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The Veneer On Venice Beach

The Veneer On Venice Beach

Local residents reveal their true colors...


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October 28, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 18

(18) Donald, October 11, 2007 11:51 AM

I Empathize Completely, but...

I completely empathize with this denial of the installation of an eruv around the Jewish community of Venice Beach, CA.

However, what would HaShem prefer, (a) Jews who are satisfied, and comfortable, with their living conditions in the galut - with an eruv of course, or, (b) Yehudim/Yisraelim realizing, that to live in the galut is a compromise, at best, and that the ultimate Torah solution, is to make aliyah.

Personally, I think HaShem is making things increasingly uncomfortable for Yehudim in the galut - especially the Observant - so that they will return to Ha Eretz.

Just my 1/4 shekel's worth of an opinion.

(17) BenGeiger, November 3, 2006 10:51 AM

Thanks from the Venice Community

Dear Rabbi Salomon,

On behalf of the Venice Beach Community, I would like to thank you for your encouraging and forthright support of our cause. It is always nice to know that we as Jews never stand alone.

Ben Geiger
Pacific Jewish Center

(16) Margarita, November 2, 2006 5:31 AM

hard question

it's very hard question to answer if the whole thing with the opposition to eruv can be blamed on anti-semitism. i think it's a part of the problem, not the whole problem. i have to agree with the comment about how different things would be if it wouldn't be about Jews, the decision would be most likely in favour to put eruv and therefore it's about anti-semitism.
on the other hand, it's hard to blame people who love their livestyle for resiting to change. unfortunately one minute it's not a problem to let people to do what they want, next minute women are get assolted on the beach (mostly by lebaneese muslims, like it happened in sydney australia, and it ends up in riots). i think that lots of people are too lazy to know the difference between bearded men and covered women (Jews and others). it's easier to oppose everything.

(15) HowardW., November 1, 2006 8:14 PM



Unfortunately you've been drawn in by the press reports about this subject, forgetting Marbeh devarim, Marbeh Hate.

Reporters have to write, but seldom get it straight, and usually they just bring harm.

There is NO ANTISEMITISM involved in the permit process for the Venice Eruv. I know. I've spent 11 years on the Los Angeles Eruv and its permit requirements. I designed the LA Eruv, spent years getting the needed permits, and worked with the city, state and federal governments to get it built. EVERY SINGLE government official has been helpful and respectful. Many have bent over backwards to help us find solutions. Once these righteous people understood that an Eruv was a lift in our service of Hashem they have moved mountains to get it built.

Today, California is an extremely friendly place to build the most stringent of Eruvim.

The coastal commission has specific concerns, but is working closely with the Eruv team here to work out acceptable solutions. They are friendly, have given us a fair hearing, and they are interested in making it work out. To slam people as haters or anti semites, is wrong, it's slanderous. It's destructive, and frankly its just not true. Please pull this mean spirited commentary from the site, it doesn't reach your lofty standards.

(14) TovaSaul, October 31, 2006 8:01 PM

surely there must be another solution

People yearn for pristine beaches, and then mess them up with manmade clutter and claptrap. Every added manmade object on a beach diminishes its natural beaty. Metal poles and streamers are unsightly. Period. Why can't they be put on the boardwalk itself? Better yet, isn't the ocean considered a barrier? In Pittsburgh, the river is a barrier. And, fishing line is notorious for injuring wildlife in the air and in the sea. These 70 Jewish families should stop making a fuss. Hire a babysitter, take turns watching the baby, etc.

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