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January 23, 1976 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-01-23

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January 23, 1976 37

DETROIT J 1SH EWS

Diamond Industry Is Growing

Israel: Potential Energy Center

REHOVOT — Israel
copld become a major center
for evolving new energy sys-
tems particularly suited for
developing countries in the
opinion of participants in
the 10-day Bat-Sheva Semi-
nar on Energy, which con-
cluded Jan. 7 at the Weiz-
ma,nn Institute of Science.
Speakers at the seminar,
among them international
experts in fields ranging
from science and technology
to economics and govern-
ment, were impressed with
Israel's research potential in
the energy sphere, though

critical of the country's lack
of a centralized authority
capable of coordinating both
rsearch on energy and the
expansion of energy re-
sources.
Summarizing the discus-
sions, Weizmann Institute
Prof. Israel Dostrovsky,
chairman of the seminar's
organizing committee,
stressed that over the next
decade emphasis would have
to be on energy conserva-
ti9n, a policy not yet seri-
obsly implemented in Israel
or elsewhere.

Morning Prayer

By RABBI SAMUEL FOX

(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc)

,

A benediction is made
every morning referring to
the fact that man was not
made-to be a woman.
This benediction has been
misunderstood and falsely
labeled as an act of male
chauvinism. Actually, this
benediction belongs to a
group of benedictions which
lead a person to discover his
identity, his-purpose in life
and his potential as or-
dained by the Almighty.
Of all these benedictions,
only three are stated in the
negative. This form indi-
cates that the person's
identity has placed on his
shoulders an excessive bur-
den of responsibility and
concern.
For example, Judaism
believes in the equality of
all mankind. The Jew
could have ha-d less res-
ponsibilities and less con-
cern in his life if he were a
non-Jew. Instead of re-
gretting the extra load, he
bears his burden - with
faith.
Freedom levels its owner
with great concern and dif-
ficult decision-making along
with guilt and heavy respon-
sibilities. However, the Jew
,bears the yoke of freedom
AATith trust and faith.
The role of the male sex,
likewise, has its additional
burdens and responsibili-
ties, being comparatively
stripped of the beauty and
the charm of the female sex.
In addition, more religious
obligations in Jewish ritual
have been placed on the
male for a variety of rea-
sons. However, the Jewish
male carries these addi-
tional burdens with faith
and trust. Instead of boast-
ing that he was created a
male, he admits that he is

Despite economic prob- 2,467,008 for 1974, according -
lems in various world mar- to Diamond Institute-statis-
kets the Israel diamond in- tics.
It is pointed out that the
dustry surprised' observers
with a hectic end-of-year healthy 1975 performance
rush which resulted in a to- of Israel's principal export
tal export in 1975 of 2,- branch was based on the
701,433i carats compared to industry's flexibility in con-
centrating on the smaller
Chauvinistic? melee stones — used in en-
gagement rings and other
lacking certain privileges jewelry items — whose pop-
and graces of the female.
ularity is emphasized in the
Furthermore, one of the current international busi-
reasons these three benedic- ness conditions.
tions were cast in a negative
It is estimated that in
frame was that being of a 1975 Israel produced ap-
singular identity in life as a proximately 85 percent of
created purposeful exclusive the world's supply of me-
being has placed on human lees — gem diamonds of
shoulders great cares and from 40 stones per carat to
loaded responsibility which two per carat.
are accompanied by grief,
The switchover of Israel -
moments of concern and lia- production resources to
bilities.
smaller stones produced a
In the benediction, nominal drop of two-and-a-
therefore, these clauses half per cent in dollar value
are slated in the negative of exports in 1975, $548.6
to demonstrate that man million 'compared to a rec-
bears his distinctiveness ord $562.2 million in 1974.
with courage and faith.
The drop in monetary
A woman replaces one of value, though, largely repre-
-these benedictions with a sented the lowered value of
general statement declaring the imported smaller rough
that she was created accord- diamonds — while many
ing to the will of. the Al- more diamonds were
mighty. This is a strong in- worked and exported.
dication of the pride that
Jewish women have in their
womanhood, a role they
would never ,want to ex-
change for that of a male.

War Widows
Seek New Law

JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
The government received a
petition from a group of war
widows demanding a
change in the law that gov-
erns the payment of pen-
sions to the 1,vives,of fallen
soldiers. .
According to the present
law, a widow with two chil-
dren receives a government
pension of about $343
monthly. However, if the
widow remarries, her pen-
sion is reduced to about
$214.
In order to get around
this provision, many war
widows are living as mar-
ried women but without
benefit of clergy.

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NEW YORK — Israel will
receive four Grumman E-2C
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der a foreign military sales
agreement, according to
Aviation Week.
The aircraft are listed for-
delivery to Israel from No-
vember, 1977 to March,
1978, at a "not-to-exceed"
price of $210 million.

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JERUSALEM — An in-
-crease of 8.6 percent in the
quantities of diamonds pro-
duced and exported in 1975
by Israel's gem diamond
polishing industry was re-
ported in the Jerusalem
Post.

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pletion next to the existing 28-story building. (From the Jerusalem Post.)
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