I allow I have no vested interest, other than my appreciation of open space, concerning the proposal for the Chabad synagogue off Stevenson Road (“Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case,” Nov. 20). However, I am concerned about the charged, inflammatory rhetoric and what seems to me a misguided ad hominem attack upon a fine, upstanding man.
I know Dana Stein as my legislator and friend. Legislator Stein has been in the forefront of protecting our ecological and environmental interests as well as other progressive issues. He is easily contacted by any constituent and responds in kind.
Further, I know him to be a true mensch, someone with no malice aforethought in this or in any other issue.
To perceive this neighborhood’s opposition as anti-Russian or even anti-Jewish are arguments specious and fatuous. To understand this retort, simply imagine a church congregation petitioning the same. I suspect most strongly that Dana, as a local property owner merely, and the other well over 400 families (I doubt they are all Jewish) would just as intently attempt to thwart such a protocol.
Nay, it simply appears that this community wants to maintain the peace that they bargained for when they purchased their homes. Well, again, I cannot speak to that, but I can fully disavow personal attacks, completely wrong-headed, against one of the kindest, most compassionate persons I know, with a keen intellect, who exemplifies kiddush Hashem.
If those who wish this synagogue want to give their arguments, let them and their supporters do so with cogent views, not emotional flaws in reasoning.