Tread softly


I take exception to the article written by Nathan Lewin about Marion Barry (“Marion Barry was no friend of the Jews,” WJW, Dec. 4).

Marion Barry was an intriguing and sometimes misunderstood individual. There were and still are individuals who feel he did well for the District of Columbia and those who would contradict the comment.

Unfortunately, Marion Barry has passed away. In Judaism we are taught the Golden Rule: “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”

During these days of uncertainty and unrest both nationally and internationally, we as Jews must tread very softly.

I must also state that your headline was irresponsible. Especially at a time when a community is mourning their leader, we should be reaching out and comforting the bereaved, not trashing their memories.


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