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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2014 PAGE 15A Cantor From page 1A for public policy of the Or- thodox Union, called Cantor a friend who has "been a criti- cal partner for the advocacy work of the Orthodox Jewish community on issues ranging from Israel's security and the security of Jewish institutions in the United States, to reli- gious liberty to educational reform, and opportunity to defending the needs of the nonprofit sector." Brat, an economics profes- sor, depicted Cantor as pivot- ing away from conservatism, most prominently in leaning toward some immigration reforms. Cantor, while keeping an immigration reform package from reaching the House floor, has said that he favored some of its elements, includ- ing a path to citizenship for immigrants who arrived in the United States illegally as children. Brat accused Cantor of dithering and emphasized secure borders as his immi- gration policy. The Washington Post re- ported that less than 24 hours after losing the primary, Can- tor announced that he will resign as leader July 31, but keep his seat until his term ends in January. "While I may have suffered a personal setback last night, I couldn't be more optimistic Scout From page 1A Wolf Scout in Pack 996 and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 996. His leadership positions include quarter- master, Troop guide and senior patrol leader. Summer camps attended include Camp LaNoChe, Camp Thunder, and Treks to North Carolina. He is a member of Tipisa Lodge 326. He joined the SOJC Can- torial Corps leading services, became a teacher assistant, wasa member of Kadima and USY and volunteered for JFS Orlando's food pantry. A graduate from Dr. Phil- lips High School Center for International Studies (CIS) Magnet graduate, he visited Auschwitz/Birkenau on the eve of Passover and led a seder for non-Jewish classmates. He plays saxophone and piano in a marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, and musicals. A member of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, and Tri-M, he is anAP Scholarwith Distinction and received the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt National Merit Scholarship. Waldor is entering the University of Central Florida as a provost scholar in the fall majoring in computer science and engineering. Eagle Scout Max Waldor about the future of this coun- try," Cantor told reporters Wednesday afternoon. "I'm honored that I've had the privilege of serving the people of Virginia's 7th District." Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) led a Wednesday af- ternoon meeting of the House Republican conference and thanked Cantor and his staff for their service. "This is a speech I never expected to give," Boehner said. He was in tears later as Cantor addressed his 232 Republican colleagues. Cantor's decision to leave his leadership post after los- ing last Tuesday to economist Dave Brat came on a day that Republicans began scram- bling to build support and fill the leadership vacuum. In addition to stepping down as majority leader, Can- tor told colleagues Wednesday that he will not run as a write- in candidate in November. Cantor's meteoric rise made him the pride of politi- cally conservative Jews. After a career in the Virginia legislature, he was elected to the House in 2000 and was made chief deputy whip just two years later, before his 40th birthday. A prodigious fundraiser, Cantor joined with two other young Republican conservatives, Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Kev- in McCarthy of California, ahead of the 2010 elections and formed the Young Guns political action committee, backing young challengers to a party establishment seen as soft in the wake of Barack Obama's 2008 presi- dential win. Cantor at first embraced the Tea Party wave, and care- fully hewed to the right of the House speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), whom he reportedly hoped to challenge. Cantor, who barely con- tained his dislike for Obama, was a lead player in forc- ing Boehner to shut down government in 2013. The shutdown was seen as disas- trous for Republicans, and more recently Cantor began to steer center, notably in advancing an interventionist foreign policy and embrac- ing aspects of immigration reform. Cantor has said that his own background, as the grandchild of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, informed some of his views. Since 2009 he has been the only Republican Jewish member of Congress. He has delved into Jewish learning as he ascended to his party's leadership, taking private les- sons with rabbis. Washington Post reporters Paul Kane, Chris Cillizza, Robert Costa and Ed O'Keefe contributed to this article. JCC From page 1A and Education Programs is sponsored by the Association for Early Learning Leaders, a national leader among associations serving child care owners, directors, and administrators. The organi- zation's goal is to strengthen and enhance the skills and knowledge of leaders in the field of early child care and education by providing mem- bership services and benefits. For more information, please visit www.orlandojcc. org or call 407-239-7411. Mourners From page 3A had passed away 18 years ago, while my father died only last September. Some of the points in the letter should include a special memory you shared, what you miss about the relationship and things you never said. I never was able to say goodbye to my mother, and Ifelt guilty that I did not spend enough time with her on my last visit to England just four months before her unexpected death at the age of 66. I harbored this guilt for 18 long years. Not until my cousin said that my mother would not have wished me to feel guilty did I allow myself to let it go. I wrote in my letter how sorry I was about not being able to say goodbye and how blessed I was that I was holding my father when he passed at his home last September, five days before my mother's birthday. I wrote about the legacy they left me: their values, their love and their gifts, aswell as trea- sured moments and special mementos. How my mother, a speech therapist, gave me her gift of listening--I have a good ear and talent for languages. How my father, a raconteur par excellence, gave me his gift of storytelling--only my talent was writing stories down, not recounting them orally. I value my mother's lovely tapestry-covered stool she made and my father's tasty recipe for ratatouille. But the best gift my parents gave mewas their love. Loving relationships with family and friends are the ties that bind us to a life filled with happiness. While some of ufeel that our loved ones are gone, oth- ers feel that they are still with us. Although there is no right or wrong about grieving and beliefs, most of us feel that our loved ones who have passed are still with us in our hearts and minds. Children and grandchildren can learn a great deal through watching how their parents deal with loss. Sharing our thoughts about the loss of our loved ones is part of the healing process. Adapting and adjust- ing to this loss is a function of time. Time heals the hurt and we acclimate to our loss. It is important for us to recognize ur growth and to appreciate ur blessings. Rabbi Kaprow taught the group how to cope with loss and how to remember our loved ones. "One of the many rituals Jews observe is the recitation of Yizkor four times every year, on the last day of each pilgrimage--the festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot--as well as on Yom Kippur. Yizkor, the act of remembering our loved ones and the values they believed in, helps us keep their memory alive. And, as we remember them, they continue to live through us. Yes, we feel our beloved departed family mem- bers as we strive to live up to the ideals they taught us so lovingly." Thankfully, my son and I both feel a spiritual connec- tion with his grandfather and my father respectively. But we must focus on what we have now and how we move on from here. So as I sit in my favorite maroon leather chair by the bay window of my home, watching the sunlight dappling the palm fronds by the pool, I feel at peace. Stronger, too, as I embrace the memories of my parents. I still hurt, but I remember the joy. Knowing how much richer our lives are for having had our loved_ones in our world eases our suffering and allows us to keep treasured moments alive. Yvonne David is a writer and an award-winning au- thor. For further information, please visit: www.appletree- series.com. Sharkansky From page 4A Remember Kadima, the party that Ariel Sharon formed when he broke from Likud after withdrawing Jew- ish settlements from Gaza? Ehud Olmert led a Kadima government after Sharon became ill. Olmert is currently facing a six-year prison term, along with other charges that may add to the toll. Kadima squeaked into the present Knesset with two seats, and the survey that elevated Kahlon projects no seats for Kadima in the next Knesset. Politics is fluid. Running any country is a tough job. The United States and Israel are tougher than most. The problems of the American President include the size of the country, its domestic com- plexities, and international responsibilities. Israel's problems begin with a divided and conten- tious population, and being at the focus of international pressures. Benyamin Netanyahu's three electoral victories and 8 years as prime minister put him in a league with the iconic David Ben Gurion. Just as Israelis got tired of Ben Gurion, however, there are signs of Netanyahu's vul- nerability. Most prominent is his clumsy effort to influence the pending presidential election. The prime minister searched up to two hours before the deadline for a candidate to stand against the veteran Likud politician Ruby Rivlin, who had fallen afoul of Bibi and Sara. At the end he tried to persuade Elie Wiesel to be his candidate, but Wiesel lacked Israeli citizenship, and claims to have been astonished at the offer. Then Netanyahu announced his support for Rivlin. Commentators sug- gest that Bibi's support might actually weaken Rivlin's chances. Likud MKs as well as those of other parties are looking for opportunities to embarrass Netanyahu. Several of Bibi's party col- leagues are maneuvering for the inevitable opportunity, whenever it comes, to name a new leader. Likely candidates who have spent years just below Netanyahu in the top tier of Likud ministers are Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, for- mer Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, former Minister of Environmental Protection and current Minister of Com- munications Gilad Erdan, and former Education Minister and current Interior Minister Gidon Sa'ar. With the possible exception of Ya'alon, none of those fig- ures are well known outside of Israel. Ya'alon's international fame may rest on his outspo- ken comments about John Kerry during Kerry's recent peace campaign (obsessive and messianic, and concerned mostly for the prospect of a Nobel Prize). Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman is even better known for a sharp tongue and postures outside the politically correct (trans- ferring Israeli Arabs to Palestine). He has recently moved toward the center, perhaps even a bit to the left of Netanyahu on peace with the Palestinians. However, he has not abandoned the idea of trading Israeli Arabs to Palestine in exchange for the inclusion of West Bank settlements within Israel. Lieberman is marginal to Likud, but is the king pin in Likud's present partner Israel our Home, and must be counted among those with their eyes on the big prize. Netanyahu is currently secure, but shaking. Kahlon's options include creation of a new party, or taking on Ne- tanyahu directly in a Likud primary. An earlier Moshe has weath- ered the test of time. This week we celebrate his major accomplishment, which occurred all those years ago alongside one of the mountains in the Sinai. However, don't expect too Herzliya From page 9A have settlements that won't be in the territory of Israel in any final agreement, or to invest millions of shekels in areas that will be part of the Palestinian state," Lapid said. The only politicians who weren't especially bothered by the current state of Israeli- Palestinian affairs were De- fense Minister Moshe Yaalon and Interior Minister Gideon Saar, both of the ruling Likud party. Both dismissed the idea of territorial compro- mise and blamed the failure of the talks on the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. "I thinkwe made a mistake with land for peace," Yaalon said. "The conflict is not about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It's about the existence of a Jewish national home." One issue of broad con- sensus among conference speakers was the need to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Speakers were skeptical that nego- tiations between Iran and world powers to scale back much from Moshe of cell phone fame. Ira Sharkansky is a profes- sor (Emeritus) of the Depart- ment of Political Science, He- brew University of Jerusalem. Iran's nuclear programwould succeed. "It's clear to us that this regime has not given up the option of a nuclear military capability and is striving toward it," Yaalon said. "And it thinks it will succeed in this through negotiations with the West and a charm offensive." Israeli Intelligence Min- ister Yuval Steinitz, a Likud member, said a nuclear- armed Iran constitutes a far greater danger than the stale- mate with the Palestinians. "If a difficult scenario comes to be 10 years from now, with Iran holding tens of weapons, all peace plans will be a total failure," Steinitz said. "With a nuclear Iran, even [Israeli President] Shi- mon Peres will need to store away the peace plans." 284593671 967184253 531627948 129435786 376819425 845276319 458362197 692751834 71 3948562