Subsequent to my publication of Levy's own reconstruction of the facts and circumstances confronting JAFI, I then became the new "pen pal" of Rich Bernstein, UIA's Chair. Our correspondence follows:
Bernstein's first missive:
So I responded:"Richard:Cut the crap.No one knows who “Jacob Levy” of “The Worldwide Friends of JAFI48/5 King George Street, City Of Westminster, Wsm W10 4” is. Why could that be?Ok.Jacob: please tell me who you are within the next 24 hours or I will assume you are Richard W.
And tell everyone, everywhere, the true unless you fess up now.I am not kidding.R"
Now that I have read your e-mails more carefully, I have to ask: did you really write: “And tell everyone, everywhere, the true unless you fess up now. I am not kidding”?
Richard"I know, I know, my font choice failed in comparison to Rich's. But, heck, I know Rich to be a lawyer, and expected better use of the English language.
Not satisfied, Rich chose to go down the "when did you start beating your wife" track:
"Yes. I did."Followed by:
"Richard, that is not a denial."So I responded: "“Cut the crap” seems the appropriate response. Reach out to Jacob Levy yourself."
But Bernstein was unabashed:
And I responded:"Richard:You still have not denied my accusation.I am waiting.Rich"
"See if you understand this, Rich. As I have written in my Blog — I have no idea who Jacob Levy is or whether, even, a “Jacob Levy” exists. For all I know you may be “Jacob Levy.”"
This seemed to anger Mr. Bernstein:
I will await his reply.
"Cool.So is that a denial that you are *not* Jacob Levy?Yes or no?Simple question."
So I told Rich Bernstein, lawyer, Chair of UIA, that this dialogue was too good not to be published on these pages. After uttering a "J'Accuse" (really, J'Accuse!!), he continued with the following, copying everyone from Michael Siegal to, no doubt, G-d almighty:
So, Rich, pleased to oblige -- I have printed the entire correspondence -- whereas you did not."R************************************************************************************Cool beans.And, for what it is worth, you have yet to say the simple words : “yes” or “no” to the question whether you are, or aren’t, “Jacob Levy”.Real simple. Just reply to all.But please:Right now I am in the ring trying to fight the fight along with many, many other good people.You are not.You are being neither helpful nor constructive. I, for one, am tired of your self-absorbed dribble.Things are not simple or easy in the Jewish world.I suspect they never were.(Think back to when you were in the leadership chair, if you can.)Take a breath.Or go see a doctor.Really.Believe or not – with love……..Rich(p.s. if you threaten me that you are going to print this is your blog, that’s is fine. But, please, do it in full as there are a lot of people cc’ed on this.)" *
And, days ago, I addended the Part 1 Post as follows:
"Apparently, many of you who do not read this Blog regularly and others who do received a copy of this Post by email from a "Jacob Levy." Quite a few have asked me "who is this person?" The answer is simply "I do not know who Jacob Levy is." I must admit, however, that I appreciate the efforts of one and all who increase the circulation of this Blog."As I always do, I signed this. Having claimed to have read it, Rich Bernstein chose to ignore it , inasmuch as that would not have fit within his narrative, his inflamed rhetoric, or his so evident aspirations. BTW, before his final diatribe -- the Rich Bernstein version of Emile Zola's J'Accuse, Rich accused me, of being a "cyber-bully."
* Rich Bernstein copied 21 leaders with his J'Accuse diatribe.