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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 By Linda Caldwell way,"Keensaid."Alan'svision the luncheon. "Alan's vision good around the world," Florida Catholic staff affirms what history and our for Northview is increasingly Ginsburg said. hearts have told us is true-- gaining national attention The Benemerenti Med- ORLANDO--Jewish phi- faithhas the power to unite, and this is bringing game al was instituted by Pope lanthropist Alan Ginsburg Faith in a world filled with changing opportunities to Gregory XVI in 1832. It is was recently awarded the destructive forces has the UCF, theCatholiccommunity conferredonindividualswho Benemerenti Medal, a papal power tocreate, tobuild, and and of course the Orlando are Catholic or non-Catholic honor bestowed by Pope to deal with life's challenges." Jewish community." and who demonstrate excep- Francis, for his vision in cre- Ginsburg, humble by ha-A successful Maitland de- tional service to the Catholic ating a space where Catholic ture, was overcomewithemo- veloper, Ginsburg recognizes Church, to society, and to the and Jewish students can tion as he stepped forward his responsibility to return principles oflove and fidelity. fulfill their spiritual needs, to accept the honor. Wiping to God the gifts God has The Benemerenti medal is side by side, while attending away tears, he said, "Thank given him. His reputationfor the highest honor any lay- the University of Central you. This is really a surprise philanthropy is well known person can receive from the Florida.Ginsburgfundedthe for me. There are a lot of and he has donated millions Holy See. construction of the Catholic people who should be stand- of dollars for the benefit of The medal was originally CampusMinistryCenterand ing here besides me. Bishop, Orlando schools, hospitals, intendedas ameans to honor adjacent Hillel Center, which thank you very much. Fr. Jewish causes and more.those who fought in service opened last year. Ben [Berint.i], you have done With an estimated 13,500 in the papal army. In 1926, Bishop John Noonan and a great jobwith this facility, Catholic students on the PopePiusXIbeganbestowing Allan Keen, chairman emeri- and I am very proud to be a UCF campus, and more than the Benemerenti medal upon tus of the Board of Directors small part of it." 6,000 Jewish students, Gins- civilians. for The Catholic Foundation "Only 168 people on earth burg said the new space was Earlier this year, Bishop of Central Florida, surprised have been presented this neededforstudentswhowant Noonanwrote to Pope Fran- Ginsburg with the medal prestigiousawardbyasitting to go to a university that will cis, tellinghimofthegeneros- and scroll from Pope Francis pope and Alan Ginsburg's offer them the opportunity ity and love Ginsburg showed during a private luncheon, selection is not just a tribute to maintain their faith tradi- for the Church and its young attended by about 75 faro- to his own vision, but also tions, people. In reply, Pope Francis ily, friends and colleagues, his incredible dedication to "Hopefully this is one saidthatheindeedwasworthy on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the community development foundationthatwillprovidea oftheBenemerentimedalfor Catholic Campus Ministry here in Central Florida" corn- good basis for students going his service, for his love and for Center. mentedAaronWeil, executive here to continue their faith, his humanity. "Today we come together director and CEO of Central to feel that they are part of "One thing I want to say to to thank" Alan in a special Florida Hillel, who attended a greater group and greater you today, Mr. Ginsburg, you Alan Ginsburg with the chair emeritus of the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Allan Keen. are truly appreciated and loved beyond my time and all of our bytheCatholiccommunityfor times that this building will what you have done for us," prosper and the students who Bishop Noonan said. go here will prosper and we all "Thank you for the award," would have done a good thing Ginsburgsaid."Youallshould for the children of our faith be proud in your hearts of and forhumanityingeneral." what we have accomplished Heritage assistant editor here. I am so very proud to Christine DeSouza contrib- be a part of it" and hope long uted to this article. By Yvette Alt Miller It taught that nothing was human days: the seven-day In ancient Israel, Jews random;theworldwascreated week is found nowhere in the were instructed to build "six Aish Hatorah Resources for a purpose, and so were natural world.Yet, today, four refuge cities" on either side Many of the concepts es- we. We each have a divinely- thousand years after Juda- of the Jordan River, to which poused in the Torah and Jew- mandated goal in our lives ism introduced the concept peopleaccusedofmanslaugh- ish tradition seem quintes- and are charged to reach our of Shabbat, the concept of a ter could flee before receiving sentially modern, yet go back potential, seven-day week is universal, their sentences (Exodus 35:6). thousands of years. Here's a This was a revolutionary The Jewish concept of In these cities, they were roundup of some ideas that idea. Ordinary people were Shabbat--of ceasing from guaranteed protection from we take for granted today that seen as holy, important be- work for one day out of sev- relatives of those they were areanintegralpartofancient ings. The Torah describes en--helped develop the idea accused of killing and were Jewish wisdom, every individual as being cre- of the week, and set society safe from vigilante justice. 1. Monotheism ated betzelem Elokim, in the on the path to delineating 5. Equality Under the Law Judaism introduced the imageofGod.Nomatterwhata specific work-week--and Aloneintheancientworld, powerful notion that one ourcircumstancesorabilities, periodic times for leisure, the Jewish people proclaimed God created and rules the eachlifeisholyandspeciaI.AIl 3. Census the dignity of every person: univer e. This was aprofound of the elements that make up England's Domesday Bookmen and women, rich and break with the idolatrous a civilized society flow from of 1086 is often referred to as po0r.Ancient codes of justice models that came before, in this realization, the first national census, but routinely contained different which an angry or capricious 2. The Weekend 2,400 years earlier the Torah laws for people of varying so- godwasseentogovernevents "Six days shall you work records a census ofthe Jewish cial statuses. Even in the pres- at random, and had to be andaccomplishallyourwork, people(Exodus30).Afferleav- ent day, when human rights appeased--often in horrible but the seventh day is Shab- ing Egypt, Moses organized abuses around the world ways, like child sacrifice, bat to the Lord Your God;you a poll of the Jewish people, make a mockery of impartial The Torah, in contrast,shallnotdoanywork"(Exodus It must have been a massive justice, the Torah remains provided a-radically different 20:8). There is nothing inher- undertaking: he counteda beacon of light, insisting model of the universe, which ently logical about breaking 603,550 adult men. that all people--regardless of uplifts, instead of degrades, up the long monotony of4. Asylum station--are to be judged the A SeniOr Living Community where Hospitality is a of Life. 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Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751 407-645-3990 www, Skilled N~,rsin# Facility Ltcense No. 1635696 ~'l~..~i.~o x same: "You shall not commit in the seventh, you shall leave a perversion of justice; you ituntendedandunharvested, shall not favor the poor and and the destitute of your you shall not honor the great; people shall eat, and the wild- with righteousness shall you life of the field shall eat what judge your fellow" (Leviticus is left of them; so shall you 19:15). do to your vineyard and your 6. Court System olive grove" (Exodus 23:10- The Torah contains one of 11). This practice--which is the earliest systems of upper still followed by many Israeli and lower courts. As the Jew- farmers today--reminds us ish nation grew after the Exo- that it is God who ultimately dus from Egypt, their leader controlsthelandandourlives. Moses found it increasingly 9. Monetary Damages difficult to adjudicate all their When the Torah introduced disputes. Moses' father-in-law the ideaofpaying for damages Yitro presented him with a with money instead of one's unique solution: establish life, it was a revolutionary the world's first comprehen- thought. The Code of the sive legal system. Under his Babylonian ruler Hammurabi guidance, Moses established (1795-1750 BCE) mandated four levels of courts, from the death penalty for most local precincts where people serious crimes; the 7th Cen- could go -to petty disputes, tury BCE Draconian Code of all the way up to high courts Athens made the death pen- that oversaw the lower courts alty the punishment for every and decided the most difficult crime. Even in the present cases (Deuteronomy 1:11-15). day, some countries impose 7. Animal Rights harsh physical punishments; 'The movement for a.nimal in Saudi Arabia, people have rights might seem very mod- been sentenced to have their ern--current animal welfare eyes gouged out; Iran has also laws began to be proposed usedblindingaspunishment, in Western nations in the sentencing a man accused mid-19th Century--but they of stalking a woman to have have their antecedents in acid dripped in each eye. Both Jewish thought. The Torah nations, aswell assome other andTalmudarefullofdetailed Muslim countries, have used instructions on treating amputationofhandsandfeet animals with kindness: we as punishment for crimes. are forbidden from muzzling Jewish law, in contrast, an ox during harvests (this codified various categories of ancient practice was meant monetarydamagesforarange to prevent beasts from eating of crimes, allowing those con- the crops) or yoking a strong victedoftheftornegligenceto animal together with a weak pay off their debt and resume one (becatlse it might cause ordinary life. undue strain on the smaller 10. Public School animal) (Deuteronomy 25:4). In 64 CE, Rabbi Yehoshua When we collect eggs, the Ben Gamla ruled that every Torah instructs that we first Jewish child aged six and shoo away the mother bird up should attend school, (Deuteronomy 22:7). The whether their parents could Talmud even commands us afford to send them or not. He to feed our animals before we even mandated a maximum ourselves eat. class size--no more than 25 8. Crop Rotation children per teacher. Jewish Nowadays, farmers know communities raced to put that to maintain nutrients Rabbi Yehoshua's ideas into in soil, it's effective to rotate action, establishing subsi- crops and to leave fields faltow dized or free schools in Jew- periodically. In Israel, this ish communities the world practice has a powerful spiri- over. As Chicago educational tual dimension, as well. "Six philanthropist George Hanus years shall you sow your land andgatherinitsproduce.And lde on page 19A