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Page 2, HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, March 2, 1979 (USPS 340-370), Published weekly (cept for two weeks during the summer) in separate Orlando and Bay Region editions for $] 1.00 per calendar year to Florida addresses ($1.00 more to the rest of the U.S.) and pro-rated thereafter, by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 711 E. Altarnonte Dr., Suite 120, Aitamonte Sprihgs, FL 32701. Second-class postage paid at Altarnonte Spdngs, FL, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER 8, SUBSCRIBERS: Send address changes to' HERITAGE, P.O. Box 446, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. GEPIE STARN. Editor & Publisher EDITORIAL: Managing Editor, Tinker Sale, Ass't. Managing Editor, Barbara Coenson; Editorial Assoc., Belle Damoung; Contributors: Linda Arnon, Linda Endler, Anita Tritt. PRODUCTION: Laura Roth, Elaine Starn, Dianne WursL ADVERTISING: Coordinator: Susan Esteuez, Odando Representative, Ethel Goldberg; Bay Region Representative, Robert Jacobs. MAEJNG ADDRESS= P.O. Box 446, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. PCBUCATION OFRCF_: 711 E. Aitamonte Dr. (S.R, 436), Suite 120, amonte Springs, Florida. PHONE NUMBERS Tampa= (813) 224-0070 Orlando: (305) 834-8787, 834-8277 " BLUE RID6E CAMP and RESORT For Boys & Girls 6-16 MOUNTAIN OF FUN Where Spring Comes & Spends the Summer MOUNTAIN CITY GA • All Water Sports in Our Own Twin Spring Fed Lakes • White Water Canoeing • Mr. Trail Rides • Pro Golf & Tennis • Arts & Crafts • Sailing • Scuba • Gymnastics and Dance • Go Carts • Trips by Canoe • Horseback Riding • Rock Climbing • Basketball • Soccer • Softball • Hockey • Zoological & Science Program • All Oietary Laws Observed • Shabbat Services Medical Staff Available at All Times Member American Camping Association COAOH J.I. MONTGOMERY MORRIS & SHEILA WALDMAN STAN & BARBARA MINTZ Miami Beach Phone 305-538-3434 or Write P.O. Box 2888, Miami Beach, Fla. 33140 'Tzedakah'-- a Must in Judaism The Excuses Hall of F EDITOR'S NOTE: Because our community is in the midst of its course you can and that's why Tzedakah giving haS annual Federation fund drive, we think the following article is on your way of life. most timely. It appeared originally in the Southern Israelite -- I have to talk it over with wife or (Atlanta), written by Jack GeJbart, its foEner editor & man or a mouse?Or, are I publisher, woman? You Charity is more than a tenet of Judaism, it is a musL a unit that should act together but when it come5 Uniquely, Jewish giving is considered not a virtue but a duty one has to know what is right and do it. Your -- for Jews are commanded by the concept of tzedakah (a proud of you. Hebrew word meaning "righteousness") to aid those who -- I resent your telling me what tO give. need help. It is the only way for a Jew. Tradition dictates that people weren't mad about this they wou justice is established by being righteous and there is actually else to be mad about. Good solicitation no separate word for ,charity" in Hebrew. suggestion of what should be given but, The campaign to raise money for Welfare Federations all community estimate and not the over the world is drawing to a close right now and the local solicitor. Like it or not, the community has agencies and the State of Israel never needed the money everyone's ability to give. The estimate can quite so badly, opinion about capacity to give is always there As always, there are those who have opened their pocket- -- Leave the card. This is the old dela) books, but there are also those who think up the damdest community need the money now. excuses for not giving. -- Call me back. This is the worst g In fact, there is a "hall of fame" of excuses which have been volunteer makes a dime out of the agony of used through the years. They go like this. dare we ask them to call us back? The -- Why do you pick on me? This is the old persecution bit time for the benefit of charity and some non-givers are particularly adept at this maneuver, put off. Everyone. should actually feel honored (remember -- Don't like to be pressured. "righteousness") rather than "picked on" when asked to us likes pressure but being a Jew is a contribute, existence and we have to learn to live with it. --I havetowaituntiltheendofmyfiscalyear.Sixmonths urgent and we can't afford the luxury of ago they didn't know what a fiscal year was and now they're decisions. waiting on one. A good businessman should know the status of his business and doesn't need to wait for an annual Think of it this way. Charity is ingrained in our accounting to tell him what should be in his heart any denial of the urge to give frustrates --- I have to check with my accountant. Much of the time eventually makes us unhappy. An anecdote by businessmen criticize or ignore their accountant's advice but illustrates how automatic our reaction to whenever they search frantically for an excuse the accountant should be: becomes a paragon of timing. Accountants should not be A teacher, meeting her class on the burdened with such moral questions. They know best howto asked each child to stand and give his or implement a decision but not whether it should be made. hobby. -- I have a special expense this veer -- a Bar Mitzvah. The The first child rose and said, question is not whether one can afford the Bar Mitzvah or I'm ten years old, and I like to ro l lers kate." wedding or whatever other simcha is taking place, but The second student rose: "My whether giving will materially change one's way of life. Will nine years old, and I collect you still be able to go to Vegas? Will you still be ableto eat out The third student rose: "My once or twice a week? Can you still belong to the club? Of years old, and I pledge five dollars." LIMITED ENROLLMENT Combating Christian Missionaries Part Two .,/i] III I Richard What is the most A Rabbi Views Resistance __.o... (In responsetogrowingpressurefrom Jesus' coming as theMessiah, missionary's verses. When, for They are , , , = = m--or*an* Jewish congregation'sChdstian missionarieSteenagers,amongRabbihis the second that Jews are example, the fundamentalist the Bimholz formulated a strategy of slaves to a harsh and unfor- contends that Jesus is the defensive resistance. First, he taught his giving faith and are in need of "Suffering Servant" referred to think his Publication u,"*  students "strategy answers" to Jesus' saving grace, thethird inlsaiah53.theJewishanswer mostim statements such as "You're going to that Judaism is a second-class section explains how the subtle way hoB..." He held training sessions for faith which can be made chapter has been interpreted because the the 20th Century? various age groups0 teaching students to walk away from mission complete only with Jesus' out of historical context. It has no encounters. Then he held week-end teachings, the fourth that Jews suggests that the prophet arrogance. sessions of intense drill to instill who reject Jesus are doomed Isaiah himself is the more "strategy answers" to basic If, for conversionist techniques. The to eternal damnation and the likely servant who suffers sionist says, following is the second in a sedes of fifth that Jewish suffering is because he has the courage to hell if you three parts concerning the Rabbi's punishment for killing Christ. tell the Israelites of their Jesus," resistance to Christian missionaries.) These claims are then immorality. 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