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October 31, 1975 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-10-31

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Tunis Athletes
Jailed by Libya

NEW YORK — Members
of the Tunisian national
basketball team told on
their return from Libya
how they were arrested and
marched through the
streets of Tripoli with signs
around their necks because
they ate in daylight hours
during the Islamic fast
month of Ramadan.
The reports noted that
while the traditional auster-
ity measures of Ramadan
are strictly enforced in Li-
bya, Tunisian President
Habib Bourguiba has for
many years urged his coun-
trymen to abandon the fast
"as a custom which does
damage to the social har-
mony of a modern state."

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Chilean Jew Still Listed as Missing

NEW YORK (JTA) — The
family of a missing Chilean
Jew has finally ,convinced
Chilean authorities that the
body of a man found near El
Pillar, Argentina, last sum-
mer and identified as Juan
Carlos Perelman, was in
fact not the remains of their
relative who disappeared.
Argentine police have es-
tablished that the docu-
ments found near the body
were forgeries, it was dis-
closed here by Rabbi Morton
M. Rosenthal, director of
the Bnai Brith Anti-Defa-
mation League's Latin
American affairs depart-
ment.
Similar forgeries led to
the erroneous identification
of another body found at El
Pillar as that of Luis Al-
berto Guendelman Wisniak,

a member of the Chilean
Jewish community who is
also missing.

The discovery of the
bodies led some govern-
ment-controlled newspapers
in Chile to claim that the
missing men were Marxists
who faked their disappear-
ances to embarrass the
Chilean government and
were later assassinated by
guerrilla groups they joined,
Rabbi Rosenthal reported.

Ignorance
Who sacred knowledge
doth not win will never have
true fear of sin, for igno-
rance can never he the home
of genuine piety.
—The Talmud

Mikve Holds Many Roles

A mikve is a "collection
[of water]," a pool or bath of
clear water, immersion in
which renders ritually clean
a person who has become ri-
tually unclean. Presently
the chief use of the mikve is
for the menstruant since the
laws Of ritual impurity no
longer apply after the de-
struction of the Temple.
The laws of immersion
are obligatory, however, for
the immersion of prose-
lytes, as part of the cere-
mony of conversion. In addi-
tion immersion in the mikve
is still practiced by various
groups as an aid to spiritu-
ality, particularly on the eve
of the Sabbath and festivals,
especially the Day of Atone-
ment and the custom still
obtains, in accordance with
Numbers 31:22-23 to im-
merse new vessels and uten-
sils purchased from non-
Jews.
According to the Encyclo-
paedia Judaica, the purpose
of immersion is not physi-
cal, but spirituil, cleanli-
ness. Maimonides concludes
his codification of the laws
of the mikve with a state-
ment containing the follow-
ing observation: "Un-
cleanness is not mud or filth
which water can remove,
but is a matter of scriptural
decree and dependent on the

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intention of the heart.
Therefore the Sages have
said, 'If a man immerses
himself, but without special
intention, it is as though he
has not immersed himself
at all.'

This stress on intention
passed from Judaism into
Islam. "Purity is the half
of faith" is a saying attrib-
uted to Muhammad him-
self and in general the
laws of uncleanness in Is-
lam bear a striking re-
semblance to those of Ju-
daism.

According to biblical law
any collection of water is
suitable for a mikve as long
as it contains enough for a
person to immerse himself.
The mikve may be hewn out
of the rock or built in or put
on the ground, and any ma-
terial is suitable.
All natural spring water,
providing it is clean and has
not been discolored by any
admixtures is valid for a
mikve. The water must not
reach the mikve through
vessels made of metal or
other materials which are
susceptible to ritual un-
cleanness.
In recent years vast im-
provements have been made
in the hygienic and other as-
pects of the mikve. An early
enactment, attributed to'
Ezra, that a woman must
wash her hair before im-
mersing herself may be
provided for by the now
universal custom of having
baths as an adjunct to mik-
vaot, the use of which is an
essential preliminary to en-
tering the mikve, and espe-
cially in the United States
they are provided with hair-
dressing salons and even
beauty parlors.

Bonds Dinner
Nets $4.2 Million

NEW YORK — One of the
most successful events ever
sponsored by an American
corporation in behalf of- Is-
rael Bonds was held Oct. 19,
as $4.2 million was realized
at a testimonial dinner hon-
oring Fred R. Sullivan,
chairman and president of
Walter Kidde & Co., Inc., at
New York's Waldorf-Asto-
ria.
More than 1,200 persons.
Attended.

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October 31, 197E

Chaplain Aids Taiwan Am

NEW YORK — A teacher
at the Yeshiva University
High School for Boys in
New York has been helping
to establish a Jewish com-
munity in Taiwan.
A chaplain in the Air
Force reserves, Rabbi Jacob
T. Hoenig has conducted
High Holy Day services on
Taiwan for the past two
years.
The young rabbi found
that the island's Jewish
community is made up of
Jews from nearly all parts
of the earth. Besides those
serving in thetl. S. military,
there is a group of Jewish
businessmen who have been
established for many years,
many of whom came to the
country as refugees.

"It's a tightly knit com-
munity," Rabbi Hoenig
said, "but in the main, a
transient one, due to the
comings and goings of ci-
vilians and military per-
sonnel.

"In all there are about 150
Jews in the capital, Taipei,
the majority of them civil-
ian, and while the U.S. gov-
ernment is doing all it can to

serve their needs, there are
no real facilities for either
the military or civilian pop-
ulation."
While the community has
begun a religious school,
there is no synagogue or
community center, Rabbi
Hoenig added.
"That's where I hope to
help. Since I've started serv-
ing the community, I've also
been helping them, while
there and by long distance,
in planning their first Jew-
ish community center. I
guess it would be the first in
the history of that country."

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Rabbi Hoenig said there
appeared to be no prob-
lems between the Jewish
community and either the
Chinese government or the
Taiwanese. Kosher food is
available to civilians from
Hong Kong, and to mili-
tary personnel at the com-
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"As for myself," Rabbi
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of a curiosity when I'm on
the island. I'm often stopped

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New Israel
Love Story

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
When Maryam Mohammed
a-Dabbur of the Gaza Strip
became a widow a few
months ago, she married
her late husband's brother,
Ahmed Abu Nur a-Dabbur,
according to Moslem reli-
gious law.
Abu Nur fell deeply in
love with his new wife,
which, soon grew into un-
compromising jealousy.
Abu Nur told his wife she
should cut ties with other
men, to which the bride
reacted by pushing Abu
Nur, causing him physical
harm.
At the age of 75 Abu Nur
could have hoped for a cal-
mer family life from his
80-year-old wife.

and asked to explain
yarmulke, or to give a con-
densed history of Judaism.
"I'm not sure of how well
I get through to the Chinese,
but they are quite friendly
and offer aid whenever they
can. Some call me 'the
Chinese rabbi'."
The chaplaincy program
is under the auspices of the
National Jewish Welfare
Board.

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