American immigrant Dr. Yitz Glick was the last Israeli to leave Sultan Yakub. That Lebanese battle took the lives of some of his closest friends and left the fate of others still undetermined, nearly 30 years later. His wartime experience strengthened his faith and connection to Israel, and led to his decision to be a physician and spend his life saving the lives of others. Dr. Glick's specialization in emergency medicine was facilitated by Dr. David Appelbaum, himself a pioneer in Israeli Emergency Medicine. So when a terrorist blew up Jerusalem's Cafe Hillel in September 2003, it was Yitz who arrived on the scene, and Yitz who identified the bodies of David and his
daughter, Nava, on the eve of her wedding. Some people make a difference, and others change their world.
Aussie Arnold and New York born Frimet Roth wanted nothing more than to raise their 7 children in Israel. The terror bombing of Sbarro's restaurant in August 2001 murdered their 15 year old daughter Malki and many others, among over 1,500 killed and many thousands wounded in the Oslo Terror War that ushered in Israel's 21st century. What have they done in the decade since then to honor her memory and continue her way? Where are we all in the understanding of terror and its victims and their never-ending pain? For more information on Malki Roth visit http://www.kerenmalki.org.
In a post bin Laden world we still have much to do to eradicate evil. This week, between Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day for Soldiers and Victims of Terror, and Independence Day, Israelis are well aware of that evil, it's incessant attacks, the price we continue to pay and the appreciation for the means and necessity to defend
ourselves. We choose life, as the Torah commands, and perhaps that is the best revenge of all. Perhaps.