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W W W . J t n E W S . n E t
august 24, 2012
6 elul 5772
volume 88, no. 17
connecting our local Jewish community
back to school page 8new consul general page 6
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world news
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Ron Kampeas
JTA World News Service
WASHINGON (JA) — How muchnoise does Israel’s leadership have to maketo get the Obama administration to say what it wants to hear about Iran?It’s a question now preoccupying Israel,along with its corollary: How much noiseis too much and risks precipitating a crisisbetween Jerusalem and its closest ally?Some Israeli analysts say that pro-nounced signals rom their country’s lead-ership in recent days that it is readying ora strike against Iran are less an immediatecall to arms than a call or an unequivocalcommitment rom the Obama adminis-tration to take the lead in such an attack orto come to Israel’s aid i it goes rst.“We are at a serious juncture,” saidEhud Yaari, an Israel-based ellow or theWashington Institute or Near East Policy.“Te way I understand it, the Israeli lead-ership is trying to signal to the adminis-tration that unless there is a change o tack on the part o Washington concerning theIranian nuclear program, Israel may haveto decide to make its own military move.”A key Israeli ear is that a nuclear Iranwould provide an umbrella to hostileorces consolidating their hold along Isra-el’s borders in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip,and possibly in Syria and Egypt as thosenations undergo turmoil that threatens todisrupt decades o peace on their borders.“Te idea o these non-state actors onIsrael’s borders which may be controlledby a nuclear Iran is a serious threat, thekind o which Israel has not encounteredbeore,” Asher Susser, a senior ellow atthe Moshe Dayan Center or Middle East-ern Studies at el Aviv University, said ina conerence call organized by the IsraelPolicy Forum on Tursday.Still, Obama administration ocialsare not yet publicly buying the rhetoric.“I don’t believe they’ve made a decisionas to whether or not they will go in andattack Iran at this time,” Deense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters on Aug. 15.“With regards to the issue o where we’reat rom a diplomatic point o view, thereality is that we still think there is roomto continue to negotiate.”Netanyahu and Barak would want tohear “a very rm commitment rom theUnited States that it will use orce, not any-thing less — not ‘all options are on thetable,’ not ‘any means necessary,’ but thatthe U.S. will take a clear commitment to useorce when the time comes,” Susser said. “I the Israelis are convinced that the Amer-icans are not going to take action againstIran, Barak and Netanyahu may very wellcome to the conclusion that they have to.”Obama administration ocials overthe last several months have lobbied Israelintensely to tamp down talk o a strike,and to wait out a U.S. strategy o exhaust-ing economic and diplomatic pressure as ameans o getting Iran to stand down romits suspected nuclear weapons program.Yaari said Israel’s leadership was notconvinced, noting similar reassurancesrom successive U.S. administrationsregarding North Korea, belied ultimately by that nation’s nuclear tests.Israelis avor a U.S. lead should it cometo military action against Iran, polls show.Meanwhile, a number o Israeli gureshave lashed out against Netanyahu andBarak, saying that the government’s ratch-eting up o the rhetoric could backre.“Mr. Prime Minister, you want acrude, rude, unprecedented, reckless andrisky intervention in the U.S. elections,”Shaul Moaz, the leader o the oppositionKadima Party, said in remarks translatedby Globes, the Israeli business daily. “Youare trying to righten us and terriy us. Andin truth, we are scared — scared by yourlack o judgment, scared that you both leadand don’t lead, scared that you are execut-ing a dangerous and irresponsible policy.”Meir Javedanar, an Iran-born Israelianalyst, said that Netanyahu’s talk o wardiminished the real results that U.S.-ledsanctions were having on the Iranian the-ocracy’s viability.“I don’t think that the ruling echelonin Israel understands that as much as theIranian regime does not want war; it’s notan existential threat,” he said. “What is anexistential threat are the sanctions. Andthe more attention that is diverted romthe existential threat o the sanctions, theless the regime needs to address them.”
The full version of this story is available at jta.org.
friday, august 24, 2012 .
jtnew OpiniOn
the rabbi’s turn
“Chosen by God is not so we lord it over the others. Chosen by God is, ‘Hashem, you chosethis guy? I choose him too. And You know better than me.’”– René Levy, speaking about his book, “Baseless Hatred: What It Is and What You Can Do About It.” For the full story, visit page 14.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our guide to writing a letter to theeditor can be found at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.html, but please limit your letters toapproximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is August 27.Future deadlines may be found online.
T a at t at
Rabbi shalom D. (beRRy) FaRKash
Chabad of the Central Cascades
A ew weeks ago, the chil-dren were all home aer thelast day o school, and we weregetting ready or the start o along summer vacation. Aerdinner we had a roundta-ble discussion regarding theupcoming months at home.he discussion bumpedinto a rough moment whenwe began to discuss the hottopic o “screen time.”My wie and I don’t like the ideathat our children are in love with our com-puter. We eel that being overly exposed tothe Internet is not healthy and a bit dan-gerous, especially or children who — attheir age — lack a sense o responsibility.In our home the computer is in the centero the dining room with the screen acingthe kitchen. When the children comehome rom school they each get a hal hour o ltered Internet access, when they are ree to sur websites o their choiceunder our supervision. We make sure thecontent is appropriate and positive.Our oldest son, Menachem, who isalmost 9, is a bright young man and uponhearing about the hal hour o screentime, immediately began to negotiate:Why are we so strict regarding the usageo the computer? Why don’t we give himprivate time to navigate the Internet?I answered with a metaphor. I toldhim to imagine himsel driving a car, allalone, on a very busy highway withoutany driving experience. Would that besae? Te Internet is an extremely busy road with curves, bumps, and hasty driv-ers who sometimes drive a bit too ast.One needs to have lots o guidance andinner strength to navigate the web andmake it back home saely at the end o the voyage. At his age, he needs his parents todrive him around. We are his drivers whoguide him and give him the tools to makeresponsible choices; we are responsible orhis physical and mental well-being.Whether or not he happily acceptedour words is still open or a debate; how-ever, the rules did not change here at theFarkash home.Let’s have an “adult” conversationabout that or a moment.Should we allow our eyes and ears thereedom to see and hear everything wedesire? Should we give our-selves a “hall pass” when itcomes to these two precioussenses?Kabbalah teaches that aperson’s eyes are the “win-dows o the soul” and thatthe ears are entrances to thehuman psyche. When you seeor hear something, it makesan immediate mark on yourheart and mind. On Shabbatbeore we begin reciting the Kiddush welook at the ickering Shabbat candles tobring the light and spirit o Shabbat intoour souls.Tis week’s orah portion is parshatShoim. It begins: “You shall appoint judges and police ocers or yoursel…inall your gates that God, your God, is givingyou” (Deuteronomy 16:18).“Your gates” represents the organs thatorm the interace between you and yourenvironment, like the eyes, ears, nose andmouth. “You should appoint judges…inyour gates” means that the senses (one’s“gates”) should be controlled by “judg-ment” rom the Godly soul. Our neshama(soul) should be ully in control o whatenters through the “gates.” We shouldensure that only positive and kosher inu-ences enter our psyche.Te damage o unguarded eyes andears can be so destructive that the orahgives us the mitzvah o reciting twice daily the Shema prayer, where we say, “youshall not wander aer your hearts andaer your eyes aer which you are goingastray.” Rashi explains the idea: “Te heartand eyes are the spies or the body. Tey are its agents or sinning: Te eye sees, theheart covets and the body commits thetransgression” (Midrash anchuma 15).We are now in the month o Elul, themonth o repentance and orgiveness. It’sa good time to really think about this. Letus take a moment and speak to our chil-dren and to ourselves about the decisionto tighten the security o our gates by beingcareul with what enters them, while enjoy-ing the great resources the Internet has toofer as a tool to stay connected with amily and riends, to study orah, to give char-ity and, o course, to get great online deals.Wishing you all l’shana tova umetukatikatevu vetichatemu.
Jwi millial awi iaattamt
Wayne FiRestone anD maRK J. penn
JTA World News Service
WASHINGON (JA) — Te oldergeneration always thinks o the youngergeneration as losing its traditional values,wondering “Why can’t they be just likeus?”But in a time o expanding globalism,open social networking and greater geo-graphical disbursement, a surprising nd-ing o a recent poll we conducted showsthat Jewish consciousness among millen-nials — young adults in college and grad-uate school — is rising, not alling. Asperhaps part o a global trend toward reli-gion in general, we believe the survey indi-cates that the next generation o Jews may be increasingly into being Jewish and ol-lowing Jewish traditions.Here are the surprising truths. Accord-ing to a just-released survey o 600 U.S.Jewish undergraduates and graduate stu-dents conducted by Penn, Schoen andBerland, nearly hal o all Jewish collegestudents today participate in Hillel events— a 36 percent increase rom the last timePSB did this poll in 2005. More than hal o students said they would participatein a Hillel event in the next month — uprom only 36 percent seven years ago. Andnearly 75 percent o students said they  viewed Hillel and “Hillel people” avor-ably, an increase o more than 20 per-cent since 2005. Te next most importantJewish institution on campus was Chabad,which is also growing in popularity withcollege students.Te rise in Jewish activism is also tied tostrong support or Israel. Fully 78 percento Jewish students today say that supportor Israel is important to them — virtually the same percentage that says social justice(and having a sense o responsibility orthe Jewish people) is important.he success o Hillel is based ona six-year eort that started with thesophisticated deployment o early socialnetworking techniques. he idea wassimple — to use snowballing student con-nections as the path to bringing in morestudents. Hillel not only seized on thisinsight, but also took it backward rom virtual to real — training and employingnearly 1,000 Jewish students to engageabout 35,000 uninvolved Jewish peers onmore than 70 campuses across the globe.In every case, the goal was to help theunengaged students meet, explore andconnect to Jewish lie on their own terms.It turns out that peers not only can reachstudents in ways that institutions can’t,but they also can do it creatively, imagina-tively and with lasting efect.Second, Hillel hypothesized that inaddition to going broader, it also could godeeper. On 10 pilot campuses, it placedJewish educators and rabbis trained toengage students in study and conversa-tion, encouraging students to ask the bigquestions that make college such a potentplace or development and growth.As students progress in their educa-tion, they are more likely to participatein Jewish events on campuses, and suchparticipation reaches its zenith amonggraduate students. And this increase ininterest is across Reorm, Conservativeand Orthodox students, as well as thosesel-dened as “just Jewish.”Te greater success o Jewish-basedorganizations on campus is no doubt theresult o innovative work by those orga-nizations, but it also signals some realchanges going on underneath. Univer-salism may have reached its limits, withthe reassertion o a greater sense o ethnicand religious identity growing in its place.Social networking makes it easier orgroups to come together and nd theircommonality; threats to Israel and thepotential growth o nuclear weapons inthe region give an urgency to that connec-tion. Birthright Israel is also giving many an up-close and personal experience.So just when we all thought youngpeople were most likely to blend in evenurther and abandon purely Jewish insti-tutions, instead we are seeing them reas-sert their Jewish identity, their support orIsrael and, perhaps most important, seek out connections with one another to eelpart o a larger community they can calltheir own.
Wayne Firestone is president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.Mark J. Penn is corporate vice president for strategic and special projects at Microsoft. He
was formerly CEO of the polling rm Penn,Schoen and Berland Associates, which
conducted the survey.
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