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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-10-17

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"One of the most popular forms of
music is klezmer," Rabbi Wine said.
"There is a band, dressed up like old
Jews from the shtetl — not one is
Jewish."
"Do we have to die in order to be
loved?" he said.
Southwest of Vilna, a field of a thou-
sand misshapen stones forms a stark
memorial to the Holocaust. Each stone
has the name of a shred whose residents
were unloaded from the cattle cars in
that barren place, shot and left to die.
Before the HolOcaust, Vilna had
boasted dozens of synagogues on the
city's west side. Only one remains. A
plaque memorializes the site where the
Gaon of Vilna, the sage who embodied
the glory of Lithuanian Jewish erudi-
tion, built his synagogue in the 18th
century. On the plot of land today is a
restaurant.
"When I visited Vilna, when I visited
Bialystok, I had no Ashkenazic nation
to look at," Rabbi Wine said from B'nai
Moshe bimah. "When I stand here, I'm
looking at the faces of the people of
Ashkenaz.
"We are the living survivors of that
nation. We are a sign that there's not
only a past; there's a future." ❑

Israel Insimfatt

THE ISSUE

There are reports of much upheaval
in the Palestinian Authority in
recent weeks, including the resigna-
tion of a prime minister, the threat-
ened resignation of his successor
and an unconfirmed diagnosis of
terminal illness for Yasser Arafat.
What role Israel takes as all of this
plays out may be key to the peace
process.

SEED THE ISSUE

If the Palestinian Authority remains
weak and divided, and Yasser Arafat
becomes incapacitated or dies, the
terrorist organizations may try to
seize control, perhaps leading to a
civil war. Just as in 1970 in Jordan,
when Israel saved King Hussein's
regime from a civil war situation
and an Arafat-Syria coalition, Israel
may seek to act. This time, thou
in support of Palestinian moderates.

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tus of Hebrew University in
Jerusalem,
where he
taught for
40 years.
Bauer
also said
the Romans
never exiled
the Jews
from
Palestine,
except for
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Bauer
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Jewish
slaves they
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He knows his views on Jewish
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