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from page 41

bling story, but God is testing
Abraham to see if he is worthy of
becoming the father of the Jewish peo-
ple. How does he act in moments of
crisis? Can he be trusted? Will he keep
his word?
We ask the same questions of those
who want to lead us.
In a sense, the fall season, from the
High Holidays through the November
election, is about making critical
choices and assessing the qualities of
others and ourselves. The decisions we
make when we cast our votes may
determine who shall live and who shall
die, just as tradition tells us that on
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we
are judged on high in the same way.
Whether we take that image literally
— being inscribed in the Book of Life
— or more figuratively, seeking to
improve ourselves in our relationships
with others and in our own ethical
behavior, we are seeking a renewal, a
chance to shed old habits and shame-
ful behavior and begin again.
It's a human need to feel that we are
moving forward — that we are not
forever saddled by past missteps and
mistakes. It's true of presidential can-
didates as it is of each of us.
Days of decision, be they heavenly
or in the voting booth, give us that
chance for rekindling and repair.
Let's hope we have the wisdom to
determine how best to assess the quali-
ties and characteristics of the men who
would lead us and struggle successfully
with our own weaknesses and that the
new year is one that brings us closer to
the path of peace. 1

Israel Insight

THE ISSUE
Divisions in Israeli society over
Prime Minister Sharon's planned
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and
parts of the northern West Bank are
testing Israel's democracy.
Fortunately, democratic structures
may help to resolve the tensions.

BEHIND TILE ISSUE
Tens of thousands of Israelis have
used Israel's democratic protections
to peacefully demonstrate for or
against the withdrawal plans. Israel's
governing coalition may change as
ministers take sides. Israel's internal
security forces will guard against
civil strife. A majority may choose
the nation's direction in a proposed
democratic plebiscite.
— Allan Gale, Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan Detroit

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