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the region, and attacked Israel
the day it was declared a state.
During the War of Indepen-
dence, Jordan took control of
Judea and Samaria and annexed
the territory, calling it "the West
Bank" (ofJordan). For 20 years,
Jordan retained control of the ter-
ritory, populating the area with
refugee camps and maintaining
control of some of Judaism's most
"This is going to
pressure on Syria to
open the door to
sacred sites, including the
Israel, in the 1967 war, con-
quered and took back Judea and
Samaria, including Jerusalem,
Jericho, Bethlehem and Hebron.
Since then, King Hussein has
said the territory is Arab, despite
the fact that the land has never
been a formal part of the
Jordanian kingdom. ❑
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watched his popularity soar af-
ter playing host to Mr. Rabin and
Yasir Arafat and their famous
handshake, will work hard to see
that the talks are successful. It
could mean a major boost in his
public approval rating.
The latest rounds of negotia-
tions between Middle East par-
ties raises the question of
whether Syria — one of Israel's
most bitter enemies — will be the
next to meet in direct, one-on-one
talks with the Jewish state. Mr.
Rubner says it may well happen.
Syria is one of the few Arab
countries not actively talking
to Israel, he noted. "This is going
to put additional pressure on
Syria to open the door to future
While Israel and Jordan last
fall agreed to a broad framework
for a peace accord and have met
privately on several occasions,
King Hussein postponed further
talks, reportedly to allow time
for Syria to pursue its negotia-
A key issue in further talks be-
tween Israel and Jordan is cer-
tain to be land.
The 1947 United Nations
Partition Plan placed much of
Judea and Samaria, the West
Bank, under Arab sovereignty.
But the Arabs rejected the en-
tire idea of a Jewish presence in
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I read with great wonder Phil Ja-
cobs' article: "What's Behind Rab-
bi's Touch" (July 8). The issue of
how a rabbi (or any male) should
protect himself from accusations
of sexual indiscretion is not a
modern dilemma. For thousands
of years our Halachot — laws —
ofNegiyah (touching) and Tzniyut
(modesty) have protected both
men and women not only from
sexual accusations but from both
indiscretions and crimes.
In modern enlightened world,
these Halachot are unpopular.
Many feel that men can relate to
women in a platonic and carefree
manner without any hint of sex-
ual sentiment or behavior. Recent
articles and criminal proceedings
suggest that this is just not true.
The remedy: not hugging, not
touching and during interviews,
leaving one's office door open,
have been the Jewish standard
for thousands of years.
But greater than the error of a
failed Jewish lifestyle is the of-
fense of intentionally negating a
Jewish solution. Rabbi Arthur
Gross-Schaefer's attempt at
"...putting together educational
materials in the area of rabbini-
cal sexual boundary violations"
for the training of Reform rabbis
is very noble. But to be "...bor-
rowing from Catholic and Luther-
an traditions because Jewish
institutions lag far behind in rec-
ognizing this problem" is pur-
posefully negating Jewish law,
Jewish ethics and Jewish values
in place of an alien culture.
To develop a Jewish system of
values drawn from non-Jewish
sources brings us right back to the
initial problem: what value do we
really place on Judaism?
A review of appropriate texts
of Rambam and Shulchan Aruch
is called for. It's time Jews focused
in on Judaism even if a change in
behavior is called for.
Rabbi Yosil Rosenzweig
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