Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 59, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 18, 2005 Page: 1 of 24
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By Leslie Susser
JERUSALEM (JTA) — For better or
for worse, Israel's withdrawal from
Gaza and the northern West Bank
is certain to be one of the defining
moments of Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon's political career.
Sharon will be remembered as
the Israeli leader who did the most
to build settlements and then, when
he became prime minister, tore
But when the history books are
written, will the pullout be seen as a
bold move that saved Israel —
allowing it to remain both Jewish
and democratic — or as a wrong
turn that divided the nation and
exacerbated Palestinian terrorism?
Most Israeli leaders have defining
moments associated with them. For
David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first
prime minister, the most memo-
rable was his decision to proclaim
the establishment of the State of
Israel on May 14,1948, even though
he knew it would lead to a war —
one his generals said the Jews had
only a 50-50 chance of winning.
Ben-Gurion was active before
1967, the watershed year in Israel's
political history. Since then, Israeli
history largely has been the story of
a debate over how to use the territo-
rial and psychological gains of the
Six-Day War to win Arab recogni-
tion of Israel's right to exist and
achieve peaceful coexistence.
The right wing argued for
holding on to conquered territories
to maintain deterrence and to go for
peace only after the Arab states rec-
ognized Israel. The left favored
offering to return most of the terri-
tories to spark a peace dynamic.
Subsequent prime ministers are
remembered largely for their con-
tributions to this dialectic.
Ben-Gurion's successor, Levi
Eshkol, is remembered for stam-
mering in a key address to a
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A barrier with signs in English and Hebrew blocks the road into the Gaza Strip during a symbolic ceremony at seconds past
midnight Aug. 15, at the Kissufim checkpoint in southern Israel. The ceremony marked the beginning of Israel's historic oper-
ation to withdraw from the Gaza Strip after 38years, and will pave the way for the forced evacuation of all remaining Jewish
settlers from early morning Aug. 17, who fail to take advantage of a 48-hour grace period to leave of their own accord.
Photo: Brian Hendler/JTA
Local Conservative community unites for isha B'Av
By Melissa Maroff
Dallas' Conservative congrega-
tions joined together for the first
time Saturday evening — in a com-
munity-wide observance of Tisha
B'Av— drawing almost 300 to The
Ann and Nate Levine Academy in
The gathering, coordinated by
Rabbi Adam Raskin of Congrega-
tion Beth Torah; Rabbis William
Gershon and David Glickman of
Congregation Shearith Israel; Rabbi
Stefan Weinberg of Congregation
Anshai Torah; and Ann and Nate
Levine Academy Campus Rabbi
Paul Steinberg, included a Hav-
dallah service led by United
Synagogue Youth [USY] members
from all three of the area's Conserv-
ative congregations, as well as a
community learning session.
Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the
Hebrew month of Av, marking the
destruction of Jerusalem's First
Temple in 586 B.C.E. and the Second
Temple in 70 C.E., is a day to mourn
not only those losses, but other
tragedies throughout Jewish history.
Rabbi Gershon opened the ser-
vices by bringing to light the
significance of the holiday and
stressing the impact of Jews being
expelled from Jerusalem by the
Romans. "It was the destruction of
an entire culture, a people and their
way of life. When you put it in that
perspective, it's not a quaint holiday
far removed from us, but a powerful
day of mourning."
"We embraced the destruction of
the Temples instead of turning in
the towel.. .it was an opportunity to
redefine Judaism," said Rabbi
Raskin. The idea that we could sur-
vive in spite of such a cataclysm
shows the story's not over, which is
should give us hope for all time."
Rabbi Weinberg told the worship-
pers who joined on the floor in prayer,
"It gives us strength to know that each
of us is here for each other, because
there is indeed strength in numbers."
According to Rabbi Steinberg, Tisha
B'av, which shares with Yom Kippur
the denial of food and light, and con-
sidered the "saddest day of the Jewish
year," tends to be a neglected holiday
because it falls during the summer
when religious schools aren't in session.
"I think it's a shame, because it's
part of the spiritual cycle of Jewish
observance — spirituality in Judaism
is contained in the relationship
between other Jews turning together
in solace," says Steinberg. "In spite of
the challenges, we must continue to
reaffirm our communal connected-
ness. . .you can't be a Jew alone."
Steinberg said the Jewish day
school was a logical place to hold the
services, initiated by Rabbi Raskin,
because it is shared by everyone in
the Conservative community, with
this event launching a future of
shared programming between the
It's a hard but
On eve of departure,
Ravia Zadok reflects
By Sharon Wisch Ray
Consul General Yael Ravia Zadok
will be working up until the last
minute as she departs the post she's
held for the last three years and
heads back to Jerusalem with her
family for her next assignment. "I
have packed already, but it's very
busy here on the eve of disengage-
ment," she told the TJP last week.
The consulate has been holding
briefings and publishing numerous
opinion pieces in newspapers
throughout the state over the last
The Consul General acknowl-
edges that the pictures that are likely
to come out of Israel this week
won't be easy to watch.
"Disengagement is a hard but
important step that must be com-
pleted, creating a new chapter of
peace. Though it's hard and painful
for those who've lived there, it's nec-
essary. It will be a lot of work to
support families in their new com-
munities and to work on the unity
of our country [in the aftermath],"
There are approximately 1,700
families, some 8,000 people that will
begin to relocate. More than
expected had already begun to
move in advance of the disengage-
ment process reported the Consul
General last Friday, who says that
the "residents will make a choice of
where they'll move." She expects
that those who've been involved
with agriculture industries are likely
to remain in the Negev. Some will
choose a temporary situation, while
others have a more definite idea of
where they want to go and will
move more permanently.
It is estimated that some 50,000
Israelis will participate in the disen-
gagement, between police, military
see RAVIA ZADOK p. 21
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