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Friday, August 24, 2007

Say what?? : US Hebrew school ordered to halt Hebrew classes

A Hebrew school is free to teach anything it likes. Anything but Hebrew, that is. This is not happening in Nazi Germany, Tsarist Russia, the Middle Ages, or the USSR of the 1970s. It is Florida, right now. Why? Because it might be advocating the Jewish religion! If they study the  bible in English, aren't they also in danger of advocating religion?

I studied the bible in Hebrew. If that was supposed to be a way to make me religious, it didn't work, I confess. But of course, others might be affected. After all, I watch television all the time and don't go out and murder anyone, though "everyone knows" that TV violence causes real violence. I must be abnormal, I guess, right?

Wouldn't it be a terrible thing if they were advocating the Jewish faith in Hebrew, in secret, and all those state officials didn't know? People might go out and do unto others as they would have done unto themselves or something dangerous like that. You never know.

How and where does one draw the line?

If the kids are taught to say in Hebrew, "I am the Lord they God, thou shalt have none other before me" - is that advocating the Jewish faith? Study of the bible is a very important part of Hebrew language study. It is hard to see how one could study the bible in any language without being in danger of advocating a faith, and, perish the thought, Zionism.  

Read it and weep (or laugh):

US Hebrew school ordered to halt Hebrew classes

A charter school has been ordered to temporarily suspend Hebrew classes while officials try to determine whether teachers are advocating the Jewish faith.

Broward Schools Superintendent James Notter sent a letter to officials at the Ben Gamla Charter School in Hollywood on Wednesday advising them to halt Hebrew classes until the school board could further examine the curriculum....  

When I went to school in the United States, teachers were still making students make Christmas tree decorations and the like. That was clearly wrong. Nobody should be forced to do anything against their own conscience. But if parents and students want the students to learn about their own religion, what is the harm?

Ami Isseroff


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