From a Former Dallas Rabbi Living in Israel, An Open Letter to President Bush

In 1992, Stewart Weiss was the rabbi at Congregation Tiferet Israel on Hillcrest Road. He then picked up and moved his wife and six children to Israel -- specifically, to the town of Ra'anana, a suburb of Tel Aviv populated with English-speaking immigrants. Weiss went to Israel to run the Jewish Outreach Center, a sort of welcoming committee and education center for immigrants.

In the fall of 2002, Weiss' son Ari was serving in the Israeli army when he died in the West Bank; according to the Associated Press' account, he was shot and killed "while trying to help a wounded soldier during a clash with Palestinians." Here you will find several stories and remembrances prepared by The Jerusalem Post, where Stewart Weiss remains a columnist. Which brings me to the point of this post: Today, in advance of President Bush's first trip to Israel tomorrow, Weiss has penned in the Post an open letter to the president titled "From one Texan to another." --Robert Wilonsky

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