;Temple or community activities.
Arafat Is Not
About To Change
An article in your paper on Dec. 12
("Arafat's Revolution," page 41) struck
my attention. It is what I have been say-
ing for the last 30 years, since I came to
You are not dealing with a human
being in Palestinian Authority leader
Yasser Arafat. He was raised by his
uncle, the mufti of Jerusalem, the one
who wanted to help Hitler kill all the
Jews. Do you have any doubts what he
learned in his childhood? I don't have
It was our mistake to let him into the
West Bank. We should have forced him
to stay in Fiance or Algiers or Tunis.
When you see a snake, you don't let
him into your house; you try to kill him
or push him away.
It was refreshing to see your paper
come out nice and strong. The article
by special commentator Moshe Dan is
unfortunately the bitter truth that the
people of Israel have to live with.
I do hope and pray that the world
and our brothers around the world will
wake up and see how important it is
that we as Jews should support our
Since no weapons of mass destruction
have been found in Iraq and Saddam
Hussein has been captured, we should
go home before another young man or
woman can be killed.
No American soldier should be
deprived of the joys that life may offer
them. These young men and women
have loved ones and are entitled to have
a chance to live out their lives.
President Bush has painted himself
into a corner and will not cut and run.
Could it be the oil behind this
trumped-up reason to invade Iraq? If
not, our job is done.
Iraq has oil and therefore the means
to rebuild itself and also retain the free-
dom it has been given. It is not the
responsibility of the American taxpayer
to rebuild Iraq nor is it the responsibili-
ty of President Bush to hand out juicy
non-bid contracts to his rich friends,
Halliburton comes to mind.
Wake up America, President Bush is
either incompetent or willing to give up
American lives for oil.
Thanks to Special Writer Bill Carroll for
the wonderfully warm and enlightening
article about Leonard Siegel CA Life In
Architecture," Jan. 2, page 32).
He has brought so much to the
Detroit community. I had the pleasure
of working with Leonard and Lonny
Zimmerman when their firm built the
Shaarey Zedek B'nai Israel Center,
including the Eugene and Marcia
Applebaum Parenting Center and the
Beth Hayeled Nursery School, in West
Bloomfield. Leonard took a dream and
made it into an amazing reality.
As was stated so often in the article,
he was a pleasure to work with and
never made me feel like I didn't know
what I was talking about. The one word
missing in the myriad of descriptives
about Leonard was the word mentsh. He
personifies all that that name implies —
a man of ethical conscience along with a
heart of gold. Congratulations Leonard
Siegel. Our community is blessed to
have him with us.
mem bership director,
Congregation Shaarey Zedek