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June 30, 2009

Steven Spielberg’s Torah Donation

Usually, the donation of a Torah to a religious facility is a mitzvah. or as the Torah explains – an act of human kindness. In this case however, I look at it as an abomination, or an averah – a moral transgression. If you’re not Jewish, hang in there and finish reading this. If you are Jewish, you’ll be really pissed off when you finish reading this. Even if you’re not Jewish, this will make your blood boil. The MPTF is not a religious facility. Its beauty is the non-denominational and bi-cultural environment that it fosters. Try getting a Nativity Scene erected. It’s not going to happen. Try having the Five Pillars of Islam promoted and practiced publicly. It’s not going to happen. Try to erect a Buddhist shrine (they’re small and usually scene at many donut shops around the San Fernando Valley). Forget it! Not going to happen! Then why is this very public endorsement of the holiest of holies, and its acceptance into the Home happening? The answer is obvious to anyone who has been fighting against the MPTF’s final solution – that being the eviction of the elderly that continues, even in the face of a disproportionate amount of deaths that have occurred, in my view, as a result of the attempted closing of the Long Term Care unit. This is a pr move that has the gall to use a Torah as its pawn. The MPTF is getting horrible press. We’ve done our best to publicize the storm trooper practices of the fund’s hired social workers who bully and muscle the elderly and infirm out to facilities that you wouldn’t kennel your dog in. This is the lame attempt of a desperate pr company to create a positive spin on a desperate situation. What message does this send to those who are still cowering in their rooms awaiting the call to leave? This is the message, however subconscious and nefarious: “Those f-ing Jews are kicking me out”. How could you blame those whose mental capabilities are challenged by old age to not think that? How unfair that such a commotion is made to install a Jewish Torah to a non-denominational health facility? Where is the separation of church and state – since the MPTF receives a lot of funding from the State of California? This Jew, the one who is writing this, is disgusted that someone of Steven Spielberg’s stature has not thought this through. I urge you to call Rabbi Rosenberg, one of the hack chaplains of the MPTF, and to voice your disgust. (818) 876-1888, ext. 4086 And, if you’re up to it – please contact me at if you want to participate in a peaceful protest on Tuesday afternoon, June 30. I’ll forward the details. The desecration of the Torah will not go unnoticed.


Steven Spielberg is donating a Torah to the MPTF on Tuesday, June 30. The rest of my diatribe will now seem more coherent.

Richard Stellar


1 Comment »

  1. I remember reading this on The Wrap, and thinking how odd that a public institution like the Motion Picture Home would underwrite the stationing of and accept a gift of a Torah. Surely, there’s something amiss here.

    Then, reading further – I was enrapt at the compelling argument that Mr. Stellar makes for the reasons behind it. His damnation of Spielberg’s hypocrisy is so on point that I’m hoping Mr. Spielberg takes heed of Richard Stellar’s words. They speak the truth. The Torah has no place at a facility that is systematically removing elderly. Those who made personal attacks against Stellar the person, and not Stellar the iconoclast, is attempting feebly to find chinks in the armor of the truth as Stellar sees it.

    Remarkable that this is allowed to happen, especially in these times where equality of worship and the separation of church and state is not worth the paper it’s printed on.

    Comment by Huntington — July 17, 2009 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

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