BURBANK -- Whether it be in a local service or discussion group, local
Jews are talking about the escalating conflict and violence in the Middle
East. Many support Israel's actions, but divergent views have gone into
"They are killing each other with weapons we supply," said Burbank
Temple Emanu El Rabbi Paula Reimers, also the president of the Burbank
Ministerial Assn. "I don't support anybody who wants to encourage suicide
bombings, but on the other hand I don't believe this invasion was the way
to solve that problem."
So far, the nearly 19-month Palestinian uprising and the three-week
Israeli military incursion in the West Bank has brought suicide bombings
in Israel and destruction to towns and villages in Palestinian
"People are disturbed that people are walking into populated places
and blowing up children, women and old men who don't have a part of this
argument," said Ira Goldstein, president at Temple Beth Emet, a Burbank
synagogue with roots in reform Judaism.
Beth Emet Rabbi Mark Sobel was scheduled to lead a discussion Friday
at the temple, touching on the conflict and the concept of loving one's
neighbors, he said.
"The rabbis asked why God created only one family first, and that
reason was to teach us that no human being in the future could say 'my
family or my nation, is better than another,' " Reimers said.
Some have no hope, but others do, Goldstein said.
"There are those who believe the situation can't ever be resolved. But
we have to have hope, for the good of humanity."