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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 11, 2014 PAGE 5A memory. OQ By Sherwin Pomerantz He reigns is in turmoil every- say.., to bless the name of the has come to, sacrificing our his institutions? And does our where, not only here. Also in Lord forever and ever. Other children for no reason other enemyhavearighttogloatover Yit'gadalv'yit'kadashsh'mei Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria, the words seem vapid, pointless, than some crazed individu- the kidnaping itself and pass raba... May His great Name Ukraine... is there an end to inconsequential, andworthless als' decision that for political out sweets to their population grow exalted and sanctified this list? 100 years after the in the face of such a tragedy, reasons it's a good thing to praisingsuchadastardlyact? Is How do parents standing start of World War I and 69 Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach kidnap Jews and, if the plan therenoreasonleftintheworld- at the gravesite of teenage years after the end of World v'yit'pa'ar v'yit'romamturns sour, simply kill them at all? Is sanity something children say this in the spirit War II in which 200 million v'yit'nasei, v'yit'hadarv'yit'aleh and bury them in a shallow politicaileaderslosewhenthey in which it is meant? Having people died, have we learned v'yit'halal sh'mei d'kud'sha.., grave. The Torah says, an eye take office? Has humanitylost been there myself the only op- nothing? Blessed, praised, glorified, for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, everyshred ofdecencygivento tion is to draw strength from uv'chayeid'kholbeityis'r~eil, exalted, extolled, mighty, up- That would seem to indicate us by our Creator? the three Fs, family, friends ba'agalauviz'mankarivv'im'ru, raised, and lauded be the Name that it is our right to catch the Y'hei sh'lama raba min and faith so that in the face of Amen... and in the lifetimes of the Holy One perpetrators and bring them sh'maya... May there be abun- indescribable tragedy one can of the entire Family of Israel, So we return to the exalta- to justice, even blow up their dant peace from Heaven still sincerely affirm one's faith swiftlyandsoonnowsay:Amen tion of God, who we believe homes so that their families Sad to say, we have lived in in the Almighty. But in the history of our so "wanted this event to turn. and their communities will this country for 66 years and b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei.., in people so many generations out otherwise but was unable learn a lesson. And so we did there has never been peace, the world that He created as have not had the right in their to interfere when natural law but did~they? B'rikh hu... occasionally quiet, but never He willed, lifetimes to see the fulfillment was in effect. Naftali Frankel~s Blessed is He. peace. Neither has there been Is this really the plan that of this promise. Eyal~ Gilad mother had it right when she l'eila min kol bir'khata peaceforthethousandsofyears Godhadfortheworidhecreated and Naftali did not even live said "God does not work for v'shirata toosh'b'chatah our forebears lived here, nor andwilled? Or is it instead, and long enough to anticipate the us, we work for Him." So we v'nechematah, da'ameeran has the world itself every ex- what may make more sense, fulfillment of God's promises continue to offer praise to the b'al'mah, v'eemru: Amen... perienced even one yearwhere simply an abhorrent misuse of to the Jewish people. What do One who gives us the strength beyond any blessing and song, universal peace was the norm. the intelligence granted to us we say to them? And to their and courage to face life's most praise and consolation that And young people like Eyal, by the Holy One by people who parents? difficult moments, are uttered in the world and Gilad and Naftaii pay the price see human lives as. for lack of a Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh B'rikh hu... Blessed is He. say Amen. for this, yet again. May their better term. disposable, l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya... May And once again, lackingBut beyond reaffirming our memories be for a blessing. v'yam'likh mal'khutei His great Name be blessed sufficient vocabulary, we say faithintheCreatorandpunish- v'chayim aleinu v'al kol b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon.., forever and ever. simply"Blessed is He." Butwe ingtheperpetrators, dowehave yis'ra'eilv'im'ru.., and life upon May He give reign to His king- And the entire congregation are also angry and frustrated the right to use such a tragic us and upon all Israel. And say ship in your lifetimes and in responds with the only words anddesperateto~losomething event to unleash the full force Amen. your days left to them, given that they todemonstrateourfrustration andpowerofourmilitarytode- So we continue to pray for Butthekingdomoverwhich don't know anything else to that this is what life in Israel stroy our perceived enemyand that elusive right to live in our land in peace, withoutworrying about whether we will see our children and grandchildren re- turn home safely, without wor- tying about our family mem- bers getting killed en route to their destinations, without worrying aboutwhetherwewill be foUeunate enough to retain this land over which so much precious blood has been spilt. Oseh :shalom bim'romav hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu v'al kol Yis'ra'eil v'im'ru, Amen... He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace, upon us and upon all Israel. Amen. A final prayer for that most elusive of goals, peace upon all of us. Let us hope that each of these three young men will be a meilitz yosher, a true advocate for all of us in the Holy court so that their sacrifice will not be in vain. We deserve nothing less. Sherwin Pomerantz is a 30 year resident of Jerusalem, president of Arid EDI Ltd., an economic development con- suiting firm and past national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel. in vain? By Adin Even-lsrael Steinsaltz The Aleph Society After receiving the bitter news about the murder of the three kidnapped boys, a cloud of mourning has descended upon the entire Jewish na- tion. The only bit of consola- tion is that probably they did not suffer much, and that now they are attached to the Almighty's mantle, in a close- ness of everlasting fondness in a machine. Our prayers We all were like babies cud- andpermanentremembrance are an expression of our will dlingtheirmother, seekingto before Him. to come closer to God - to be closer, to be held tighter. They are now in eternal make our requests, to cry The prayers are there, and rest, but we are herewith our out to Him, and also just to they are a source of grace grieving and our questions, be with Him. and mercy for us and for the Many ask: What about all Each and every prayer that entire world. our prayers and supplications was said created some kind of Another question is: Should toGodthatnowweknowwerean elevation in all the higher we launch a campaign of said in vain, since they were worlds, andtheserequestsand revenge? already dead? supplication will bring light It is true that we do have We should keep in mindand deliverance, physically the right to fight in order to thatprayersandsupplications and spiritually, to all those protectour lives, andto killin are not like pressing a button who need them. a war of self-defense, as well mrs To We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heritage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff. The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park,FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ Are we being a light to the nations? death penalty (only used once justice for Mohammed Abu befol~e, in Israel's history). I Khedair, may we be equally have seen calls for the ter- vigilantinourattemptstobet- rorists to have their homes ter understand our own role destroyed as was done to the in our special covenant. What murderers of our own boys. I does it mean to be "A light will leave that to the law. but unto the nations"? Over the from this day forward, we can ensuing weeks, we are about and indeed should walk a bit to find out from players on the more humbly, scene to be sure, but hopefully Israel did not commit this for all us... from within. atrocity, Judaism and Zionism Aaron Weil tooknoparteither. Ourpedes- Executive Director & CEO tal has been shaken by these Central Florida Hillel, Inc. evil individuals. As we seek Oviedo This is a civilizational conflict Dear Editor: She was invited for regular Dear Editor: nations."Thismantlecompels I was instrumental in follow-up visits to the outpa- In the last few hours, it us to respond to this brutal establishing the "Israeli Na- tient clinic in Beersheva. has come to light that Jewish murder in a manner thattional Skin Bank," which is , One day she was caught at criminals were behind the makes it unequivocally clear the largest in the world. The a border crossing wearing a brutal murder of Mohammed to ourselves and the world, National Skin Bank stores suicide belt. She meant to ex~ Abu Khedair.Whilethey have that these actions fall beyond skin for everyday needs as plodeherselfintheoutpatient admitted their crime and are the pale. PERIOD. well as for war time or mass clinic of the hospital where cooperating with the investi- Thisdespicablecrimesullies casualty situations, they saved her life. gation, it is now clear thatthis the murderers, their families This skin bank is hosted at It seems that her family was a clear act of terrorism andtheircommunities.Wecan theHadassahEinKeremUni-promised her that if she did andtheirshameanddishonor onlyhopethatthegagorderwill versity hospital in Jerusalem that, theywould forgive her. is our own. We, Israelis and be removed and the perpetra- where I was the chairman of This is only one example membersoftheJewishPeople tors brought into the public plastic surgery, of the war between Jews worldwide, mustlookatthisas light. Whether nationalism or This is how I was asked to and Muslims in the Land of awatershedeventthatcauses Torah motivated their twisted supplyskinforanArabwoman Israel. It is not a territorial us to redouble our efforts at plot.wewhofindonlyrevulsion fromGaza,whowashospital- conflict. This is a civiliza- education to actively and ab- in this twisted obfuscation of ized in Soroka Hospital in tional conflict, or rather a solutely eradicating the kind both must clearly distinguish Beersheva, after her family war between civilization and of thinking that might lead between the two even as the burned her. barbarism. others to think this is "OK." murders were clearly unable Usually, such atrocities Bibi (Netanyahu) gets it, From the Orthodox Union to understand either, happen among Arab families Obama does not. to the AJC in the U.S. and Stated more clearly: when the women are sus-I have never written before the chief rabbi of Israel and There is nothing in either pected of having an affair, asking everyone to please for- members of Knesset from Judaism orZionism thatcan We supplied all the needed wardonwardssothatasmany both sides of the aisle have sanction this kind Of action. Homograftsforhertreatment. as possible can understand comeringingcondemnations. "On the contrary, both ism's Shewa:ssuccessfullytreatedby radical Islamandwhatawaits This is appropriate but not flatlg reject this abhorrent act. my friend and colleague, Prof. the world if it is not stopped. enough. We are a nation that I have seen pundits call- LiorRosenberganddischarged Dr. Arieh Eldad, M.D., claims to be "A light unto the ing for a revisitation of the to return to Gaza. HadassahHospital, Israel "as to punish the perpetrators. But while revenge responds to a human need (however natural and normal the im- pulse), it is not inour hands: "Vengeance is Mine, and recompense," says the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:35). We can ask God to avenge for us and to make our en- emies pay for what they said, did, and planned, and He will find the right Ways to do that even in this world, until we shall all see how "He does avenge the blood of His ser- vants, and renders vengeance to His adversaries" (Ibid., verse 43). What, then, can and should we do? We should do Kaddish. In saying Kaddish over the dead, we promise to fill the gaps created by their pass- ing, and to continue doing whatever we can so that "His great Name may grow exalted and sanctified." But saying that is not enough: each and every one of US should also act as best he or she can in order to do Kaddish - by studying more Torah, by fulfilling one more mitzvah, by our physical ac- tions or by giving of our time and money to those in need. Our acts do not serve to elevate the souls of these boys -for they are in a supreme spiritual level that needs no further~ elevation. Our acts elevate our own souls, curing all the lacks that 'were and still are in our world. Furthermore, although our hearts are filled with weeping, we should also make sure that they will also be filled with joy. The prophet says: "You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore Iwillvisit upon you all your iniquities" (Amos 3:2). The pain is concrete and live, but it is a healing pain. Let us thank God, rejoice in our being the chosen ones, and endeavor to fulfill our mission with faith and joy. $0Y$ OIJR CHILDREN ARE KILLEO, WE OONT CB.E ATE THEIR MAR'P/t OM