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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 28, 2003 PAGE 19 Continued from page 4 But, like the gambler playing at the fixed card game. When why he continued to Play, knowing it was fixed, he man, but it's game in town!" U.N. has certainly been friend of Israel. It has been Called the most anti-Semitic forum on earth. But Israel re- mains a member. And takes their grievances to the floor .and in the back channels. Why? mains the only game in But George W. Bush has de- cided that unless this forum does it his way, they are irrel- evant and notworthy of discus- sion. How will members act towards the U.S. when it comes to rebuilding Iraq? Will they go along with the President's rather naive vision of trans- forming the whole Middle East into one happy family of demo- cratic societies? Who knows? One thing for sure, George W. Bush did not excel at history when he attended Yale. It would appear from what he says and the way he and his triumvirate of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz ap- proach the world, that there is no grand vision. No overall macro plan for how the world should look post 9/11 and un- der the new realities of this new millennium. I happen to be singularly impressed with Prime Minis- ter Tony Blair. There is a man withvision. He articulateswell, passionately and definitively. He does not talk of any "axis of evil". He backs the President of the United States on the Iraq war and makes a better case than does George W. Bush. But he goes beyond that and states goals for all of the Middle East and Europe. And, he does not approach it in any Pollyanna way. He is a realist, a pragma- tist and I wish he could run for the Democratic Party's bid for the Presidency in 2004. Yes, there are many uncer- tainties in the days and weeks ahead. There may be terrorist Chesed Continued from page 3 shows her love of Klal Yisrael (The Jewish People) and Juda- ism in so many ways within our synagogue family. Since her bat mitzvah she has read Torah many times and led ser- vices. Gray started as a He- brew tutor for our religious school and has now become the teaching assisant for He- attacks at concerts and play- grounds. Containers arriving at U.S. ports containing God knows what. The uncertainty continues. Gather your family brew, working regularly with several of our students pre- paring them for their b'nai mitzvah. No task is too large or too small for her, and she is awonderful role model for our students and adults." Rachel, the daughter of Sally Gray, is in the eighth grade at Glenridge Middle School. "We hope the community will come out and supportall of around you. Live in the cer- tainty of your love. Appreciate every day and remember, life is just one damn thing after an- other. the winners. The Chesed Project is a first for the Central Florida Jewish community in recognizing the outstanding Jewish students throughout our community. We are pleased that every eligible synagogue and educational institution has responded with a Chesed win- ner," stated Shirley Kohn and Isabelle Seikin, chairpersons of the event. Shayna Maidel Continued from page 3 director, Shelly Ackman. ' Opening night is Thursday, h "This is a heart-wrenching, April3at7".30p.m.;performances Cart-warming show with will be held Saturdays, April 5 O derful Not and 12 8 and performances! at p.m. Sundays, nnissed," said the show's April 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. Aaron Continued from page 5 emptive wars, they are not the way of the world, not the way ngs the world it's always been done. War, as .neverseen, themindcould absurd as it may seem, has maagine. Turning human always been played by certain into bars of soap. Cre- rules. Many have died because factories that turned of that etiquette. into puffs of smoke.It took Pearl Harbor to get performing hideous this country into World War on babies. II, even though it should have had thepowerto been clear long before what didn't. Those who the gathering threat was, even the Jews, paid though acting sooner would price, have saved literally tens of finhasalready millions of human lives. things the world hasSo strong is the taboo seen, the mind cannot against pre-emption that Is- Look at the video ofrael sat on its hands in 1973 as to death af- the forces of the Egyptian and Syrian armies massed on its did not destroy his borders for the greatest tank attack in human history. Is- ifSaddam rael knew it was coming, hell, it saw it was coming, saw the Years. There would be thousands of tanks ready to no Iran, per- roll, and yet it waited, failed to ;no Israel. act, had to first be attacked ine Saddam hav- before it could defend the lives some of its people, the life of the years. That country. Thousands of Israel's" our nightmare, very best young men rest in would be a sin their graves because the rules with the power to say you have to be attacked not to act. We knew who before you can act. saw what he was Echoes. 1936, yet we waited When God was going to waited to stop bring the Torah into the world, t, needed more proof, kept tradition teaches us that He him another chance. It offered it to all the countries world until 1945 to onearth, one by one. And, one it should have done by one, each turned it down. Tens of millions They wanted changes, to do died because we some editing, soften some of gwith the language. Too many rules, number of inno- too much emphasis on being Who will pay the price good, doing right. Other rea- r higher, the price to sons, other excuses. Waiting is Watching the Security c.Ornpassion nor wisdom; Council in action made me and suicide, think of that. Watching na- It is said that coin- tion after nation refusing to ,offorc- stand up, finding rationales the truth on our and excuses and reasons, look- so, say if you wish ing only for what was in its coincidence best interest, not caring about Bush's speech others or what is right. Acting a final uitima- out of every motive imagin- on Purim. able, except for noble ones. fact that it was One nation has stood up the night of the against Saddam, just as one wasanecho people said yes to God. Only the Jews chose the Torah, vol- we tell the story untarily chose to accept what tyrant deter- was hard, what was unpopu- to destroy an entireiar, what called on them to be Por no reason other their best selves, to always and hate. And because only act in accord with God's to. A tyrant will, to always and only "do East who will unto others as you would have kything, done unto you." Tough job, goal. not the easiest way to go, lots some telling you you are wrong, ar- he was stopped, rogant, who do you think you along with his sons.are. could act. Many hating you, oppos- ing you, feeling threatened t like by standards and be- Tickets are $14 for general public, $12 for members, stu- dents and seniors, and $10 for JCC students and seniors. For tickets call 407-645-5933, ext. 245. iiefs. A job calling for a lot of sacrifice, a lot of self-sacri- fice, calling for genuine con- cern about others and reso- lute action to give meaning to that concern. Jews said yes to the Torah, just as America is saying yes now, choosing to do a job no one else will do, a job that is hard, not easy, that is unpopu- lar, but one that is right. It is no coincidence that the public in only one country in the world, only one country, supports the U.S. war with Iraq. That country is Israel, the country of the Jews. It is the only country on earth where a majority of the population is with us. The chosen people, again choosing to do right. That's especially amazing when you see how other coun- tries are. Especially amazing when you consider that Israel is the most likely to be the target of Saddam's wrath. Es- pecially amazing when you consider that Israel would be willing to do more to help in the effort than any other coun- would gladly give flyover rights and basing rights and soldiers and intelligence and anything needed, and yet it is Israel alone that is asked to butt out, be quiet, stay away. But then what Israel gives the effort is perhaps most im- portant of all. Its echo. It ech- oes the values of the United States, echoes the goodness and godliness. It echoes the understanding of confronting evil early, echoes the knowl- edge of the cost of waiting. It echoes the belief in doingwhat is right, in putting God above self, in putting concern about others on the same level as concern about self. It echoes regard for human life, for hu- man dignity, for freedom and happiness. It stands with us, shoulder to shoulder, soul to soul, heart to heart. And that is the most precious support of all. Israel and America are the two beacons of light in this world. And as such, the two that recognize their responsi- bility to bring that light to every corner of the world. For just as the light has blessed America and Israel, so that light will bless others. May God bless America, may God bless Israel, may God bless the people of Iraq, may God bless all the people of the world, may God bless all the men and women of the armed forces as they go about their sacred task. all Call Jeff at FLORIDA EWISH NEWS 407-834-8787 Our populari is on the gracious retirement living I0 0 www.tremont,net Come take a tour and see for yourself. 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