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October 06, 1978 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-10-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

6 Friday, October 6, 1918

Makuya—Japanese-Style Zionists Fascinate Israel

All That The Name Implies

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JERUSALEM — With a
membership of some 50,000
all over Japan and em-
bryonic beginnings among
Japanee communities in
Mexico, Brazil and the
United States, the
Makuya-New Zionis6 are
very special.
Israelis are already famil-
iar with the smiling Asiatic
faces saying shalom to by-
standers at demonstrations
they organize to proclaim
their unequivocal support of
Israel. They also appear
frequently on stage and on
the TV screen in their spe-
cial Star of David costume
(next to the rising sun of Ja-
pan) singing Israeli songs in

The Makuya parade through Jerusalem.

Hebrew and in Japanese.
An indigenous movement
with no denominational af-
filiation, these Makuya
Christians have been re-
garded as heretics by the es-
tablished church. The
father of Noah, currently
studying oriental lan-
guages in Jerusalem, is a
Protestant minister who for
seven years was persecuted
for his Makuya beliefs. In
the end, he "converted" his
congregation.

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"Our great dream, my
husband's and mine, is to
translate the Bible directly
from Hebrew into
Japanese," says Esther,
Akiva's charming wife, in
her perfect Hebrew. She ex-
plains that the existing
Bible translation into
Japanese had to submit to
the middlemen of other lan-
guages, like English.

Needy, Immigrant Children
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(Editor's Note: The fol-
lowing article originally
appeared on the Op-Ed
page of the New York
Amsterdam News, one of
the country's leading
Black newspapers.)
By ELLEN DAVIDSON

JERUSALEM — In Is-
rael's 30 years of existence
as a state, one of her over-
riding problems has been
the social gap between im-
migrants from disadvan-
taged Afro-Asian Jewish
communities and those
from more technologically
sophisticated Western cul-
tures.
"The family unit, an all-
important force in Israel
society, is proving to be a
significant intervening fac-
tor in helping disadvan-
taged children catch up,"
says Prof. Chaim Adler, di-
rector of the Hebrew Uni-
versity's Research Institute
for Innovation in Educa-
tion.
Adler points to the insti-
tute's pet project HIPPY,
"Home Instruction Program'
for Pre-School Youngsters,"
in which many relatively
uneducated mothers
throughout the country are
being trained to teach their
four and five-year-old chil-
dren at home.

This project, which has
given a decided advan-
tage to thousands of Is-
raeli youngsters from
poorer, Afro-Asian
backgrounds, is cur-
rently being adopted by
the Israeli Ministry of
Education. Right now it
is operating in 49 places

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At any given time, there-
are some 50 Makuya mem-
bers in Israel, staying any-
where between one and 10
years in Jerusalem and in
kibutzim such as
Hephtziba.
They study Hebrew in ul-
panim, work, teach (Shlomo
is currently teaching silk
screen printing at the Be-
zalel Academy of Art), and
they take courses at the He-
brew University ranging

"First of all, total com-
mitment to God in every-
day living; secondly, ear-
nest prayer to meet the
Light of Life; thirdly;
enthusiasm (he uses the
Hebrew word 'hit-
lahavut') in the commun-
ion with God and with
man; and finally, uncon-
ditional love of Israel."

Esther, who is the daughter
of Makuya founder Profes-
sor Abraham Ikuro
Teshima, gave her three
young sons Hebrew names
— her 10-month old is As-
hrei — "that is from Psalms
1," she hastens to add.

Esther's brother,
Jacob, Prof. Teshima's
second son, was the first
Japanese graduate of the
Hebrew University. His
PhD thesis was a cor
parison between Budd–
ism and Hassidism, and
he is currently teaching
at the University of
Judaism in Los Angeles.

The Makuya accom-
plishment in the field of He-
brew is not inconsiderable:
they wrote and compiled the
first Japanese-Hebrew dic-
tionary, containing some
8,000 words and ex-
pressions. The book of He-
brew songs, also published
by them contains the music
notations for some 75 Israeli
melodies.

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from mathematics to
Jewish history. "The em-
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to the Bible and to Israel's
history, geography and lan-
guage," Dr. Djindo said.
The main components of
the Makuya faith are four
fold, says Dr. Djindo, who
left a promising career as a
laser physicist in Tokyo to
devote himself entirely to
the Makuya way of life.

Throughout Israel, in-
volving some 5,600

families.
The idea of the program is
to guide the mother in
educating her pre-school
child at home, through a
three-year
series of care-
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plicated exercises and
games that introduce con-
cepts of numbers and words.
Mothers are visited once a
week by para-professional
HIPPY aides, who intro-
duce the next week's work
and collect exercise sheets
from the previous week.
These aides, who handle
about 15 families, are mem-
bers of the community in
which they work.
HIPPY seeks to serve as a
catalyst for more verbal ex-
change between parents
and their children through
simple exercises and games.

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