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Friday, June 12, 2015

Jewish/Israeli Pride--Michael Douglas & Orange

For the longest time, I've begged (on my blogs) the Israeli Government, official and media to act outrageously insulted and demand suitable compensation or else against those who treat Israel badly. That includes offenses like Turkey's sending the flotilla of weapons to support Gazan arab terrorists against us, or the countries led by the USA that refuse to recognize Jerusalem as our Capital City and everything inbetween.

So I was completely overjoyed when the new Netanyahu, Likud Government actually exhibited outrage at the anti-Israel comments of the head of Orange recently. And just like I've always said, "if you act strong people will respect you," the Orange company head is in Israel to apologize and smoothe things over.
Orange chief executive Stephane Richard, whose remarks about ending a licensing deal have caused anger in Israel, will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday during a visit to the country, a company spokeswoman said.
"Richard declared that he is happy to have a chance to clarify Orange Group commitment to Israel," spokeswoman Nilly Richman said in a statement, adding that the CEO also planned to meet Israel's former head of state Shimon Peres.
After arriving in Israel on Thursday, he visited Tel Aviv-based Orange Fab, an accelerator program for Israeli high-tech start-ups that was purchased by Orange.
Israel protested to France after Richard said last week that he would terminate a licensing arrangement with Israel's Partner Communications "tomorrow morning" if the contracts allowed. Orange is 25 percent owned by the French government. (Reuters)

We're always getting bullied, because we kowtow in response instead of hitting back. Today there is a lot of emphasis in child-raising in how to teach your children not to be a victim. International Relations and diplomacy work the same way. Israel's being "nice" about being insulted and trying to placate the bullies only increases the diplomatic offensive against Israel.

More about Jewish pride...
Kirk, Michael and Dylan Douglas  
In an interesting twist, two generations after Issur Danielovitch aka Kirk Douglas married the non-Jewish Diana, his grandson Dylan, son of Michael and the non-Jew Catherine Zeta Jones, is strongly identifying as a Jew. At his request he even had a Bar Mitzvah of sorts.

A few decades ago, it would be unheard of for a family with Jewish roots, but non-Jewish according to Jewish Law, to come out so publicly and proudly as Jewish.
“I have no formal religious background,” he said. “So this came as a surprise to some degree.”
His son, intrigued by his many Jewish friends who were going through the process of studying for their bar mitzva, spent many Saturdays observing what they learned in Hebrew school. After several months, “he came to me and his mom and said, ‘Mom, dad, I want to have a bar mitzva.’” 
“’When I go to their houses on Friday night, we light the candles, I feel something. When I go there and listen to them talk, my soul feels something,’” Dylan told his father.
“I said, ‘That’s fantastic,’” Douglas recalled, the pride for his son clearly evident in his voice. (Jerusalem Post)
I certainly can't predict of this strong Jewish identity will last in young Dylan, if it will fade away or he'll get more involved or even convert. At the same time, I wonder about the non-Jews in my extended family. Will any of them try to return to their Jewish roots? 

At the book launch for Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's latest book, he and Caroline Glick discussed the situation of families like that of the Douglases. Chazal gives a different status to non-Jews of paternal Jewish roots versus non-Jews without any genealogical Jewish history. According to Riskin, potential converts of paternal Jewish lines,  zera yisrael, Jewish Seed, are supposed to be welcomed to conversion proceedings (education) and not given the usual series of refusals.

Now I must return to the kitchen and prepare for Shabbat...

May Israel's leaders lead with strong confident Jewish Values, fearing only G-d Almighty, and may all Jews and also those of Jewish roots return to Our Jewish People and Jewish Land, Torah and Mitzvot.

Shabbat Shalom uMevorach!
May You Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat!


Anonymous said...

Believe those of paternal Jewish heritage (Jewish fathers) AND have a yearning for their Jewish roots probably have Jewish 'souls' and will most likely eventually convert. Too bad there are so many of these mixed marriages, but most of them are lost already to our people. Jewish education from early youth is the answer to this epidemic.

Batya Medad said...

Conversion, Torah/Orthodox isn't easy.