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Sammy had a past, as they said in his new country. His past was the slaughterhouse of Europe. But that was behind him – in a time, in a place, banned to even his imagination.
And here in America the dead were where they belonged – in graveyards or neat cemeteries. Not in the streets like in the Lodz ghetto or piled up beside the barracks in the camp.
Here there were no executioners, only the predators of disease and old age.
Neither threatened Sammy Green (so much more of an American name than Shmuel Gruzenkywitz). He was well and he had a job that provided all the food he could eat and an apartment with three rooms in a large red brick building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
The newcomer was surrounded by non-Jewish neighbors. So unlike the ghetto in Lodz. But they were friendly folk who after a few weeks of cautious inspection of their new neighbor and his alien appearance warmed to his loneliness.
It was mid-November and they talked of the great American holiday, Thanksgiving.
“We give thanks,” said Chuck Heffernan from next door. “Thanksgiving – you know, giving thanks.”
“Yes, but for what?” asked Sammy.
“For life, I guess. The Pilgrims, you know, started it. They were celebrating their harvest and the fact that most of them were still alive. They ate turkey and maybe they said prayers. You can find out all about it over at the branch library on State Street. Look it up in the encyclopedia.”
They stood in the hall and talked. Chuck’s wife, Jean, joined them and proudly described her traditional holiday menu for the newcomer. Turkey and trimmings.
Thanksgiving. Thanks Giving. Sammy knew about that. As an observant Jew, did he not give thanks before and after every meal? And did he not declare his thanks every morning and night for the divinely engineered body that was the temporary receptacle of his immortal soul?
Sammy, the Jew from Lodz, knew how to give thanks. It was his ethnic specialty, you might say.
He would conduct a Thanksgiving ceremony with tallis and kippah, in his apartment like his American neighbors. That’s the way they did it in America. He would recite the Kaddish for the infinite emptiness of the chair that faced him at the other end of the table. And he, like those survivors of the New England winter of 1690, would celebrate life.
Life is for the living. The dead have no need of shoes, they said in the camp. And the living no need for tears, thought Sammy.
So, Erev Thanksgiving Sammy walked to the kosher butcher and came home with a ten-pound turkey and two sacks of trimmings. His neighbors greeted him in the hall. Chuck, next door, invited him in for a beer. One beer turned into two and then three. Sammy, uncontrollably, talked about that which he had never talked about before.
The pivotal holiday. The need to grasp his new world by letting loose of the old with a proper farewell – as quarreling lovers say goodbye – that’s what loosened his tongue. There in the kitchen, the survivor from Hell here on earth gave his neighbors a lesson in European history and current events that newsreels, magazines, and newspapers only pictured in grainy, blurred print.
Sitting around the table, they listened on the night before Thanksgiving. Life and death, two wrestlers, flickered in the shadows of the Heffernans’ kitchen.
Sammy told of his rescue by Patton’s 2nd Division, then took a deep breath as though to cleanse himself. “Now you know,” he said with a wan smile, “why I’m going to have the best Thanksgiving in the building.”
Sammy’s story traveled through the 106-unit apartment building with the speed of a lottery win. The survivor was not alone in experiencing his first Thanksgiving. Now that they knew about Sammy, a hundred American families in Philadelphia had their first real Thanksgiving.Ted Roberts
President Barack Obama has connected the dots in his unique way again, this time comparing the 17th century pilgrims on the Mayflower with Syrian refugees.
He used his weekly speech on Wednesday to make another pitch to Americans to embrace 10,000 Syrian refugees, and said:
Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance.
So far, 30 governors have said their states will not cooperate with the federal program, but President Obama is undaunted.
Adopting time-tested legends for political purposes has become one of President Obama’s favorite hobbies, after golf.
His use of the Thanksgiving appeal to compare refugees with pilgrims parallels his constant refrain that Palestinian Authority Arabs are just like the Jews who fled slavery from Egypt to enter the Promised Land.
President Obama’s understanding of the message of Thanksgiving is far different from that of Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who stated in his holiday message:
When we think back to that first Thanksgiving in 1621, and all that the Pilgrims endured, only half surviving the first brutal winter, we remember sacrifice upon which this land was built – and the sacrifice that continues to keep us free and safe….
In the struggle for independence, the brave motley group of soldiers defeated the greatest military force in the world. In the battle against slavery, the bloodshed to purge this people from our original sin. In the World Wars, the thousands who fought in the trenches and scaled the cliffs of Normandy to save the American idea…..
We are grateful for all those who have gone before us and for those who continue to serve: for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who courageously defend our freedom…..And remembering to give thanks to God:
Below is President Obama’s Thanksgiving sermon.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Some 200 Lone Soldiers and new Olim from North America will gather Thursday at the Beit HaChayal in Tel Aviv for a special Thanksgiving dinner catered by chef Idan Ianovici, a former Lone Soldier from New York and owner and Vici Deli in Raanana.
The Thanksgiving dinner aims to allow young immigrants without family in Israel to celebrate the traditional holiday – with some Israeli twists.
“Thanksgiving is a very family-oriented holiday,” said Marc Rosenberg, Director of Pre Aliyah at Nefesh B’Nefesh. “We wanted to give new Olim who arrived alone, including Lone Soldiers, the opportunity to celebrate this American holiday with other Anglo Olim here in Tel Aviv.”
Guests will enjoy roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and other traditional Thanksgiving fare, as well as Israeli desserts.
“When I was a Lone Soldier, I celebrated Thanksgiving with only a few friends,” said Ianovici, who served in the IDF’s Armored Corps and has worked at restaurants in New York and Israel since he was 16. “I’m so happy to be able to help give these young Olim the opportunity to experience a proper Thanksgiving in Israel.”Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
The “Syrian Electronic Army,” which supports Syrian President Bassar al-Assad, hacked the websites of The New York Daily News, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., three major British newspapers and Walmart Canada Thursday.
The “Thanksgiving gift,” even though the holiday is strictly American, was “received” by many people who surfed their websites. They found a message stating, “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)” and were redirected to a page showing the image of an eagle bearing the Syrian flag and a message in Arabic.
The hackers tweeted, C
Walmart said the attack did not expose customer data or compromise its systems, and CBC said the hackers did not access its systems.
The Syrian Electronic Army apparently did not hack the sites directly but attacked through a Twitter account linked with the Syrian hackers posted an image that appeared to show it accessed an account of the Gigya company that helps businesses identify visitors to their websites, such as the professional football, hockey and basketball leagues and the largest electronic media sites in the United States.
Gigya said it has returned to normal operations and that no one was compromised.
The London Daily Telegraph reported on its Twitter account, “A part of our website run by a third-party was compromised earlier today,” The Telegraph said via its Twitter account. “We’ve removed the component. No Telegraph user data was affected.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
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Israel and Israelis have been blaming everyone from Shimon Peres to President Barack Obama and even Jonathan Pollard himself for the American government’s refusal to free him from prison, but the real reason is American Pride that sits deep in the gut of the United States .
It is easy, and perhaps partly correct, to cry “anti-Semitism,” but that does not explain why most of the American Jewish establishment has not been campaigning for his release.
Pollard was sentenced to life for handing over secret documents for Israel, a crime that usually is punishable by two to four years in jail.
He has languished in jail, except when he was taken to the hospital for medical emergencies. He was not even allowed to go the funeral of his parents.
Pollard was accused of but never was convicted of “spying,” but American media to this day still report he “spied” on the United States.
Pollard is different from others who have been caught in the act of espionage,
He is an American. He was born in the United States. He is not an immigrant.
That is what hurts Americans.
Whatever damage he did to American security, if any at all, Americans suffered far more pain in its pride, a characteristic that Israel cannot understand because it takes on a different form in the Jewish state.
The United States always has been proud of itself, and it had good reason to be when it was the leader of the world, economically, culturally, morally and financially.
“When willful wickedness comes, then comes disgrace, but with the modest is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2.
Israel is proud in the positive sense of the word – affiliation and association with its raison d’tre and the feeling that every Jew belongs to the same tribe.
Israel is known for its divisiveness, but that is the root of its strength. Jewish thought never would have developed and flourished if rabbis had not argued over minute points, discussions that are written in the Talmud.
The deep divisions in Israeli society disappear in the time of need, such as when virtually the entire country recited Psalms for the well-being of Nachshon Waxman, the soldier who was kidnapped by Arab terrorists and eventually killed in a botched rescue effort by the IDF.
Israel, from left to right, was bound together when three yeshiva youth were kidnapped by Hamas murderers last June, and the entire country, from left to right with the exception of a few zanies, walked hand in hand during the Hamas war following the kidnap-murders.
On the other hand, America was supposed to be a melting pot that has turned out to be a collection of different religions, ethnicities and races, like any other country whose only common bind is that they leave in the same country.
Except for eating a turkey on Thanksgiving, the melting pot is more like a strange and totally coincidental mosaic
Mom, flag and apple-pie no longer represent America’s manufactured pride. ”Mom” doesn’t mean much in a society that not only accepts but also encourages homosexuality; “God” has a hard time in a society that goes out of its way to keep religion in the home. As for apple pie, there is only so much that one can eat.
So when an American, a born and bred American, is reported to be a “spy,” it punctures the illusion that the United States is pure, a country of patriots without knowing exactly to what.
The same false pride that keeps the Obama administration acting as if it is the power broker that can make peace in the Middle East, put Russia in its place and turns Africa into a continent of democracies, also keep Pollard behind bars.
And think of Pollard while you are eating turkey.