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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 24, 2004 PAGE 9 | By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 We will always be considered "infidels" We (meaning the American people, people of the Western globe and especially Jews) will probably always be considered "infidels" to fanatic Muslims. (Maybe even to all Muslims, though I sincerely hope I am wrong here.) Definitely in Saudi Arabia where the Wahhabi sect of Islam is dominant, we will be considered "infidels." Their children con- tinue to be raised hating all westerners and especially Jews. Wahhabism is on top of the world agenda since the Sep- tember 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon. Their followers claim that they are the "supreme Muslims" of the world and are "reforming the religion of Islam" because everyone else has lost the essence of Islam except them, ac- cording to the Wahhabi sect. Make no mistake, they are dangerous! There is no plan underway to change this thinking or to take down the madrasas, the schools where such hate is be- ing taught. Why not? (Remember, Saudi Arabia is considered an ally of the United States.) Of course, Osama bin Laden is dedicated to overthrowing the Saudi royals who are in power now but, either way the atmosphere is not good. And if you're wondering If you are wondering why President Dubya doesn't fire Secretary of Defense, DONALD RUMSFELD in spite of many mistakes just think. If Rumsfeld goes, then the buck stops in the Oval office! Okay I need a joke for sure When young David was asked by his father to say the eve- ning prayer, he realized he didn't have his head covered so he asked his little brother, Henry, to rest a hand on his head until the prayers were over. Henry did so, but soon grew impatient and after a few min- utes he removed his hand. The father said, "This is important, Henry. Please put your hand back on his head." To that, Henry exclaimed, "What? Am I my I~rother's kipah?" (Oy a groaner for sure.) How about this one? Hymie, a wealthy American, retired to England and bought a fabulous English country home with 50 rooms plus many powder rooms. He brought in a local workman to decorate the place. When the job was finished, Hymie was delighted but soon realized that there were no mezuzahs on the doors. He immediately went out and bought 50 kosher mezu- zahs. He then asked his decorator to place them on each door except for the bathrooms. He was a little concerned that his workman wouldn't put them up correctly but was surprised and delighted to see that they were correct, indeed! He gave his workman a bonus for a job well done! As the decorator was walking out of the door he said to Hymie, "I'm so glad you are happy with the job, mate. By the way, I took out all the guarantees that were in those little boxes and left them on the table for you." Francis Scott Key did not write the following Yet; it is inspiring and meaningful: '7 love my country, I love the world/ God made its beauty, blue skies unfurled. Many men died so we could be free, So stands our Statue of Liberty!" This verse comes from the late Herman Goldstein's "Ballad of America," an anthem he used to sing with pride. The Word War II veteran once said, "I love America. I've always felt that way, ever since I was a little kid." Herman not only spoke those words, he lived them and left his contribution to his family and to all of us. The following is from a letter I received from his daughter, LEONA RACHMAN: "My dad, Herman Goldstein, was a World War II veteran. He loved America and always carried a small American flag with him wherever he would go. LEONA RACHMAN They used to call him the modern-day Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans of Bir- mingham, Alaldama. He took . part in the'Annual Veteran'~ Day Parade in Birmingham, Alabama. He was among the local Jewish wa.r veterans who visited graves of the Jewish veterans on Memorial Day. He went to three cemeteries and put a Star of David on each of the gravesites. Many of his friends were buried there. He said he felt God's presence and it changed his life. MIRIAM and HERMAN GOLDSTEIN during WWII. Herman was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1919, in Atlanta, Ga. He went into busi- ness with his father and brother in Birmingham. The store was Goldstein's Furs. He went to the University of Alabama and spent one year in Pre -Med. He wrote a poem about America. He also wrote a fight song for the former Bear Bry- ant M~llion Dollar band titled "Alabama on Parade." Leona's letter continues. I am very grateful that she wrote to me as it gives me the chance to pass along to you just what a terrific guy her dad was. Herman's loving wife, Miriam (see photo) passed away in 1999, after 50 years of marriage. The couple had four daughters, Ruth (who passed away this year); Leona; Jeanne; and Susie. Herman had one of his poems placed in the Congressional Record in 1945. He also spent a number of years in the Singing Gentlemen Barbershop quartet as a tenor. He did not let his open heart surgery and a plastic valve stop him from living an active life. He remained jubilant, jovial and patriotic to the end. Herman died in September, 2003. On November 28, VFW Post 2093 (of which my spouse is a life member) honored Herman with a 20 gun salute and bugler. It was well deserved for a man who indeed, loved our country and expressed his feelings so beautifully. The graveside ceremony was covered by Channel Nine televi- sion. (l am so sorry I never had the opportunity to meet Herman Goldstein. It would have been a treat!) "Uga now atee heetiwah woo zoms" (Ask me. I'll explain the above. It is my version of Island-speak. Not a correct version, mind you, but mine.) Everyone is invited to join the Congregation Ohev Shalom Seniors for a spectacular afternoon titled "A Hotdog Luau" on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005. It will be held at the Congregation Ohev Shalom Social Hall, 5015 Goddard Avenue, Orlando. Obviously the fare will be hotdogs and all the trimmings with an Island flavor since the event is called a Luau. The price of admission is $5, COS Senior members; $7.50, nonmembers. According to COS Seniors President, BERNY RAFF, "No RSVP is needed. Bring a friend. Come early and be sure to come hun- gry!" You can phone Berny at 407-657-8215 for further details and directions. There will be a special musical program for the afternoon, featuring HANA KAYALEH. Hana is nine years old and has been singing since she was about three years old. She currently practices with a voice teacher and is working on singing Broadway tunes. Hana is a student at Bay Meadows Elementary School, where she is in the fourth grade. She has an older brother, ROGER, and a younger sister, MICHAELA. Hana enjoys reading, gym- HANA KAYAL H nastics, swimming, cooking, acting and singing. She is the daughter of Drs. OMAR and LAURI KAYALEH of Orlando. This sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Sunday after- noon. Plan to attend! One for the road (What? You thought I would just end the column now?)) Tomorrow is Christmas. Did you ever wonder what would have happened had three wise Jewish women gone to Bethlehem instead of three wise men? For one, they would have asked for directions. They would have arrived on time. They would have helped deliver the baby. They would have hired someone to clean the stable. They would have brought a brisket and wonde red just how long it would take to get the brisket dish backl And one more Now that Scott Peterson has been convicted I can't help won- dering what I would do if I were in the same fix. 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