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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 26, 2014 O o By David Bornstein Resolving To Live We live in an age of cliches. They surround work hard--unbelievably hard--and if you're us, influence us, often controlling the way we not lucky, or your timing's not right, or you speak and think. They are nefarious in their don't have the right connections, or things abilitytosuckmeaningoutofimportantstate- don't just fall your way, you may not achieve ments and events. And they are, in general, what you set out to accomplish. Of course, you dead wrong (which, by the way, is a cliche.) might. But the odds are better that you'll end A few painful examples: up a lawyer or the owner of a retail store than If you work hard you can achieve anything, president of the United States. Same for true Dreams really do come true. If you're not love. No such thing. Good love, yes.Greatlove, first, you're last. Which goes with winning hopefully. True love? Love at first sight? Lust is everything. True love. Love at first sight, at first sight. Love over time. Only one true You're comparing apples to oranges. Change love? Then why do people remarry? Love is is scary. It's never too late. Talk is cheap. What built. It grows. It is not instant gratification. doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Better safe That's called sex. than sorry. Let's take a look at these few select And what's wrong with comparing apples examples more closely, to oranges? Anything can be compared or Several can be put in the same "false contrasted with anything else? The sky to American dreams" category, the mythic life the ocean. England to Israel. A dog to a cat. i~ a fairytale adventure storywe've been spoon Comparison is simply a way to organize and fed in movies, pop songs, and comic books. The structure perspective. Apples to oranges? Both truth may be tough to swallow (cliche), but are fruit. Both fall from trees. Both are nutri- better our children understand reality than tious. Both are brightly colored. Both can be get force fed bitter gruel late in life. You can sweet or tart. Sounds like a comparison to me. Letter from Israel Is By Ira Sharkansky American community provided significant resources and political support with am- Jews have had a Diaspora at least since the bivalent American governments. During the middle of the sixth century before the Com- late 1940s and early 1950s the new country mon Era. absorbed hundreds of thousands of Jews who During the time of the Second Temple, a came from the remnants of the Holocaust substantial number, perhaps even a majority, and from Middle Eastern communities, whose lived outside of the Judean homeland, governments turned against their Jews after The Jerusalem-centered Diaspora figures the military embarrassments sufferedbyArab in Christian anti-Semitism, via the episode armies in 1948. of Jesus overturning the tables of the money Now the Jewish communities ofwestern de- changers, mocracies and Israel have matured way beyond The story features elements of Jews whose their economic, social, and political status concernformoneycompeteswithwhatshould of the 1940s, and there are Israel-Diaspora be sacred, tensions associated with each community's The reality was that money changers were own interests. essential to the religious rites. Jews came for Judaism (i.e., the religion of the Jews) is thethreemajorfestivalsfromalloftheknown having a tough time on both sides of the world, and were compelled to change money divides, showing the temptations of secular- brought from their homelands to purchase ismwidespreadjustabouteverywhere outside :~oodtosustainthemselvesinJerusalemandto of Islam. Estimates are that as many as 70 buy the doves or animals which they donated percent of non-Orthodox Jews are marrying for sacrifice, non-Jews in the U.S. and Western Europe, uP until modern times there were substan- and that a majority of Israeli Jews rarely visit tial communities in what is now Iran, Iraq, a synagogue, or know what to do when they Yemen, Central Asia, across North Africa, and do visit for a relative's bar mitzvah or some throughout Europe. other occasion. There were small communities of Jews in Political disputes have replaced the whole- North America from colonial times, a sizable heartedenthusiasmforIsraelthatwascharac- migration from Germany in the middle of the teristic of the 1940s, and through the wars of 19thcentury, andthenthebulkofwhatbecame 1967 and 1973. Concerns became prominent American Jewry arrived from 1880 until the around Israel's "first unnecessary war" that onset of WW I, mostly from Eastern Europe. featured the IDF reaching Beirut and beyond There was always a dribble of Jews moving in 1982, and remained as settlements in the to Jerusalem and other sites in the Holy Land. West Bank and post-1967 neighborhoods of The tempo increasedwith the anti-Jewish ten- Jerusalem came to be sources of disagreement sions that provoked the movement westward, with western governments. Jerusalem's meager and impoverished OthersourcesoftensionappearamongJews population, described in unglowing terms by who support campus programs sponsored by Mark Twain, had a Jewish majority since the Palestinians, up to and including boycotts of middle of the 19th century. In the early years of modern Israel, theSharkansky on page 15A THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 43 Press Awards E EWISH NEWS HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Stare Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 email: Society Editor Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette AlfonsO Account Executives Loft Apple Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley * Ira Sharkansky David Bornstein * Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman * Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Change isn't scary, talk isn't cheap, it's alifeoffrustrationandfailure.Thejourneyis often not better to be safe than sorry, and everything. Doing the best you can, whatever sometimes~yes, it's toolate. Change is dynamic that is, is everything. Becoming the most of and energizing. It can reinvigorate life and who you are is everything. Winning? It's a reinvent possibilities. People aren't scared moment, the by-product of effort, a goal, but by change, or the unknown. We're curious, not an achievement. The achievement is in the sometimes uncertain, anxious, nervous. But doing. That's the lesson we should impart to scared? Scared is for rabbits. Talkisn't cheap, ourchildrenunlesswewantthemtodisregard It's easy. That's the difference between talk all their hard work and suffer more often than and action. Action is hard, and it's why we, not. That sounds painful to me. And speaking as Jews, focus on the ability for words to hurt of pain, there's no outright benefit to hurting (lashon hara), but actions to have substance untilwewishweweredead, eitherphysicallyor and determine who we are. emotionally. There's no joy in pain. There's no And sometimes it is too !ate. I just started law that says we have to suffer (or make others playingguitaratage58.It'ssomethingIalways suffer) in order to be strong. Strength comes wanted to do. If you follow the 10,000 hour from an internal commitment to do good and rule to expertise, and I play an hour a day, it live with integrity and be truthful to yourself. will take me 27 years and 145 days to get re- Which leads me to the point of this painful ally good. I'll be almost 86 then. Ain't gonna deconstruction of false hope and pipe dreams. happen. But I can play anyway, and still have The penultimate cliche is nearly upon us once a great time, even if it's too late. Same with again. It's called the New Year Resolution, and opportunity.Sometimesitpasses.Sometimes I challenge one and all to disregard it in its you miss it, and it doesn't come back. That's entirety. A resolution based on a point in time called life. someone else has arbitrarily selected that has Which is why it's often ok to be sorry no real bearing on our lives has a far greater rather than safe. A life of safety equates to chance to be doomed than to succeed. Don't a sheltered life, a life filled with missed op- make a resolution on a night notorious for portunities, forsaken experiences, and, in drunkendrivingandindulgentpartying.Make all likelihood, fewer miStakes and painful resolutions when you need them, when you memories. But it's the good and bad, the mean them, and live them fully, wholeheart- successes and failures, the triumphs and edly, andwithrealintent.Thatway, you'llavoid difficulties in life that make us whole. Bet- the cliches inherent in contrivance. You'll live ter to be sorry every once in awhile. You can fully, with purpose, and that's an original always play it safe (cliche). resolution we can all believe in. Perhaps the two American cliches I hate the And that's the good word for the end of most are "winning is everything" and "what the year. doesn't kill us makes us stronger." First, win- Send your thoughts, comments, and ning isn't everything, and if a parent teaches critiques to the Heritage or email dsb328@ this to a child they are setting the child up for Jim Shipley An old threat in a new time In the 1920s, Vladimir (Zevl Jabotinsky trav- eled through Eastern Europe trying to warn Jewish communities of a coming disaster. His was a lone voice in the wilderness. Jews knew of pogroms under the czar of Russia who was now gone. They were aware of the extreme anti-Semitism of the Catholic Church, which seemed to be under control. They lived mostly in the shtetls, the little towns or villages surrounding the large cit- ies of the time. Those who lived in the cities such as Budapest in Hungary or Warsaw in Poland lived a fairly good life. They had their own schools--Jews for the most part were not permitted in the gymnasiums as they were called, which were the secondary schools of the gentile population. Jews who were affluent, and many were, worked at banking or trade or the other businesses in which Jews of Eastern Europe were permitted. But still, life was okay. Not great, but okay. Yes, many of their kinsmen had departed for the "Golden Medina," the United States. But, life was okay and for the more wealthy, even excellent. Or so they thought. Jabotinsky saw something different. He knew that the sanc- tions imposed on Germany at the end of World War I were crippling the economy of Europe. The victors--France and England were not feeling it, but Germany, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, oh yes. And Jabotinsky knew that when trouble came, when poverty or depression bit deep, the people looked for a scapegoat. And he knew that 10 out of 10 times, that scapegoat would be the Jews. He had a feeling that this time it would be closer to the Crusader time when entire Jewish populations were wiped out as the Catholic soldiers marched from Europe to take back the Holy Land. We know how right Jabotinsky was. He pleaded with the Jewish people to do one of two things. Either arm yourselves so you can defend your lives, or follow me to Palestine where we will reconstruct the Jewish Home- land of Israel. Most did neither. The result of course was the Holocaust. While Adolph Hitler and his minions might have been the architects of the slaughter, they had willing accomplices from Ukraine to the north to Hungary, Poland and even France. The people were looking for someone to blame. They found, once again, the Jews. As the Nazi army rolled on, it became easier to blame the Jews for everything that went wrong during and since the war. So, Jabo was right. What would he say of Europe today? Not just Eastern Europe but again, Germany with its strict anti-Nazi laws, France with its Jewish ambivalence have begun a new anti- Jewish campaign. This time it is called not anti-Semitic, but anti-Israel. We know, from tragic experience that anti-Israel translates to anti-Jew. At the time of European discontent after the first World War, there was frustration and anger. With the impetus of the Third Reich it was easy to direct it at the Jews. This time there is a new source of the anti-Jew/ anti-Israel wave. It comes from the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who have become a real factor in Europe as they run from their repressive regimes in the Middle East. Urged on by the Wahhabi-trained Imams they very often directly call for the death of Jews. In the more subtle campaign, it is not stated to make Europe "Judenfrei" which was the Nazi call to free Europe of its Jewry. No. This time the target is the homeland of the Jewish People. The goal now is to make Europe "Israelfrie"--as the Wall Street Journal titled it in an article recently. They want all Israeli products banned from Europe. The innocent tulips that come in before those in Holland are ready, the kosher beef and Hummus and all other branded products to be boycotted and banned from European markets. That is the goal of the anti-Semites and the growing Muslim population. Well, okay then. How about all the medical technology that saves the lives ofsickMuslims and anti-Semitic Europeans? How about what Israel (and the Jews) bring to their societies that do not have the noticeable Israeli labels on them which enhance and even save their lives? Can you name one Arab Nobel Prize winner? Can you tell me of the Muslim contribution to the quality of life in the world since the 12th century? Good Muslims? Millions and millions. Bad Muslims? If there are over a billion Muslims in the world and one percent are radical, that is 10 million radicals. And if one percent of those become jihadists in one form or another, that is one hundred thousand ready to take up the Isis flag, or commandeer a restaurant or blow up a hotel or run a car into a bus stop full of Jews. Europe is showing its dirty anti-Semitic underwear and doing it under the guise of an Israel boycott. We remember Kristallnacht. That was directed at synagogues and busi- nesses. Is that next?