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No More Labels

No More Labels

There were no "Charedim" (orthodox Jews) who died in Sbarro.


And not one "Chiloni" (secular Jew) lost a limb, not in Sbarro.

There were no babies of "modern orthodox" parents mangled, and silenced in Sbarro.

No "Dati Leumi" (national religious) families buried and mourn their children, not after Sbarro.

There were no "Americans" sliced to pieces by flying nails in Sbarro.

Ten-year-old Yocheved of blessed memory wasn't "French." Nor is Miriam her sister who fights for her life. After Sbarro.

Not one "Dutchman" was laid to rest on Har HaMenuchot. Not Motty, nor his wife, nor any of their three children. The day after Sbarro.

There were no "Baalei Teshuva" (returnees to Judaism) who died in Sbarro. No FFB's ("frum from birth"), and no one struggling with Judaism.

No diehard pluralists, no doves, no hawks.

No one from the left, nor the right.

Not in Sbarro.

There were no "Sephardim" sprayed with tiny bits of shattered glass in Sbarro.

No "Ashkenazim" groped for their missing legs.

There wasn't even one teenage girl "from Australia" shattered beyond recognition in Sbarro. And the friend buried next to her was not an "Israeli."

There were no Israelis killed in Sbarro. None were even hurt.

Only Jews.

Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf lives in Baltimore. Two hours after hearing about the Sbarro bombing, he was on a plane headed for Jerusalem, where he spent the next week consoling mourners that he didn't know, and taking late-night shifts at the hospital saying Psalms for wounded that he didn't know.

September 1, 2001

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Visitor Comments: 17

(17) Anonymous, June 8, 2004 12:00 AM

Only People

Only people were killed in Sbarro.

(16) Anonymous, September 8, 2001 12:00 AM

I agree completely. I've heard people talking about how we have to be more modest or make more brachot in response to the situation now in eretz yisroel, but the message I keep feeling that is being sent to us is to reach out to all other Jews regardless of their cultural
background or level of religious observance. Maybe that is a precondition
for the savior we are all waiting for.

(15) Anonymous, September 7, 2001 12:00 AM

Kol Ahacavod

If only Everyone read this. The visit comment frommjaronson says it all beautifully.

(14) Ann Cesarek, September 7, 2001 12:00 AM

I am not an Israeli, I am not a Jew, I am a Christian. Without the Jew, I would not have God, or faith or belief or hope. I was born in l939. When I was a child, my father told me of the attrocities that were being carried out by Hitler's men. I was very afraid. I prayed every night that these terrible things would stop, that God would put a stop to them or that these people would realize their leader was Evil and would rise up against him. I thought these people were ignorant not to see that he was lying to them. Today, the Israeli people have their own homeland, it was given to them centuries ago by a Kind and Loving and Forgiving God. He brought them back from all the Nations. They will never again be without their own land. They must call on Him to protect them. They must ask for Wisdom and Courage and He will answer. God promised that He would bring them back to their own land after dispersing them and this He has done. Once again, the Evil One is trying to drive them away and destroy them, but God will not allow this to happen. Have faith in the God of Israel, He is in control. If you will cry out and seek His face, He promises to answer. I ask everyone to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

(13) , September 6, 2001 12:00 AM

When will our rabbis speak out with this message?

Rabbi Apisdorf's article is right on the mark. With all due resect, when will we start to hear a greater call for unity from our gedolim/rabbis during these troubled times? Instead of attributing our troubles today here in the land of Israel to the same thing which caused our Temple to be destroyed 1,900 years ago, we either hear nothing or the same party lines, ie - that the cause of our anguish is the lack of Mitzvah observance amongst the non-religious segments of the population. While Mitzvah observance is no doubt central to being a Jew, and the Torah even admonishes us that if we do not keep the commandments, we will be punished accordingly, our ancient sources clearly demonstrate the centrality of unity - that the Jews being united is a prerequisite for the coming of the Messiah. No one seems to get this nowadays. Perhaps if we religious Jews reached out to our non-religious bretheren "b'ahava", with love, instead of trying to ram Judaism down their throats, they would begin to see the beauty and meaningfulness in our heritage, and would then be more open to returning to their faith. Instead, no one has any tolerance for anyone who is different than they are. It has been said that no one has ever become religious through coercion. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET IT, FOLKS? IT'S TIME TO STOP THE PETTY BICKERING AND LABELING AND START LOVING OUR FELLOW JEWS! Then, G-d will surely redeem us from our troubles.

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