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ban activist Jewish Defense League; we guarantee that a local bchapter understands that it is part of a national organization band does not merely live for its own particular and parochial bproblems; we eliminate that bane of Jewish existence, in- bternal strife and division.

b“And, finally, there is discipline of ideas. Not everything bthat is done will always be to the liking of everyone. Life is a bseries of compromises and accommodations—so long as bprinciple is not involved. Regardless of political views and bdifference, in the struggle for Jewish survival a common bdenominator must be found. This is the meaning of Mish- bmaat. It means placing personal petty desires aside; it bmeans subordinating them to the great goal; it means work- bing together with all people, no matter how different, for bthe greatness of Jewish survival.

b“It expresses the strength to be different, to stand alone if bnecessary. It means following in the footsteps of that first bJew, Avraham Ha Ivri, Abraham the Hebrew. Ivri comes bfrom the Hebrew word aver, or side. Abraham, who came bfrom ‘the other side,’ who stood on one side when the world bstood on the other. Such loneliness! Such enmity! Such bopposition! Nevertheless, Avraham Ha Ivri, who stood balone, created the Jewish people. So is it with us.

b“The Jewish Defense League member must have within bhim the iron and the steel to move forward against obstacles bthat will be placed in his path at all times; to move against the bfierce storm of opposition; to fly in the face of personal battacks and insults; to stand up to the slings and arrows of his bopponents and the protests of even those he loves. Little bmen cannot abide giants in spirit; they remind them of their bown weaknesses. Because the JDL member carries within bhimself vision and greatness, he will be attacked. He must bhave within him the unbending iron and steel to move bforward resolutely in spite of those attacks. He must have bwithin him a sense of values and he must understand what is btruly important—that not by bread alone shall man live. He bwill be discouraged; he will be beaten by failures. He must blearn that patience that comes from iron. He must have that bconfidence that comes from the steel within him.

b“There is more to life than a job; there is more to existence b 

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