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the real pain that is burning in our
midst.
When an attack happens, in the
heat of the moment we frantically
check to see if someone we know
has been hurt or killed. And then, if
we find out that "our friends and
family are safe," we sigh a deep sigh
of relief, grunt and grumble about
the latest tragic event and then, we
continue with our robotic motions
and go on with our lives.
We have not lost our minds, my
friends. We have lost our hearts.,
And that is why we keep on losing
our lives.
When I left shul; my friend said
to me with tears dripping from his
bloodshot eyes: "I heard once that
the Torah teaches that for every tear
that drops from our eyes, another
drop of blood is saved."
We are living in a time of absolute
madness. It is obvious what is going
on around us and yet, we detach
ourselves and keep running on auto-
matic in our daily lives.
Last night, when it was only 10
people who were known killed and
just 200 injured, even MSNBC.com
referred to the triple terror attack as
a "slaughter." (More tragedy,4t turns
out, awaited us a few hours later.) 1
And yet, we are not crying.
I know a woman who lost sensi-
tivity in her fingers. When she
approaches fire, she doesn't feel the
pain. That puts her in a very dan-
gerous position because she might
be unaware she is burning herself.
If we are being hurt and we don't
feel it, then we are in a very risky
position. A devastating three-

pronged suicide attack on Jerusalem's
most popular thoroughfare should
evoke a cry of pain and suffering
from all of us, should it not? Unless,
of course, we have lost our senses.
And if we have lost our senses,
then what hope is there?
When our enemies pound us and
we don't react because we no longer
feel the pain, we are truly in a dan-
gerous and precarious position in the
battle and struggle to survive.
Perhaps, my friends, we are being
foolish to really believe that the
nations of the world should be upset
about the continuous murder and
slaughter of Jews — if we ourselves
are not crying about it. Am I my
brother's keeper?
The most effective way for us to
stop the carnage in our midst is to
wake up and to react to it from our
hearts. How can we DEMAND that
the Creator stop the tragedy when
most of us react like robots when
tragedy strikes?
If WE don't cry about what is
happening around us, who will?
If YOU don't cry about what is
happening around us, who will?
If I don't cry about what is hap-
pening to us, who will?
Maybe our salvation from this
horrific mess will come only after
WE tune into our emotions and cry
and scream about it.
As King Solomon said, "There is a
time for everything under the sun."
Now is the time for crying.
May He protect each and every
one of us from our enemies so that
we will not have to cry in the
future. ❑

Israel insight

THE ISSUE

BEHIND THE ISSUE

Palestinian inaction on fighting
terrorists has stalled the Middle
East road-map peace plan, which
relies on both Israel and the
Palestinians to take .simultaneous
steps toward reducing tensions
and returning to negotiations.
This may be just the right
moment for other Arab states that
promised President Bush their
support for his policies during
last June's Sharm 'El Sheikh sum-
mit to "step up to the plate."

Several Middle Eastern nations
have been making diplomatic
moves lately. The Saudis are
reportedly developing a compre-
hensive peace proposal, to be
announced shortly, which would
end the state of conflict between
the Arab world and Israel. The
Turkish government has offered
to mediate between Israel and
Syria and between Israel and the
Palestinians. And Egypt continues
to work to bring about a cease-
fire by Palestinian terrorist organ-
izations.

— Allan Gale, Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan Detroit

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