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January 21, 2003

"Hivenu Ilan Aleichem"

Someone lamented the other day about rarely posting something positive. How about the fact that before our very eyes we are witnessing the coming-out-party of a genuine hero in Ilan Ramon. Not only are his accomplishments impressive beyond belief, but everything that comes out of his mouth seems to perfectly articulate everything that is great about Israel.

"Especially because of my background, which is kind of a symbol of a lot of other Israelis' background. My mother is a Holocaust survivor. She was in Auschwitz. My father fought for the independence of Israel, not so long ago. I was born in Israel and I'm kind of the proof for them, and for the whole Israeli people, that whatever we fought for and we've been going through in the last century (or maybe in the last two thousand years), is becoming true."

Ramon displayed the wallet-sized Torah which he gingerly took out of a plastic bag and said it symbolizes "more than anything the ability of the Jewish people to survive everything, including horrible periods, and go from the darkest days to days of hope and faith in the future...It is a small Torah scroll that 60 years ago a little boy in Bergen-Belsen received from the rabbi of Amsterdam. The rabbi taught him from it for his bar mitzva. That 13-year-old boy read the weekly portion from this Torah. It was with him since then. That boy, Yehoyahin Yosef, survived the Holocaust, arrived in Israel, fought in the country's wars and then went on to become a distinguished professor of planetary physics."

"I think that the people of Israel, and the Jewish people as a whole, are a wonderful people," Ramon said, obviously aware that the nation's eyes were upon him. "We have wonderful people in Israel. I think it is very, very important to preserve our historical tradition, and I mean historical and religious traditions."

Remeber, he is completely secular.

Is there any reason this guy shouldn't be PM for many, many years?