Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Winner!

Let's just drop politics for a few minutes and enjoy the fact that Israeli, Yosef Cedar's film won the very prestigious Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay for his film, Footnote.

Cedar is not just any Israeli, he's religious, שומר שבת shomer Shabbat, a Sabbath observer.  (His family went to the same synagogue we did in Bayit V'Gan, Jerusalem.)

As important as the Cannes Film Festival is for his career, profession, he made them wait until after Shabbat was over to screen his movie.  And he didn't leave his hotel until after Shabbat had ended.  International cinema big shots were understanding and supportive.  They respect people who respect themselves.
Nu, that line can't be ignored.  I wasn't going to write "politics," but I have no doubt that if Israel was to be run by politicians who are honest, consistent and firm in the priority that Israel's security and historic rights are all we care about, the pressure would ease and disappear.  Our "leaders" invite the pressure by reacting to it, trying to compromise and "be nice."

Most important right now is a hearty and sincere MAZAL TOV to Yosef Cedar, his family and those who helped him produce Footnote.

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