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Gibson's New Gig -- Yom Kippur Keynote Speaker?

8/1/2006 7:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a letter from a prominent Los Angeles Rabbi asking Mel Gibson to speak at his temple on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

Mel Gibson: ExclusiveIn the letter, David Baron, the Rabbi for the Temple of the Arts, the largest entertainment industry synagogue in the United States, wrote: "...I wish to invite you to come and speak in order that you might directly express to the Jewish community your remorse. I feel that Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, would be an appropriate time."

Rabbi Baron added: "In our faith we are commanded to forgive when the offending party takes the necessary steps and offers an apology from the heart."

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Rabbi Baron, who recently spent time with Pope Benedict XVI, has had prominent Yom Kippur speakers in the past. Last year, Senator Hillary Clinton spoke on personal forgiveness.

On Tuesday, Gibson acknowledged he made anti-Semitic remarks while under arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. The actor reached out to the Jewish community to "help me on my journey through recovery." Gibson said he was not anti-Semitic but added "I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from..."

TMZ contacted Rabbi Baron, who is vacationing in Spain. He said: "Some members of the congregation were skeptical about Mr. Gibson's recent statement and felt he was absolute anti-Semite. My response was 'Better a repentant anti-Semite than an unrepentant anti-Semite.'"

TMZ contacted Gibson's rep who would not comment on the Rabbi's offer.

Click to read Rabbi David Baron's letter

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Jerry W. Gray    

I wish that everyone that has such vitriolic remarks to make re: Mel Gibson, would take the time to sincerely take a hard look at themselves. It's so very easy to take "cheap shots" at someone,rich or poor,black or white,Christian, Jew,or Muslim,when they make a mistake and become a target for all of those people that are so perfect that they can vociferate and criticize as if they are such upstanding people that nothing,absolutely nothing could impinge upon their character.. "Ye who are without sin,cast the first stone"
AlphaOmegaRR@aol.com.

2898 days ago
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tina prudhomme    

gee whiz,am i the only one in this world that has done something wrong . can't we all say we have been drunk, said or did things we wish we could take back or erase, when i drink i love everyone. shame on all of you who think they can walk on water. put yourself in anothers postion. would you really want your ugly mistake on tv for this whole world to see? what comes around goes around. beside the is america everyone has opinion no matter how wrong it is. i am sure he hates himself more than any of you can possibly imagine. there is too much hate, anger, and resentment in this world already. now how about we talk about things that matter like starving , beaten and neglected children?

2898 days ago
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Mel    

THE JEWS ARE SOOO HOLY-THEY NEVER SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT ANYONE ELSE! PHONIES, THEY KILLED JESUS!

THEY ARE ALSO LEADING THE MIDDLE EAST INTO ONE HELL OF A CRISIS FUNDED BY THE US AND WE WONDER WHY THE ARABS ATTACK US LIKE IN 9/11!

BOMOB ISRAEL AND SOLVE THE TERRRORISM ISSUES ONCE AND FOR ALL.

2898 days ago
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Kat    

Eric - Jesus was a false prophet.

Period.

And my flip good buddy George. hahahahah! C'mon, get yer white sheet out of the closet and see if you can't get an honorary membership in the KKK!

You know, many people convert to Judaism. If the Jews were so elitist and exclusive they wouldn't allow converts. I know Jews who live in mixed religious households, one married to a Catholic, one married to an athiest Asian woman. I know plenty a Catholic who wouldn't marry their current spouse unless they converted. Does that make the Catholics elitist racists? No. What makes a person racist and bigoted is how they were raised - not what racial background or religion they were born into.

Look at any playground in virtually any city where you are apt to see a large representation of different ethnic backgrounds and watch the children at play. They distinguish not by skin color. They don't query each other on religious affiliations. They play. They marvel in each other and laugh and play. They could care less. This attitude of bigotry and racial hatred, this proclivity to slur people of a specific racial or religious background, yours included, is LEARNED behaviour.

Melly learned his from his redneck daddy.

I'm racist? Wow. That's news to me. I am a mixed breed white - English, German, Yugoslavian, Irish, Polish, Ukranian. I have, on occasion lamented that I don't really have any strong historical ties to a culture and admire those who do and continue to teach it to their children to pass down. Kind of like the Jews do. If it were blacks who were slandered by Mr. Gibson I'm sure this forum would have turned out a whole lotta backlash against the blacks. And I would be calling out every single one of the sons of bitches who did so. If it were the 'flips' Mel ranted about, I would be defending their right to exist and live peacefully. If it were Muslims being taken to task on this board because Mel made a drunken "mistake" and referred to them all as terrorists - I would be slamming the racial slander there as well.

I am the least bigoted person you could ever hope to know. Know what I attribute that to? Not having a religous affiliation. Being agnostic allows me to open my eyes and consider the attraction of all faiths as it appeals to their faithful.

What's YOUR story? What makes you so hateful and full of such bitter bile. It must be hard to have to swallow your own crap day in and day out.

2898 days ago
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Kat    

Oh and George? i hate to keep pointing out your spelling errors, and, well, do you actually KNOW the meaning of apartheid (correctly spelled for your benefit here)? Here's the dictionary definition for you so you can be sure to use it in the right context next time.

apartheid

n : a social policy or racial segregation involving political and economic and legal discrimination against non-whites; the former official policy in South Africa

Please take note George, it does not refer to non-Jews.

2898 days ago
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Kat    

Oh, and one other thing George. My Jew fiance employs a significant number of 'Flips'. His staff turnover is virtually nil. The company throws incredible Christmas parties (gotta love a Jew who can admire a well decorated Channuka bush!) for their staff - usually at a resort with rooms paid for staff and their families for an entire weekend, pays them generously and rewards them with terrific bonuses. They love him. I don't think it is just his companies generousity which compells them to feel fondly toward him - I think it is moreso the fact that the man doesn't have a prejudiced bone in his body.

His mother was a Holocaust survivor. I never had the honor of meeting her as she passed away a few years before we met. For those of you who deny the Holocaust you should slit your wrists and lay on an anthill until you bleed out. Better yet, while some are still living, perhaps you could find a survivor and ask them to tell you their story. Sadly, the last generation of survivors is slowly perishing from old age. Soon there will be no one left to tell their story. And when there are no living faces to attest to the horrors of the concentration/death camps? I fear that future generations may well be even more gregarious in their display of contempt.

What kind of world do we live in where people somehow justify in their small, closed minds their 'right' to spread hate?

2898 days ago
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TheNYNegotiator    

Gibson after having a leading veternarian exam him...was found not to be suffering at all from anything!!!!! what caused his utterings was indeed a backup of GAS that could not escape his butt....henceforth all that presure came out the wrong end.......Gibsons lawyers state that this was all due to tainted water from the bar he was at...they deny that any words were at all anti-semetic in nature....it just sounded that way....everything will come out in court ..they said after a few days of gibson grazing in the outback he sems to be doing better.....numerous reports of scared dingos running for their lives are not true his lawyers say!!!!!
its amazing what a few high powered lawyers can say to make things so clear LOL.....the hezbollah offered to take a shot at him if he was to visit Israel...saying they want peace LOL...now who can we really beleive in all this....

2898 days ago
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vicki    

Actually, the Palestinians stole the land from the Jews in the first place. It was originally Caanan when it was stolen from the Israelites.
"Mel fan" and "Benjamin" spouting like true anti-semetic, ignornant morons. Benjamin , you need to go back to the library and re-read history. If you have trouble understanding the big words, perhaps the librrian will be better able to assist you. Your facts were somewhat misguided . Both of you should go f**k yourselves.
"Mel Pittier"

2898 days ago
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vicki    

Actually, the Palestinians stole the land from the Jews in the first place. It was originally Caanan when it was stolen from the Israelites.
"Mel fan" and "Benjamin" spouting like true anti-semetic, ignornant morons. Benjamin , you need to go back to the library and re-read history. If you have trouble understanding the big words, perhaps the librrian will be better able to assist you. Your facts were somewhat misguided . Both of you should go f**k yourselves.
"Mel Pittier"

2898 days ago
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carol kramer    

to all you bigots....jesus was a jewish prophet. yes jewish you fools.

2898 days ago
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Unser    

Ha-ha-ha...Isn't that sooo obvious? Everybody already almost forget about WHY THE GUY WAS ACTUALLY STOPPED....But what he said about fking jews. It sounds already like Gibson was operating the "gas-chamber" or they found his old SS uniform somewhere:))))) Shut the FU already! Check what jews doing in the Middle East. Killing children? That's not anti-semitic? Guess not. It's very kosher:))))

PS: #3- good comment.
#9- thumbs up.

2898 days ago
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Unser    

To Idiot #253:

Jesus was Galilean.
So STFU.

2898 days ago
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mkay    

I don't feel Mel owes the jewish community anything else. He's apologized what more do they want a crack licking??? When does the hollywood liberals ever go to great lengths to ask for forgiveness? They don't, but since they don't like Mel after making "The Passion of the Christ", they want to crufify him too.

2898 days ago
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mkay    

Kat, you're spreading hate!! You need to go back and read everything you have just written. You don't like people's opinions so you call them names and everything else. Practice what you preach!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2898 days ago
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Mel    

UNDER JEWISH THEORY OF HISTORICAL LAND RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN INDIANS TRIBES SHOULD HAVE ALL THEIR LANDS RETURNED THEM.

THAT WOULD ALSO INCLUDE ALL THE JEWISH AMERICANS RETURNING THEIR CURRENT PROPERTIES TO THE PROPER AND RIGHTFUL AMERICAN INDIAN OWNERS.

WHERE DOES THE LOGICAL STOP?

THE LOGICAL STOPS WHEN JEWSIH AND ONLY JEWISH NEEDS ARE MET.

THIS IS WHY PEOPLE ARE UPSET WITH THE JEWS. FORGET HISTORY WHAT THEY DO TODAY IS PUT THEIR CAUSES AGGRESSIVELY BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD. THIS LEAVE EVERYONE ELSE WITH A REAL SENSE OF DISMAY AND FRUTRATION.

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