On Jan. 8, two letters commented on "The Last Word" a title under which
five writers mused on the millennium on its waning days. Four of them elaborated
philosophically on its darkest moments.
Cynthia Ozick (Dec. 27) was the exception. She would only remember the
victimization of Jews by Christians. Her anti-Christian diatribe was offensive.
It fits, however, within the overall context of shielding Jews from any
criticism. Recalling such victimization serves notice on the world that
the wrong done to the Jews is so great that put them beyond criticism.
A Forward (Dec. 31) reporter referred to Israel's disposition
towards Christians visiting the Holy Land for the millennium as follows:
"Imagine that someone you didn't really like was having a party--and you
had to host it." Also, religious councils "threatened to rescind the kosher
certification of hotels" if they host New Year's Eve parties or display
It was also shocking to read that Ron Kronish, a Reform rabbi, said
that "Israelis may be surprised to find out that a lot of Christians have
a very strong attachment to the Holy Land." Why should they be surprised?
Do Jews have a monopoly on being attached to their holy sites?
Furthermore, Israeli Orthodox have been "trashing and burning the apartments
of young European Christians" accusing them of "missionizing." [An Orthodox
newspaper, Yated Ne'eman, has even called Christians "enemies of
Judaism from time immemorial."]
If there is to be reconciliation let's get beyond such vindictive and hurtful attitudes.
January 18, 2000