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Does it matter if Donald Sterling is Jewish?(c) Parashat Emor

Does it matter if Donald Sterling is Jewish?(c) Rabbi David Baum, Parashat Emor, 2014/5774
This week, the news of Donald Sterling gripped the nation. For those of you do not know, Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers, was secretly taped by his mistress making racist comments. Basketball justice was swift – just days after the recordings went public, Adam Silver, the new commissioner of basketball, gave Mr. Sterling the worst possible punishment he could: a lifetime ban from the Clippers and the NBA, and a 2.5 million dollar fine, the highest fine that can be assessed. Let me ask you something – when you first heard about this story, did you wonder, is Donald Sterling Jewish? Turns out, he is, but his birth name is Donald Tokowitz. Then I learned his parents were immigrants to this country, his father a vegetable peddler. Then, it was confirmed, Donald Tokowitz is Jewish. Donald Sterling – how did you feel when you found that he was Jewish? I asked that question to o…