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Your Focus on Las Vegas Victim’s Beauty Is Offensive

To the Forward,

Of course I have every sympathy for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. But when I read the line about what a young man told his Jewish mother when he met his wife for the first time (“She’s so beautiful, I can’t believe she’s Jewish!”), I couldn’t believe I was reading a Jewish publication. The article would have been fine without that statement about Mr. Grumet’s views of beauty.

Would the Forward or Mr. Feldman have included a statement if a Jewish woman had said “He’s so handsome, I can’t believe he’s Jewish!”? And would that viewpoint have bothered anyone on staff who might have hesitated before publishing it in an otherwise sympathetic article?

Janine Baer El Cerrito, California


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