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TAG, FLORIDA JEWISH NE WS  Y 'l I r\\; c Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ......... ' ........................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Book of Job relevant now Flash90/JTA Clockwise, from top left, party leaders Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud-Beitenu, Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid, Aryeh Deri of Shas and Naftali Bennett of Jewish Home. What Israel's next government might look like By Ben Sales at 31 seats, and will probably be asked satisfaction from one party could doom TEL AVIV (JTA)--One day after the election, all of the Israeli news sites show an even pie chart: 60 Knesset seats for the left and 60 for the right. But the Knesset isn't actually divided 60-60. It's split four ways--42 for the right, 48 for the center-left, 18 for haredi Orthodox and 12 for the Arab parties. Haredim have been called the "natural partners" of the right, though they're really free agents. And Arab parties have never been asked to join a coalition, which makes them all but irrelevant to the process of forming the next government. That leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind. His right-wing faction, Likud-Beiteinu, is the biggest By Uriel Heilman to form the coalition. Wil! it opt for the same government it has now--a narrow, uncompromising alliance of the right- wing and haredi parties? Or will it tack toward the center? Here are some possible coalition scenarios: Status quo: right wing-haredi Parties: Likud-Beiteinu (31), Jewish Home (11), Shas (11), United Torah Judaism (7) Size: 60 MKs This government would be just big enough for Netanyahu to survive a no- confidence vote in the Knesset (which requires a majority), but it would be hard to get much else done. The parties agree on a broad right-wing agenda, but dis- the government. Most important, Shas and UTJ, the haredi parties, would stridently oppose including haredi yeshiva students in Israel's mandatory conscription, a stated goal of Netanyahu and Jewish Home. And Netanyahu would be on the ideological left of this coalition rather than in the center. Center-right Parties: Likud-Beiteinu (31), Yesh Atid (19), Jewish Home (11). Possibly: Hatnua (6), Kadima (2) Size: 61 to 69 MKs According to analysts, this is Netan- yahu's top choice. It includes three of Next on page 18A Can Lapid and Netanyahu make common cause? (JTA)--Lastweek's election in Israelwas awatershed--but not in the ways one might - -q t3, = =008o  '' think. In almost every election cycle, the campaign has been about one thing. To adapt James Carville's famous ad- age: It's about security, stupid. Except this time, it wasn't. The reason is counterin- tuitive: With Israel facing immense security challenges on everything from Iran to the Arab Spring to Hamas' grow- ing strength in the Palestin- ian territories, there is wide consensus among Israelis that now is not a good time to take risks for peace. Polls show that even as most Israel is still favor a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian con- flict, most believe peace is not achievable in the near term. And with no credible al- ternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the vast majority of Israelis took for granted that he would win and lead the next government anyway. So when it came time to go to the polls, an unusually Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash 90/JTA Yesh Atid chiefYair Lapid addresses party supporters Jan. 22 in Tel Aviv following the release of exit poll results from the Israeli elections. large number of Israelis cast their votes for parties focused mostly on domestic socio- economic issues and hardly at all on security--namely, Yesh Arid, which picked up 19 seats in the 120-member Knesset, and Labor, which won 15 seats. Meanwhile, the right-wing bloc in Netanyahu's coalition lost a bit of ground, slipping to Common on page 18A Sarah M. Brown Rabbi Harold Kushner, who spoke at Congregation of Reform Judaism, is flanked by Rabbi Rick Sherwin (left) of Congregation Beth Am and Rabbi Steve Engel of CRJ. By Mark I. Pinsky Special to the Heritage The Bible's Book of Job is a largely unread literary masterpiece, a work of"sheer genius" that is relevant to modern times, according to Rabbi Harold Kushner, whose poignant, best-selling book, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," became a worldwide phenomenon. Kushner, 78, spoke without notes at the Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando Jan. 23, in a jointly spon- sored appearance by CRJ and Congregation Beth Am of Longwood. The talk drew a diverse, overflow crowd of more than 700, including many clergy and lay people from area churches. The traditional interpreta- tion of Job is that God wa- gers Satan that a prosperous, happy man can be stripped of his faith if he loses everything. Job loses his wealth, his health and his 10 children, but in the end he remains unquestion- ingly faithful to God. Yet Kushner insisted that the book, at least in its cen- tral poetic central section, is misunderstood. "Job is not an unthink- ing believer," Kushner said. "He has complaints with God for much of the book... Job doesn't want to believe in a God that makes mistakes," which Job believes He has done by afflicting him. In our lives, Kushner said, it is rational to be angry at God when people suffer unfairly and undeservedly. And to ask, "Why is God doing this?" Anger and doubt about God can be understandable and Relevant on page 19A February is going to be Super at JFGO From 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 volunteers will gather at the Federation office for Super Sunday and ask com- munity members to support the 2013 annual campaign. Super Sunday is Federation's premier grassroots, commu- nity-building day. It's when the Jewish community comes together in spirit and action as one. So thousands of Jews in Central Florida, in Israel and around the globe can get the help they need. This year's event is chaired by Rhonda Forest, who is at work soliciting donations, food and prizes, to ensure that volunteers have a super day. Jews of all ages from across the community unite on Super Sunday to demonstrate our passion for our people and our heritage. In the past hundreds of community members have been a part of this dynamic communitywide event--an exciting opportunity for each of us to celebrate Jewish life today and ensure a vibrant future for everyone. Orlando is young and vibrant. Its core group of volunteers and lay leaders are young families who are building a community for their children. There is a Tal- mud saying"I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children." Super Sunday donations ensure we can carry forward in our responsibility to join in the community building ef- forts, says an event organizer. Super Sunday donations help assist the elderly and frail, including Holocaust survivors. It helps fight poverty and feed the hun- gry, especially as increasing numbers of families at home and overseas have their lives turned upside down by this difficult economy. And it helps rescue and resettle Jewish immigrants in Israel. And locally, it will help strengthen Jewish life in Central Florida. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's mission is to nurture a unified Jewish community that transcends generations and neighbor- hoods. To learn more or to register to volunteer, visit, www.JFGO.org.