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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 19, 2009 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Some reaction to Obama's Cairo speech... So far, it has made the Republicans I know "crazy." This is only some of what I am hearing: "Obama is really a Muslim," said one. "Obama called this (the U.S.) a Muslim country" was another remark I heard. So... in case you didn't catch the speech (made more than two weeks ago), here is another take on it. This is directly from the Internet: The Anti-Defamation League, the U.S. group that monitors and fights anti-Semitism, said Obama's speech was "ground- breaking and honest," but the president "missed an opportunity" to place the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in proper historical perspective. Glen S. Lewy, the league's national chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, its national director, issued a statement saying the speech touched on "many important issues--human rights, education, democracy, the need to deal with Islamic extremists--with candor." "He (President Obama) issued a clarion call for recalibrat- ing America's relationship with the Muslim world through constructive outreach and dialogue. Speaking directly to the Muslim people, he broached issues that have never really been addressed to the Arab world before now. We share the president's genuine quest for respect, tolerance and peace," the statement said. Lewy and Foxman also said they are willing to give Obama's "approach a chance to work and we are waiting to hear a response from the moderate Arab states. It will be interesting to see how the Muslim world reacts to the speech." But the Anti-Defamation League said Obama should have mentioned that "six Arab nations attacked Israel from day one and the occupation of Palestinian land was a product of Israel's wars of self-defense." "While strongly reiterating the importance of America's re- lationship with the State of Israel and articulating Israel's right to exist, President Obama missed the opportunity to address the misperceptions in the Arab world and to make clear that the Palestinians would have had a state had they accepted the United Nations resolution in 1948," the group said. The group noted that Obama denounced anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial but didn't make clear "that Israel's right to statehood is not a result of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust." It also expressed "disappointment" that Obama"found the need to balance the suffering of the Jewish people in a genocide to the suffering of the Palestinian people r~sulting from Arab wars." The AmeriCan Jewish Commiffee, a group dedicated to safeguarding Jews and Jewish life, welcomed the speech, praising the rejection of anti-Semitism and embracing Israel's legitimate right to exist. "In the heart of a region where denial is routine--denial of Israel's right to exist, denial of the historic link of Jews to their homeland, denial of the Holocaust--President Obama spoke the truth with a clear, unwavering voice," said David Harris, the committee's executive director, in a news release. Harris praised Obama for pursuing "a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and said the group was pleased the president de- nounced violence and called for Hamas to reject violence and recognize Israel. He also welcomed "Obama's focus on Iran's confrontation with the international community over its nuclear weapons drive," but said the committee was disappointed that Obama "was not more explicit about the danger" of a nuclear-armed Iran. (There you have the views of three prominent Jewish groups. As for my own.., well, Hezbolah had a set-back in Lebanon. That should count for something. As we go to press, I heard of a shooting at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. by a white supremacist. Oy vay.) My mind is off the world's troubles... As much as it can be. Films like these old goodies do help me a lot. The other night I saw "Funny Girl" with BARBRA STREISAND, and then "Royal Wedding" with FRED ASTAIRE... and my very favorite musical of all time, "Singin' In The Rain" with my teenage heart throb, GENE KELLY. (Yes, like today's young girls who love the JONAS Brothers and ZAC EFRON, I had a crush on Gene Kelly. I started as a dancer and only became a singer when I was too old to continue .... Too old to be a singer? No way! You can't be too old or to fat when you're singing jazz or anything from the great American Songbook. Just think of ELLA!) Another way to get your mind off... With all the troubles in the world (including the economy) reading is a great escape. On Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m., MARY CARTYwill sign her book, ',The Perfect Marriage Aptitude Test." "Couples create their marriage by the choices they make on a daily, minute-to-minute basis about thousands of situations that occur while building a life together. It is the element of choice of actions, thoughts, attitudes and responses that de- termine the structure and quality of the marriage." From the introduction. "THE PERFECT MARRIAGE APTI- TUDE TEST (PMAT), conceived and written by relationship author Mary Carty, helps couples tackle the real issues that challenge every marriage, while also providing insightful wisdom and advice on how to successfully navigate tricky situations that every twosome will likely face. In a world where individuals are commonly ill-prepared to honor the lifetime commitment at the center of a marriage, the book is a self-guided course designed to direct every couple towards an enriched and lasting relationship. With an educational background in psychology and counseling, she frequently writes on marriage, parenting, health, communication and sel.f~steem. The an,thor lives with her husband of 24 years in Vermont and Florida. (I am sure my spouse and I would fail the test.., though we are "happily" married for 49 years! I would gladly forgo the first 20, to be truthful.) On Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m., LISA UNGER will sign her novel "Die For You." Some of what it is about: Isabel Raine thought she had everything. A successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage to the man she loved. Then one ordinary morning, her hus- band, Marcus, picked up his briefcase, kissed her goodbye, and simply vanished. Isabel will not rest until she finds the truth about the man she loves, even if it means risking everything--including her own life." Best-selling author Lisa Unger takes us on a nightmar- ish journey from bustling, glamorous New York City to the murky, twisted streets of Prague, seeking the answer to one bone-chilling question: What if the man you love, the one sleeping beside you, is a stranger? Sounds intriguing, doesn't it? Stop by and meet Lisa and pick up a copy of this new thriller! Both authors will be featured at Urban Think! Bookstore, 625 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. The telephone number is 407- 650-8004. This happened recently... It's never too late to say "Mazel toy." We received an e-mail from JOY and LON WINTER. It read as follows: "You wrote about our daughter JESSICA WIN- TER's engagement to PETE STAFFORD... We had several showers given in their honor, here in town by our friends PATTY and BOB ROTH , LINDA SHRAM and CONNIE and MARVIN KNORP. Our nephew PAUL LUGER and his wife KATH hosted a beautiful South Florida shower at their home in Sewells Point in Stuart. Let the festivities begin... On Thursday, April 23 the wedding party arrived in town and had a day of golf and a Bar B Q get together at our home... Friday was the rehearsal, bridesmaids luncheon and rehearsal dinner at Shan Asian Restaurant... Jessica and Pete put together a family slide show that was beautiful. The wedding was on Saturday at the Lake Mary Events Center... It was magical... Jessica and Pete honeymooned in St Lucia... and live in Atlanta, Georgia. Oh but there's more, our son JORDAN, graduated from UCF. We are so proud of him. We hosted a Graduation Party in his honor Saturday night." (Nice things happening for the Winter family.., but then... they are nice people!) One for the road... So this is what it's like to grow old: Renee and Daniel have been married for over 50 years. One morning, they both awake from a good night's sleep. As usual, Daniel reaches over and takes her hand in his. "Don't touch me," says Renee. "Why not, my dear?" replies a shocked Daniel. "Because," says Renee, "I'm dead." "What on earth are you talking about?" says Daniel, "We're both lying here in bed together and we're talking to one another. How can you be dead?" "But I am, Daniel," says Renee, "I'm definitely dead. I'm sure of it." "So what makes you think you're dead?" asks Daniel. "Because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts." HOREIO. I TA. can be purchased at the following locations: Orange County JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland Borders, 600 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park SOJC, 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando Central Florida Hil- lel, 12321 University Blvd., Orlando * Select Publix Supermarkets Seminole County Heritage News, 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park * Amira's Kosher Market, 1351 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs Borders Books and Music, 880 W. 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