Morton Klein, the longtime president of the Zionist Organization of America, tells of a banquet sponsored by a major Jewish organization that he attended several years ago. In a room filled with crowded tables of Jewish dignitaries from this country and Israel, he spotted a lone figure.
Ariel Sharon, one of those great Israeli lives that was “present at the creation,” somehow has outlived himself, broken but breathing long after predictions otherwise, not unlike his years in the army and in politics.
Michele Chabin |
Jerusalem – The news this week that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 85, was near death sparked accolades and criticism, as well as speculation over what path he might have taken had he remained healthy. Sharon died on Saturday at 85.
Incapacitated by a massive stroke eight years ago that forced him out of office as prime minister and left him in a coma, Sharon was a complex man renowned for his personal bravery and bull-headedness, but also the ability to dramatically change course when he felt it was in Israel’s best interests.
Israeli government money was transferred for the first time to the Reform Movement in Israel to pay the salaries of four community Reform rabbis.
The transfer of the more than $86,000 on Wednesday comes 18 months after Israel’s Supreme Court approved an arrangement to enable non-Orthodox rabbis who lead congregations to receive state salaries like their Orthodox counterparts.