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NEWS, JULY 23, 2004 PAGE 15 the Bush administration has eventsplannedthroughoutthe and former Secretary of State over Iran's pursuit of nuclear focusing on Israeli teachers built up with the Jewish corn- convention. James Baker---both perceived weaponsand Syria's continued committed to teaching peace- from page 1 munity in its support for Israel Still, some Jewish events are by many Jews as anti-Israel, misbehavior, and unwavering ful values to their students. andcombatinganti-Semitism plannedtoaddressdomesticis- Forman says he can nameDemocratic support of Israel's "Over a third of delegates internationally." By contrast, sues, including an ADL com- a litany of Israel-critical partnership in the war on ter- are school teachers," said the convention's other parts of the convention memoration of Jewish-black comments made by Bush rot--especially in the last few Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, who start in will play equally to domestic cooperation during the civil administration officials, es- years when Israel has weath- founded The Israel Project. 25 and foreign policy strengths of rights era and an encounter pecially regarding the route ered an unremitting assault "They wield enormous influ- week. the candidates and the party with "Blue Dogs," congres- of the security fence, that are from Palestinian terrorism." ence at the political conven- platform, abalance reflected in sional Democrats who lean worse than Kerry's statements Other groups also planned on tion in Boston." Tisha b'Av, vote was the theme of the convention, conservative on fiscal and on Israel. emphasizing the Jewish state's a fast day commemorating guest as enumerated last Tuesday social policies. The party went some wayfight against terrorism and its catastrophes that befell the by chairman and New Mexico That, Forman said, waslast weekend toward erasing struggle for peace. The Israel Jews--chief among them the Israel Gov. Bill Richardson: "Stron- to remind Jewish voters that impressions that it lags on Is- Project,whichissponsoringthe destruction of the Jerusalem s Committee and get at home, respected in the their best home was with the rael issues by matching Bush read-outofvictims'names, has temples---falls on Tuesday, Communi- world." Party literature sug- Democrats, especially as the word-for-word on his historic paidintherangeof$500,000for July27duringtheconvention Edwards (D- gests that if there were to be GOP leans more to the right, recognition this year of some adtimeon regionaiTVstations week.The NJDCwill facilitate vice- an emphasis, it would be on Forman acknowledged the Israeli land claims in the West andcablenetworks--including a commemoration for Jewish nominee, and thedomesticside:Speecheson emphasis on Israel derived Bank and his rejection of any Comedy Central--to air spots convention-goers. (D-Calif.), July 26 focus on job creation from concerns over Bush's Palestinian refugee "right of the U.S. and expanding health care. strength on that subject but return'to Israel. Highlights also will include said he felt confident that by Pro-Israelactivistssaidthey Fence of the life stories of Sens. John the time of the convention, the welcomedsuchconsistencyand Continued from page 2 Nations. Arab states for years read Kerry (D-Mass.)andEdwards, Democratic Partywould prove would be looking for more of have prevented Israel from the Israeli terror- emphasizing down-home at- thatitsnomineeswerestronger it in encounters at the conven- Development. joining the Asian group, its there will betributes: Kerry the war hero, on the issue, tion, especially in maintaining The overall spending bill, natural place. AIPAC meet- andEdwardsthepoorboywhoOne National Jewish the isolation of Syria, Iran and which included the Israel aid, Israelwon partial member- Party foreign- helped the disenfranchised Democratic Council session PalestinianAuthorityPresident passedtheHouse365-41.The ship in the European group a fight corporations, tentatively is titled "Are Jews Yasser Ararat. Senate is not expected to take fewyearsago, butcan'tpartici- con- Domestic policy is not a becoming Republican?" Jew- "Itwillbeanopportunityfor up the biil until after its sum- pateasagroupmemberinU.N. focus on their not hard sell to Jewish voters, ish Democrats are seeking peopletoexpresstheirapprecia- met recess, offices outside New York. said Jess Jewish Democrats said. "The to bury memories of some of tion for the Democratic Party's The House also approvedThe bill, which passed ton direc- Jews we lose over domestic is- Kerry's gaffes during the pri- importantandabidingsupport another measure July 16 that unanimously, also called on sues--you can have that con- maries, including a reference forIsraelandtheU.S.-Israelre- called on the Bush adminis- President Bush and others to ich will hostvention in a phone booth," said to Israel's security fence as a lationship,'saidJoshBiock, an tration to push for Israel to "seekanimmediateendtothe events at theIra Forman, executive director "barrier to peace"and a pledge AIPAC spokesman,"for Israel's be granted full involvement persistent and deplorable in- 'want to at- of the National Jewish Demo- to name as peace brokers fig- construction of its anti-terror in the Western European re- equalityexperiencedby Israel ,e the credit cratic Council, which has daily ures such as President Carter barrier, congressionalconcern gional groupingat the United in the United Nations." page 1 reading," and "A Paradigm for started a Jewish a cappella is married to Jeanne Gold- Developing Jewish Signs." He group,"Note-Nim,"atJTSand man Kay and they have one David's is a regular contributor to the having recently performed son,Jonah,whowillbeentering lends itself to Jewish Deaf Congress Quar- concerts in the Naples area. 3rd grade. Rabbi Kaywillbe at- terly and part of the planning He led a program called "Yes tendingthe upcoming Shalom has become committee for the Jewish Deaf We Sang!" that concluded a Orlando event on August 8 at leaders in CongressinTampain2005.He week of Holocaust programs the Jewish Community Cen- program- has served as a student Rabbi with songs from the ghettoes ter and will be participating in He has made forNationalTechnicalInstitute and concentration camps, events throughoutAugust and to the World of the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y Rabbi Kay is originallySeptembertomeetthecommu- on Jewish Deaf the Hebrew Association of the from the Chicago area. He has nity and the congregation. "Is Judaism Deaf of New York City and as a a bachelor of Science degree For more information on Status of teacher at Bene Shalom of the from the University of Illinois Congregation Ohev 3halom, Deaf in Skokie, Ill. and a masters degree from the please contact 407-298-4650 method Rabbi Kay is also an ac- Davidson Graduate School in or visitwww.ohevshalom.org Torah complished musician, having Jewish Education at JTS. He on the Internet. page 4 topreventit."Hearthosewords, a part of the land of Israel is a him, thatwhathedidwasokay, "Everything must be done to rodef. That's the halachic des- whathesaidisthehalachiclast Proposing prevent it." I get chills just typ- ignation for someone whom it word.Bynotspeakingout, they from the ingit. Forwordsvery muchlike is permissible, required even, to leave his use of the word rodef the fact thatthat were said by rabbis very kill before he can act. unchallenged, hanging there all of7,000 muchlikeShapirabackin1995 Arodef.Theverysamewordfor every rabbinical student when Yitzhak Rabin was talk- used to describe Rabin. eager to prove his piety and is a hell- ing peace with Yasser Ararat. In the Orthodox world,faith, show his allegiance to cultural Everything must be done to when a rabbi as respected hisrabbisandtotheTorah.Oh, not stop him, many rabbis said. as Neventzal uses the word bytheway, Neventzalmadehis SOme esteemedThus putting the gun inrodef, that is taken very seri- pronouncementbeforeagroup Sharon the hand of Yigai Amir, an ously. Which means that if of high school students. has caused Orthodox rabbinical student Sharon goes through with Rabbi Shapira calls pulling irbigguns, who, convinced by learned his plans for Gaza, that a top out of Gaza a sin and says rabbis he was doing God's rabbinical authorityhasruled "everything" must be done Avraham will, proceeded to fire three thattheTorahcallsforShamn to prevent it. Rabbi Neventzal no less than bullets into Rabin's back. to be killed, says anyone who orders the Chief Itwas rabbis then using in- Now let me quickly say that pullout is a rodef, one who and is today flammatory language, invok- I do not believe most Ortho- must be killed. Religious ing the Torah and halachah to dox rabbis or Orthodox Jews AndnotoneOrthodoxrabbi spiri- opposeapoliticaldecisionthey would advocate the murder says a word about their words. did not like, that directly led of Sharon. And it's not. like they don't to the murder of Rabin. And But, whatissoverydisturb- know what sUch language now, less than 10 years later, ing about all this is less that by such rabbis can lead to. If they are doing it again, someonelikeNeventzaiwould somehow they don't, all they parts As obscene as Rabbi Sha- so distort and manipulate hal- have to do is pay a visit to the ) non-Jews, pira's words are, even worse achah in such a reckless way, grave of Yitzhak Rabin. is a sin are those of Rabbi Avigdor than that not one, not one se- Asforwhatwecando,wecan is a Nebenzahl. He is the rabbi of niorOrthodoxrabbianywhere rememberthateveryJewkilled Jerusalem's Old Cityand is one in theworld has criticized him in Israel whether by terrorist And he of the Orthodox world's most fordoingso, saidonewordcall- attackorcaraccident, deserves any with- respected authorities, ing him to task. our grief. And that a rabbiwho "Opposed Whichiswhywhathesaidlast That is a disgrace, calls for thekillingoftheleader law), he week is so frightening. 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