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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for October 15, 2010.

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october 15, 2010 7 heshvan volume 86, no. 21 $2

Arrests made in yeshiva vandalism caseJoel Magalnick Editor, JTNewsMercer Island police have made three arrests in the vandalism incident that left swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets spray-painted across the Northwest Yeshiva High School. All three of the teens brought into custody have addresses on Mercer Island and at least one of the suspects is Jewish. On Oct. 6, police arrested two 17-year-old minors in the case. The third, Jared Kadish, 18, returned to the area from California where he had just started college, and turned himself in Oct. 8. Kadish is Jewish. According to Mercer Island Detective Pete Erickson, the three suspects were served with arrest warrants and their homes searched. Evidence recovered included markers, spray paint, samples of graffiti, writings, documents about graffiti, Erickson said. We got a ton of evidence. It took all of [the day] to process. Erickson said it was unclear whether any of the evidence they collected included any anti-Semitic or white supremacist writings. Rabbi Bernie Fox, head of NYHS, was unprepared to write off the accused as anti-Semitic. He pointed out that vandalism also occurred at St. Monicas Catholic Church and Island Park Elementary School. Its an expression of anger, said Fox. These seem to be very troubled young people and its very sad. Kadish appeared in court on Saturday and remains in custody. Bail was set at $20,000. All three defendants have been charged on one count of malicious harassment by the King County prosecutors office and will be arraigned on October 27 the two minors in juvenile court. These are local youth. Theyre graffiti artists is what they are. Theyre taggers, Erickson said. Were not dealing with 30-yearold skinheads here, which is the good thing, clearly. Regardless, he added, because of the large Jewish population that lives on the island, the departmentX Page 23

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Join us as we welcome the Beta Eskesta Dance Troupe for a one-time-only performance.

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To forgiveRabbi SholoM beR levitin Regional Director, Chabad of Washington State and Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-LubavitchAs a prerequisite for atonement, in preparation for Yom Kippur, halachah (Jewish law) mandates that we ask for forgiveness michala if we have offended, hurt, maligned or otherwise done harm to our fellow man. Rambam, Laws of Teshuvah, Chapter 2:9 states: Teshuvah and Yom Kippur only atone for sins between man and God.... However, sins between man and man; for example, someone who injures a colleague, curses a colleague, steals from him, or the like will never be forgiven until he gives his colleague what he owes him and appeases him. Even if a person restores the money that he owes [to the person he wronged], he must appease him and ask him to forgive him. Even if a person only upset a colleague by saying [certain] things, he must appease him and approach him [repeatedly] until he forgives him. Conversely, It is forbidden for a person to be cruel and refuse to be appeased. Rather, he should be easily pacified, but hard to anger. Even if the injured person was severely wronged, he should not seek revenge or bear a grudge. The Alter Rebbe, the first Rebbe of the Chabad Lubavitch movement, discusses the relationship between man and God and the atonement one seeks for any violation of Gods will. He puts forth two steps in the restoration of the relationship: 1) Teshuvah (asking for forgiveness). In this step, a person is fully pardoned for having violated the command of the King, [for he has] repented fully, and therefore, no charge nor semblance of an accusation is mentioned against him on the day of judgment so that he should be punished for his sin, God forbid, in the World to Come; in his trial he is completely exonerated. 2) Nirza Lo (It shall be acceptable for him). Nonetheless, in order that he should be acceptable before God, as beloved of Him as before the sin, so that his Creator might derive delight from his service [in past times] he would bring an olah offering a sacrifice to God. In reviewing the Alter Rebbes steps in the restoration of mans relationship with God, I have pondered how it would apply between man and man. Let me apply this in three different venues of life: Marriage, friendship and business: 1. In the area of marriage, where trust has been shattered in the case of infidelity. 2. In the area of friendship, where a very good friend has spoken gossip or much worse. 3. Where business has been done on a handshake for many years and the commitment has been shattered without any apparent reason. The question is how to apply, if possible, the above two steps to the personal dynamic between fellow men. In teshuvah, one asks for forgiveness in the proper way with heartfelt feelings of sorrow, to appease and mollify the person hurt. But now, what is the process if we must expect, on a human level, to restore the relationship as if the breakdown in trust never happened? Can one say, I fully forgive you, but I still dont trust you? And what is it that one has to do to reestablish trust as fully as before? What about in other venues of life, for example if before the breakdown in trust, my friends/business associates were always invited to my simchas (weddings, Bnai Mitzvah, etc.)? Once Ive granted forgiveness am I then obligated to invite them to my simchas as I have in the past, invite them to my home for seder dinner, to invite them to my family Hanukkah party, and so on? Let me tell a personal story. In 2004, a committee that oversaw a major national project of Chabad, on which I had served for 15 years, became involved in a key issue on which there were differences of opinions. For more than a year, we tried to find a solution to this major issue without success. Finally, at the end of this process, which necessitated time and effort, let alone the energy which left me drained at the end of many a day, I put forth a radical compromise to the issue. Many around the table congratulated me with words of mazel tov on this novel idea, but in my heart I had reservations the deal would hold. Late at night after the meeting, I received a call from someone whom I admired lets call him Reb Mendel. He was quite agitated, not knowing the full context of the compromise. He thought we had sold out. I greatly respected Reb Mendel. He was someone 13 years my senior and had not been at the meeting. I calmly explained the situation, that he did not have all the facts and context from which the solution had been suggested. A few days later, I received a call from Reb Mendel in which he apologized and asked for michala for what he had said to me during that initial phone call.X Page 9

Re: Partner or not, we need to talk (Letters, Oct.1), Akiva K. Segan writes, urging Israel to just keep talking whether they have a credible partner for peace or not. What Segan and others fail to realize is that both Hamas and Fatahs charters call for the destruction of Israel in its text. How can Israel talk peace with people who wont recognize their right to exist and want to destroy Israel? Israel has consistently tried to make peace with its neighbors to no avail. Remember when Israel negotiated with the avowed PLO terrorist leader Arafat, like Hamas, at Camp David in 2000? The agreement was broken when Arafat rejected outright the generous Camp David offer by Ehud Barak and waged war with the second intifada that resulted in the loss of hundreds of Israeli lives. Israel has only a tiny sliver of land that is no bigger than the state of New Jersey. Any further land it cedes to the Palestinians will empower the terrorists and threaten its long term survival. Blame for the displacement of the Palestinians in 1948 and their decades-long incarceration in refugee (concentration) camps must rest solely with the neighboring Arab states that encouraged them to leave when they waged an aggressive war to destroy Israel. The Arab states have refused to grant them citizenship even though they have plenty of land. Sadly, they have been used instead as political pawns and a charge on the U.N. and U.S. taxpayers. Segan omits to mention the nearly 900,000 Jews that were driven out by Arab and Muslim states who confiscated their property when Israel became a sovereign state in 1948 with U.N. approval. That injustice has yet to be addressed. In reality, the majority of Arabs are not prepared for peace but still prefer a Middle East free of Jews. The main obstacle to a real peace is Islamic ideology that refuses to recognize Israels right to live in its historical homeland. No peace can be achieved without credible partners and without the authority to make it happen. Josh basson seattle

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