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H.EERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2003 photo courtesy Maj. David Rosner M~. David Rosner, shown here in a C-130 tranport plane, has worked on both the military and post.war operations by the United States in Iraq. By Joe Berkofsky scrolls, each insured for Other military chaplains $10,000, and one Maryland leading services during the NEW YORK (JTA)--When congregation sent prayer High Holidays include Rab- Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson blew books and Hebrew learning bis Carlos Huerta, a former the shofar this past Rosh material for the holiday West Point chaplain, and Uashanah, it reverberated events, which will include David Goldstrom, based in u one of Saddam Yom Kippur and Sukkot ser- Fort Hood, Texas. t r ussgh ut vices. Others pitched in. A ein's former palaces. Mc ore than 100 Jewish The Torahs capped a Chabad center in Millburn, rnernbers of the U.S. forces months-long civilian grass- N.J donated candlesticks .stationed in Iraq attended the roots effort dubbed "Opera- and Stars of David chains. High Holiday services at the tion Apples and Honey by Children from an Orthodox ho;r.mer Iraqi dictator's the Jewish Educators Net- synagogue in Palm Beach aghdad 6mpound. work of New York. Fla sent cards and Sukkah They seemed shocked and The group also sent 1,200 decorations. awed, not least by the echo. kosher dinners and 800 ba- "No one said no to me," "Itwasa25 footceiling, so gel-and-lox lunches to the Weiss said. it realiy-goes,Ackerson said, troops to complement their Maj. David Rosner, a U.S. lescribing the shofar's blast usual ready-to-eat meals, Marinewhoservedinthefirst atelephoneinterviewfrom along with prayer books, Gulf War in addition to the a hdad last Monday. books on Judaism and ritual current conflict, said Jewish manyoftheyoungJewsalso objects such as kiddush cups. troops deeply appreciate such kept looking at all the Meredith Weiss, president efforts. arble, the gold, the fancy of the Jewish Educators Net- Rosner, whose tourofduty erhairs,"therabbisaid."Itwas work, said she decided to or- endedintimeforhimtomake ther magnificent." Then ganizetheaideffortaftercor- it home for Rosh Hashanah, . uer a late afternoon sun, responding by e-mail with a remembers attending Pass- t egrou t- pperformedthecus- Jewish Marine and was over seders in Kuwait in ;~.~ary Tashlich ceremony shockedtodiscoverhowmany April, which featured "the - Side the palace, casting Jews serve in the U.S. armed bare minimum of supplies: P!eces of bread representing forces, matzah, gefilte fish, and tuna into a private lake once "I decided that we need to fish." He called Weiss "a vned by the Iraqi dictator's take care ofth'em," saidWeiss, mitzvah meidele." When the PAGE 13 .ace "HewasdrivingaHumvee, held an impromptu seder in my knife, do your mission, trying to duck low, with at- the former Iraqi secret po- kill me!' I was ready," Finley tack helicopters overhead lice headquarters in said,"buthecouldn't."Finley and shooting all over the Baghdad, said he asked one told the teacher that life is place," she said. "He said he 35-year-old school teacher too short for such bigotry, was never so terrified in his how he felt about Jews be- before the man walked away. life." Others Jewish service- fore divulging his identity The teacher returned the menwereabletocomehome, The teacher told him that nextday, Finley said, andtold at least briefly, for the High the Koran taught him to kill the Jewish soldier "life's too Holidays. Jews. short to hate." "I felt at least Kayitz Finley, 21, a ma- "So I showed him my dogI could change one life," rinecorporalfromLosAnge- tags," which identified him Finley said. "It was ironic, ies, is at home on 30 days' as Jewish, "and said, 'Here's you know?" leave. The son ofex-Marine Rabbi ] Mordecai Finley of Congre- ~ ~A~ / gation Ohr HaTorah in Los Angeles, the young FinleyIJ Located in the Albert n's plaza [ said he has encountered all I H O T OR A P H Y take Mary, [ kinds of hostilities in Iraq. ~ [II~0~[]~][ ~ .~:~ [ In his first of many ~ ~ IL ~~[ firefights during the war, ~ Qff~l~D~t ~ ~l Finley recalled lying in a ditch and watching a rocket- n'a l[ li i, " propelled grenade fly over his oc,o e oucou, the engravings on it. But I ~. JVJANOIE~I~HOTOiIIq'A~I~I,I~ wiped away all the fear, picked up my rifle and just went to work." After the war, Finleywas stationed in Hilal, 40 miles south of Baghdad, where he helped train police, repair basic services and visit schools. Generally Iraqis welcomed the U.S. forces, he said, and he made a point of telling many of them he was a Jew who "put my life on the line to free their country." Typi- cally, he' said, that declara- tion met a "sour" reception, with many Iraqis blanching and walking away or asking him to leave a house where he had been welcomed mo- ments before. Finley, who last April had Custom Windows and Doors Will your windows weather the next storm? Energy efficient replacement windows Gutters and down spouts Screen enclosures Siding Soffit and facia S. Klein Contractors Financing ~ Available 2478 Tahoe Circle Steve Klein Winter Park, FL 32792 407-657-0158 PAT LEVY s, Uday and Qusay. of Nanuet, N.Y. Jewish troopsweren't attend- .!twasagorgeoussetting," Armed with the blessings ing discussion groups and .Ackerson, who is" from of the Jewish Welfare Board s reading books such as "The . .ihrnore. "It tells me we can Jewish Chaplains Council, Rosh Hashanah and Yom *etually put these places to which oversees the military's Kippur Survival Kit," use." For Jews servingrabbinic chaplaincy, Weiss Ackerson said they slept rela- Operation Iraqi Freedom, began corresponding with tively,comfortably in me High Holidays began on a Jewish troops, chaplains, U.S. Saddam s former house. rabbis and others.But not all Jewish armed Emaih ironic note: They pulpit e history by celebrating a One key request kept sur- personnel made it to the holi- .Year in unusually elegant facing: real Torahs rather than day services. T idnonials" available from my buyers & sellers. S(hion, in the heart of One Jewish GI who had -- the standard- issue paper ver- ,(Idarn's turf, which now planned to attend the "We had real sifrei Torah Baghdad service on Rosh U-RI E E " rves as a U.S. military blase, sion. , .AStheseniorrabbinicc up- to use, and that had a tre- Hashanahwas Spc. Matthew for the U.S. operation in mendous impact on the sol- Boyer, 24, a member of the t.q, Ackerson said he wanted diers,' Ackerson said, using field artillery unit of the t SHigh Holiday season to the Hebrew term for Torah Army's 101st Airborne Divi- rt 'tWith aspiritual bang for scrolls, sion, 3rd Brigade, which is e.stirnated500Jewsamong 'Manyhadneverseenarea, l guarding oil fields north of Your Landscaping Maintenance Source . 0,000US troops in Iraq Torahscroilandtheycouidn t the city. KUWait. " " believe people would ship To- But Boyer -- who partici- seems to have worked, rahs to Iraq for them to use." pated in the mission that One sergeant told me it After the Baghdad service, hunted down Uday and Qusay the " l o . most meaningtm Ackerson said one soldier wascalledtoaspecialmis- sh Hashanah he's had in "asked me to send a note to sion instead. During that Years,', Ackerson said of his mother, saying he went to mission, a friend was fatally Palace services. Baghdad for Rosh Hashanah shot in the neck. Je ?rewerealsoservicesfor -- and he had an aliyah," the "Other than give him CPR servic, -ersonnel in honor of being called up to and try to save him, there rikrit " north of Baghdad,recite the blessing before the was nothing he could do," d i or:eWrvSOcem: Torah reading, his mother, Judy Ledger of Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, Atlanta, toldJTA."He'spretty iSn01 ue Pli :: U.S.chiefchaplainofthe NewYork distraught." Ledger said her also are stationed. National Guard, carried one son, who managed to attend th erican donors enhanced of the Torahs along with a recent Shabbat service by holiday celebrations for Sukkot supplies with him to hitching a helicopter ride serving in the Gulf. Kuwait, where he led services from his position, was un- .--ree New York s na- atCentralCommandinDoha,able to divulge many details donated four " Yorah Qatar. ofthe raid on Saddam's sons. 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