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PAGE 14A Cohen From page 4A the nuclear issue. Given that one of the tasks negotiators face is persuading the Irani- ans to reduce the number of centrifuges from 20,000 to 6,000, there is good cause for concern that Rouhani would not be able to deliver on this demand even if he wanted to. Then there's Iran's ongoing belligerence in the Middle East--the kind of behavior that casts major doubt over the apparent good intentions Shapiro of the Tehran regime. Up- permost in mind here is the Israeli Navy's interception, in March, of a Panamanian- flagged ship carrying a cargo of missiles and other weapons intended for Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. In the same vein, it's worth paying attention to the State Depart- ment's report on terrorism during 2013, which states, "Iran continued its terrorist- related activity, including support for Palestinian ter- rorist groups in Gaza, and for Hezbollah. It has also in- creased its presence in Africa and attempted to smuggle arms to Houthi separatists in Yemen and Shia opposition- ists in Bahrain. Iran used the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its regional proxy groups to implement foreign policy goals, provide cover for intelligence opera- tions, and create instability in the Middle East." The same report also re- veals that Iran "allowed A1-Qaeda facilitators Muhsin al-Fadhli and Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi to operate a core facilitation pipeline HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 23, 2014 through Iran, enabling AQ to move funds and fighters to South Asia and also to Syria." Finally, the regime is un- dergoing yet another crisis of legitimacy in the eyes of its own people. Visitors to Tehran report seeing large numbers of young people with their heads shaved in a gesture of solidarity with political dissi- dents incarcerated in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, many of whom were viciously beaten by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps at the beginning of April. At the same time, the economy is suffering: the price of gas has increased by a colossal 75 per- cent, while the value of Iran's currency, the rial, has dropped 9 percent against the U.S. dol- lar. When you recall that 25 percent of Iran's workforce is unemployed, the prospect of social unrest--culminating in a typically brutal response on the part of the authori- ties-cannot be discounted. Critically, we are no closer to answering the questions that have hovered over the nuclear crisis from the be- ginning: Can Iran's leaders deliver a political solution that satisfies all parties? Are they willing to submit to an inspection regime that will prevent them from weapon- izing? On both counts, the answer remains negative, which iswhy all the optimism over Rouhani's election is better understood as wishful thinking. Ben Cohen is the Shill- man analyst for JNS.org. His writings on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics have been published in Com- mentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, Jewish Ideas Daily and many other publications. From page 5A Sure, Hollywood could have targeted Sterling years ago, based on his alleged racistten- dencies toward tenants. Now, they're the finger-wagging thought police, even as they give awards to Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. Or maybe they're too busy promoting the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls on Twit- ter, in the wake of Islamic ter- ror group Boko Haram's kid- napping of 276 teenage girls in Nigeria last month. Sure, they could have spoken out years ago, placing a spotlight on the rise of a monstrous terror group responsible for tens of thousands of murders. But at the time, they were too busy campaigning for President Barack Obama's re-election, on the slogan that Osama bin Laden was dead and Detroit was alive. Now, they're tweet- ing at a group of terrorists who couldn't care less what's trending. If those causes don't suffice, there are certainly other ex- ercises in useless self-esteem building by the masters of unearned moral superiority. Because that's what Holly- wood does. Make no mistake: Holly- wood has tremendous power in the public mind. Hollywood singlehandedly shiftedAmeri- can opinions on same-sex marriage, as Vice President Joe Biden rightly pointed out. (It also shifted American opinions on single mother- hood, as former Vice President Dan Quayle was excoriated for rightly pointing out.) When Hollywood speaks, people listen. That's why the Sultan of Brunei reportedly has hired crisis strategist Mark Fabiani, a former Clinton administration insider, to spin the boycott. The problem is that Hol- lywood's selective sense of justice is just that--selective. It's always geared toward cocktail circuit popularity, not toward consistent moral standards. That's fine when they're targeting the right people, but let's hold them to a higher standard--the standard of common decency. Which means they should apologize to all those they slandered as Islamophobes for opposing Sharia law, and start Rochelle From page 5A had since the Holocaust, an ocean of hostility continues,. capable of rising to tidal levels in this one woman in a store on a sunny April afternoon. Most unnerving is that these attitudes and concepts and ideas are not at all perceived to be loony, twisted, or in any way prejudiced. They are simply perceived as the truth. And that's that. I look in the mirror and ask whether or not I am guilty of perpetuating these dangerous calling their travel agents and accountants to cut ties with Sharia law supporters. This opinion piece ran in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles on May 14. negative myths. I look away, confident that I personally am not. I have devoted a great chunk of my lifetime, energy and work to combating such nonsense. But then I remem- ber that this teaching was not uncommon in churches for more than a millennium, and that in my own tradition pogroms often happened on Holy Thursday--when people heard that the Jews had killed Christ, and that whole Jewish shtetls disappeared, wiped off the face of the earth by advancing Nazi hordes. It was not even a century ago. On a scale of world history, it is only moments since many of us (not all) have given up the teaching of contempt. We have no choice; we have to remain vigilant. Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy. Father Gabriel Rochelle is pastor of St. Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Mission in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Shalom Hartman Institute's New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel Project. Siddur From page 8A sociation, the JWB receives funding from the three move- ments' rabbinical groups: the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly, the Reform Central Conference of American Rab- bis, and the Orthodox Rab- binical Council of America, which all gave JWB "copyright of exception" to liftwhatever it wanted from the movements' prayer books in creating the military siddur, Robinson said. Working with movement representatives, Rabbi Barry Baron, then JWB deputy director, prepared a draft that was vetted by the three rabbinic associations. "Ev- erybody made changes," Robinson said. He concedes that not every- one was happy with the final siddur. "If you read it alone, you think, 'my movement has gotten short shrift,' but when everyone got together in one room, you realized that every- one had made adaptations," said Robinson. The first printing of 11,000 books cost $45,000; JWB is raising funds for a second printing. Rabbi Bonnie Koppel, a U.S. Army Reserve colonel, is thrilled with the book. "I HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance " __z:; .. Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 5793641 82 431582796 8261 79354 36294.8517 984751623 157236849 745823961 29861 7435 613495278 really love it, even the feel of it, the size, the weight, the layout," she said of the 600-plus-page, 4-by-6-inch book, whose cover features camouflage colors from the various military branches. "I think it's meaningful" to service members "to have something in their hands that they know its theirs, that it was created just for them," said Koppel, the pulpit rabbi at Temple Chai in Phoenix. The siddur also includes readings specific to the mili- tary such as the Prayer for Loved Ones at Home. Additionally, it contains a message from the command- Text From page llA lished only three volumes in its more than half-century of existence--Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. A fourth, of the 12 minor prophets, is slated for publication this fall. At the same time, the German Bible Society is pro- ducing the Biblia Hebraica Quinta, its fifth version of a diplomatic Hebrew Bible, with the first published in 1906. Intended as a more ac- cessible, single-volume text, it strikes a middle ground, indicating preferred read- ings but without altering the text itself. The project has published 10 of the Hebrew Bible's 24 books. Torah From page 1A munity for assistance and participation in increasing awareness for th.e reinstating of the quality of Jewish life in the village of Berkach." Those who will be person- ally delivering the Goold Torah to the Berkach Village Synagogue building are Harry and Rhea Rein, Daniel and er-in-chief. "As members of the United States Armed Forces, you demonstrate profound selflessness in your service to our country. And as JewishAmericans in uniform, you carry forward a long, proud tradition of patriotism and sacrifice in the Jewish American community," wrote President Barack Obama. Koppel distributed copies of the siddur when she was in Kuwait for Passover. "The reaction was delight," she told JNS.org. While the copyright per- missions allow the book to be distributed solely within the military, the Memorial Day weekend Shabbat is an exception, coinciding with Fleet Week, which brings thousands of members of the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard to New York City. The Reform Central Synagogue will use the book for Friday evening services, while the Conservative Park Avenue Synagogue will use it on Saturday morning and the Orthodox Kehilath Jeshurun on Saturday afternoon. Historians say they don't know of another instance in which congregations of three different movements used the same prayer book for civilian services. "It is indeed very impres- sive that three synagogues are simultaneously using the siddur in a non-military context. I am not familiar with any previous occasion when this was done outside of the military itself," Brandeis uni- versity professor Dr. Jonathan Sarna, one of the foremost experts onAmerican Judaism, told JNS.org. With the three New York City shuls within walking distance of one another, Rob- inson said one can "worship out of this book three different ways, at three different times and all on the same Shabbat... It's tres cool, mucho cool." Criticisms of the HCBE effort fall into two very broad categories. The first main critique is primarily practical: Is it in fact possible to accurately reconstruct the biblical text after so many centuries, through so many linguistic layers and with so much uncertainty? "The more years I've been involved in the study of the history of the biblical text, the less confident I am in decid- ing what is more original or not," said the Hebrew Uni- versity's Segal, the Hebrew University Bible Project's general editor. To this, the editors of HBCE respond that errors and uncertainty are inherent in any of the biblical texts one could print and thus unavoidable. "Everyone knows that no manuscript is without error," said Eugene Ulrich, a professor at Notre Dame University and a co-editor of two volumes of HBCE. "You could ask, why do you want to print a text in which you know there are errors?" But there is also a second, more fundamental critique of HBCE--namely, can such a thing as an original truly be said to exist? Was there ever a moment when the biblical text crystallized into a single version, or has it simply con- tinued to evolve? In other words, by chasing what the field of textual study calls an ur-text, the scholars of HBCE may, in fact, be chas- ing a ghost. Critics of HBCE argue that in creating a single text, the series will create the fiction of unity where there has always been multiplicity. Hendel argues that what he and his team are presenting is not meant to be a definitive text but simply the most de- finitive that one can achieve. And hesays he is not put off by the criticism. "There's a lot ofpushback in the field. A lot of people think that this is still premature, or just unthinkable," Hendel said. "But that's OK, I live in Cali- fornia. We can do new things." Lori Pearson-Wise, Sylvie Wise and Richard Crane. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Temple Israel, another aspect to this event and a special feature to those making the trip. If you would like more in- formation about the Gootd To- rah, please contact the Temple Israel office at 407-647-3055 or office@tiflorida.org. Berkach Village Synagogue