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PAGE 14A Miami From page 1A eration's Solomon. "Climati- cally, we are definitely moving in that direction." Solomon also noted that while there were anti-Semitic overtones to some local pro- tests of Israel's military actions in Gaza, the protests generally were small, isolated events. Crime is also nothing new to the residents of North Mi- ami Beach. "North Miami Beach in particular is open to neigh- borhoods that are not good neighborhoods," said Rabbi Phineas Weberman, a chap- lain with the Miami-Dade Police Department. According to statistics compiled on City-Data.com, the rate of rapes, assaults and robberies in the city of North Miami Beach, which covers part of the area's heavily Jewish neighborhood, have all been significantly higher than the national average for more than a decade. AI- varo Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police, which protects the rest of the neighborhood, said the district had been "an active area" for shootings in 2014. For now, daily life has re- HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 29, 2014 sumed, but with a fearful edge. CBS 4 Miami reported that on the most recent Sabbath, residents walked to synagogue in clusters for safety. The lo- cal community has offered a $50,000 reward for informa- tion leading to the arrest of Raksin's two assailants, who remain at large. "From a Jewish perspective, from a moral perspective, of course a hate crime makes a huge difference," Rosen- berg said. "But from a safety perspective, for a residential neighborhood, it doesn't re- ally matter. You don't want to live in a neighborhood where people get shot." Sherwin From page 1A become a Hamas militant. Yousef has stated, "Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise. Hamas is seek- ing conquest and taking over. And by the way, the destruc- tion of the State of Israel is not Hamas's final destination. Hamas' final destination is building an Islamic caliphate, which means an Islamic state, over rubble of every other civilization." Dr. Einat Wilf is an Adjunct Fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Senior Fellow with the Jew- ish People Policy Institute and a former member of the Israeli Knesset. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Office in the Is- raeli Defense Forces and as a Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres. She is a respected author and public speaker on issues regarding Israeli society. Aaron David Miller is cur- rently the vice president for New Initiatives and Distin- guished Scholar at the Wood- row Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has served in the U.S. Department of State and has helped formu- late U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab -Israel peace process. Rabbi Sherwin attended the 2014 AIPAC Policy Con- ference in Washington D.C. last March. Unwavering in his support of Israel, Rabbi Rick feels, especially given the current escalation with Hamas, that it is important for him, his congregants at Beth Am and the Central Florida Jewish community to remain educated and engaged on all the issues. Sherwin commented, "With the cur- rent tensions between the Palestinians and Hamas and Israel, it is time for us to stop pointing fingers at each other from opposite sides of the aisle and start focusing on what we can do in a united effort to support Israel." For more information on Rabbi Rick and Congrega- tion Beth Am consult the synagogue web site at www. CongBethAm.org, call the synagogue office at (407) 862-3505 or "friend" Beth Am at www.Facebook.com/ CongBethAm. Williams From page 1A planet Mork stuck in America in "Mork and Mindy," some Jewish members of the show's audience--myself included- stuck in a familiar place in my mind as well as that Of other Jews. As a teenager, I had at- tended a Shabbat afternoon study session where I was -saw an odd connection be- introduced to the Torah tween the show's premise and Jewish alienation. Mork didn't really want to assimilate, and neither did we. Yet, that did not explain why his free flying associa- tive form of humor, memo- rably captured in the Disney animated feature "Aladdin," commentary of the French medieval Torah scholar Rashi (Rabbi ShlomoItzhaki). To get at the meaning of a particular verse, Rashi, I discovered, took a very non-linear route. Packing into his terse com- mentary on aparticular verse, bits of history, science, human nature, and a comparison of the usage ofaparticularword, often in vastly different places in the text, he would expand its meaning. It was a type of associative learningwhichwas new to me and very unlike the step by step approach of the sciences, or the 'by wrote' memoriza- tion of facts, that I had been taught to study history. Rashi was an all-inclusive method of study that opened the door to everything, even humor. A few years later, sitting in a comedy club, separated by centuries, but connected by approach, to at least one Jewish set of ears, a comedian was using an asso- ciative approach to comment on his times. "The rabbis believed that the Torah was meant to be associative with everything having the possibility to connect to everything else," wrote Joel Lurie Grishaver, a Jewish educator and author, whose words about the con- necting power of association strike me as a fitting way to describe the appeal of Robin Williams. New connections will be missed, but his old ones re- main unbroken. When appearing on the TV show, Inside the Actors Studio, Robin Williams was asked by host James Lipton: "If Heaven exists what would you like to hear God say at the Pearly Gates?" Williams responded, "There's seating in the front. The concert begins at five. There will be Mozart, EIvis, and one of your choosing. Or just as nice, if heaven exists, to know there is laughter. That would be a good thing, oh yeah. Just to hear God [go] "qvo Jews walk into a bar..." Edmon J. Rodman writes for several publications and news services from his home in Los Angeles, including the Jerusalem Post, the Los An- geles Jewish Journal, the For- ward, JTA and JNS , he is also a "guide for theJewplexed'at www.virtualjerusalem.com. Cohen From page 4A thatwhile much bien-pensant opinion in the West was be- moaning a fake "genocide" in Gaza, a real one was taking place with ferocious rapidity in Iraq, beginning with the Christians and then extend- ing to the Yazidis an ancient faith of some 500,000 people who are ethnically Kurdish. And had it not been for the astonishing courage of a fe- male Iraqi parliamentarian, Vian Dakhil of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the world may well have remained stuck in its myopia. Earlier this month, Dakhil took to the floor of the Iraqi parliament, delivering an impassioned speech on be- half of her people that ended with her breaking down and sobbing. Many of those who watched the speech were also in tears as she choked out those desperate, final words; as I listened to Dakhil, my first thoughts were of the Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski and the Jewish Bund international representative Szmuel Zygielbojm, both of whom attempted to alert the Allied powers to the Holocaust befalling Jews under Nazi oc- cupation. Then, a few days later, when I learned that Dakhil had been injured in a helicopter crash while delivering aid to Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar, my heart sank even more. Thank- fully, however, Dakhil is alive, and continuing to raise her voice against this grotesque genocide. The horrors of northern Iraq have compelled the Obama administration to both quell its isolationist instincts and to delay the much-vaunted policy "pivot" from the Middle East to East Asia. However much we try, the Middle East will not let us go. And yet we still have no grand strategy for the region, no sense of how we want it to evolve, no doctrine to bring stability to its suf- fering peoples. Do we want to preserve Iraq's integrity as a state? We don't know. Do we want to encourage Kurdish independence? We don't know. How far are we prepared to go to prevent the crucifixions, beheadings, and enslavement of xomen that have become the hallmarks of the Islamic State? We don't know. If we are bombing the Islamic State in Iraq, albeit cautiously, then why ar we allowing the atrocities in Syria, carried out by both the Islamic State and by the Iranian-backed Assad regime, to continue? No one, apparently, has an answer. I've heard it said many times that one of the reasons President Barack Obama doesn't like foreign inter- vention is that he believes political change can only come from the people whom intervention is intended to benefit. Obama is not alone; the great British political philosopher, John Stuart Mill, argued much the same against the background of the CrimeanWar of the late 1850s. Very well, then--let us reframe the concept of inter- vention in defense of human rights so that the liberators themselves are those who would otherwise be liberated by outsiders. Within these parameters, we would not send in troops. But we can provide air sup- port, military training, and weapons, and the expertise to create and sustain post-war democratic institutions by working with politicians like Vian Dakhil. Such a strategy will mean staying in the Middle East a while longer. Itwill also mean, when we are finally able take a back seat, thatwe will have left this region a much healthier and happier place than when we found it. Ben Cohen is the Shill- man analyst for JNS.org and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Haaretz, and other publica- tions. His book, ."Some Of My Best Friends: A Journey Through Twenty-First Cen- tury Antisemitism" (Edition Critic, 2014), is now available through Amazon. Langfan From page 5A Israel has to re-think its entire military supply chain, and, hence, its entire military strategy. As long as Obama is president, Israel could now well lose a protracted war of attrition-type conflict, and must re-invent its blitzkrieg. While Obama sent Iran's ally, Iraq, 5,000 Hellfire mis- siles and 300M of missiles to Turkey, Obama appears to be stopping any Hellfires for Israel in dead in their tracks. By his weapons-supply betrayal, Obama proved any "American peace process security guarantees" in ex- change for the 'West Bank' will, in fact, be worthless. 8. Undetectable Hamas Gaza terror tunnels today, untouchable Hamas 'West Bank' water wells tomorrow. Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is importantto maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield )tour ey (and your family's eyos) from I'mfui UV myL Wear mu#asm with mamum UV pmteceo I THEVISIONCOUNCIL If Israel couldn't detect, let alone stop, Palestinians from digging terror tunnels actually into pre-1967 Israel, how is Israel going to stop Palestinian Arabs from dig- gingWestern Samarian water wells kilometers to the east of the 'State of Palestine' side of the Green Line? Israelis should learn to stop drinking water because after Obama imposes his 'Palestinian state' on Israel (with Herzog's and Livni's help), Israel will lose over 50 percent of its water, or 700 million cubic meters of Israel's water per year, and its coastal aquifers will be salt-water intruded to death. 9. The 'Peace Process' is Dead, Bury it For Good. Bibi must speak the truth to Israel, the Jewish people, and the World, and say: "We tried. But, Israel can never allow Hamas or ISIS to create 20 Gaza-like booby-trapped terror states in Judea and Sa- maria inches away from Israel's population centers. The 'Peace Process' is a Holocaust Process. And, the world's Jewish people must rise to defend Israel, or there will be no Israel." Let Livni, Lapid, and Herzog cam- paign in Tel Aviv on a messianic "Let's create 20 Hamas terror Gaza-states in the West Bank for 'Peace'" platform. 10. Next time, militarily decapitate Hamas Leadership, instead of militarily inoculat- ing it. At Zero Hour minus 30 minutes, Israel should have first launched a massive de- capitation attack against the Hamas leadership. Enough of the Hamas terrorist-monsters would have survived to quickly sign a ceasefire and eke out a rule of Gaza. Instead, by the IDF's slowly escalating its tempo and quality of targets, Israel militarily inoculated the Hamas military leadership to Israel's attacks by allowing the Hamas leaders more and more time to hunker down, and to better prepare for Is- rael's ultimate blows. Any tactical benefit from Israel's "go slow," "measured," "calibrated" military approach in garnering "American" sup- port was an illusory strategic gain that disappeared as soon as Obama or Valerie Jarett opened their mouths. 11. The IDF's 'warnings' to Gaza's civilians inadvertently and perversely, likely, maxi- mized civilian causalities. Okay, so, which IDF at- torney thought up the "strat- egy" to warn civilians away from buildings about to be destroyed by Israeli planes? Did they think that Hamas and the Palestinians would think and act like the IDF and Israel? If Hama thought like the Jews and cared about their civilians, there would have been Peace 80 years ago. Hamas' entire "military strategy" to have civilians killed not saved. Instead, Israel's civilian warnings to Gaza only insured that Hamas' military leaders would quietly, calmly, and immediately flee the tar- geted scenes, and the same Hamas military leaders would then force civilians to stay in the soon-to-be-bombed buildings. Therefore, Israel's warning to the Gaza civilians, likely, maximized Paiestinian civilian casualties. To add a historical analogy to this issue, did Winston Churchill ever call and warn Eva Braun to leave the Hitler's Berlin Fuhrer Bunker before the allies tried to bomb it. Of course not! Just imagine Win- ston Churchill leaving a phone message with Adolf Hitler for Eva, where Adolf related to Eva, "Eva dearest, Winny rang up for you a tad earlier today, and wanted me to tell you to 'take a long jog' out of our lovely FuhrerBunker 'to the other side of Berlin' around 9 p.m. tonight. He was very particular about the time, Eva dearest. That Winston is so thoughtful wanting you to get proper exercise. It's such a shame we are in a World War against each other." Warning of an impending Israeli attack has got to be about the stupidest military strategy in the history of warfare. The world's leftists will claim Israel is "commit- ting war-crimes," even if Is- rael chartered air-conditioned buses for the Palestinian civil- ians out of the target zones. Mark Langfan is a New York-based attorney who writes frequently on Middle Eastern affairs and security issues confronting Israel.