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Volume 11 Number 13
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, June 30, 1989
Price: 35 Cents
U.S. Rejects
Waldheim Request
NEW YORK (JTA) The U.S. State Department has
rejected a request from the Austrian Foreign Ministry to remove
President Kurt Waldheim's name from the "watch list" of
persons barred from entering the United States, a State
Department official said last week.
The Austrian ambassador to Washington, Friedrich Hoess,
was instructed to request Waldheim's removal from the watch
list, which bars those suspected of persecuting people on racial
or religious grounds from entering the United States.
The diplomatic note was sent to the State Department in early
June. The State Department official said there had been "no
change" in the U.S. position.
An Austrian Embassy spokesperson originally would not
comment on the report of the request, which originated in
Vienna. Later, the embassy confirmed it had sent a note to the
State Department affirming its belief that Waldheim's name on
the watch list contravenes international law.
Waldheim was placed on the watch list in April 1987, following
a year of disclosures about his activities during World War II,
which he had concealed during the decade he served as
secretary-general of the United Nations, from 1972 to 1982.
During the war, Waldheim was a lieutenant and intelligence
officer in the Wehrmacht, or regular German army, serving in
the Balkans, where reprisal killings and deportations were
carried out against Jews and partisans.
A file found in 1986 in the United Nations War Crimes
Archives lists Waldheim as wanted for murder and says he
should stand trial for murder and putting hostages to death.
The order to bar Waldheim was placed jointly by the State and
Justice departments.
Neal Sher, director of the Justice Department's Offiee of
Special Investigations, said, "The passage of time does not have
any effect on the legitimacy and importance of this decision."
SAUDI VISITOR. Austrian President Kurt Waldheim receives Saudi Arabian Minister of
Defense Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz al Saud during the prince's recent three-day official
visit to Austria. (APIWide World Photo)
Vengeful Settlers; Unexplained Murder
Jewish settlers from the West
Bank attacked Arabs in Israel
proper, apparently in retalia-
tion for the murder of a Jewish
settler by Arab villagers in the
West Bank.
At least one Arab was seri-
ously wounded by gunfire near
Petach Tikva.
The attacks occurred after
security sources confirmed
they had solved the fatal stab-
bing of Frederick Rosenfeld, a
resident of the West Bank
settlement of Ariel, less than
48 hours after his body was
Three Arabs from the
nearby village of Burkin, who
were arrested, confessed to
the crime and re-enacted it,
the sources said. Their homes
were promptly demolished.
Rosenfeld, 48, a recent
immigrant from the United
States, was killed while hiking
in the vicinity of Burkin and
Salfit villages.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Sha-
mir and thousands of settlers
attended his funeral.
Later, a 23-year-old settler
from the Samaria district fired
a burst from an Uzi submachine
gun at a group of Arab wor-
kers waiting for transporta-
tion along Geha Road, outside
Petach Tikva.
Two were hit and one was
seriously wounded. The assail-
ant was chased and captured
by police. His identity was not
immediately announced.
At about the same time,
large numbers of West Bank
settlers congregated a short
distance away on Geha Road,
pelting passing Arab vehicles
with stones.
Meanwhile, Gen. Amram
Mitzna, head of the Israel
Defense Force central com-
mand, told reporters that the
Arab murder suspects have no
terrorist records and appar-
ently had no motive for killing
"It was simply a brutal mur-
der which is difficult to
explain," he said. He stressed
it was not committed by a
terrorist gang.
"Once we realized who the
suspects were, we apprehend
two of them in their Burkin
homes and the third was
caught in Nablus," he said.
The suspects were taken
into custody by agents of Shin
Bet, Israel s internal security
service. They reportedly told
interrogators that they met
Rosenfeld Saturday at a spring
between Burkin and Salfit,
where he was hiking alone.
According to the suspects,
they had a friendly conversa-
tion, ate with him and at one
point allowed Rosenfeld to
photograph them.
Then, for inexplicable rea-
sons, one of the villagers
snatched Rosenfeld's knife and
stabbed him in the upper back.
He was left to bleed to death.
His body was discovered by
Arab villagers the next day.
They summoned the village
leader, who informed the
Israeli authorities.
Arafat Spurns Election Plan
UNITED NATIONS (JTA) Yasir Arafat said in a statement
that he "categorically rejects" Israel's plan for Palestinian
elections, calling the plan a "fake political project."
The Palestine Liberation Organization "categorically rejects
this fake plan, which is inimicable to its high aspirations,' the
PLO leader said in a statement read here by Zehdi Terzi, the
PLO's delegate to the United Nations.
Israel has called for elections in the administered territories to
allow Palestinians to choose representatives to negotiate with
But Arafat said the PLO would only consider elections
"following withdrawal of the occupying forces, under interna-
tional supervision, from Palestinian lands" and the holding of an
international peace conference under the aegis of the United
This appeared to be a somewhat harder line than PLO
representatives have taken in recent weeks. Previous state-
ments have indicated that the PLO would consider the Israeli
plan if troops were withdrawn from the territories and the
elections were conducted under international supervision.
While the PLO has long favored an international peace
conference, it was not previously a condition for agreeing to the
elections plan.
Arafat's remarks were read at the opening of five days of
meetings sponsored by the Committee on the Exercise of the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
The 23-nation committee, which operates with an $87,000 UN
allocation, planned the meetings for the purpose of "mobilizing
concern and support" for the Palestinian cause.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, June 30, 1989
K Of P Atlantic Lodge Officers To Be Installed
Leon Teger, left, treasurer of Knights of Pythias Atlantic Lodge
217, ofDelray Beach, wears the jewel of his office, which was a gift
from Sir Al Silberfeld, right, a past Supreme Lodge Representa-
tive from the State of New Jersey.
New member Stanley Brecher, left, is welcomed into Knights of
Pythias Atlantic Lodge 217, ofDelray Beach, by acting chancellor
commander Sir Abe Masanoff.
Ed Goldstein has been
elected chancellor commander
of Knights of Pythias Atlantic
Lodge No. 217 of Delray
Beach. Goldstein and the rest
of the slate of new officers will
be installed Tuesday evening,
July 18 at Temple Emeth in
Delray. Michael Jacobson,
newly appointed 11th Phy-
thian district deputy grand
chancellor, will be installing
Elected with Goldstein were
Bud Oatley, vice chancellor;
Charles Goodman, prelate; Eli
Goldman, master of the work;
Sy Stutzel, secretary; Jose'ph
Noble, financial secretary;
Leon Teger, treasurer; Sam
Meyer, master at arms; Keith
Kronish, inner guard; and
Arnold Kempler, outer guard.
Les Migdof was elected a
three-year trustee; Harry Wil-
son, two-year trustee; and
Norman Hersey, one-year
The four-and-a-half year old
chapter now has a membership
of more than 200. Newest
members voted into the lodge
are: Edward Kerzner, Stanley
Brecher, Herbert Arnold,
Michael Rosenfield and Jack
On Sunday, Oct. 29, the
lodge will hold a mystery bus
ride, which will depart at 6
p.m. from the Seville tennis
courts' parking lot in the
Kings Point complex. Les Mig-
dol, committee chairman,
reports the $3 per person price
wul include tax and tip. Partic-
ipation will be limited to 150
people. For information: 495-
0915 or 498-3349.
Miriam and Ralph Weiner of
Boynton Beach were among
those attending the Knights of
Pythias Atlantic Lodge 217
awards night. He is the newest
applicant for membership into
the Delray Beach chapter.
Five Honored By Pythians
The Knights of Pythias
Atlantic Lodge 217, Delray
Beach, held its annual Awards
Night Tuesday, June 20, at
Temple Emeth.
Honored were Arnold Kem-
pler, Sam Meyer, Mel Nestel,
Hy Feingold and Sir Abe
Dave Altbuch acted as mas-
ter of ceremonies and the col-
lation committee consisted of
Henry Levine, Saul Gutkin,
Mel Boyarsky, Harry Levine
and Sol Sumergrad.
"DJ" Jules Kudrowitz pro-
vided the music for dancing
and Evelyn Kay was the fea-
tured entertainer.
Jan and Herbert Arnold enjoy
the Knights of Pythias Atlantic
Lodge 217 awards night gala.
Arnold is a new member of the
Delray brotherhood.
Presented with plaques at the Knights of Pythias Atlantic Lodge
217 annual awards night are, from left, Arnold Kempler, Mel
Nestel, Sam Meyer, Hy Feingold and Sir Abe Masanoff, all of
Delray Beach.
Pearl and Norman Hersey ofDelray Beach enjoy the Knights of
Pythias/Temple Sisters combined banquet held at the Royce Hotel,
West Palm Beach. Norman Hersey was elected grand outer guard
of the Domain of Florida.
Reception For Dr. Popvich
oring Dr. Helen Popovich,
third president of FAU, on
Friday, Jury 7, 4-6 p.m., in the
Administration Building,
board of regents room and the
The Florida Atlantic Univer-
sity Foundation, on behalf of
the FAU Alumni Association,
the faculty, the administra-
tion, staff and students, will
host a farewell reception hon-
Musical Shows
The Brotherhood of Temple
Sinai will present a four show
Sunday night series of musical
revues beginning November
Scheduled are "Magic and
Music" on November 12;
"Gold Coast Opera Cameo
Musicale '90," January 14,
1990; "Alexander Butterfield
& Co.," February 11; and
"Curtain Call Production
1990," March 18. .
Show time is 8 p.m. and all
seats are reserved.
Tickets are $30 for sanct-
uary seats and $28 for social
hall seats for the entire series.
PLF Leaders Killed
commander of a military unit
of the pro-Syrian Palestine
Liberation Front and two of
his top aides were killed in the
Israeli air force raid on terror-
ist bases near Beirut, Leban-
ese sources reported.
Nine other terrorists were
The sources said the PLF
chief, Khaled Mustafa Abd-el
Salim, and his lieutenants
were in two camouflaged
buildings flattened by bombs.
The buildings were used as air
raid shelters.
The targets were located
eight miles southeast of Beirut
in territory controlled by
Walid Jumblatt's Druse mil-
itia. An Israeli military spokes-
man described them as head-
quarters and training grounds
of the PLF and the Tala'at
Yacub faction.
According to the Israelis,
the two groups joined forces to
mount a Katyusha rocket
attack on the Israeli border
town of Metulla two weeks ago
and also attempted to infil-
trate Israel.
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Anthology Captures Florida Flavor
Friday, June 30, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
From Lake Okeechobee to
Hollywood Beach, from Sara-
sota to Palm Beach, the 17
stories in the recently pub-
lished anthology, "Florida
Stories" capture Florida
places, and the people, as they
lave been transformed by the
iterary imaginations of some
of America's finest short story
writers in this century.
While most of the contribu-
tors of the volume, published
by the University of Florida
Press, are contemporary and
have lived in this state for
some or all of their writing
lives, their stories range
across Florida's history and
landscape: an Indian village
under Spanish rule near pre-
sent-day Tampa, a 19th cen-
tury shipwreck off Daytona
Beach, Coconut Grove and
Jacksonville in the '50s, the
isolation of Key West and the
Alachua County scrub in the
'30s, the golden days of St.
Pete in 1922, Ft. Lauderdale
in the '70s.
The writers' connections
with Florida vary as widely as
the styles and settings of their
stories. John MacDonald and
MacKinlay Kantor both lived
on Siesta Key near Sarasota
for many years. Isaac Bashevis
Singer lives in Miami Beach.
Andrew Lytle taught creative
writing for a decade at the
University of Florida in Gain-
esville, in the same depart-
ment where Miami-born Don-
ald Justice and Harry Crews
teach today. Crews and
Edward Granberry are UF
graduates. James Leo Herlihy
and Ernest Hemingway lived
in Key West, the setting for
Gore Vidal's story. Zora Neale
Hurston was born in Eaton-
ville, near Orlando, and died in
Ft. Pierce. Cross Creek was
home for many years to Mar-
jorie Kinnan Rawlings, as was
Delray Beach to Theodore
Pratt and Miami to Phillip
Wylie. Sarah Orne Jewett set
her story in St. Augustine
without ever having visited
Florida. Ring Lardner visited
St. Petersburg during a tem-
porary stay in Belleair, and
Stephen Crane got stranded in
Jacksonville on a reporting
assignment in 1896; both men Chapter delegates from aM over the country traveled to Los Angeles for Amit Women's annual
wrote stories set in these cit- convention oi the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Among those present were, from the left, Ruth Presser,
ies. president, Rishona chapter; Roselle Silberstein, past national president; Meir Sheetrit, head of the
Jewish Agency in Israel, former Knesset member and a graduate of Amit Kfar Batya; Ida Arluk,
The anthology's editor, chairman of the board, Florida Council; Daisy Berman, national president; Sara B. Black,
Kevin McCarthy is an associ- president, Tamara chapter; Lillian K. Chabner, JNF chairman; Jeanne Finkelstein, past
ate professor of English at the president, Florida Council; and Serena Nuhomovic, public affairs chairman, Florida Council.
University of Florida. He Amit' Women's fundraising maintains 28 projects in Israel, housing and educating over 18,000
introduces each story with a orphaned and needy children.
thumbnail biographical sketch
of its author, information
about the story's background
and its historical or geographi-
cal context, and some brief
interpretive comment. Also
included is a selected bibliogra-
phy of each writer's major
works and of secondary
sources on each writer's life
and works, and specifically on
the work included in "Florida
The Dybbuk
In Re-release
Locals Competing
At Maccabiah
When the Maccabiah flame
is lit at the Ramat Gan Sta-
dium in Israel, marking the
beginning of the 13th World
Maccabiah Games, July 3-13,
local area residents will be
with the American delega-
tion's nearly 500 athletes and
staff members.
Among the team members
from Florida are Boca Raton
residents Ruth Tanenbaum,
who will compete in swim-
ming; Todd Shore, golf; and
Clifford Barr, masters squash.
Robert Ornitz of Delray Beach
will compete in masters golf.
A Delray Beach resident,
Adolph Krauser, is one of the
staff members, working in
track and field.
This year, teams from the
Soviet Union, Cuba, Hong
Kong, Portugal, Singapore
and South Korea will make
their first appearance at the
games. According to Macca-
biah officials, the Soviet dele-
The American Jewish Com-
mittee has canceled plans to
send a delegation to China in
September, postponing a move
that it hoped would open rela-
tions with various Chinese
social scientific institutions.
In a letter to the People's
Republic of China's ambassa-
dor to the U.S., AJC President
Sholom D. Comay said his
organization is "appalled""by
the Chinese government's use
of tanks and automatic weap-
ons "against unarmed stu-
dents and workers by the sup-
pression of the movement for
greater democracy in China,
and by the wave of repression
that now is taking place."
gation; will number 57 athletes,
who will compete in 11 sports,
including basketball, wres-
tling, gymnastics and chess.
The game's opening cere-
mony will focus on the evolu-
tion of the Jewish people and
the growth of the State of
Israel. Hundreds of young-
sters will participate in the
spectacle, including some
1,600 performing gymnasts.
The closing ceremony will
take place at the Wailing Wall,
the site of thousands of bar
mitzvahs and several hundred
bar mitzvah youngsters will
join in the proceedings.
The National Center for
Jewish Film (NCJF), an
archive on the Brandeis Univ-
ersity campus, will present the
world premiere of the newly
restored "The Dybbuk," a
classic Yiddish feature film
produced in Poland in 1937, at
a private screening September
14 at New York's Museum of
Modern Art. A New York the-
atrical run is planned immedi-
ately after the premiere.
"The Dybbuk" will also be
featured Sept. 21 in the Bos-
ton Film Festival, followed by
a run at the Copley Place
Theater, and will be among
five Yiddish feature films to be
shown at the Pacific Film
Archive in Berkeley, Calif., in
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George M. Ross, center, a resident partner with Goldman Sachs
& Co., receives Drexel university's Business Leader of the Year
award. Making the presentation are Dr. Paul E. Da&cher, left,
dean of the Philadelphia University's College of Business and
Administration, and Dr. Richard D. Breslin, university presi-
dent. Ross is a 1955 Drexel alumnus and a member of the
university's board of trustees since 1981. He is responsible for
Goldman Sachs' investment activities in an eight state area,
including Florida. Drexel's Business Leader of the Year award
has been presented annually since 195U- Previous recipients
include Edward R. Murrow, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, J.
Willard Marriott Jr. and Norman Braman.
Duplicate Bridge
Duplicate bridge games are
open to the public at Temple
Sinai every Thursday,
7:30 p.m. Games are sanc-
tioned by the American Con-
tract Bridge League and mas-
ter points are awarded.
The fee is $2.50 per person
and refreshments are served.
Temple Sinai is located at
2475 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray
For information: 498-0946.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, June 30, 1989
Senatorial Support
If the American government's system of
checks and balances needed a relevant demon-
stration, one was given last week.
The executive branch in the person of
Secretary of State James Baker had pro-
nounced some weeks back that the State of
Israel should heed stern U.S. warnings
against expansionist dreams of a "greater
Israel." (Never mind that Israeli politicians do
not use the phrase nor advocate the philoso-
In a somewhat belated but welcome
response, the legislative branch in the
person of 92 senators wrote to Baker,
urging him to "strongly and publicly" endorse
Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's elec-
tion plan for the administered territories.
Now, of course, the reference to checks and
balances is a civic lesson in executive/legisla-
tive/judicial powers and the failsafe mechan-
ism to protect that no one arm of government
outweigh the others.
Still, the analogy is valid here.
While the tone, more than the substance, of
Baker's remarks were the most noteworthy, it
is indeed refreshing to see the members of the
world's most exclusive club take exception to
what they perceive as a heavy-handed
approach dv the Administration to one of
America's closest allies.
Potential Storm Warnings
Potential storm warnings from the Middle
East come with an international twist: an
Israeli news service forecasts that the end of
the Iran-Iraq war "could expose Israel to new
The source of the clouded future is none but
a South Florida professor with an expertise in
Mideast affairs.
According to the Israel News Bulletin, Prof.
Charles MacDonald, of Florida International
University, warns of the possibility of Iran and
Iraq "uniting to attack Israel."
Certainly, since the death of the Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini, the situation of those
Jews still living in Iran has come under
increasing scrutiny by Diaspora agencies.
What once was considered stressful living
conditions could become even more precari-
ous, according to sources reporting in recent
That the internal conditions for Iranian
Jews could deteriorate is compounded by the
prediction that international relations among
Israel and Iran and Iraq could likely worsen.
Those storm warnings bode winds of ill will
throughout the Middle East.
One can only hope for a sea of calm.
Waldheim Denial
Once again, the United States has made the
appropriate political decision based upon a
moral imperative:
No, Austrian President Kurt Waldheim's
name will not be lifted from the U.S. "watch
list," which bars his entrance into this coun-
While the Austrian Foreign Ministry made
the pro-forma request based upon questiona-
ble interpretation of international law, the
United States stood firm. Its rationale: any
person who is suspect on the issue of persecut-
ing individuals on racial or religious bases
should be barred from entrance.
We endorse this continuing action.
Unethical Award
ryine workers from Dimona,
murdering three Israeli civili-
ans. All terrorists were killed
when the army stormed the
On May 2, 1980, six Jewish
worshippers, returning home
from a Friday night Sabbath
service in Hebron, were
machine-gunned to death by
Fatah terrorists. Sixteen
others were wounded.
In March 1978, 13 Fatah
Sinmen infiltrate from the
editerraneah and take dVer
buses and taxis on Haifa Road.
Forty-six Israeli civilians were
shot to death or killed in explo-
sions, 85 wounded. Nine ter-
rorists were killed and four
were taken into custody.
Khalil Al-Wazir, alias Abu
Jihad, father of the Moslem
Holy War, was commander of
the military branch of the
The presentation of a post-
humous award to Abu Jihad
for "Distinguished Service to
the Arab Cause" at the
National Association for Arab
Americans annual conference
in Washington is another indi-
cation of the double-talk
indulged in by Arab groups in
this country. In attempting to
play to two audiences, they say
one thing to willing English-
speaking groups and quite
another to the Arab world.
Their true agenda is quite
These are some examples
out of hundreds of atrocities
planned and conducted by
Khalil Al-Wazir, alias Abu
In March 1988, three PLO
gunmen infiltrated Israel from
Egypt, taking over a bus car-
Fatah and Yasir Arafat's
deputy. He was the principal
organizer of terrorist activities
in the Palestine Liberation
Organization responsible for
the western front (Israel and
the territories). He was among
the five founders of Fatah in
1959. In January 1965, he sent
the first Fatah mission to
Israel, thus inaugurating over
three decades of incessant ter-
Does this award indicate the
direction and intent of the
Arab peace initiative?
Sooth Florida Chapter,
(Committee for Accuracy in
Middle East Reporting in
Shomrim Against Handguns
"Guns don't kill people, peo-
ple do." This is the oft
repeated refrain of the
National Rifle Association
(NRA) and their Florida lobby-
ing group, the United Sports-
men of America (USA!). After
the recent rash of young chil-
dren shooting themselves,
their friends and their siblings,
the new rallying cry will proba-
bly be "guns don't kill people,
children do" at the rate of
five in six days!
In 1988, 44 children were
killed by guns in Dade County;
this is up from 23 the previous
year. Some were murdered,
some shot by accident, others
while playing Russian roulette.
Many were killed by other chil-
dren. These are not only teen-
agers. Last year nine of these
children were under the age of
12, this grim statistic is also up
from the three of the previous
year. Every day in the U.S.
two children under 18 are mur-
dered and one is accidentally
killed by guns.
There is absolutely no sup-
port in this history for persons,
not charged with the responsi-
bility of protecting the com-
munity, to possess handguns,
or conceal them about their
persons or refuse to fully iden-
tify themselves when purchas-
ing a weapon or waiting a
reasonable period of time for
the authorities to find out who
they are.
The time has come for this
community, and the people of
America, to stand up to the
NRA and say, "stop killing our
children, stop killing our police
officers, and stop killing 1.37
people every day in Dade
Our country was born at
Lexington and Concord with
an army comprised of citizens
and their muskets. Today's
crowded urban areas do not
need handguns to protect us
from the Redcoats. What we
do need is bright young men
and women to protect us from
those who will not or cannot
live lawful lives. To induce the
best among us to serve the
community requires more than
bronze plaques on police
department walls. The legisla-
ture must support our guardi-
ans with laws that will allow
these heroes to do their jobs in
The Jewish law enforcement
officers of South Florida
implore you, let's do some-
thing before we all have guns,
and very little else.
Second Vice-President
S. Florida Shomrim Society
" 1 The Jewish ^av y
Editor and Publisher
of South County
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Arens Shocked at Returns
Friday, June 30, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
BONN (JTA) Israeli Fore-
ign Minister Moshe Arens,
here on an official visit, ex-
pressed shock and dismay over
the exceptionally strong show-
ing of the right-wing extremist
Republican Party in the elec-
tions to the Parliament of
The Republicans, headed by
a former member of the Waf-
fen SS, Franz Schoenhuber,
won 7.1 percent of the popular
vote in the nationwide elec-
tions. They will probably have
six seats in the Strasbourg-
based parliament, which is the
legislative body of the 12-
nation European Community.
But in the opinion of obser-
vers of many political persua-
sions, a party of that ilk has no
place in a democratic forum.
"We would have liked to
think that such results were
impossible in post-war Ger-
many," Arens told reporters.
"It was a big disappointment
for us."
Schoenhuber ran on an anti-
foreigner ticket. He clashed
frequently with Jewish activ-
ists who challenged his views.
The West German authorit-
ies, meanwhile, continued to
debate whether his party
should be placed under surveil-
lance by internal security
The Republicans were
founded in Bavaria in 1984,
the year of the last European
parliamentary elections. They
won three percent of the popu-
lar vote in the Bavarian sta^e
elections that'year.'
The party was considered
inconsequential, oversha-
dowed by other ultranational-
ist factions with racist, xeno-
phobic messages.
But when it won 7.5 percent
of the popular vote in the West
Berlin municipal elections in
January, the country and
much of Europe took notice.
The gains made by the
Republicans were raised at
two meetings Arens had Mon-
day. One was with the presi-
dent of the Federal Republic,
Richard von Weizsacker, a
staunch anti-Nazi who has
been a target of scurrilous
Kersonal attacks by Schoen-
Arens also met with Hans-
Joe hen Vogel, leader of the
opposition Social Democratic
Party. The issue was discussed
further at a meeting Arens
had with members of the Bun-
destag Foreign Affairs and
security Committee.
They told the Israeli minis-
ter they were very much con-
cerned by the Republicans'
success. They assured him,
however, that the country was
firmly under the control of the
moderate, democratic parties.
The Bundestag members also
vowed to combat right-wing
Von Weizsacker Affirms
Germany's Democracy
It was not as publicly dra-
matic as the turbulent revolu-
tions for democracy in China,
the Soviet Union and Poland.
But it was a revolution for
liberty nonetheless.
Earlier this month, Presi-
dent Richard von Weizsacker
of the Federal Republic of Ger-
many met in New York with
several Jewish and Christian
He declared the commitment
of his government and its polit-
ical and other leaders to a total
rejection of Nazi ideology and
their firm adherence to consti-
tutional democracy.
That was not, I believe, just
another public relations speech
made for export to America.
. Von Weizsacker has become
something of a legend in West
Germany, especially to Ger-
man youth. He has made one
powerful speech after another
insisting that Germans must
face the horrors of Nazi hatred
and brutality in order to learn
the lessons for building a dem-
ocratic future.
During his American Jewish
Committee address, he also
spoke movingly of the special
relationship that West Ger-
many has established with
Israel since the early 1950s.
The Federal Republic is
second only to the United
States in commercial and
trade relations with Israel.
Dating back to 1952, that sig-
nificant relationship was
established by the anti-Nazi
chancellor, Konrad Adenauer,
with Israel's prime minister,
David Ben-Gurion.
The Federal Republic of Ger-
many today is economically
and politically the most power-
ful nation in Europe.
While keeping before us the
massive moral anguish of the
recent past, all of us, I believe
Jews and Christians alike-
have a profound stake in
encouraging the new German
democracy and its commit-
ment to law and human liber-
Auschwitz Convent:
No Transfer Until
Carmelite convent at Aus-
chwitz will be relocated, but
not by next month, as a French
Jewish leader appeared to sug-
gest this week.
The leader, Theo Klein, said
that he had received a letter
from the archbishop of Lyon
indicating that the convent
would be relocated to a site
some 550 feet away from the
perimeter of the former death
Klein appeared to suggest
the transfer would take place
before June 22, a date Car-
dinal Albert Decourtray of
Lyon had proposed as a dead-
line for resolving the matter,
which has created a major rift
in Catholic-Jewish relations.
But a copy of the letter,
obtained by the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency, makes no
mention of the July date and,
in fact, suggests that work on
the new convent will not begin
before next year.
Decourtray, who has been
the chief Catholic negotiator
on the Auschwitz convent
issue, wrote to Klein outlining
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ateohoMc mine's half fui ond yourt Is horf empty."
agreed-upon plans that will
lead to the eventual removal of
the convent, as conveyed to
him by Cardinal Franciszek
Macharski, the archbishop of
Krakow, who has jurisdiction
over the convent.
Construction of a new
prayer and information center
on the new site can most likely
be started by early 1990, the
June 5 letter says.
Decourtray's letter
announces that the site, "situ-
ated about 500 meters from
the Auschwitz conventration
camp, has finally been
It was chosen from three
alternative sites. "The new
convent will be built in the part
of the plot furthest from the
camp. There will therefore be
no ambiguity about its place-
ment," writes Decourtray.
Bank Leumi
Dr. Zalman Segal, head of
the international division of
Bank Leumi, has been
appointed vice chairman of the
board and CEO of Bank Leumi
Trust Co. of N.Y., responsible
for the bank's branches in this
country and for its interests in
Latin America.
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US President George Bush and German Federal Chancellor
Helmut Kohl and their wives, Hannelore Kohl is here seen on the
left, enjoying brief leisure hours on board the Rhine steamer
' Stolzenfels." President and Mrs. Bush sailed up the Rhine at the
end of a short visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.
European Parliament
Elections: An Upset
servative, center-right bloc. It
garnered only 8.41 percent of
the vote, well short of the 10
percent she had said was "the
minimum needed to make her
party credible."
Veil, a former president of
the European Parliament, will
have considerably less influ-
ence than she wielded in the
British Conservatives, who
generally back Israel, also lost
influence. Their representa-
tion was reduced from 45 to 31
In addition, Lord Henry
Plumb of Britain, a good friend
of Israel, did not seek reelec-
tion as president of the parlia-
ment. He will probably be
replaced by a Spanish Social-
ist, whose party remains
highly critical of Israel's poli-
In Italy, the Social Demo-
crats, friendlier to Israel than
the Socialists, lost votes, while
Bettino Craxi's Socialist Party
gained about five percent over
its 1984 showing.
In Belgium, veteran Minis-
ter Jean Goll, who is Jewish
and a close friend of Israel,
suffered a personal defeat. His
small party of French-
speaking liberals lost one of its
three seats.
And the Vlaams Bloc, a
fledgling extremist party of
anti-immigrant Flemish
nationalists, won a surprising
6.6 percent of the vote, up
from 4.5 percent in 1984. The
right-wing, which made partic-
ularly strong showings in
Antwerp and Brussels, will
now get to send one deputy to
According to computer pro-
jections based on early results,
Jean-Marie Le Pen's extreme
right-wing National Front
emerged from the elections
the third largest French party
in the European Parliament.
PARIS, (JTA) Pink and
green, with a swath of black,
was how one commentator
here described the complexion
of the European Parliament
after elections.
Socialists, environmentalists
and smaller leftist parties cap-
tured a working majority of
270 seats in the 518-member
arliament, which sits in
trasbourg, France, as the
European Community's legis-
lative body.
The same bloc had 233 seats
in the outgoing parliament.
Extreme right-wing parties
in France and West Germany
made unexpectedly strong
showings in the elections,
which are held every five
The overall outcome was dis-
turbing to supporters of Israel.
The Socialists and Greens,
who will comprise the largest
bloc, have been consistently
sympathetic to the Palestinian
The center-right coalition
they displaced was basically
pro-Israel, despite reserva-
tions many of their deputies
have about Israel's handling of
the Palestinian uprising.
Avi Primor, Israel's ambas-
sador to Belgium and liaision
with the Brussels-based Euro-
pean Community, did not con-
ceal his disappointment with
the results.
"We will need to put in more
energy and work, more imagi-
nation and good will, if we are
to preserve our formerly cor-
dial relations with the new
chamber," he told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency.
Some of Israel's staunchest
friends suffered devastating
One of the best known,
Simone Veil of France, an Aus-
chwitz survivor, headed a con-

Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, June 30, 1989
The Storekeeper Law
... And Avoiding Deliberate Deception
There is a law in the Talmud
with which very few Jews are
acquainted. Yet it is among the
most ethically beautiful laws in
Judaism. When properly un-
derstood and practiced, this
law can have a measureable
impact on a person's behavior.
The law reads: "One is not
permitted to ask the store-
keeper the price of an item if
he knows he will not purchase
it" (Bava Metziah 58b).
Asking the price of an item
that one has no intention of
buying is considered "verbal
oppression." According to
Jewish law, it misleads, dis-
appoints and can easily involve
transgressing the command-
ment against stealing.
Before analyzing the law, a
brief explanation of it is neces-
First, the law does not say
that in order to be able to ask
the price of an item, one must
know that one will purchase it.
The Talmud allows comparison
shopping. One can inquire as
to the price of an item from as
many stores as one needs to.
Only if you know that you will
not buy the item from that
particular store are you forbid-
den from inquiring its price.
Among this law's many vir-
tues is that it is as applicable
today as it was when it was
A number of years ago, a
friend who leased many cars
for his business told me that he
could arrange for his car-leas-
ing company to lease me a car
at cost.
When I responded that I
didn't know what make of auto
I wanted, he told me to go
around and test drive various
car models.
His idea was a practical one,
but it is precisely the type of
practice forbidden by the
storekeeper law.
To cite another widespread
violation of this law, some
women go to a store to try on
dresses, knowing that they
have no intention of buying
any of those dresses at that
store. They only want to find
out which ones they want, and
then purchase them elsewhere
at wholesale prices.
And many men who desire to
buy photographic equipment
will visit a retail camera store,
take up the store's time in
order to decide which equip-
ment they want, and then
order that equipment from a
less expensive mail-order
Why do such practices
violate Jewish law?
The most obvious reason has
already been noted a seller's
hopes have been raised in vain.
But though this reason should
suffice, it goes deeper than
that: We are deliberately mis-
leading people about one of the
most important concerns in
their life their income.
We should not delude our-
selves into thinking otherwise.
Whenever we try on a dress,
take a test drive, or merely ask
the price of a camera, we are
implying the possibility of buy-
ing the item and this is
precisely what the salesperson
Americans are
frequently made
aware of consumer
rights. Yet, here we
have an instance
where Judaism
teaches consumer
This is easily proved. How
would a salesperson react if we
told her the truth? "Miss, I
want you to know at the outset
that though I will be trying
some dress here, I will not buy
any of them here."
Obviously, if we said this,
the salesperson would cease
working with us, and the store
would certainly be morally
right in asking us to leave. The
store does not exist in order to
show items for people to buy
In addition to preventing us
from engaging in deliberate
deception, the storekeeper law
teaches a deeper lesson.
It makes us keenly aware
that we have obligations to-
ward people whom in general
we regard as beyond our obli-
Having learned of this law
some 20 years ago, from my
co-author Joseph Telushkin, I
have never regarded people
who work in stores the same as
I did before.
Every time I have entered a
store in the past 20 years, I
have been automatically forced
to recall my obligations toward
those working in the store.
And I know this to be true for
the many others to whom I
have taught this law.
This in itself would make
this law particularly useful in
contemporary society. While
our society is obsessed with
rights, Judaism is obsessed
with obligations.
For example, Americans are
frequently made aware of con-
sumer rights. Yet, here we
haye an instance where
Judaism teaches consumer
Deeper yet, the storekeeper
law forces one who observes it
to see salespeople in a differ-
ent light. Cognizance of this
law immediately transforms
salespeople from people whose
sole function it is to answer
our questions into individuals
with feelings and hopes for
earning a living.
One way of describing the
genius of this law is that it
forces us to establish an I-You
relationship with the person
behind the counter, rather
Dennis Prager
than retaining the usual lit
relationship that we have with
people whom we meet only
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Synagogue News
At the Sabbath morning ser-
vice Saturday, July 1, 8:30
a.m., Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks
will preach the sermon on the
theme "The Grass-hopper
Complex". Kiddush will fol-
At the Sabbath service Sat-
urday morning, July 8, 8:30
a.m., Rabbi Sacks will preach
on the theme "The Muti-
neers", followed by Kiddush.
Rabbi will preach a sermon
on the theme "Alone... But
Not Lonely" at the Sabbath
morning service Saturday,
July 15, at 8:30 a.m. Kiddush
will follow.
Daily classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Oruch), led by
Rabbi Sacks, begin at 7:40
a.m. proceeding the daily min-
yon services and at 6:30 p.m.
in conjunction with the daily
twilight minyon services.
A D'var Torah in Yiddish is
presented by Rabbi Sacks in
conjunction with the Seu'dat
Shli 'sheet celebrated each Sab-
bath between the twilight ser-
Anshei Emuna is located at
16189 Carter Road, Delray
Beach. For information: 499-
During the summer months,
Sabbath services will be held
Fridays at 8:15 p.m. and 9:30
The Reconstructionist con-
gregation of Boca-Delray will
hold Friday evening services
June 30, at 7:30 p.m., led by
Dr. Alex Padva. Services will
be held in the auditorium of
the Potomac Trail building,
3200 No. Military Trail,
between Yamato and Glades
roads, Boca Raton.
An oneg shabbat will follow.
For information: 496-3449.
Rabbi Isaac Jacob Weiss
Rabbi Isaac Jacob Weiss,
who led the ultra-Orthodox
community of Ashkenazi Jews
in Jerusalem, died June 14 at
the age of 88, and was laid to
rest in the ancient Jewish gra-
veyard on the Mount of Olives,
to which his body was escorted
by a procession of 30,000
Orthodox Jews.
Rabbi Weiss, who was born
in Dolina, later moved to Hun-
gary and survived the Holo-
caust by escaping to Romania.
After the war, he was
appointed head of the rabbini-
cal court in Manchester, Eng-
land. He had been head of the
rabbinical court in Jerusalem
since 1970.
Left-Wing Journalist, Ston$..
Stone, the controversial left-
wing journalist and author of
books on Zionism, died of a
heart attack. He was 81.
Praised for his wit and integ-
rity, attacked for his obsessive
stubborness and opposition to
concentrated power, Stone
sought to add the scholar's
fierce pursuit of accuracy and
objectivity to reportage.
An ardent early supporter of
Zionism and Israel's fight for
independence, Stone wrote
"Underground to Palestine"
in 1946 and "This is Israel" in
1948, defending those causes.
But Stone angered many
Jews after the Six-Day War by
advocating a Palestinian state
sharing Jerusalem with Israel.
Under heavy criticism, he
never gave up his ideals. He
was a long-time member of
Americans for Progressive
Born Isadore Feinstein on
Dec. 24, 1907 in Philadelphia,
the son of immigrant Jews
from Russia who ran a dry
goods store, Stone worked at
the New York Post, The
Nation, and a succession of left-
of-center New York dailies
that eventually folded.
His most famous publication
was I.F. Stone's Weekly, a one-
man publication that ran in the
black between 1953 and 1971.
Known as a muckraker who
loved pursuing the inconsis-
tancies and contradictions in
government, Stone believed it
was his duty to uphold the
American tradition of a free
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Samuel, of Lake Worth, died at the age
of 80. Services were in Massachusetts,
with arrangements handled by Levitt -
Johanna, of Boca Raton, died at the age
of 90. Graveside services were held, with
arrangements by Levitt-Weinstein.
Edward, a resident of Boyton Beach,
died at the age of 87. Services were held
in Ohio, with arrangements handled by
Eloise of Lake Worth, died at the age of
87. Services were held June 11, with
arrangements by Levitt-Weinstein.
Sam, of Boca Raton, died at the age of
76. Services were held in N.Y., with
arrangements handled by Levitt-
Eli, of Boynton Beach, died at the age of
66. Services were held Sunday, June 18,
with arrangements by Levitt-Weinstein.
Seena, a resident of Boca Raton, died at
the age of 67. Services were held in
Rhode Island, with arrangements by
Levitt-Weinstein Chapels.
Aviation... the Beginning
An exhibit highlighting the
beginning of aviation in Israel
(Palestine) has opened at the
Maison de France on the
Hebrew University of Jerusa-
lem's Givat Ram campus.
Sponsored by the Geography
Department and the Division
for Development and Public
Relations of the University, it
consists mainly of historic pho-
tographs and press clippings
on the first flights to Palestine
by French and Turkish pilots.
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Moynihan Fights For
Jersualem Listing Again
Senator Daniel P. Moynihan
(D.-NY) has objected to the
newly released 1989 edition of
the State Department Tele-
phone Directory which lists all
foreign service posts in alpha-
betical order without any ref-
erence to the countries in
which they are located.
Moynihan, who is chairman
of the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Subcommittee on Near
Eastern and South Asian
Affairs, charges that the new
directory "demonstrates the
degree of absurdity to which
the administration will go to
avoid acknowledging that Jer-
usalem is part of Israel, much
less her capital city."
Moynihan has been question-
ing Jerusalem's listing since
1984, when he asked why the
State Department listed the
city as the only foreign service
post in the world with no
nation of sovereignty. It took
four years to effect a change
and finally in the 1988 edition,
Jerusalem was placed, for the
first time, under the Israel
But this year's book again
makes a change with what
Moynihan calls a "confusing
format" and seemingly, says
the senator, backs away from
the settlement he thought had
been reached in 1984, suggest-
ing that Israel is something
less than a legitimate nation-
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Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, June 30, 1989
Ministry Suppressed Survey:
Hid Drift from Orthodoxy
JERUSALEM Results of
a survey conducted on behalf
of the Israel Ministry of Religi-
ous Affairs have been largely
suppressed by the ministry,
evidently because the results
indicated the growing
strength of the Israel Move-
ment for Progressive Judaism
(Reform). The survey revealed
that, while the 74 percent of
the Israel population considers
itself secular, nine percent
describe themselves as sub-
scribing to Reform Judaism,
three percent Conservative, 12
percent Orthodox and two per-
cent "other".
The survey had been under-
taken about a year ago by the
Israel Institute for Applied
Social Research, and selected
portions of it were released by
the ministry around Rosh
Hashana. Only recently did
copies of the results come into
The National Havurah Com-
mittee (NHC) will conduct a
summer institute August 14-
20 at Harcum Junior College,
Bryn Mawr, Pa. A havurah is a
small fellowship that comes
together to intensify Jewish
Adult participants in the
institute will study with a fac-
ulty drawn from all areas of
Jewish life. Courses offered
include: "Life After Life:
Reincarnation and other Possi-
bilities in Jewish Tradition,"
with Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz,
chairman of the National
Havurah Committee and direc-
tor of Havurah of South Flor-
ida; "The Lost Teachings of
Hillel," with author Yitzhak
Buxbaum; "Mishna Brachot,"
with Richard Friedman; "Jew-
ish Women's History in the
Hellenistic World," with edu-
cator/author A. J. Levine; and
"Jewish Modesty," with Rabbi
Dan Shevitz. Other courses in
Bible, rabbinic texts, kabbalah,
Midrask and poetry have been
scheduled along with work-
shops from community build-
ing to tallis making. There will
be separate programs for chil-
dren of all ages.
For informational bro-
chures: NHC Institute, 441
West Carpenter Lane, Phila-
delphia PA 19119.
Ainslee R. Ferdie completed
his second year as president of
the Florida Lawyers Legal
Insurance Corporation at the
group's annual meeting
recently held in Orlando. Fer-
die has served on the non-
profit corporation's board of
directors since its organization
with the assistance of grants
from the Florida Bar ten years
Distinguished service
awards were presented to past
presidents David Shear, who
was recently installed as presi-
dent of the American Prepaid
Legal Institute, and Michael
the hands of the Israel Move-
ment for Progressive Judaism.
"It is disturbing, in princi-
ple, that the ministry did not
reveal these significant
results," says Meir Azari,
executive director of the Israel
Movement for Progressive
Judaism. "Aside from the fact
that this is a manifestation of
the fear that the Orthodox
stream has of our movement,
we are particularly distressed
over the abdication of respon-
sibility which this represents,
on the part of the Ministry of
Religious Affairs. The Minis-
try is deliberately ignoring the
needs of the growing public
which identifies with the lib-
eral Judaism movements."
Upon being asked by an
Israeli journalist for a
response to the findings by the
Israel Movement for Progres-
sive Judaism, Zevulun Orlev,
director-general of the Religi-
ous Affairs Ministry, accused
the Movement of fabrication.
Upon being told by the repor-
ters that he had copies of the
survey, Orlev gave nis official
reaction: "No comment".
The Ministry of Religious
Affairs was created to serve
the religious needs of Israel's
entire population. Accord-
ingly, while it recognizes the
requirements of the Moslem
and Christian communities, no
recognition or services are
extended to the non-Orthodox
Jewish movements.
As a result, the members of
the Israel Movement for Pro-
gressive Judaism must see to
their own funding for syna-
gogues, prayer books, Torah
scrolls, rabbinical salaries,
education and the like; support
which Orthodox congregations
receive from the government.
Increase of Firearm Use
JERUSALEM (JTA) Israeli officials are confronting a
worsening security situation in the administered territories,
with new instances of firearms being used by Palestinians
against Israeli soldiers and a Jewish population increasingly
bent on reprisals against Arabs.
The Israel Defense Force announced the seizure of a large
weapons cache in the Gaza Strip. It included handguns,
American-made M-16 rifles, Soviet-made Kalachnikov assault
rifles, Israeli-made Uzi submachine guns and Karl Gustav rifles
from Sweden.
The arms haul was described as impressive. But it only added
to fears that far more deadly arms, many stolen from the IDF,
are in the hands of extremists, such as the Moslem fundamental-
ist Hamas movement, which was the target of mass arrests over
the past few days.
Commerce Secretary
Pledges Boycott
Law Enforcement
Secretary of Commerce
Robert A. Mosbacher has
promised "rigorous enforce-
ment of the antiboy cott legisla-
tion using appropriate sanc-
tions." This first statement of
policy regarding the Federal
anti-boycott law was contained
in a letter sent by the Secret-
ary to Joseph A. Kamelick,
editor and publisher of the
Boycott Law Bulletin, a com-
mercial newsletter based in
Kamalick had asked Secret-
ary Mosbacher the following
four questions: "Will the Com-
merce Department seek crimi-
nal indictments for antiboycott
rules violations? Will the
Department seek uu impose
actual export denial orders for
antiboycott rules violations?
Will the Department's Office
of Antiboycott Compliance
(OAC) be expanded or dimin-
ished? Will the Secretary allo-
cate more funding to the OAC
for enforcement activity?"
Mosbacher failed to answer
the first two questions but
replied as follows to the last
two: "I intend to continue this
commitment to the rigorous
enforcement of the antiboycott
regulations using appropriate
sanctions as provided by law
while working to educate and
counsel the business commun-
ity regarding its obligations
under the law."
The secretary added that
during the Reagan Adminis-
tration, the Office of Antiboy-
cott Compliance had shifted
the focus of its enforcement
efforts from routine infrac-
tions "to more serious viola-
tions, such as boycott-based
religious discrimination
against U.S. citizens and refu-
sals to do business with black-
listed companies." This shift
resulted in a record number of
settlements and "unprece-
dented levels of civil penal-
ties." The secretary indicated
that he too would continue this
type of enforcement.
The most pressing question
about OAC enforcement is the
dwindling size of the OAC
staff, which by late 1988 had
sunk to 19 professionals, 40
percent below its current
authorized strength of 34.
OAC has begun to advertise
outside the routine recruit-
ment bulletins for staff and
has attracted a large number
of replies.
OAC's enforcement efforts
will be aided by the recent
presidential appointment of
three key Commerce officials
who will have some responsi-
bility for boycott law enforce-
ment. They are Dennis E.
Kloshe, new under secretary
for Export Administration;
Mrs. Quincy M. Krosby, to be
assistant secretary of Com-
merce (Export Enforcement);
and Kenneth Cutshaw, to be
deputy assistant secretary for
Export Enforcement. Export
Enforcement covers all the
statutory restraints on exports
of technology to Soviet Russia,
as well as the anti-boycott law.
CAN NOW BE READ IN HEBREW. An unidentified
Israeli woman studies tke back cover of the newly published
Hebrew version of Salman Rushdie's "Satantic Verses."
The Hebrew translation of the controversial novel was
released on the opening day of Hebrew Book Week. (API
Wide World Photo)
in Moscow
Israeli army medical team that
went to Moscow to aid victims
of the Trans-Siberian Railway
accident in the Ural Mountains
returned home with requests
for future binational coopera-
tion on medical matters.
The five doctors and a senior
nurse spent a week in the
Soviet capital, where they per-
formed some 40 skin-graft
operations and associated kid-
ney treatments, many of them
on badly burned children.
The team, which was
warmly welcomed, introduced
the Soviets to a revolutionary
method of dealing with burn
treatment, developed by
Israel, which they were able to
use on a large scale for the
first time.
The procedure does not
involve the grafting of artifi-
cial skin, as initially reported,
but the use of "omiderm," and
Israeli-developed plastic sub-
stance that forms a burn dress-
ing which does not have to be
changed for up to six months.
This allows new skin to
develop naturally without hav-
ing to suffer frequent, painful
The specially treated plastic
dressing allows discharges to
pass to the outside, while pre-
venting the entry of dangerous
While in Moscow, the doc-
tors wore their Israel Defense
Force uniforms, even while
visiting the Kremlin, walking
in Red Square and attending
Shabbat prayers at Moscow's
Choral Synagogue.
They were warmly greeted
wherever they went, they
The burn-treatment team
was the second Israeli medical
team to give assistance to dis-
aster victims in the Soviet
Union. Earlier this year, Israel
sent a disaster team to aid the
rescue and treatment of some
2,000 victims of the Armenian
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once, in a service capacity.
Finally, the law can easily be
applied to much else in life. If
you know you are not going to
buy, don t imply that you
White 0m society is
Judasim is obsessed
with obligations.
The powerful ramifications
of this principle were made
clear to me when, after I spoke
about this law, a young woman
told me how she wished the
men whom she dates would
live by this law: So often, men
imply interest that is in fact
not there.
Thus, for men who are dat-
ing women, a simple applica-
tion of this law would read: Do
not sleep with a woman if you
know that you have no inten-
tion of committing to her.
To many women, sexual inti-
macy implies the possibility of
a man's lasting commitment to
her. (If a man disagrees with
this assessment, lethim, then,
simply state the truth: "I want
tq_sleep with you, but honesty
demands that I tell you now
that I will not commit to you.")
This law keeps you honest.
The storekeeper law is a
superb example of Judaism's
unique approach to making
people better. It does not
attempt to do so through gen-
eral principles such as love or
compassion, but through laws
that teach and enforce love
and compassion. This is
Judaism's greatness.
The next time a non-
observant Jew tells you that
since he is already a good
person, he has no need to
observe Jewish law, tell him
about the storekeeper law.
Dennit Praatr is co-author of "T\e
Nine Questions People Ask About
Judaism" and ie tke editor of "Ulti-
mate Issues," a quarterly publication
from which the above is reprinted with

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