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January 05, 1990 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-05

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has spiritual amnesia. If the
mayor of West Berlin is cap-
able of denying the past that
brazenly, then all of us have
to feel uneasy. For if memory
is obliterated, if reality is
denied, if the past is de-
stroyed, can the future really
be safe?
The mayor made us fear
that there are those who want
to begin the future by deny-
ing the past. Because of him,
our rejoicing could not be
complete.
The most humane act of the
year was done by the family
of Zev Traum in Israel. I real-
ly wish that I knew why, this
story did not make the front
pages of every newspaper in
the world. It is a story of such
moral grandeur and I have
taken it to my heart, and it
has brought me much solace
and strength.
Zev Traum was a young
Israeli, born in Israel, raised
in the United States, who in-
sisted on going back to Israel
with his wife so that he could
serve in the army. He was
killed while on guard duty,
killed in a senseless, inex-
cusable, unfortunate act of
murder that leaves in its
wake a terrible sadness.
What a waste of a human be-
ing his death was.
But with wholehearted per-
mission and approval of his
wife and family, the doctors at
Hadassah Hospital arranged
a transplant, and the heart of
Zev Traum went into the body
of an Arab, and that
transplant saved the man's
life.
There was an uproar in
Israel afterwards. Some peo-
ple complained that the heart
of a soldier who had died in
an act of terrorism should not
be given to an Arab. They
were especially upset because
just a few days before there
had been a reverse situation,
and an Arab family had re-
fused to allow the heart of
their dead son to be given to
a Jew.
"Why should there be such
a dual standard?" people
cried. I know why. I can only
pray that, for as long as there
may be such behavior on their
side, that there be a double
standard on our side, a stand-
ard to which we, at least, will
hold ourselves accountable.
The story of what happened
to Zev Traum's heart is, for
me, one of the noblest stories
of the year. It tells me that,
with all the provacations,
with all the pressures, Israel
has not yet sunk to the level
of some of its enemies. It tells
me, more effectively and more
eloquently than all the
Zionest speeches, what the
Jewish state and what the
Jewish people are all about.

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