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Volume 11 Number 17
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, August 25, 1989
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U.S. Won't End
Talks With PLO
WASHINGTON (JTA) Despite a U.S. rebuke of the
political program adopted last week by the main branch of the
Palestine Liberation Organization, the State Department said it
would not terminate its eight-month-old dialogue with the group.
State Department deputy spokesman Richard Boucher said
that PLO reaffirmation of its commitment to take practical steps
toward peace was "a very principal focus of the dialogue," but
he added that, "We didn't say if they don't (reaffirm the
commitment) we will stop" the dialogue.
At a meeting last week, also in Tunisia, Al Fatah, the main
PLO branch, approved a program that advocates "intensifying
and escalating armed action and all forms of struggle to
eliminate the Zionist Israeli occupation."
The State Department last week said the program contains
"derogatory rhetoric" and raises questions about Fatah's
commitment to peace.
A major U.S. topic at this week's meeting the fourth formal
U.S.-PLO meeting in Tunisia was urging the PLO to support a
dialogue between Israel and Palestinians.
MUBARAK GREETS ISRAELI: Alexandria Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shakes
hands with Israel's Ambassador to Egypt, Shimon Shamir, at the summer resort of
Alexandria. Shamir later defended Israel's abduction of Hezbollah leader Sheik Abdul
Karim Obeid, an act that Egypt has criticized. (APIWide World Photo)
Three Of Four Cardinal Signatories
Say Auschwitz Convent Should Be Moved
Roman Catholic cardinals who
signed the agreement two
years ago to remove a Carmel-
ite nunnery from the grounds
of Auschwitz have sharply
taken to task the fourth signa-
tory, who now refuses to honor
their commitment.
Cardinal Albert Decourtray
of Lyon declared here that the
agreement made with repre-
sentatives of world Jewry in
Geneva on Feb. 22, 1987, "is
mandatory and binding on
those who signed it. Its deci-
sions cannot be re-examined."
Decourtray was supported
by two other signatories, Car-
dinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the
archbishop of Paris, and Car-
dinal Godfried Danneels, head
of the Catholic Church in Bel-
Decourtray's statement,
issued in the form of an official
communique by the Lyon See,
which he heads, responded to
the announcement by Cardinal
Franciszek Macharski, the
archbishop of Krakow, that he
was scrapping plans to con-
struct a prayer and informa-
tion center off the Auschwitz
grounds to house the nuns.
Under the Geneva agree-
ment, which Macharski signed
along with the French and
Belgian cardinals, the convent
was to have been relocated no
later than Feb. 22, 1989.
The Polish prelate attributed
his change of plans to a
"violent campaign of accusa-
tions and slanders and outra-
geous aggression" against the
Macharski was referring to
the July 14 demonstration by
seven American Jews, led by
Rabbi Avraham Weiss of New
York, as well as other demon-
strations by European Jews.
Decourtray's statement
noted that "the recent demon-
Continued on Page 8
Religious Wars
May Soon Be Over
JERUSALEM (JTA) The religious
wars between two ultra-Orthodox fac-
tions may soon be over.
Both sides have made peace overtures
promising an end to the bitter feud
between the Hasidim and Mitnagdim,
which reached a peak during last year's
Knesset election campaign.
Rabbi Pinhas Menachem Alter, chair-
man of the Agudat Yisrael party's central
committee and brother of the aging rebbe
of Gur, made the first move with an
appeal for peace published Friday in the
party newspaper, Hamodia.
The rival newspaper, Yated Ne'eman,
published a front-page reply Sunday, wel-
coming Alter's call.
The paper is the mouthpiece of Rabbi
Eliezer Schach of Briei Brak, head of the
Mitnaged faction and the Degel HaTorah
party. The editorial stressed Schach's
own public protestations that he seeks
peace and dialogue.
Relations between the two factions of
the ultra-Orthodox community reached
an all-time low recently, when both camps
announced plans to establish separate
schools so their children would no longer
study together.
The long-simmering Hasid-Mitnaged
feud which originated centuries ago in
Eastern Europe, flared in Jerusalem last
Schach demanded that the Agudah
newspaper, Hamodia, reject election cam-
paign advertisements from Chabad, the
movement of Lubavitch Hasidim.
When Alter and other Agudah leaders
refused, Schach broke away to set up his
own party, Degel HaTorah, and his news-
paper, Yated Ne'eman, which pursued a
vigorous offensive against Chabad.
Chabad threw the weight of its influ-
ence-to Agudah, which emerged from the
elections with five Knesset seats. Degel
won two seats, considered a good show-
ing for a party that did not exist a few
months before Election Day.
Rabbi Alter, in his call Friday for
"peace and unity," noted that in rabbinic
tradition the Temple was destroyed
"because of needless hatred."
He recalled that Agudah's Council of
Continued on Page 8
German Jews Eye
Rise Of Neo-Nazis
BONN, (JTA) Some Jews are seriously
considering leaving West Germany following
the stunning electoral successes of neo-Nazi
In particular, the success of the neo-Nazi
Republican party has disturbed Jews, accord-
ing to a report in the weekly newspaper of the
West German Jewish community.
Leibl Rosenberg, a veteran Jewish reporter
here, has written that many Jews have shown
interest in language courses and that those
who hold American passports are envied.
Canadian passports are considered a good
alternative to American ones, while Israeli
citizenship is seen as a last resort.
The clearest reason behind the talk of
emigration, Rosenberg said, was the results
of the June 18 elections to the European
In the West German election, the Republi-
cans scored nearly eight percent of the vote,
establishing themselves as an important polit-
ical force.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, August 25, 1989
Helping Transmigrants Learn About Israel
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.
American Jewish Joint Dis-
tribution Committee educa-
tional programs for Soviet
transmigrants in Italy this
summer strongly reflect the
JDC's new policy of encourag-
ing Soviet Jews to go to Israel
rather than the United States.
To this end, the JDC, in
conjunction with the Jewish
Agency, has brought to Italy a
group of 16 young Israelis
including Russians and Ameri-
cans who have made aliyah
to serve as role models for the
"Its's very exciting to see,"
said JDC President Sylvia
Hassenfeld, who visited the
main concentrations of trans-
migrants in the sea towns of
Ladispoli and Santa Marinella
near Rome over the weekend.
"Even if we don't get them to
go to Israel, we want to give
them a favorable impression of
Israel," she said.
Teaching about Judaism,
Israel and Jewish identity has
been a major part of the JDC's
education program for the
transmigrants most of
whom know virtually nothing
about Jewish traditions and
have a negative image of Israel
due to Soviet propaganda.
Now, however, lessons on
Israel, Judaism and Hebrew
are a bigger part of the classes
run by the JDC in Ladispoli for
both adults and children, and
there is less emphasis on
American subjects.
Big Hebrew letters decorate
classrooms along with maps
and pictures of Israel, and
there are audio-visual presen-
Also, the Israeli "role mod-
els" set a living example of
what young Israelis are really
like and can tell the transmigr-
ants about their country.
Ricki Horowitz, a young
American woman who made
aliyah five years ago, is serv-
ing as acting director of JDC
school programs in Ladispoli
this summer. She said the idea
of using young Israelis as role
models was a good one.
"We can say, 'Look, Amer-
ica is a great place, but so is
Israel,'" said Horowitz, who is
teaching both English and
Hebrew. "I personally decided
to live in Israel. I m more
comfortable there," she said.
Said another young Israeli,
who made aliyah from the
Soviet Union 17 years ago, "I
can tell them, 'Look I'm
Israeli. Am I so bad?' "
All the young Israelis,
between 16 and 28 years old,
are working for expenses only,
without salary.
A central part of the new
educational program is a spe-
cial two-month-long summer
camp, which provides six days
of activity weekly for about
350 transmigrant children
between the ages of 4 and 16.
Conceived and organized by
JDC's education advisor, Dr.
David Harman, the camp is
intended to expose the trans-
migrants to Israelis, Israeli
culture and Judaism, within
the context of summer day
camp activities.
"This summer camp is a
further instance of JDC's con-
cern for the education as well
as the welfare of the Russian
transmigrants in its care,"
said Hassenfeld. "It will help
us achieve one of our primary
objectives: To give these
Soviet emigres the knowledge
and experience of their
Judaism that they were
entirely lacking while they
were in the Soviet Union.
"We are also emphasizing
the centrality of Israel and
providing the campers with an
Israeli camp experience," she
The camp is currently situ-
ated in a grassy corner of a
public park in Ladispoli, not
far from the beach. Organiz-
ers, however, say a new site
may have to be found.
Last week, for example,
local police visited the camp
and warned that the erection
of a playhouse-type sukkah,
made out of cloth, violated
park regulations against erect-
ing structures there.
American, Israeli Jews:
Led by the Israeli counselors
along with volunteers from
among the Soviet transmigr-
ants themselves, the children
begin the day by raising the
flag and singing Hatikvah.
Then they participate in a wide
range of play, sports and arts
and crafts activities.
There is a daily Hebrew
class, as well as instruction on
Jewish and Israel-related
topics and trips to a nearby
lake for swimming. "Condi-
tions are too dangerous to take
them swimming in the sea,"
said one counsellor.
On Tuesdays, camp counsel-
lors said, fewer teenagers
show up than other days. Tues-
day is what the transmigrants
have come to call "slave mar-
ket" day, when local Italians
come to a certain spot and pick
out young people to work in
their homes, or in their fields
or quarries.
Such work is illegal and pay
is minimal, but young people
jump at the opportunity to
supplement the six dollars a
day per person stipend given
out by the JDC.
A Bitter Dose of Reality

Although Israelis and Amer-
ican Jews began dating and
fell in love after 1967, they
never got married. Theirs was
a romantic fling.
As with any love affair, the
two parties didn't really know
that much about each other. In
many years, American Jews
liked Israel for her body and
Israelis liked American Jews
for their money.
The relationship worked as
long as the two parties dealt
with each other superficially
as long as not too many
Israelis moved to America and
saw how attractive life there
really was and as long as those
American Jews who went to
Israel never got off the tour
But, as in any romance,
there comes a moment when
the starry-eyed couple dis-
cover who the other really is.'
That mutual-discovery began
in the mid-1970s. American
Jews suddenly found them-
selves exclaiming, "Hey, I fell
in love with Golda Meir. You
mean to tell me that Rabbi
Meir Kahane is in your family!
I went out with Moshe Dayan
you mean to tell me that
ultra-Orthodox are in your
family! I loved someone who
turns deserts green, not some-
one who breaks Palestinians'
Israelis eventually found
themselves equally aghast and
exclaiming, "Look, American
Jew, just because we are dat-
i ing doesn't mean you can tell
l me how to live my life. And
I anyway, if we are in love, then
you should move in with me.
You also can't start taking
aerobics classes and building
up a physique of your own that
my daughter finds so attrac-
tive she wants to move in with
Mutual Discovery
As the New York Times cor-
respondent in Jerusalem, I
was both an eyewitness to, and
a catalyst for, this process of
mutual discovery. At times it
was funny, at times it was
tragic; at times I saw it happen
in synagogues and at times I
saw it occur in places one
would least imagine like a
tennis court.
It was a normal Saturday
morning in Jerusalem, and
Bob Slater, a correspondent
for Time, and I were having
our usual Saturday-morning
tennis match at the Jerusalem
Tennis Center.
We happened to arrive at
our assigned court two min-
utes before 10 a.m. The Israeli
players on the court were in
the middle of a point. We
walked onto the court but
stayed over on the side so as
not to disturb them.
At that point, one of the
Israelis asked if we would wait
outside. We said no problem
and stayed outside until 10
a.m., when we returned. They
left reluctantly. As we passed
each other, one of the Israelis
began mumbling in Hebrew
something about "arrogant
After ii iM seconds of this, I
told the fellow that if he had
something to say he should say
it in English, at which point he
erupted witii a lava flow of vile
When I calmly pointed out
that without American money
there would have been no Jeru-
salem Tennis Center, the man
became positively apoplectic.
When he finally left the court,
Bob and I just stared at each
other across the net, dumb-
Nursing a grudge
It was clear to me that this
Israeli must have been nursing
a grudge against American
Jews for a long time and our
entering his court early simply
lit his fuse.
This contretemps occurred
in 1987, just as the United
States was putting heavy pres-
sure on Israel to turn over for
questioning several Israeli offi-
cials alleged to have been
involved in the Israeli espion-
age caper in Washington.
The key figure in the Israeli
spying operation was a young
American Jewish U.S. Navy
intelligence analyst, Jonathan
J. Pollard. At the time of Pol-
lard's arrest in November
1985, many American Jewish
leaders were embarrassed by
the fact that Israel had been
spying in the United States,
and they lectured Israeli minis-
ters for weeks on how insolent
this was much to the annoy-
ance of many Israelis, who felt
they didn't have to put up with
any lectures from American
It always seemed to me that
this Israeli tennis player's
anger was rooted somewhere
in the resentment many
Israelis had come to feel upon
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discovering that they were not
as superior to America and
American Jewry as they might
have thought.
Because Israeli leaders
always had a romanticized
notion of America as a
country that fawned all over
them, adored them, and con-
firmed them as heroes they
were very late in realizing the
potential of a thriving America
as a magnet for Jews. One day,
though, Israelis woke up and
realized that America had
become the greatest threat to
the Zionist revolution.
By 1988, an estimated
300,000-400,000 of the roughly
4.2 million Israelis had moved
to the United States on a
permanent or semi-permanent
basis with an estimated
100,000 in California alone. In
the decade of the 1970s,
265,000 Jews left the Soviet
Union. Of those, roughly
165,000 went to Israel and
100,000 to North America.
Dependent on U.S.
It was bad enough for
Israelis to find themselves in
competition with America, but
it was even more galling to
find themselves dependent on
the American Jewish commun-
ity. Although Israeli officials
never admitted it aloud, they
came to understand that
Washington gave the extraor-
dinary amounts of aid to Israel
that it did in large part
because of the electoral clout
of the American Jewish com-
That has not been an easy
reality for Israelis to swallow,
and they have responded in a
variety of ways. One is to
argue that America gives $3
billion a year to Israel not
because of the electoral clout
of American Jews but because
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The Lesson of Lebanon
48J*e combined forces of Syrians, Druze
and Palestinians wage an increasingly all-out
war against the Lebanese Christian army and
militia units, there is a painful lesson being
brought home to those who advocate unilat-
eral movements by Israel for peace.
France is sending one frigate "to increase
the French naval presence" off Lebanon, and
has offered to help any French nationals
remaining in the wartorn nation which is
Israel's northern neighbor. But France, which
held a League of Nations mandate over
Lebanon at the same time Great Britain ruled
Palestine, has done precious little else.
Neither the Vatican or any of the predomi-
nantly Catholic nations of Europe has come to
the aid of the Christian minority in Lebanon,
even as the horror of the constant artillery
bombardment reduces Beirut to little more
than a pile of rubble.
What, then, could Israel rely on if it turned
its fate over to an outside power or combina-
tion of nations should her Arab neighbors
again unite against the Jewish State?
That is why Israeli statesmen constantly
state they would rather lose the public rela-
tions war then set the stage for what could
become the end of the reborn State of Israel.
Egypt made peace with Israel when Sadat
became convinced that he could never achieve
his country's goals through force. Other Arab
countries, and the Palestinian Arabs, likewise,
can only be expected to come to the bargaining
table with a strong Israel.
As to those who said that if Israel kept its
hands off the struggle between the Christians
and the Moslems-Druze combine, then it would
not take long to reach a solution, the "final"
battle for Beirut gives lie to that unrealistic
In fact, Israel's self-proclaimed security
zone in southern Lebanon has kept the major
fighting well away from the Israeli border
even though the south of Lebanon is home to
PLO competing factions, Shiite competing
factions and other components of the complex
Lebanese mix.
Iraq, seeking to "get even" with Syria for
its backing of Iran in the recent Persian Gulf
war, is supporting the Lebanese Christians
with sophisticated weapons. These may pre-
vent the genocide of the Christians, but hardly
add to the prospects for peace.
And then there's the matter of the nearly
50,000 "peace-keeping" forces of Syria in
Lebanon. No one can really doubt that they
are there as part of Damascus' never-ending
dream of a "Greater Syria." In case you've
forgotten, "Greater Syria" includes all of
Lebanon, all of Israel and all of the Israeli-
administered territories.
The lesson of Lebanon is all too clear.
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Hostages In Jewish Tradition
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.
During the present hostage
crisis in the Middle East,
Israel reportedly offered to
release Sheikh Abdul Karim
Obeid and several hundred
Shiite prisoners in exchange
for three captured Israeli mili-
tary men and other Western
By normal bargaining calcu-
lus, that must strike many
people, including some Jews,
as a strange imbalance. In
part, it is clear that it is a
matter of standing Israeli gov-
ernment policy that each
Israeli soldier is assured that
Israel will never abandon
them, and will go to extreme
lengths to save their lives. The
morale ballast that that
assures must be incalculable.
But from the perspective of
a long and honored Jewish
tradition, that assurance is not
a modern novelty. From
ancient times in Palestine and
throughout the long disper-
sion, pidyon shevuyim, or the
ransoming of captives, has
been held to be one of the most
sacred mitzvot of Jewish tradi-
Jews in ancient and medie-
val times were frequently sub-
jected to capture by enemies,
who used them to extort ran-
som from the communities.
In the 17th century, the Jew-
ish community of Venice
organized a society for rede-
eming the captives chevrat
pidyon shevuyim for the
freeing of Jews captured by
But much like modern Israel,
eYUcMfUl Jews were also con-
cerned about possibly encour-
aging hostage-taking by pay-
ing too high a ransom, thereby
inciting enemies to seize more
hostages for money-making
In any event, what is operat-
ing in the Israeli/Jewish
psyche today in negotiating
the terms for the release of
Israeli soldiers and Western
hostages are not just geopoliti-
cal calculations, but a long
Jewish humanistic tradition
which regards every life as
sacred and deserving of
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum is
international relations con-
sultant to the American Jewish
Committee, and is immediate
past chairman of the Interna-
tional Jewish Committee for
Interreligious Consultations.
Letters .. ._ from our,readers:
Meditations and Proposals
The many reports and publi-
cations I have read that
related to the existing Israeli
problems, come from docu-
ments prepared by the United
Nations, the P.L.O.,
the U.N.E.P. and newspaper
reporters. These reports only
give consideration to presently
existing economic and social
conditions that are affecting
the Desert people in the Israeli
area since 1945.
I sincerely suggest that the
following facts should and
must be given due considera-
tion prior to the preparation of
the many documents that will
be presented as proposals by
Syria, Jordan, Iran, Iraq,
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel
and the United Nations.
A thousand years ago, the
people involved in settling in
an around the present Israeli
area were all Desert people.
Then and to this day, these
people never claimed to be
citizens of either Syria, Jor-
dan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt or Saudi
Arabia. These countries never
claimed them to be their citi-
None of these countries have
any records indicating how
many of these Desert people
were their citizens, how much
and what kind of support they
ever gave these people; Re:
housing, water, fuel, power,
sanitation, health care, educa-
tion, transportation, agricul-
ture assistance, etc. Thus
these Desert people were not
obligated to pay any form of
taxes to any of these countries.
Now as early as 1944, Israel
established the Israel area as a
country, and started programs
to properly develop the area.
These programs required addi-
tional man power. The Israeli
offered the Desert people
employment, transportation
from their tent areas to the job
sites, and back each day. As
the programs expanded, the
Israeli built housing for the
employees, which included
hard walls, water, electricity,
doors, windows, sanitation
(toilets), health care services
(clinics), education for the chil-
dren (schools and teachers)
and the facilities at which they
could buy food and clothing.
From early 1944 to the pre-
sent, none of the previously
mentioned countries contri-
buted to the change of the
economic or social life of these
Desert people.
So at this time I propose that
at the pending meetings and
conferences at which more
proposals will oe prepared,
these countries should
acknowledge what and how
the Israelis have enhanced the
economic and social life of the
Desert people, and not plan
and contribute to the destruc-
tion of the future growth of
these Desert people and Israel,
but contribute to the continua-
tion of the economic and social
growth of the desert people
and Israel.
This will result in the growth
of peace, health and happiness
to all.
Sol H. Brown, Juris Dr.
(Mr. Brown wot with the U. State
Department for t7 ymrt a* a foreign
service officer.)

Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, August 25, 1989
Criticism Of Israel Reviewed
Dole's Record Foreshadowed Remarks
What surprised veteran
Israel watchers here last week
about Senator Bob Dole's
intemperate comments on the
Israeli capture of the terrorist
Sheik was that so many
people were surprised at
Dole's lashing out at Israel.
Those who have followed Bob
Dole's political career over the
years can appreciate how
much his acid tongue (some-
times more charitably
described as "caustic wit") has
cost him politically.
Actually, Dole's angry state-
ment on the Senate floor could
be regarded as being only
slightly more offensive and
unjustified than President
Bush's non sequitur "I don't
think kidnapping and violence
helps the cause of peace".
However, Bush's usual banal-
ity and blandness protects him
from public criticism, whereas
Dole's more direct and mean-
spirited style is more certain to
raise hackles.
What rankles besides the
unjustified criticism of Israel's
action, are Dole's protesta-
tions at the same time that he
has been a long-time friend
and supporter of Israel. If Bob
Dole could be described in such
terms, how should one charac-
terize such Senators as Bob
Packwood, Bill Bradley, Joe
Biden or Paul Sarbanes? Com-
pared to those and a score of
others, Senator Dole's own
support over the years has
been inconsistent.
A look at Dole's record in the
U.S. Senate during the past
twenty years shows that dur-
ing the seventies he usually
voted against foreign aid bills
containing needed assistance
for Israel, while taking pro-
Israel stances on other issues.
When the Republicans
regained control of the White
House and the Senate in 1980,
Dole, as Republican Whip, for
two years as Majority Leader,
and since then as Minority
Leader, has dutifully sup-
ported Administration foreign
aid requests. But at the same
time he began supporting most
of the controversial arms sales
to Arab countries.
Although he had a leader-
ship role in promoting the U.S.
Israel Free Trade Agree-
ment, and has been out front
in combatting PLO terrorism,
his vocal support for arms
sales to Arab countries (e.g.
the 1981 AWACs sale to Saudi
Arabia), and his more "even-
handed" approach to Middle
East issues began to create
dismay among friends of Israel
in Washington.
Some noted the marked dif-
ference in tone between Dole's
1977 and 1984 addresses to the
annual convention of AIPAC,
the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee. In fact, the
Jerusalem Post headline read
that Dole's 1984 speech to
AIPAC had "bombed badly"
and it reported that Dole
received a "clearly cool, if
polite response".
In 1986 Dole was one of only
twenty-two Senators voting
against a resolution disapprov-
ing a major arms sale to Saudi
Arabia. Later that year,
addressing the National Asso-
ciation of Arab Americans, a
pro-PLO group, he strongly
defended these arms sales. In
July of 1988, he was one of
only fifteen Senators to vote
against passage of the foreign
aid bill.
In a town where motives are
often difficult to discern, but
about which there is always
ample speculation, some have
opined that Dole had been dis-
appointed with what he
regarded as insufficient sup-
port from the pro-Israel com-
munity for his unsuccessful
1980 and 1988 Presidential
Without a yardstick to meas-
ure "sufficiency", but with a
consistently staunch supporter
of Israel like former Represen-
tative Jack Kemp vying for the
same nomination, Dole should
have been more than satisfied
with the help he did get. In
fact, it was no surprise at all
that Kemp, now a Cabinet
Secretary, publicly took strong
exception to Dole s recent crit-
icism of Israel and put a proper
perspective on Israel's latest
blow against terrorism.
Also, with a number of
strongly pro-Israel Presiden-
Rabbis Ban Torah Scholar's
Books As 'Heretical9
of Israel's best-known and
best-loved rabbis, Adin Stein-
saltz, has become the center of
a medieval-type heresy contro-
versy here as a number of
ultra-Orthodox rabbis have
publicly banned all of his
Among the leaders is the
venerable Rabbi Eliezer
Schach of Bnei Brak, leader of
the mitnaged ultra-Orthodoxy
in Israel.
Steinsaltz himself has issued
a statement promising to
amend certain specific pas-
sages in some of his books,
which have offended some peo-
ple in ultra-Orthodox circles.
But Schach and his followers
insisted in their bans that all of
Steinsaltz's books must be
shunned "regardless of what
he says or replies."
Battle against Chabad
Many observers link the con-
troversy to Schach's relentless
battle against Chabad-
Lubavitch Hasidim, to which
the scholarly and prolific
Steinsaltz adheres.
(In fact, there have even
been rumors recently in Ortho-
dox circles that Steinsaltz
might be considered as a possi-
ble successor to the childless,
87-year-old Lubavitcher
Rebbe, Menachem Mendel
The passages which appar-
ently aroused offense in ultra-
Orthodox circles occur in
Steinsaltz's "Dmuyot
Bamikra," or Personalities in
the*Bible, and its companion
volume "Nashim Bamikra," or
Women in the Bible. These
works include psychological
studies of some Biblical fig-
But Schach and other Bnei
Brak rabbis, in their public
bans, insist that all Steinsaltz's
works especially his monu-
mental and still-uncompleted
edition of the Talmud, which
includes punctuation and his
original, modern commentary
are to be considered hereti-
"I say without a doubt that
there is heresy and apikorsut
in all of them," Schach wrote.
The bans were carried on the
front page of Monday's Yated
Neeman, the daily paper of the
Degel Hatorah party.
Agrees To decision
Among other rabbis issuing
comprehensive bans against
Steinsaltz were Yosef Elia-
shiv, a retired member of the
Supreme Religious Court, and
Nissim Karelitz and Shmuel
Wosner, both of Bnei Brak.
The Beth Din (religious
court) of Jerusalem's ultra-
Orthodox Eda Haredit com-
munity, however, took a less
extreme position, singling out
only the two Bible studies for
Steinsaltz, for his part, in a
statement in Monday's Hamo-
dia, the organ of the Agudat
Yisrael party, undertook to
abide by that Beth Din's opin-
ion. He offered to return the
purchase price of these books
to any dissatisfied reader, and
to amend future editions.
Steinsaltz is a winner of the
coveted Israel Prize and
recently gained international
prominence when he opened a
yeshiva in Moscow the first
officially sanctioned institution
of Jewish learning there in
His work in Russia includes
research projects in previously
unexplored archives and
libraries, and is being carried
out in cooperation with the
Soviet Academy of Sciences.
Talmudic best-seller
His edition of the Talmud is
a longtime best-seller, with
each new volume being
snapped up by thousands of
devotees as it rolls off the
presses. Written in modern
Hebrew, it has opened up the
Talmud to first-time students,
both religious and unobserv-
Waive Jackson-Vanik Now
AJCongress Urges Baker
NEW YORK (JTA) In a major departure from the
stance adopted by National Conference on Soviet Jewry
and its constituent groups across the country, the Ameri-
can Jewish Congress has urged an immediate one-year
waiver of Jackson-Vanik Amendment sanctions against the
Soviet Union.
In a letter sent to Secretary of State James Baker, the
group disputes claims from an unnamed "national Jewish
organization" that the Jewish community supports a
waiver of Jackson-Vanik trade restrictions only if Presi-
dent Bush receives "additional Soviet assurances" of
improvements in Soviet emigration policy.
tial candidates running at the
same time on the Democratic
side Senators Joe Biden, Al
Gore, and Paul Simon just
how much support should
Robert Dole, with a demonstr-
ably poorer record than any of
the three, have expected?
This is certainly not to put
Dole in the same anti-Israel
league with former Senators
Fulbright or Percy. And Dole
is certainly entitled to express
his opinions. But, in turn, he
should not be taken a back by
the widespread criticism of his
remarks by editorial writers,
other Members of Congress,
and by American Jewish
organizations and individuals.
As time goes on, perhaps
Senator Dole will take a more
measured and reasoned view
of Israel's role both as an ally
of the United States, and as a
front-line nation in the strug-
gle against terrorism. And, if
he is indeed as he claims, a
friend of Israel, he should
know that friendship is meas-
ured in bad times as well as
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Transplant Successful
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plant operation was conducted this week at Jerusalem's
Hadassah University Hospital at Ein Kerem.
The patient, 57-year-old Yaacov Gross of Rishon le-Zion,
a mortgage bank branch manager, had been in cardiology
treatment for the last year.
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Sephardic sage Rabbi Ovadia
Yosef has publicly confirmed
his halachic position, whereby
Israel as a matter of principle
may relinquish territory in
return for peace.
But in a lecture in Jerusalem
this week, the former chief
rabbi and present-day spiritual
mentor of the Shas party
declined to issue a formal hala-
chic "psak" or ruling to this
effect, "since it is not pres-
ently practicable."
The lecture, which opened
the annual Oral Law Study
conference here at the Mossad
Harav Kook, climaxed a fort-
night of intense controversy
and speculation in religious
and political circles following
Yosef s meeting in Egypt last
New Lobby
Seen Too
Far Left
Organizations and individuals
on the Jewish left have never
been shy about criticizing the
American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, the large and pow-
erful lobbying force in Wash-
Its Jewish critics have
accused AIPAC of being too
closely aligned with conserva-
tives in this country and
unwilling to challenge the pol-
ices of a right-wing Israeli gov-
But these same critics are
skeptical of a newly formed
group, the Jewish Peace
Lobby, that is promoting itself
as an alternative Jewish lobby.
Whether it is the purported
pro-Palestine Liberation
Organization philosophy of the
new group or its assumption of
turf already staked out by
their own groups, leftists and
other critics of AIPAC say the
new group doesn't deserve the
kind of attention it has
received in recent weeks.
The Jewish Peace Lobby is
headed by Jerome Segal, a
research scholar at the Insti-
tute for Philosophy and Public
Policy at the University of
The new lobby supports an
independent, but demilitar-
ized, Palestinian state.
To achieve that end, the
lobby calls on the United
States to actively intercede to
guarantee the human and civil
rights of Palestinians fa the
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Don't Forget!
month with President Hosni
Yosef had told the Egyptian
leader that in Jewish law, the
value of saving lives could
supersede the value of retain-
ing all of the Holy Land.
Yosef repeated this theme in
his lecture, citing copiously
from Talmudic and halachic
Part of his comments, shown
on television, made front-page
news in all the national press.
Political commentators believe
his remarks could impact on
the political thinking of
important sections of the pop-
ulace, both in Shas and
beyond, where Yosef is
regarded as the foremost reli-
gious leader of the age.
Yosef has been strongly sup-
ported by Minister of Interior
Arye Deri, who is known to
favor a Shas alliance with
Labor rather than Likud. Deri
traveled with Yosef to Egypt,
and he attended the rabbi's
lecture Sunday night and was
seen vigorously applauding.
Yosef, Deri and the confer-
ence organizers were criticized
Monday by right-wing politi-
Rabbi Haim Druckman, of
the National Religious Party,
noted that the two chief rab-
bis, Mordechai Eliahu and
Avraham Shapiro, had not
been invited to deliver
addresses, which itself was a
Eliahu and Shapiro recently
issued a joint halachic ruling to
the effect that it is forbidden
for Israel to cede territory in
the Holy Land, even in order
to save life.
Friday, August 25, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
Israel's Population
Now 4.47 Million
TEL AVIV, (JTA) Israel's population now totals
4,477,000 inhabitants, including 3,659,000 Jews, an
increase of 1.6 percent in 1988 as compared with 1.7
percent in 1987, according to recently released figures by
the Central Bureau of Statistics. The Jewish population is
82 percent of the country.
About 45 percent of the population lived in 11 cities that
have populations greater than 100,000, with the most
significant increases occurring in Jerusalem, Rishon Le-
Zion, Netanya and Holon.
Jerusalem increased by approximately 11,000 inhabit-
ants about 8,000 of them Jewish (2.2 percent) and some
3,000 of them non-Jewish (2.3 percent) even though
about 1,400 residents left Jerusalem. Jerusalem's popula-
tion was estimated at 493,000, including 354,000 Jews, the
same 71.7 percent of the population as in 1987.
The populations of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Beersheba,
Givatayim, Dimona, Upper Nazareth, and Acre decreased
in 1988, as it did in 1987, since the number of those leaving
was greater than the natural population growth.
Tel Aviv-Jaffa's population decreased in 1988 by 1,700
residents, a drop of 0.5 percent, as compared with 0.2
percent in 1987, and totaled less than 318,000 residents.
The population of Jewish settlements in Judea, Samaria
and the Gaza District increased in 1988 by 10.3 percent, as
compared with a 12.8 percent rise in 1987 and a 15.8
percent rise in 1986, and now totals 66,000 residents as of
the end of 1988.
There was a drop of about 1,000 residents in the
population of kibbutzim, with an estimated total of 126,000
at the end of 1988.
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SHHH Holds First Meeting Of Season
Self Help For Hard Of Hear-
ing People, Delray Chapter,
will hold the initial meeting of
the new season Friday, Sep-
tember 8th, 9:15 a.m., at the
Kings Point Branch of the
American Savings Bank, adja-
cent to the Kings Point Shopp-
ing Center, corner Carter
Road and West Atlantic Ave.
in West Delray. This is one
mile east of Delray Beach
interchange 83, Florida Turn-
A mini breakfast will be
served prior to the meeting.
The meeting itself will be in
the nature of an open forum
"RAP" session, with chapter
president, Regina Rabinowitz,
as the moderator. Hearing
impairment experiences will
be presented, discussed, and
there will be an exchange of
ideas and suggestions. A spe-
cial feature of the meeting will
be the use and demonstration
of a new portable public
address system unit.
Admission to the meeting is
free to the public. For addi-
tional information, please con-
tact Jack M. Levine, public
relations chairman, 498-1564;
Regina Rabinowitz, chapter
president, 499-4984, or Harold
Brodsky, chapter vice presi-
dent, 498-8952.
Symphonic Pops Presents "Stars Unlimited"
The Florida Symphonic Pops
under the direction of Maestro
Mark Azzolina will present the
next of its "Midsummer Seren-
ades" on Monday, August 21st
at 8:00 p.m. at the Boca Raton
Resort & Club's Great Hall.
"Stars Unlimited" is a triple
blockbuster bill being offered
by Pops, with soprano, Deme-
tra George, tenor, Carlos Man-
uel Santana and pianist, Morty
Demetra George who prem-
iers with the Pops has per-
formed in lead roles with
numerous opera companies
including the Boston Lyric
Opera, the Houston Gilbert &
Sullivan Opera, the Oklahoma
City Lyric Theater. Her con-
cert appearances run from
Lerner and Loewe to Strauss.
In musical theater Demetra
has performed Maria in "West
Side Story", Julie in "Carou-
sel", Tuptim in "The King and
She has appeared with the
Houston Civic Symphony, the
Japanese Philharmonic, Los
Angeles Pops, the Tulsa and
Oklahoma Symphonies.
Florida Symphonic Pops'
tenor in residence is Cuban
born Carlos Manuel Santana
who began his career singing
on radio, T.V. and in night
clubs as well as with the local
opera company.
Santana specialized in the
romantic Neopolitan reper-
toire. His tenor voice perpet-
uated his opera career per-
forming with Placido
Domingo, Sherill Milnes,
James McCraken and Renata
Arranger, composer, pian-
ist, Morty Jay has performed
with the bands of Sammy Kaye
and Tommy Dorsey. As musi-
cal conductor and pianist, he
worked with Sammy Davis, Jr.
and Lisa Minelli, Jerry Vale,
Mel Torme, et al. He was Club
Musical Director for Copaca-
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York City. In Palm Beach he
was the Musical Director for
Duchin Grant Music.
For information and reser-
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Characteristics of Jewish Music
on Radio Broadcast
What are the characteristics of Jewish liturgical music?
That question is answered on the radio program Interdeno-
minational, heard Sunday, August 27, on Station WDBF
Delray Beach, 1420 on the AM dial at 10:06 a.m.
The answer is given by Dr. Raphael Grossman, cantor
and musicologist, who will sing melodies to illustrate his
assertions. Interlocutor of the program is Rabbi Samuel
Silver, of Temple Sinai, Delray Beach.
Religious Leaders Discuss
Mideast Hostage Crisis
Two religious leaders discuss the Mideast hostage crisis
on the radio program Parson to Parson on Sunday, Aug.
27, at 6:45 a.m., on Station WEAT, West Palm Beach, 850
on the AM dial and 104.3 on the FM dial.
Dr. John Mangrum, rector of St. David's in the Pines, an
episcopal church in Wellington, praises President Bush for
his approach to the problem. Praise for Israel is voiced by
Rabbi Samuel Silver, of Temple Sinai, Delray Beach.

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Friday, August 25, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7
Americanization of the Guralnick Family
William A. Gralnick
omitted information about my
job. Along with the address, I
f>ut the number one on the
etter to let the omnipresent
KBG know that someone
would be counting. I remem-
bered the old joke about the
Soviet refusenik who is awak-
ened by a knock on the door at
3 a.m. Responding to his,
"Who is it?", the reply is,
"postmen." Really KBG
agents, they then begin pep-
pering this man with questions
about why he wants to leave
the Soviet Union.
They ask about the long
meat lines. Could it be the lack
of stock in the stores? Might it
be the worthless currency? and
so on. He demurs at every
turn. None of these are the
reasons. Finally, exasperated,
the agents shout, "Well then
comrade, why is it that you
wish to leave the Soviet
Union?" The refusenik replies,
"Because I want to live in a
country where they don't
deliver the mail at
three o'clock in the morning!"
and out of my consciousness
went the Guralniks until about
five weeks later when, lo' and
behold, arrives in my mailbox a
"response replete with pictures.
At first there were four (more
about that later), and the simi-
larities with my own family
were startling. Father Arkady
was a dentist as is my own
father, my uncle, and a distant
cousin (Guralnick) in Boston.
Mother Inna was a doctor like
almost everyone else in my
family who wasn't a dentist.
Children Dina and Yuli formed
an exact age progression with
my own children, Justin and
Marc. All four children were
about 16 months apart, one
from the other, ranging in age
from, at that time, 12 to 15.
beginning and a middle, but
one with no end. It is the story
of a refusenik family who went
from being unknowns to being
my family. It is a story with
elements of life and touches of
America that have made me a
better person. In this year
when American Jewry came to
grips with Russian Jewry, it is
a story that may help others.
It began simply enough: a
letter arrived on my desk from
the South Florida Conference
on Soviet Jewry. There was a
refusenik family named Gural-
nik on the roles. Would I like
to write to them?
What goes around comes
around: I had fathered Project
Lifeline Letters which in a
three year period put several
thousand American Christians
and Jews in touch with Soviet
counterparts persecuted for
their religious beliefs. Cer-
tainly, I too could write a letter
or two. Besides, family lore
taught that all the Gralnicks
whether "Gra's", or "Gura's"
or "Gro's" were related. "An
adventure", I thought.
I penned my first letter in
the style taught to others: it
was breezy with lots of chit-
chat about family, weather,
and personal trivia, though I
Lisa Jill Held, grand-
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Her-
man Herst, Jr. of the Estates
Section of Boca, was married
recently to Fernando Rueda-
Merino at the Evans Farm Inn
in McLean Virginia.
Rueda has been teaching in
Madrid for the past two years,
having gone there for her final
year while obtaining her deg-
New Chairman jsraei Mints New Art Medal
For Committee
On Education
Dr. John Lowe assumed the
chairmanship of the Commit-
tee on Education of the Jewish
Federation of South Palm
Beach County, the lay body of
the Central Agency for Jewish
Dr. Lowe, university profes-
sor and administrator and for-
mer president of Temple Beth
Sholom of Century Village in
Boca Raton, has assembled a
group of community leaders to
serve on the Education Com-
mittee and to develop pro-
grams to fill the needs of Jew-
ish education in the South
Palm Beach community.
Cults On Rise
In Israel
Jewiik Telegraphic Agency, Inc.
Missionary activity and cults
are on the rise worldwide and
particularly in Israel, accord-
ing to a 500-page study by
Israel's Interior Ministry.
The study, according to the
Task Force on Missionaries &
Cults, a project of the Jewish
Community Relations Council
of New York, estimates the
number of missionary opera-
tions directed at Israel at over
ree at the University of Ore-
gon. Rueda is an electronic
specialist, serving in the Span-
ish Army in Barcelona.
The couple expect to make
their home in the United
States when the grooms period
of enlistment in the Army is
completed early in 1990.
The outdoor bilingual cere-
mony was conducted by Vir-
ginia Judge Irene de Gair of
Vienna, Va.
Bridesmaids were seven
sorority sisters of the beide,
from the University at
Eugene, Oregon. Best man
was the brother of the groom,
assisted by a fellow soldier
from his Army unit.
William A. Gralnick, executive director of the Ameri-
can Jewish Committee, Greater Miami Chapter, will be
chronicling the Americanization of hit Soviet cousins
for The Jewish Floridian.
We exchanged, I believe,
three or four letters. There
didn't seem to be any interrup-
tion in the mails but for one. I
got their pictures, but they
didn't get the one of me. I got
the feeling that I was nailed up
on a wall in a KBG/post office
somewhere in the suburbs of
Parts of the letters were like
the political equivalent of the
dance of the seven veils. They
asked me a lot of questions
about what I did and how I
came to find them. I evaded
those questions. I asked them
many questions about the
problems in Baku. They sent
me an In-Tourist book. It took
about three months to arrive.
I was struck by several
things: one was the way Russi-
ans Write addresses. But for
the name, the form is
reversed. Next was the Eng-
lish. Although some of it
sounded like it was right out of
the '60s classic, "The Educa-
tion of Hyman Kaplan" replete
with syntax so badly broken
that an orthopedic surgeon
would be hardpressed to fix it;
it was English none-the-less.
My Russian does not go bey-
ond da, nyet and pounding my
show on a table. Then, oddly
enough, I was struck by the
twine which wrapped it. Bill
Cosby used to talk about the
quality of grade school paper
being so poor it still had wood
chips in it. Well this twine
wouldn't pass our postal mus-
ter and the paper was stiff as a
board. It was clearly different
in quality from anything I'd
come across here, in Europe,
or Israel.
Coincidents which in less than
a year would end eight years
of struggle for them and would
begin a new family chapter for
The elements were these a
family tree completed by yet
another distantly related Gral-
nick, the convulsions in Azer-
bazian and Baku both natural
(earthquakes) and social (the
riots), and, of course, Glasnost.
Within months they combined
to produce a visa, passage to
Rome, passage to America,
and arrival at Miami Interna-
tional Airport just 24 hours
prior to a dinner where I had
intended to propose marriage
(to my wife), and 48 hours
before Pesach. En route, the
four became seven.
Here's how it happened:
Glasnost produced the open-
ing. Mother, father, two chil-
dren and three grandparents
Yugenia, Elizabeth, and
Samuel were granted exit
visas. The family tree, being
done as a doctoral project,
established the link for the
invitation (my father's father
and Arkady's father appear to
be cousins of some sort though
actually that branch, it's
leaves and twigs, was not on
the sheet of paper); the riots
provided the Embassy with
the reason to pass the family
through Italy into America
(Arkady had been caught in
the trouble, his car over-
turned, and burned. Recogniz-
ing opportunity in adversity,
Yuly took pictures of the
riots.) Suddenly, they were out
of my mailbox and into my
arms. The date was Monday
April 17, 1989.
But that's Exodus and that
comes next.
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Religious Wars
Continued from Page 1
Torah Sages had urged a reconciliation
and that the founders of Agudah early in
the century were leaders of the Hasidic
His father, who was the rebbe of Gur,
and the Chafetz Chaim, always worked
"in close harmony and mutual respect,"
he said.
Now he proposed to convene the Coun-
cil of Torah Sages to hear "all sides and
all issues."
In its response Sunday, Yated Ne'eman
noted that Rabbi Schach in his address to
thousands of supporters at the Ponevezh
Yeshiva last week declared: "My arms
are stretched out for peace. Let us
together consider whatever complaints
there are."
The Mitnaged organ reported that
"rabbis and public figures now hope that
a roundtable can soon be set up which will
end the schism."
Convent Should Be Moved
Continued from Page 1
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Synagogue News
Robert Novak, director of
[the Southern Region of the
Simon Wiesenthal Center, will
speak on "Awareness and
Remembrance: Combating
Anti-Semitism" on August 29,
at 7:30 p.m., at the Boca Raton
I Synagogue.
The Mincha services will be
[at 7:10 p.m. at the synagogue.
I Admission is free.
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
[preach the sermons "The Clar-
ion Call Of Elul" on Septem-
ber 2 and "Anti-Semitism
Equals Anti-Sinaism" on Sep-
tember 9. Both sermons at the
Sabbath services at 8:30 a.m.
at Anshei Emuna, 16189 Car-
I ter Road, Delray Beach.
Kiddush will follow.
Daily classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Oruch) led by Rabbi
Sacks begin at 7:30 a.m. pro-
ceeding the Daily Minyan ser-
vices and at 6:30 p.m. in con-
junction with the Daily Twil-
ight Minyan 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-
For further information call
Anshei Emuna Sisterhood
On September 5 the Anshei
Emuna Sisterhood will hold
their meeting with a collation
preceeding the meeting.
The Sisterhood is also hav-
ing a trip to Israel in October.
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Sacks
Rabbi Dr. Lester Hering,
who will assume the pulpit of
Temple Emeth on Sept. 1, will
preach the following sermons:
"All or Nothing at All" at
the Oneg Shabbat Service, Fri-
day, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. An Oneg
will follow the service.
"Who Listens?" on Satur-
day, Sept. 2, in the morning
service. A Kiddush will follow.
For information call the
Temple, located 5780 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach at
will accompany the group on
this trip.
As of September 1 Rabbi Dr.
Lester Hering will be spiritual
leader of Temple Emeth, 5780
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.
Weekly Classes
Temple Emeth resumes the
popular weekly classes on Sep-
tember 12. Registration for
the week of September 4.
The following classes are
available to the community
(members and non members)
at no charge.
Tuesday Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Class (members only), 10 a.m.-
11 a.m.; Beginners Hebrew, 10
a.m.-11 a.m.; Cantor's Class
(Trop-musical notes & Haf-
torah), 11 a.m.-12 noon, and
Advanced Hebrew, 11 a.m.-12
Wednesday Intermediate
Hebrew, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.;
Advanced Conversational
Hebrew, 11 a.m.-12 noon.
Thursday Yiddish Class,
10 a.m.-ll a.m.; Beginners
Conversational Hebrew,
11 a.m.-12 noon.
For information call 498-
Temple Emeth Sisterhood
Sisterhood of Temple Emeth
will conduct their first meeting
of the season on Thursday,
Sept. 7, at 12 noon. Refresh-
ments will precede the meet-
A program entitled "Melo-
dies" Retired Senior Volun-
teer Program, will be perform
by a singing group, under the
direction of Olga Leal.
Brotherhood Meetings
Brotherhood executive
board of Beth Ami Congrega-
tion of Palm Beach County will
meet on Thursday, October 19,
7:30 p.m., at the Lincolnwood
Clubhouse. All members of
Beth Ami Congregation are
invited but have no voting
The Brotherhood meeting
will be on Thursday, October
26, 7:30 p.m., at Lincolnwood
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Benediction upon Kindling
the Sabbath Lights
Blessed art Thou, O Lord our
G-d, King of the universe who
hast sanctified us by thy com-
mandments and commanded
us to kindle the Sabbath light.
Leon. 82, of Boca Raton. Survived by
wife, Lillian; sister, Reina Sartani, of
Israel. Mr. Kronheim was a member of
Temple Beth Shalom and Men's Club,
ZO, B'nai B'rith, J and F, Israel Bonds,
Life member of Hadassah, Histradut.
Technion, American Friends of Hebrew
University and Boys Town of Jerusalem.
Services held, Levitt-Weinstein.
Charles, 84, of Delray Beach. Services
held, Levitt-Weinstein.
David, 42, Deerfield Beach, passed away
August 2. Services held at Mt. Nebo/Ken-
dall Memorial Gardens.
RABBI AND RABIN: Jerusalem Spiritual mentor of the Shas
political party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin address the religious perspective on returning
territory for peace. (AP/Wide World Photo)
Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
Six tribes each, atop mount Ebal and mount Gerizim, with the
Ark in the valley between.
. "Thou shalt set the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the
cv-se upon mount Ebal"
(Deut. 11.29).
RE'EH "Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a
curse: the blessing, if ye shall hearken unto the commandments of
the Lord your God, which I command you this day; and the curse,
if ye shall not hearken" (Deuteronomy 11.26). When the Israelites
enter Canaan, sue tribes are to stand upon Mount Gerizim and
bless all those who will keep God's commandments, and six tribes
are to stand on Mount Ebal and curse all those who will disobey
God's commandments.
Sacrifices are to be offered only in the place that God shall
choose. He who wishes to offer a meat sacrifice which he may eat,
and lives too far from the proper place of offering, may slaughter
the offering in his own house, but it will not be considered a
sacrifice. He must be careful not to consume any of the blood.
Those who incide others to idolatrous acts are to be extermin-
ated. The portion goes on to state the rules defining purity and
impurity in regard to animals, fish and fowl the basic ritual
dietary laws. The portion also contains the rules regarding tithes,
and regulations regarding the Hebrew slave, the first-born of
animals, and the three pilgrim festivals.
(The recounting of the Weekly Portion of the Law is extracted and
based upon "The Graphic History of the Jewish Heritage," edited by
P. Wollman-Tsamir, published by Sherigold. The volume Is available
at 75 Maiden Lane, New York, N.Y. 10036.)
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Family members sharing in
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Friday, August 26, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 11
From Beirut To Jerusalem
Times Reporter Tells Of Battle
For Truth In Middle East
I'll meet you at the Omni
Hotel garage entrance. What
do I look like? Like a Lebanese
guerrilla hijacker.
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
You've got to have a sense of
humor, says Thomas D. Fried-
It's necessary when you're
26 years old, barely out of
graduate school, and you find
yourself covering the civil war
in Lebanon, where "death
without reason" is the harsh-
est fate of all.
Friedman turned 36 the day
he came to The Jewish Florid-
ian for an interview. That day
he learned that his book,
"From Beirut to Jerusalem,"
had just made the New York
Timess bestseller list, less than
a month after it was released.
For the past 10 years Fried-
man was the chief correspon-
dent for the New York Times
in Beirut and Jerusalem. He
has won two Pulitzer prizes for
his coverage of the war-
ravaged Middle East and some
speculate that his new book
may win him a third.
Friedman had been the first
Jewish reporter sent by the
Times to cover the Middle
East. "A Jew who wants to
make a career working in or
studying about the Middle
East will always be a lonely
man," Friedman said. "He will
never be fully accepted or
trusted by the Arabs, and he
will never be fully accepted or
trusted by the Jews."
But being a correspondent
for one of the world's most
influential newspapers led to a
symbiotic relationship
between Friedman and his
sources: He needed them and
they needed him.
Still, there was "always a
tension in my gut," Friedman
recalls. "I was constantly
aware of the gap between who
I was and who many people
assumed I was. Whenever I
was interviewing a militia
leader or Arab statesman, my
mind would start racing
uncontrollably: What if this
guy knew who I was? Would he
care if he knew I was bar
mitzvahed at the Adath
Jeshuren Synagogue in Min-
neapolis in 1966? Would he be
shocked to know that my older
sister is a Lubavitcher Hasidic
Reform Rabbi
First For
Brazilian City
Brazilian native Rabbi Leon-
ardo Alanati, recently ordin-
aed by the Hebrew Union Col-
lege-Jewish Institute of Reli-
gion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati,
will be installed later this
month as a community rabbi in
Brazil, the first liberal rabbi to
hold such a position.
Rabbi Richard G. Hirsch,
executive director of the
World Union for Progressive
Judaism, stated that Rabbi
Alanati is the first Reform
rabbi to assume such a position
anywhere in Latin America.
Jew with seven children living
in Miami Beach?"
Friedman describes himself
as having come from "a rather
typical middle-class American
Jewish family." His father sold
ball bearings and his mother
was a homemaker and part-
time bookkeeper.
"I'm not a religious person
in the least. I just go to syna-
gogue three times a year like a
lot of other American Jews."
He says he would be consid-
ered a Zionist if that refers to
someone who believes in the
right of Jewish people to a
homeland in Israel. But "some
people define Zionists as some-
one who intends to live there
and I don't intend to live
there because I see myself as
an American and living out my
life and my identity in this
The time he spent
in the Middle East, however,
gave him a different perspec-
tive than he had as a youth
Friedman through most of his
journey. Between the shelling
and bloody tribal feuds, they
had two daughters, Orly and
When the Times offered
Friedman a job as their chief
diplomatic correspondent in
Washington last year, Fried-
man returned to the United
"A Jew who wants to make a career
working in and studying about the Middle
East will always be a lonely man."
visiting Israel and picking
tomatoes on a kibbutz.
Soon after Friedman gra-
duated from Brandeis Univer-
sity, he enrolled
at St.Antony's College, Oxford
University, where he took
a master's degree in the
history and politics of the
Middle East. By the time
he graduated Friedman
was hired by United Press
International as a London
correspondent. A year
later he became UPI's cor-
respondent in Lebanon
and in 1981 he was
hired by the Times.
His wife, the for-
mer Ann Bucks-
baum, accom-
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513-page book that details his
Middle East experience.
He acknowleges that his
book doesn't offer a solution to
the Middle East conflict, but
he does suggest what role the
United States might play:
"The ideal statesman has to
know how to think like an
obstetrician, behave like a
friend, bargain like a grocer
and fight like a son-of-a-bitch."
Friedman later suggested
that America could deliver the
greatest peace possible but
only if "the parties themselves
are ready to get pregnant,
nurture a settlement
"If they are ready you have
to know how to be a friend ... a
friend tells you the truth
about a situation. You have to
bargain like a grocer because
this is a merchant culture and
finally you have to realize that
this is a very rough neighbor-
hood where people play by
their own rules and their own
rules are no rules."
.Friedman sees the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict as getting
worse. "I think it's heading in
a very bad direction because
the intifada began, I think,
with the Palestinians saying
that what we're going to try to
do is make life miserable for
the Israelis and that was the
whole meaning of going on
strike, not working in Israel,
throwing bottles, throwing
stones, generally engaging in
what would be called relatively
non-lethal civil disobetfiance.
Since then, however, instead
of making life miserable for
the Israelis, Palestinians have
been making life dangerous for
them and that has been a
world of difference and natu-
rally provoked anger and out-
rage from the Israeli side. And
now this is just spiraling, each
one feeds on the other."
Yet Friedman doesn't offer
a magic cure, only the observa-
tion that "there will be no
solution that doesn't take into
account Israel's legitimate
security needs and there'll be
no solution that doesn't in
some way accommodate Pales-
tinian national aspirations."
Now that his book has been
published, Friedman is asked if
he is satisfied with his work.
"I'm at peace with myself,"
he concludes. "This is a contro-
versial book, but it's an honest
book. I said everything on my
mind, didn't pull any punches.
This is a book that will make
you laugh, cry, angry, sad, but
then that's the real world ...
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type, (to have) good English,
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