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1985-1986 Rothberg Yearbook

Thanks so much...

Thanks so much... EDITORS Jim Bramson Dean Mendel Burt Rosen Adam Wergeles ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrew Lund EDITORIAL STAFF Lisa Baumel David Berger Linda Brotman Barbara Davidson Barry Diner Noah Dropkin Geri Garfinkel Melanie Green Lisa Rauchwerger Jennifer Shecter Stu Welkovich Heidi Woolf Editorial As the 1985-86 One Year Program winds to an end, our thoughts turn to both days gone by and days to follow. Jerusalem already transforms into a series of vivid memories and recollections. Upon returning to our respective homes, these recollections will solidify into remembrances that will forever exist to remind us of our year in Israel. We all came here for varied reasons: to express Zionist inclinations, to gain an appreciation of Judaism, to study the Middle East, and to learn Talmud are only a few of the reasons that brought us to this holy land. But whatever the motivation certain things will always stick out in our minds. For some of us, it will be the nuisance of ulpan and shikunei Haelef; for others it will be the 8:00 bombs the morning of the ulpan final; still for others, this year will be equated with parental admonitions brought on by a seeming endless wave of terrorism. But there’s still much more. Sharansky’s release, Tunisia, Syrian threats, Tripoli, the continued plight of Soviet and Syrian Jewry, and the “regular” attendance to classes at Goldsmith. As different as all these factors may appear, they are all related by one central idea, and this brings us to the theme of the yearbook: Freedom. Freedom, a concept that exists as the root of nearly all struggles, transcends all that we know and experience. When Israel strikes out at Tunisia it strikes out to protect the freedom of Israelis and Jews all over the world. When the Soviet Union released Anatoly Sharansky from behind the Iron Curtain, this not only signified the release of an oppressed Jew, but it also symbolized the victory of freedom over tyranny. When students picketed the embassies seeking international support for Soviet Jewry, this marked the ongoing battle for freedom. Finally, when we get up in the mornings and decide to forego the pleasures of classes we too are declaring our freedom, by exercising the precious right of controlling our own destinies. For Jews the acquisition of freedom in the State of Israel has a particularly sweet taste. But in fact the creation of the State of Israel exists as as triumph of mankind over the forces of injustice. Thus when looking over this year we decided that the recurrent and prevalent theme of freedom and all of its significance must lie as the focus of this yearbook.