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'Hatikvah' Should Be
Sung By All Israelis
I have disagreed with much that the
Jewish News has printed over the years.
But, nothing distressed me more than
your editorial of April 26, "Not Singing
Hatikvah Not A Grievous Move" (page
44). The lack of sophistication and
insight of the editorial was astounding.
The editorial, at its core, raises the
issue of what it means to be a Jew
and what a Jewish state means. The
answers are not simple. But, I thought
we were past the point of implying that
"Jewishness" is a religion only. We are
a nation. And, a nation has a right to
define its rules for citizenship.
That does not suggest that a nation-
state ought to exclude non-citizens
from residency or to deny them funda-
mental rights. But, if a prospective citi-
zen is not interested in complying with
the nation-state's rules for citizenship,
that reflects on the prospective citizen
not, perforce, on the nation-state.
Moreover, your incantation of a
"Jewish, democratic state" presents
60 Minutes Report On
Israel Was Propaganda
The time clock is running out on the
formerly esteemed CBS TV program 60
Minutes. The investigative reports that
once were so honestly informative have
now become a propaganda machine.
On Sunday, April 22, the featured
Walk For Israel
Set For May 6
The seventh annual Walk for Israel,
hosted by Temple Shir Shalom in West
Bloomfield, will be held to celebrate
and support Israel on Sunday, May 6.
The event opens
at 10 a.m. The pro-
gram will begin at
11 a.m. with a lec-
ture by Gary Kenzer,
corn, in the Dave
and Joyce Sakwa
He will speak about
"Internet and Advocacy for Israel:
Making Both Come Together." His talk,
which is free and open to the public, is
followed at noon by a free kosher lunch
from Jerusalem Pizza.
The Walk for Israel will start at 1
p.m. from Shir Shalom. Walkers will
make their way down Orchard Lake
Road to Orchard Lake Middle School,
and then back up Orchard Lake Road
to the synagogue.
Other entertainment includes boun-
cies for kids, Israeli music and infor-
mation from a variety of co-sponsors.
El Al Airlines, the official airline of the
Walk for Israel, has generously donated
one round-trip ticket to Israel. A raffle
will be held that day, with the winner
being announced at the end of the Walk
for Israel. You must be present to win.
The event will happen rain or shine.
Visit www.walkforisrael.org to learn
more and to register.
SYNergy Shabbat Hosts
Wall Street Journal Editor
Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington
Hills will conclude its 2011-12 SYNergy
Shabbat series on May 11 and 12, fea-
turing a presentation on Friday evening
by Bret Stephens.
Stephens is the
foreign affairs colum-
nist of the Wall Street
Journal, as well as the
deputy editor respon-
sible for the editorial
pages of the WSJ Asia
and WSJ Europe. He
Bret Stephens is a regular panel-
ist on the Journal
Editorial Report, a weekly political talk
show carried nationally by the Fox News
Friday evening programming will
begin at 6 p.m. with Shabbat Rocks
for families of all ages. There will be a
Shabbat Dinner at 7:15 followed by "An
Evening with Bret Stephens" at 8:15.
Childcare will start at 7:15 p.m. and
extend until the end of the adult pro-
gram. At 8:15 p.m. children will enjoy
"The Comedy of Jim Carmody."
Traditional services will begin at 9
a.m. on Shabbat morning. At 10, those
interested are invited to a yoga ses-
sion with Rabbi Shere and Yogi Shawn
Broida. Ruth Bergman, community edu-
cator, will lead a 10 a.m. Shabbat Torah
Study on Parashat Emor: "Learning
About the Calendar of Sacred Time."
Chairing this year's SYNergy program-
ming is Karen Kahn of West Bloomfield.
The community is welcome to
problems of its own. Is not the term, on
its face, oxymoronic?
I am not the first to point out these
difficult questions and space does
not permit a full airing of the issues
implicated by your misguided editorial.
But, your conclusion that it is fine for a
justice of a nation-state's highest court
to refuse to mouth the words of its
national anthem is offensive to at least
one of your readers.
Surely, you would not have reached
such a conclusion if the refusal impli-
cated a justice of the U.S. Supreme
topic was concerning the decline of
Christian inhabitants and its churches
in the Muslim-dominated West Bank.
So, how does one account for it?
According to 60 Minutes, Israel is the
cause because of its wall barriers that
discourage Christians who might
desire to return there. This, when
everyone knows that Israel is the only
place in the Middle East that is permis-
sive of Christianity and its churches.
In addition, Israel's ambassador to
the United States was trapped into an
Engineered to Amaze
A Limerick For Israel
On Its 64th Anniversary
You're 64, still young at heart.
I loved you from the very start.
You still have many foes, oh dear,
who wish that soon you disappear.
But not a chance, you're much too smart.
all of the services and programs.
There is a dinner charge and dinner
reservations are required. Call the Adat
Shalom Synagogue office, (248) 851-
5100, for information or email info@
U.S. Jews Are Possible
Terror Targets, Says FBI
(JTA) — Hezbollah poses no spe-
cific threat to Jewish communities
in Metropolitan Detroit according to
the FBI's head of counterterrorism in
However, Assistant Special Agent Todd
Mayberry told a security conference April
24 at the Jewish Community Center in
West Bloomfield that Jewish communi-
ties face potential and general threats, the
Detroit Free Press reported.
Mayberry cited Hezbollah, the
Lebanon-based terror group that is
a proxy of Iran, and the "self-radical-
ization" of terrorist sympathizers who
visit jihadist websites.
"If I gave you the number of
Michigan IP addresses that are on some
of these sites, it's staggering," Mayberry
was quoted as saying in the Free Press.
Mayberry said the FBI would inves-
tigate terrorism supporters in their
mosques or schools.
Rising tensions between Israel and
Iran have raised fears that Hezbollah
might attack Israel.
"The Iranian issue ... that is a huge
deal ... their use of the proxy group
Hezbollah — these are things we're
very concerned about," Mayberry said,
according to the Free Press.
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