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vol. 85, no. 26
friday, december 11, 2009
24 kislev 5770
 a jewish transcript publication
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Morris Malakoff
 JTNews Correspondent
It was on the verge o becoming a holiday tradition inOlympia: Te annual battle over religious symbols in thestate legislative building, more commonly reerred to asthe Capitol.Te battle became more o a circus last year whena placard touting an atheistic point o view was placedbetween a Christmas tree and a nativity scene. hatopened the door to all comers, reaching a Seineld-inspired crescendo when a group requested permission toplace a “Festivus pole” in among the competing symbolso the winter holidays.In the end, attention rom the national media threw abright spotlight on Olympia and many elt the messages gotlost in the melee o calls, e-mails, letters and protests overthe competing theological approaches to the season.Tis year, the rules have been changed. Religious sym-bols are allowed on state land outside the capitol. Only a“holiday tree,” paid or by the state, will be indoors. Tenew rule bans any “non-governmental” displays in statebuildings, but by being taxpayer unded, the tree is a gov-ernmental display. According to Rabbi Cheski Edelman o the Chabad o Olympia, this is a puzzling solution.“Tere has been a menorah in the Capitol in the past,”he said. “In act, Governor Gregoire has helped light ittwice that I am aware o. Now these displays are requiredto be outdoors, where it seems more people will actually see them.”Last year and this year, the Chabad has erected anine-oot-tall menorah in Sylvester Park, a one-square-block historical park in downtown Olympia, about amile rom the Capitol. It is owned by the state, just like
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Ron Kampeas
 JTA World News Service
 WASHINGON (JA) — For years the pro-Israel lobby has been pushing more punitive steps to deter Iran’snuclear ambitions. But with enhanced U.S. sanctionsincreasingly likely by early next year, opponents andsupporters agree that the case was nally made — by Iran itsel.Te key to the accelerated path to a sanctions bill thatinsiders now believe will land on President Obama’s desk  within a month was Iran’s belligerent rejection o a West-ern oer to substantively enhance its peaceul nuclearprogram in exchange or greater transparency.“Tere’s no lack o appetite or passing the sanctions,”said an ocial o one o the centrist pro-Israel groups thathas pushed or legislation targeting third parties, includ-ing countries that deal with Iran’s energy sector.“It’s evident,” the ocial said, that the Iranians “donot want talks. Tey’re not going ull speed ahead, they’regoing ull nuclear ahead.”Even a leading opponent o sanctions, rita Parsi, whoheads the National Iranian American Council, concededthat such a measure now seems inevitable — and thatthe Iranian government’s behavior in recent weeks wasbehind the accelerated pace.“Tere’s a very justied disappointment with how thenegotiations have gone and with how the Iranians haveconducted the negotiations,” he said.In October, Iran initially accepted the oer to handover much o its low-enriched uranium to Russia andFrance or urther enrichment to medical research levels.It also agreed to allow inspectors to examine a second,secret nuclear enrichment plant at Qom, just days aterPresident Obama revealed its existence based on West-ern intelligence reports. Within weeks, however, Iran reneged on the deal— despite claiming that it had suggested the deal inthe rst place — and obstructed inspectors rom theInternational Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, rom thoroughly investigating the secondenrichment site.Parsi asserted that the resistance arose not rom aregime implacably opposed to engagement with the West, but instead rom elements that oppose Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government and seek to undermine it by painting the government as undermining Iran’s nationalinterests. Te paradox, Parsi said, is that these elementsare otherwise perceived in the West as riendlier to rap-prochement.Nonetheless, Iran’s recidivism led two o the mostcritical opponents o enhanced sanctions — China andRussia — to join in an IAEA resolution blasting Iran ornot cooperating. Iran countered that it would build anadditional 10 enrichment sites.Iran’s actions whittled away the reluctance o anumber o key players who had worried that new sanc-tions would pre-empt Obama’s eorts to resolve the crisisthrough direct talks with ehran — chie among them thepresident himsel, who is now considered likely to sign asanctions bill.It was Obama who dispatched his most prominent Iranhawk, Dennis Ross, and Jerey Bader, both senior staerson the National Security Council, to China in late Octo-ber to make the case or signing on to the IAEA resolution.Ross’ argument reportedly was simple but eective: Helpcontain Iran, or we won’t be able to contain Israel. Another domino to drop was U.S. Rep. Howard Berman(D-Cali.), the chairman o the House o RepresentativesForeign Aairs Committee. He not only lited his hold onthe proposed House legislation, but now is ast trackingit or a vote by next week. Tere are similar plans in theSenate, although they may be delayed past the Christmasbreak because o the vexed health care debate.In the Jewish community, tougher sanctions have beenpushed or at least a decade by the American Israel Public Aairs Committee and, more recently, by other centrist,established pro-Israel organizations. Te Conerence o Presidents o Major American Jewish Organizations, a
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friday, december 11, 2009
Proessor Ed Alexander’s review o 
The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower
wasextremely enlightening. Thank you verymuch.
Ssan (Liebman) BenowitzLos Angeles
An inspirAtion
I want to thank Yehuda Reinhartz orhis lovely article (“The need to ll theholes,” Nov. 27). I ound it inspiring andhopeul. Thank you or publishing it.
Rachelle BarchCincinnati, Ohio
BAd educAtion
The new movie
 An Education
is abouta predator, a man who brings in blackpeople to a neighborhood in order toscare old ladies into moving out so hecan acquire the property cheaply. Healso preys upon a 16-year-old youngwoman. This would not be o noteexcept that much is made in the movieabout the man’s being Jewish. Why isthat? Why has no one noticed and com-mented?
Carole GlickeldSeattle
did i rAise you wrong?
I read the article, or rather parts o thearticle “Holiday Stung” (Nov. 27), treatsand eats or gits,
but being Jewish, I readit backwards as I do with many magazines.I was reading about sh and the namingo some local stores’ lox, and then I sawan editorial comment on herring beingdisgusting. I thought, who was the pisherwho made that comment? When I backedinto the beginning o the article and sawyour name on the byline, I was appalled.Herring is delicious, i it is resh andnot too strongly pickled. Raw herringbeore it is pickled is so sweet and deli-cious. I the Japanese had discovered it,it would be the hottest item in the sushibar. Disgusting? Did I raise you wrong?Not only is herring a great taste — insome cases, like you, an acquired taste,but a great taste nonetheless. Furtheringits importance, you may be aware thatI donate blood every month at BonlsBlood Bank here in Denver, giving plate-lets. I am well past my 21-gallon pin andone o the secrets o raising my plateletcount is herring.When I come to visit, I will bring yousome lox and smoked whitesh and atoken jar o herring or your re-evaluation.
Elliott MagalnickDenver, Colo.
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Te article about the Stroum JewishCommunity Center’s arts lecture series,“A broader reach or Te Jewish ouch”(Nov. 27), reerred to Adam Stern as con-ductor o the Seattle Symphony. Sternguest conducted or the symphony ear-lier this year.
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Special to JTNews
“Just kids being kids.”Tat’s what one grandparent said aterlearning that students at a middle schoolin Naples, Fla. last month staged “Kick aJew Day.”“Not anti-Semitic behavior at all.”Tat’s what the principal o a middleschool in a St. Louis suburb said last yearabout students who took part in “Hit aJew Day.”Making excuses or anti-Semitism isbad enough.Slap-on-the-wrist punishments areeven worse.Te 10 Florida students who reveled inkicking Jews were given what the schooldescribed as “one day in-school suspen-sions” and conerences with their par-ents. he St. Louis students likewisereceived only brie suspensions; andother students who verbally tauntedJewish children and encouraged the “hit-ters,” were not punished at all.Perhaps the school ocials who choseto mete out such ultra-lenient penaltiesneed a history lesson. A little-known epi-sode that took place in New York City inearly 1944 might provide some useulguidance.In February 1944, ve students rom Andrew Jackson High School, in Queens, were caught painting anti-Semitic slogansin the nearby town o Queens Village.Principal Ralph Haller, who hap-pened to be German-American, aced adilemma. echnically, he had no juris-diction over what students did outsideschool grounds. But he understood themoral importance o going beyond theletter o the law to ind a way to punishthe attackers and send a message topotential anti-Semitic vandals every- where. Where there was a will, there was a way. Searching the rule books, Halleround he was permitted to prevent a stu-dent rom graduating i he or she demon-strated “poor American citizenship.” At ameeting o parents on February 12, 1944,the principal declared: “I consider such[anti-Semitic] activities totally in contra-diction to everything that the Americao today or the America which we hopeto have tomorrow stands or.” Tereore,he announced, his new policy would beto consider anti-Semitism by denitionas un-American, and he would block thegraduation o any student involved inanti-Semitic acts.Haller noted that he had “counseled with many non-Jewish principals” as wellas assistant superintendent o schools William Hamm, and ound them all inagreement with his choice o punish-ment. Haller emphasized that as a Prot-estant and a German-American, “I eelthat I have the right and duty to speak outon this issue.”Haller’s action is all the more impres-sive when one recalls the extent o anti-Semitism and pro-Nazi sentiment amonghis ellow German-Americans.Just ive years earlier, more than20,000 Bund supporters had lled Mad-ison Square Garden or a pro-Hitlerrally. And in nearby Suolk County inthe late 1930s, tens o thousands o Ger-man-Americans each weekend ockedto Camp Siegried, a pro-Hitler summerretreat, or Nazi-style parades, propa-ganda sessions and rounds o the “Horst Wessel Song” (“When Jewish blood dripsrom the knie/hen will the Germanpeople prosper”).But Ralph Haller was cut rom a dier-ent cloth. He stood apart rom the crowd— and stood up or justice. Anti-Semitism can never be com-pletely eliminated. But i school prin-cipals impose meaningul penalties onoenders, they will help create an envi-ronment in which hatred is regarded asunacceptable and haters are conned tothe urthest margins o society.Te same is true in the internationalarena. All too oten, anti-Semitic out-bursts by political leaders are greeted with excuses: “He was just saying it orinternal consumption” or “He wasn’treerring to all Jews” or “He was angry atIsraeli policies.” Such apologetics serveonly to mask the oender’s true nature —and encourage him to do it again.Ralph Haller, in 1944, showed us the way to respond anti-Semitism: Switly,orceully, and creatively. Let’s learn romhis example.
Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of TheDavid S. Wyman Institute for HolocaustStudies, www.wymaninstitute.org.
lig o o “Kick  Jw d”
How to stand up against anti-Semitism
Rabbi AvrohomDavid 
Seattle Kollel
One o the misconceptions many Jews have is that you are either reli-gious or not religious — that Judaismis either all or nothing. When I suggestto someone to study a little each day ortake on a small observance o 
,the reply oten is, “Oh! But I am not reli-gious or Orthodox.” Many people seemto think you either always keep kosheror you don’t. You observe all o Shab-bat or none.Our sages teach us that each smallact o kindness, orah study, or anobservance o any 
no matterhow small, has ininite reward. Imag-ine i you were in a diamond mine withpiles o diamonds but you were only allowed to leave the mine with one. Would you not take any? Would you notat least take one? Each act o kindnessor bit o orah study is like a diamond! I  you could only study two minutes a day,or make one phone call to make some-one happier, then grab it. I you want tokeep kosher but it is too daunting, startby keeping kosher a ew hours a week or wean yoursel rom one non-kosherood. I remember a riend telling mehow proud he was that he keeps kosheron Friday nights.On Hanukkah, we light on the irstnight one small light and then we addone more each night. A possible mes-sage or us is the importance o eachdeed we do and that even one minuteo learning God’s ininite wisdomhas great value. We say in the specialprayers or Hanukkah “the many in thehand o the ew.”he Maccabees were just a smallgroup o Jews ghting or the right tokeep kosher, study orah and observeShabbat. But through the purity o theirdeeds, God miraculously helped themsucceed. We celebrate their victory onHanukkah and are inspired to overcomeall the obstacles in our way and beginspending more time helping others,studying orah and observing
.But we begin celebrating with just onesmall light, one small act o kindness.I was very inspired by an essay I readrom Rabbi Brevda, who suggested com-mitting onesel to learning just one lineo orah each day (or exercising one
a itt igt p  ot o k w
Small steps can help lead you closer to God 
minute a day), and i you have time,to add a little more. I you miss a day,don’t worry about it. Trough this com-mitment o learning just one line a day,I have been blessed to complete a ew books o orah.Let us be inspired this Hanukkah toadd a little bit more orah to our lives.

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