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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 PAGE 5.A. HERITAGE encourages readers to send in their opin- ions for the Viewpoint column. They must be signed; however, names will be withheld upon request. Due to space limitations, we reserve the right to edit, if neces- sary. Opinions printed in Viewpoint do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the paper. Today is my 69th birthday, so why am I so sad and so mad? By Paul Jeser attacks against Jews; and the belief that things will prob- Today (Nov. 18, 2014) is my ably never get better but keep 69th birthday so why am I so on getting worse. sad and so mad? I'm mad for many reasons: I'm sad for the three obvi- That so many people, ous reasons: The death offive including Jews who should Israelisatthehandsofterror- know better, believe Israel's ists; the ongoing world-wide so-called settlements are the problem. That, ifIsraelwould to and read the NY Slimes. hurt chances for peace, but That so many people, retreat to the 1967 borders I quit years ago when Rabbi actuallyhavegiventheenemy Jews who should thingswill be ok--therewill Haskell Lookstein tried to strength. Please imagine the know better, are living back be peace. .get the Jewish Community leaders of Hamas and other in the 1930s, believing that That so many people, to break from the Slimes terrorist groups waving this the anti-Semitism that is including Jews who should without muchsupport.Their public criticism and saying growing throughout Europe know better, voted for Obama headline today (Four killed to their followers "see what and here inAmerica, is bad, and still support him. His in Jerusalem synagogue Jewish leaders are saying but not that bad--that we'll statements today prove, once complex) just proves, once about Israel?" survive again, that the 25 years he again, how biased this paper That so many people, So, whatshouldhavebeena spent learning from Rev. has become. Perhaps maybe including Jews who should dayofhappinessandcelebra- Wright have so significantly the synagogue roof caved in know better, living in the tion has turned out to be a influenced his anti-Jewish due to a structural flaw? Or LA area, voted for Ted Lieu day of extreme sadness and, and anti-Israel bias (rheto- maybe there was a gas leak? over Elan Carr. Lieu, in ac- at the same time, being very ric and some appointments That so many people, cepting an award from CAIR madatwhatIseearoundme. aside). Today, while condemn- including Jews who should (which even the UAE calls Paul Jeser is a former ingthe attack he asked both knowbetter, stillgiveJStreet, a terrorist group applauded executive director of the sides to "lower tensions and Eric Yoffie, Rick Jacobs plat- them for their good work. Jewish Federation of Greater reject violence." Both sides!? forms fram which to spill The CAIR/Hamas relation- Orlando and now is the na- How can smart people still their ongoing criticism of ship is well documented, tionaldirectorofMajorGifts, believe that Obama is sup- Israel. John Rosove, a Los Even Sen. Charles Schumer director of Western Region portive of Israel? Angeles rabbi, even referred understood how anti-Israel at American Committee for That so many people, toIsraelasanaddicteddrunk CAIR is--"CAIR has ties to ShaareZedekMedicalCenter including Jews who should These people, and others terrorism and intimate links in Jerusalem. He resides in know better, still subscribe of their ilk, not only have with Hamas." Los Angeles, Calif. By Pastor Blake Lorenz rible terrorist attack last week in the synagogue in Jerusalem A woman holds a sign dur- and in the continual assault ingademonstration against a on the people of Israel since deadly attack on a Jerusalem the summer war, I want to synagogue, across the street encourage our friends in Israel from the Palestine Mission andintheJewishcommunity to the United Nations in New of America that our love, suP- York, Nov.18,2014.TwoPales- port, concern, prayers and tinian men, armed with meat faith are with you cleavers and a gun, entered Despite the violence and the synagogue in a quiet, ul- suffering endured by the Jew- tra-Orthodox neighborhood ish people, we know together during morning prayers on in our love there is hope. You Tuesday and attacked around are not alone, but have the 25 worshippers, killing four GodofAbrahamasyourshield and wounding eight, several and the love of your friends to seriously.Threeofthevictims lean upon. held dual U.S.-Israeli citizen- During my lifetime, I have ship. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) learned much truth and As I read the news of the ter- gained tremendous strength from the writings of the Jew- overcome the love and truth In his determination and believers who Will stand with ishprophets andthewitness of of God, and the determination bravery, he stayed in the Israeli you, even to the point of laying the descendants of Abraham of the people of Israel to live in armyevenaftersufferingsuch down our lives for you. For no as they endured the horrors peacewiththeirneighbors.In physical trauma because he greater love has a man than of generations of persecution the immense soffering of believed in his heart he was this--to lay down his life for and prejudice. Their testi- these brutal attacks, Iextend to stand with Israel no mat- afriend.Youcantakeheartifi monies assure me that the my hand of hope and encour- ter the cost. Tears streamed the fact that you have friends Jewish people will survive agement, knowing that evil down my cheeks as I listened that will never leave you nor and prosper because of God's will not prevail. The promises to Izzi's (Ezagui) remarkable forsake you. covenant with you. of God and His covenant will story. I knew from this man May God continue to shel- YouareHisspecialtreasure be victorious. The witness of of courage that no one or ter you with the love that and His Spirit has instilled historyaffirmsthatGodhears nothing couldextinguishthe overcomes evil, the strength in you a strength that unites the cries ofHispeople andwill life of the soul of your nation, to forgive and the wisdom to your hearts to follow God, re- bringdeliverance to thosewho God Will continue to fortify walk in His path ofrighteous- jectthewaysofmenandknowtrust in Him. your courage and raise up ness. Our love and prayers are the beauty of a new sunrise I heardand saw this in the Aarons and Hurs globally to always with you. that dispelsthedarkness that witness of an American Jew raise your hands up to the Blake Lorenz, pastorofEn- seeks to put out His light in who was led by God to join Lord.ThespiritofJoshuawill counter Church in Orlando, your soul the Israel Defense Forces. He go forth with you to battle organized the rally for Israel The hatred and twisted lost his arm in the Gaza Strip your enemies, at Rollins College during the philosophies of men cannot fighting.for Israel. I believe there are Christian recent war with Hamas. IS wron By Mark Langfan is directly related to Israel's all other religions would be Temple Mount-Prayer Ban: allowed access to the Temple Israel must stop acting and "Following Israel's vic- Mount. thinking as if"Peace Conces- tory in 1967, Israel reunited "Israel went one step fur- sions" buy Israel an ounce of Jerusalem. Since then, all ther and decided that Jews legitimacy. The reality is that people--and I mean all peo- would not be allowed to pray Israel's "Peace Concessions" pie--regardless of religion on the site. I want to make only prove to the Muslims, and nationality can visit the sureyouunderstandthis.The and to the average American city's holy sites. TempleMountisJudaism'sho- viewer, that lsrael has no right "And while we were victo- liestplace, butwewerewilling to exist at all. rious and assumed control to restrict our own freedoms Take for instance, a recent over all of Jerusalem, Israel for the sake of peace. Can you speech Israel's by UN Ambas- extended a hand in peace to think of another nation that sador Ron Prosor at the UN the Muslim world. According would makethiscompromise? Security Council. Ambassa- to the status quo brokered Can you think of another dor Prosor gave what was an between Israel and the Waqf, religion thatwould make this otherwise truly great speech Muslimswouldenjoyaccessto sacrifice?" except for one sentence that pray at their holy sites, while To Ambassador Prosor's Letters To The Editor 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 Heri- tage 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@ Suggestions for community regeneration Dear Editor: study for families, as study I read with interest David is the foundation of Judaism. Bornstein's column regard- Study needs toagain become ing Jewish continuity, re- part of our culture. There is generation or dissolution, no reason for Conservative, I offer a few suggestions in Reform, Reconstruction- summary form to promoteist and even agnostic Jews regeneration. The first ex- to cede Torah study to the ample is promoting Torah Orthodox and Chabad. Our community should focus on convincing Jews that Torah study, and teaching their chil- dren is a major part of being Jewish. After all, when Hiltel was asked to explain Judaism to a skeptic "standing on one foot," Hillel stated, "don't treat others as you would not want to be treated yourself. The rest is commentary. Go study." As a community, we have done a good job of inculcating the Jewish value of treating people respectfully, and ob- taining respect for Jews and Israel, but we can do better in encouraging study and there- by displaying the appeal of Jewish belief system through the process of communal study. A good start would be a communal event with the GOBOR rabbis. Over 10 years ago, 400 or so people attended a Selichot service with all the rabbis who tookwritten ques- tions and provided their own two "rhetorical" questions, This is a suicidal delusion. "You, Israelis, don't pray on the answer is an absolute, When Jews hear Ambassa-the Temple Mount aka 'The definite "no"! No nation on dor Proser, they think, "Oy, Noble Sanctuary' because earthandnoreligiononearth we've sacrificed, oy, so much you, Israelis, know you don't would ever have agreed not to for peace. Oy, those Arabs." have any right to pray there. prayonitsholiestsite, onethat But when Muslims hear Therefore, you don't have a it controlled militarily.We all Ambassador Prosor say "we right to be there at all. Leave agree on that! were willing to restrict our now, before we legitimately It is Ambassador Prosor's own freedoms for the sake murder more of you, Israelis, unelucidatedlogicalinference of peace," they come to the becauseyouareillegaloccupi- that is the problem. He and exact opposite conclusion, ers on our sacred holy site." all the Israeli "Peace" govern- Muslims interpret the Temple ments, since Oslo, are under Mount Jewish Prayer Ban as Langfan on page 15A the impression that "because we 'took this brave' position and Israel has already sacri: ficed so much for peace, you all must leave us alone already." WE AGREED TO CALLING THE REWRITE commentary on the questions HISTORY BY, ARABS IN IUDEA and one another's learned AND !;AMARIA # # responses. PALESTINIANS The second example is reg- ularly scheduled, low-costfun activities for Jewish families at our community campus. The campus has a revitalized pool area with a heated pool, lit basketball and tennis courts and grounds that can be used for kickball and softball. It would be nice to see Jewish families and synagogue mem- BELIEVING THAT bers having regular basketball games, kickball games, swim GIVING TH~J~ A events, etc to encourage as "NATIONAL much Jewish interaction as IOENTITY". possible. Attending Jewish summer camp and youth events has done wonders for my children in integrating them with other Jewish chil- dren through fun activities. We should really be making a concerted, communal effort to do the same here. Daniel Coultoff Lake Mary Fight the history rewriting, go to: igg. me/at/drybones