Aug 27, 2010

Two letters to the J -- aug 27, 2010

Two letters to the J  -- aug 27, 2010


What if 

What if those who imagine theirs was the prescription for addressing the complexities of the UC Berkeley campus committed to 10 hours each volunteering at Hillel?  Having spent considerable time with Berkeley students, on and off campus, it is my firm belief that the clarity these comments claim would be a bit less, and the support of Hillel quite a bit more.  We have work to do as a community to strengthen our ties to Israel.  Attacking the very Jewish organizations and leaders who fight for these ties is, at best, a waste of limited communal resources.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor


Taking Inventory

In response to the many comments already posted here:  If you had stood on campus with me, Rabbi Hanan Alexander, Consul General Akiva Tor, Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, Rabbi Judah Dardik, and Rabbi Adam Naftalin Kelman, you would channel the overwhelming passion you are demonstrating here to raising funds for Berkeley Hillel, which defends Israel on a daily basis while providing a strong and diverse Jewish home on campus for the next generation of Jewish leadership.  If those Jewish college students read the hatred and unvarnished rhetoric in these comments, they will be appropriately discouraged from ever joining the conversation.  I encourage everyone in our community to stop typing and to start preparing for the Cheshbon HaNefesh (soul-inventory) with which every Jew must engage in advance of Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor


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