• A Jewish reader

    The headline should read, “Jewish homes in Val Morin vandalized”. What would they be if they were in Cote St. Luc?

  • A Jewish reader

    At the risk of belabouring the point, it’s encouraging to see that The Gazette got it right:

     http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Vandals+paint+swastikas+Jewish+homes+Morin/6463478/story.html

    As they did in their editorial of April 6, 2012: 

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Vandals+paint+swastikas+Jewish+homes+Morin/6463478/story.html

    What a difference when compared with how the Journal de Montreal has been reporting about Jews lately, see the many articles by Émile Dubreuil:

    http://www.journaldemontreal.com/auteur/emilie-dubreuil

    and the attitude, so far, of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs; see the last paragraph of Ms Dubreuil’s report of March 14, 2012:

    http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/03/14/une-impossible-cohabitation

    No Jewish community should be made to feel isolated when confronting hatred.

  • When things happen in Outremont, the papers talk about “Chassidic” not “Jewish”. There is a distinction to be made. Confounding the two terms means that whatever happens to Chassidic Jews, is something other Jews are forced to share. I’m Jewish, not Chassid, and quite frankly, I’ve had enough of the un-neighbourly behaviour of Chassidim. Whether it be in Israel or here, they are giving all Jews a bad name, and anti-semites will jump on the opportunity to smear all of us. So Chassids should be menchen and pay their taxes, respect bylaws in Outremont or wherever, and stop defining their Judaism by how much they can make themselves reviled by others.

    • A Jewish reader

      As a Jew, but more importantly in my effort to be a mentch, I share the pain of fellow citizens who have their schools (Toldos Yakov Yosef) firebombed, their synagogues desecrated (Vishnitzers).  But I also share their joys when their girls venture into the secular realm and the Skver Community School, teaching in French, outranks Collège Brébeuf or when the Belz girls obtain a class average in Physical Sciences of 94.6%. Unfortunately, my familiarity with them does not extend to what I am sure are the accomplishments of their boys.

      I am proud of the Tash community’s development of  Yaldei, a program which Health Canada has identified as setting the gold standard for treating children with severe developmental disabilities.

      Growing up in Outremont, I enjoyed the respect shared between my father and mother and their Satmar, Belz, and Bobov neighbours.  One thing which has never ceased to amaze me is the rapport I’ve observed between children and parents.  In all my years, I have never witnessed a child’s public temper tantrum or a parent having to raise his voice.

      And not to be ignored is that their children’s mother tongue is Yiddish.  Yiddish, a millenial language and civilization, the language of the 1.2 million children exterminated not more than a generation ago. 

      My Hassidic neighbours are a thriving, vibrant and peaceful community.  It is incumbent on all of us that we have their backs not only when their schools are firebombed but when they are threatened with closure.

      When their free speech and assembly are suppressed by City councils, the “organized Jewish community” should be first to call for the respect of their Charter rights.

      And a spokesman for that “organized Jewish community” should not be publicly deploring that Jews be judged by what is happening in Outremont. 

      Or maybe they should.

  • A Jewish reader

    to the editor: Before printing my message that has not yet been printed, can you please correct the Belz school’s mark to 95.4 I just checked my notes. On the 2008 results.