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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-08-05

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6 Friday, August 5, 1977 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS





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Book on Judaism in Israel Depicts Its Religious Diversity

By ALLEN A. WARSEN
Halukka. He.traces the Ha-

Scholarly works describ- lukka's evolution, examines

ing and evaluating diverse
its merits and , demerits,
HOUSEHOLD
aspects. of Israeli life have and points out that while
the system of Halukka.pro-
appeared in recent years.

The latest is S. Zalman , moted pauperism, fostered
Abramov's engrossing vol- idleness and obscurantism,

IN
ume "Perpetual Dilemma," at the same time encour-

subtitled "Jewish Religion aged the durability and
YOUR HOME
in the Jewish State" (Fair- growth of the Jewish popu-
leigh Dickinson University lation of Palestine, and had

Press). This book evaluates given the Old Yishuv

ESTATES
• the

religious and secular as-
"strength and cohension."
pects of. Israel.
The author similarly
LIQUIDATED
Abrarnov,* whose ap- traces. the development of

• proach is historical and ana-
the New Yishuv, and ana-
• •
ical, commences his lyzes the factors that con-
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tory the Old Yishuv with cording to him, the most po-
its uniqkie institution, the tent factor was the virulent
.
Russian anti-Semitism of
the 1880s that resulted in
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mass emigration of Jews
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from Russia. He estimates
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that about 30,000 Jews immi-
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Develop New Spleen Function Test

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REHOVOT—Patients
with various diseases affect-
ing spleen function may
now reeeive more adequate
medical care, thanks to a
new test developed by' re-
searchers at the Weizmann
Institute of Science and Tel
Aviv Uni:Versity Medical
School.
With the new procedure,
designed by Prof. Mati Frid-
kin at the Institute and Dr.
Zvi Spirer, accurate levels
of the spleen-manufactured
peptide tuftsin were deter-
mined for the first-time in
normal individuals as well
as in patients who under-
went splenectomy oper-
ations.
The lowering of tuftsin
levels in the blood is associ-
ated with an increased sus-



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cornerstone of the New Yi- people of Palestine." It also though Israel is regarded
shuv.
chose a cabinet, the "Va'ad as a secular state and its so-
It should be noted that Leumi" (National Com- ciety as secular, "yet it is a-
Jewish state and a Jewish
mittee).
the settlements of the New
society...because of its Jew-
Yishuv were constructed
These
two
political
outside the four Holy Cities bodies, soon after the birth ish character," and is more-
of Old Jerusalem, Hebron, of the state of Israel, were over "a product of Jewish
Tiberias and Safed that replaced by the Provisional history and an integral part
comprised the Old Yishuv.
Government (cabinet) and of Jewish" continuity."
Therefore, state-religion
It should also be pointed - the Provisional Council (leg-
separation as in the coun-
out that the author singles islature).
tries of the West is in the
out Rabbi Mikhal Pines
A law of great signifi- state of Israel an impossibi-
(1842-1912) and Eliezer Ben
Yehuda (1857-1922) as the cance passed by the Provi- lity. As proof, the author •
New Yishuv's foremost pio- sional. Council was "The cites the numerous reli-
Days of Rest Ordinance." gious practices and holi-
neers.
This
law made the Jewish days the Israeli secularists
As the population in-
observe as "aspects of na-
creased and more settle-- holidays • "the prescribed tional
culture.' Inter alias
ments were established, the days of rest in the state of
observe the Sabbath as
author notes, a need arose Israel." Another law of a they
day of rest. Passover
equal importance enacted
for an elective body to rep- • by
the council was the the other festivals they cel
resent the Jewish people of "Kosher
- Food for. Soldiers brate as national holidays.
Palestine:
Ordinance." This law The act of circumcision
The
— "Asefat stated: "The supply of kosh- they observe with great" sol-
Ha'Nivcharim" (Assembly er food shall be ensured to emnity and the ceremony
of the Elected), elected in all Jewish soldiers 'of the of Bar Mitzva with great re-
1920, was such a body.
Defense Army of Israel." joicing. "The blowing of the,
It proclaimed itself as the
shofar, the traditional
These two laws, the au- ram's hwn, on the occasion
"supreme authority for deal-
thor
emphasizes,
proved
ing with public and national
of the inauguration. of a
that the state of Israel was newly elected president of
interests of the Jewish
indeed a Jewish state.
people of Palestine," and
the state, is regarded a be-
declared that it "laid the
Profound is the author's fitting the solemnity of the
foundation for the national
evaluation of secularism in occasion."
autonomy of the Jewish
Israel. He maintains that al-
"Perpetual Dilemma" is
skillfully and -objectively
written and is a valuable ad-
dition to the literature on
the state of Israel and its
people.
The author S. Zalman
Abramov is a lawyer and
ceptibility of patients to se- , the lymphatic system — or parliamentarian and is the
.vere — and often fatal — for certain non-malignant Associate Editor of the "En-
bacterial infections. In such conditions. Aftdr splenec- cyclopedia of Zionism and
case, prophylactic anti- tomy, tuftsin levels in the Israel."
biotic therapy is usually re-
blood were halved, a situa-
quired. The test developed
tion which, in about 10 Per-
by the researchers should
Cent of cases, leads to se-
alSo prove useful' if tuftsin
vere streptococcal or
pneutnococrcal :. • . in-
is adopted as: a drug to
fections. With the relative-
treat tuftsin deficiencies, a
ly, simple radio-immu-
suggestion supported by
noassay developed at the
many doctors.
Weizniaiin Institute, the
Accotding to Prof2
amount of serum needed is
kin, tuftsin, first discovered
in the United States at no larger than that used in
standard blood test. The
Tufts Medical School by. Vic-
tor Majjar, is = an essential 'assay!. was also found to be
blood component which 'highly 'reproducible, with
the results •obtained from
stimulates white blood cells
the
same subjects-through-
and macrophages to attack
out the day and on different,
and engulf bacteria. This
days 'showing nearly identi-
process, known as phagocy-
cal values. It -replaCes an
tosis, 'severely. curtailed older
and qualitative meth-
when tuftsin levels fall.
od which assessed tuftsin
Working with doctors at
levels by observing phagocy-
Tel Aviv University Medi-
tosis by white blood cells
cal School and the Center
under the microscope.
for Internal Medicine of JO-
It is expected that the
hann Wolfgang von Goethe
radio-immunoassay will
FORD
UniVersitat in Frankfurt-
help in discovering more in
LINCOLN
Main, Prof. Fridkin, Dr. Spi-
dividuals with hereditary
GRAND PRIX
rer and graduate students
tuftsin deficiencies and in
Yitzhak Stabinsky and Vera
OLDS, ETC.
observing other splenic
Zakuth measured tuftsin
malfunctions, such as
levels in normal individuals
those found in sickle-cell
and in patients who went
anemia, ulcerative colitis,
total splenectomy either:be-
celias disease, pre:term in-
cause of Hodgkin's disease
fants and a splenic atrophy
— a malignant condition of
in the elderly.

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Czech Jews K ept in the Dark

LONDON—Although the
official Czech news agency
reported the discovery of
the remains of a 12th Cen-
tury Jewish settlement in
Prague found in the course
of subway excavations, the
Czech Jewish community
had not been advised of the

discovery prior to the an-
nouncement, according to
the International Council of
Jews from Czechoslovakia.
News of the discovery
has not been reported in
Vestnik. the Prague Jewish
monthly, the council re-'
ports.

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