Letters to the Editor 08-30-14


Have you ever felt compelled to do something? I feel that way now!
Since the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in St. Louis, I have been puzzled by the whole matter.
Unfortunately, the only way to get the whole truth in this case is through Officer Wilson.
Articles say there was a scuffle between them, but apparently Wilson was able to get his gun out and aim it at Brown, who by that time has his hands in the air.
Now, this is what bothers me: Why couldn’t Wilson have shot him in the arm or leg, handcuff him and haul him off to jail instead of shooting him six times, including twice in the head?
I love crossword puzzles, but I certainly can’t figure this out.
Donna Trenor


I enjoy reading the articles in Jewish World Review such as “The Divine’s Humanism,” by Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein. I can only claim to be a Jew through the process of “new birth” in Jesus Christ.
I can’t begin to relay the full article, but I can suggest reading it.
This is an apology to Stuart Schakett who mentioned in one of his letters that there were 613 commandments. I replied that I had enough trouble trying to keep the 10 that God gave Moses. I found out in Goldstein’s article that Schakett appeared to know what he was talking about.
According to Judaism and all Christians, both Gentile and Jew, God gave us the capacity to choose between good and evil. This freedom enables us to change if we desire.
What caught my eye was the Laws of Repentance which is translated from the word “teshuva” which actually means “return.” Return to God. I have had repentance explained as “making a U-turn in life. Stop going in the direction you are going, turn around and follow Jesus. Very similar in meaning, but “returning to God” is what we actually do. He created us.
As nearly as I could understand, the 10 commandments that God gave to Moses were sort of like a “filing cabinet” and the 613 commandments are filed in each of them according to category. I invite Schakett to read the entire article, and correct me if necessary.
Even though the codifier, Maimonides, is not mentioned in our Bible, we are still held accountable by God.
Barbara J. Rice



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