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right to publish with impunity truth with good motives and for justifiable ends, whether it respects the government, magistrates, or individuals.</FONT></I><FONT color=#ffdfdf><BR></FONT></FONT><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times" color=#800000><A href="http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/hamilton/hamil36.htm">People vs. Croswell</A></FONT></P> <P class=style6><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times">Serving the Frederick, Maryland Community Proudly!</FONT></P> <P class=style6><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times">&nbsp;<IMG height=95 src="pencil_cup11.jpg" width=79 border=0><FONT color=#ffdfdf><STRONG>Jack Lynch, Editor<BR></STRONG></FONT><STRONG>Note: Commentary and viewpoints on this website are copyrighted for this sole use, and are ultimately the property of the writers themselves </STRONG><FONT color=#ffdfdf>O Under Attack<BR></FONT><IMG height=105 src="top_story12.jpg" width=155 border=0></FONT></P> <P class=style6><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times"><A href="mailto:editor@frederickcitizen.com">editor@frederickcitizen.com</A></FONT> <P class=style6><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times"><STRONG>Note: Commentary and viewpoints on this website are the sole opinions of the writers and do not represent in any way any organizations of which they may belong, promote, or by which they are employed.</STRONG> <!--mstheme--></FONT></P></TD> <TD class=style6 width=1><!--mstheme--><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times"><!--mstheme--></FONT></TD> <TD class=style6 vAlign=top width=496><!--mstheme--><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times"><IMG height=165 src="banner_resist11.gif" width=400 border=0><BR>&nbsp;</FONT> <P class="MsoNormal style13 style32">November 17, 2010</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri color=#660000 size=4><STRONG>A Tree Grows in Frederick for Anne Frank </STRONG></FONT> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Updated with pictures on November 22, 2010. </FONT></p> <P><IMG alt="" hspace=0 src="100_3931editblog.JPG" align=baseline border=0></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>From left: Juliana Lynch, City of Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, and Rabbi Murray Singerman of Beth Sholom Synagogue. </FONT></p> <P><IMG alt="" hspace=0 src="tree_sign_picblog.JPG" align=baseline border=0></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Plaque placed at base of chestnut tree. </FONT></p> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>My wife s family comes from two distinct strains of Eastern European Jewish ancestry  one side decimated during the pogroms and class warfare of the White Russian Revolution, and the other side virtually eliminated by the Holocaust. The surviving children and grandchildren fell into a middle religious existence of a mostly cultural Judaism. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Now my daughter has grown up through the synagogue programs and Jewish summer camp to attain the simcha, or joy, of a Bat Mitzvah, quite an unusual feat I suppose for a father of southern Appalachian background and liberal Southern Baptist theology as well as university courses in religious studies that ranged from modern women s studies to ancient classical Greek religions and their pagan precedents. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>My understanding of Judaism grew slowly, although our Baptist Sunday Schools emphasized that our Christianity was Jewish, and we visited synagogues to hear the shofar, the style and symbolism was foreign, and there was a sense of some discomfort in this similar belief that failed to hold our most important belief in a God personified and redemptive of our souls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Living twelve years in Baltimore among the culture and expressions of Judaism increased what I had learned from film, books, studies at the university. I particularly absorbed the existential and moral relevance of the Holocaust. I grew in knowledge and comfort. My mother-in-law had a hearty laugh when I once said that our young child was not doing a  mitzvah, but a shitzvah! </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>As a father, much of the personal uncertainty and fear of having to negotiate the emerging womanhood of my daughter has given away to acknowledgement that much of the concerns work themselves out over time with minor inputs from my wife and myself. Ahead there are still driving and dating, of course! Presumably college, no early deaths  such are the travails of the neurotic mind.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Then I also often wonder if I will survive to see all of it, the adulthood, the accomplishments, the future families. While many live so long, I have failed to be the best steward of myself. But rather my presence and influence is long term, or not, I hope to pass along to my children my sense of the value and obligation of stewardship of the environment. I themed my participation in her bat mitzvah services around trees, common roots and leaves of family.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>So as my understanding of her identification of self in a religious landscape came about, I suggested to her the memorial of a chestnut tree to Anne Frank, whose writings she loved. Anne, writing from her hiding place, about the age of my daughter, could gain a sense of freedom and hope by looking out an attic window and seeing a chestnut tree.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Planting a tree is an act of faith. It is a belief in a better future. It is trusting in a deeper community which outlives us. It contributes to the Biblical admonition of fulfilling the Earth.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Next Sunday, November 21st, at 12:30 PM, we will dedicate our Anne Frank Memorial chestnut tree in Staley Park.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><FONT face=Calibri>If you care to remember Frank, try leaving a memorial note on the virtual Anne Frank tree: http://www.annefranktree.org/<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN> </FONT></P> </TD> <TD class=style6 width=5><!--mstheme--><FONT face="Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Times"><!--mstheme--></FONT></TD> <TD class=style6 vAlign=top width=170><!--mstheme--> <P class=MsoNormal> <SCRIPT type=text/javascript><!-- google_ad_client = "pub-0166428691922716"; /* 120x240, created 3/19/09 */ google_ad_slot = "3307327983"; google_ad_width = 120; google_ad_height = 240; //--> </SCRIPT> <SCRIPT src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js" type=text/javascript> </SCRIPT> <P class=MsoNormal> <P class=MsoNormal>Visitors - Add a Map Marker of <A href="http://www.mapservices.org/myguestmap/map/jacklynch">Your Location Here on my GuestMap! </A> <P class=MsoNormal><IMG height=65 alt=guest_map src="guestmap_logo.jpg" width=120> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN class=style22>Check Out a lively and progressive Frederick political blog <!--mstheme--></SPAN><SPAN class=style22> <SCRIPT type=text/javascript><!-- google_ad_client = "pub-0166428691922716"; //728x90, created 12/28/07 google_ad_slot = "6125873952"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //--><script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "pub-0166428691922716"; //120x600, created 12/31/07 google_ad_slot = "0849127169"; google_ad_width = 120; google_ad_height = 600; //--></SCRIPT> <SCRIPT src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js" type=text/javascript> </SCRIPT> : <A href="http://airitoutwithgeorge.com/">Air It Out with George</A></SPAN>. 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