244 RCA Sermon Manual 198115742 try has often been satisfied with a temporary relaxation of tensions without real lasting effects. Recently, the President of the U.S. has emphasized human rights of individuals and this has caused a great deal of tension and international concern. The Helsinki Treaty has been violated in regard to justice for Soviet Jews. The Refusniks are imprisoned; the activists are punished. The great trouble recurs because when decency is espoused and ethics demanded of all mankind, nations turn away and confine themselves to their own narrow interests. The way to peace must be paved by straightforwardness and compasslon, by morals and goodness, by humaneness and love. When the Jewish people was chosen by G-d and presented with a way of life to tranquility, peace of mind, commun~tymutual care and cooperation, neighborliness and responsibil~tyfor each other, they responded In an angelic fashion-"We will do and we will obey." The rest of the world heard the challenge and opportunity of the Sinaitic Revelation and it was clearly explained to them and yet they turned their backs and were satisfied with the d~ssipationof their fears about destruction. They, too, had the chance to join that grand Divine experience and they lost it. How often this drama has been repeated, especially in the Atomic Age. Leaders of governments united for serious debate when war is threatened and the Flood of Fire frightens even the most courageous. I write these words as Presidents Carter and Sadat are meeting with Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Camp David because of the threat of war-a fifth war in the Middle East. The solution of tensions in that area will not be found unless righteousness and honesty will reign. The petrodollar should not be the determining factor in the settlement of peace in that area. The millenia of dreams and hopes of a restored Jewish sovereign government must find fruition in a secure Israel, militarily and economically strong. Jews too respond to the needs of Israel in hours of emergency and the threat of a Flood of Fire. When Israel is attacked by armies or terrorists the outpouring of sympathy and financial aid have been extraordinary in those fateful moments of 1967 and 1973. But when quiet and peace seem to come to Israel and growth and construction mark the progress of the Holy Land, there are so many who remain unmoved.