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January 19, 1979 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-01-19

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Friday, January 19, 1919 • 1



Funds Sought for Taylov-Schechter Geniza Collection

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(Continued, from Page 1)
The funds will help
support the work of the
Taylor-Schechter Geniza
Research Unit directed by
Dr. Stefan C. Reif, formerly
of Dropsie University,
The research unit is
engaged in a broad program
which includes the
preservation and classifica-
tion of a vast number of
previously unprocessed
fragments, the preparation
and publication of sorely-
needed catalogues of some
of the collections's major
sections, and the
e ncouragement of new in-
into the collec-

tion's holdings.
Some of the collection's
most famous pieces in-
clude previously un-
known texts and letters
composed by such great
Jewish figures as Saadia
(882-842), Maimonidies
(1135-1204) and Yehuda
Halevi (1075-1141), often.
in their own handwriting.
The collection's frag-
ments have provided
scholars with, among
other things, an eye-
witness account of the
Crusader conquest of
Jerusalem, a text con-
firming the Eighth Cen-
tury conversion of the
Khazars to Judaism, and

Israel Has Sabraman

(Continued from Pagel)
for hours about the his-
tory of comic books," re-
ported Good Times pub-
lisher David Herman.
Uri said the comic books
attract him because the .
characters "face unusual
problems. I like the non-
stop action and the special
powers of the heroes and
their enemies. Comics come
between books and films.
They \ have their own
reality, like science fiction."
Unusual powers, non-
stop action and heroes and
villians possession of spe-
cial powers is what Sabra-
man is all about. "Some-
where in the Judean, Desert
there's a secret passage that
leads to the base of the
Super Agency of Israel!"
Thus the saga of Sabraman
begins. The super agency is
staffed by super heroes who
possess "astonishing pow-
ers" due to an atomic rod.
Sabraman is Dan Bar-On,
an ex-Israeli army captain
and policeman from the
Afeka suburb of .Tel, Aviv.
On account of this atomic
rod he can shoot radioactive
rays out of his eyes and
transport himself from one
place to another without

His enemy — the chief
villian of the series — is a
mysterious figure who
wants to conquer the
world by controlling the
human mind. Who is this
mysterious - figure?
"You'll find out in the
coming issues," Herman
The action takes place in
Israel and the U.S. Other
villians in the serieq-include
Hyperman, Naziman, and
Powerman. The series is in
black-and-white because it
is cheaper to produce, apart
from allowing the comic
strip to serve as a coloring
book. At present, it is ap-
pearing only in English
though there is a possibility
of French translation. Uri
draws the pictures and
writes the dialogue. In addi-
tion to writing, Uri said he
hopes to make a satirical
film about life in Israel and
to be "a funny actor like Mel
Brooks." At present he be-
longs to his school drama
Meanwhile, the Sabra-
man craze is growing. Sab-
raman T-shirts will soon be
printed up and Uri is busy
cooking up new plots and
sub-plots so the series can
continue indefinitely. .

Americans Swing.to Egypt
in Peace Negotiations Poll

Pollster Louis Harris re-
ported last week that "For
the first time im the long
, history of the dispute be-
tween Israel and Egypt,
American public opinion is •
swinging towards the Egyp-
tian position."
According to the latest
Harris Poll "a 37 percent
plurality now feels that
Egypt is right in demanding
that Israel give some
guarantees about Palesti-
nian self-rule as part of the
separate peace treaty be-
tween the two countries.
"A smaller 30 percent
agree with Israel that such
changes violate the basic
agreements that were
reached last year at the
Camp David summit," Har-
ris reported. "Another four
percent feel that neither
side is right, two percent see
merit on both sides and 27
percent of Americans are
not sure. who is right."

Breaking down the poll
responses by religious
and ethnic groups, Har-
ris reported that
Catholics support Egypt
by a majority of 39-28
percent and white Pro-
testants by 35-30 percent
"Jews feel that Israel is
right by an overwhelm-
ing 77-10 percent," Harris

He observed; "There is no
doubt that part of the cur-
rent surge of sympathy for
Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat stems from a sense
that Egypt is taking a high
risk in continuing to advo-
cate peace without any visi-
ble backing from other Arab

Sparkling Export

rael's diarrfond exports in-
creased last year by 31.5
percent over 1977 to $1.317
billion from $1.002 billion:

the oldest known piece of
Yiddish literature, dated


Two of the collection's
best known pieces are di-
rectly associated. with Dr.
Schechter. The first is a
page which Schechter
realized was a copy of part of
a lost Hebrew work of the
Second Century, BCE, the
"Book of Ben Sira." The
work had been preserved in
Greek by the early Church,
but it had not been seen in
Hebrew for approximately
1,000 years.

The second. piece has
taken on a new importance
since the discovery of the
Dead Sea Scrolls. Schechter
published it in 1910, with a
translation and a commen-
tary, under the title "Frag-
ments of a Zadokite Work."
With this publication,
Schechter became the first
modern scholar — 37 years
before the discovery of the
Scrolls — to tell the story of
a strange, unknown Jewish
sect of Second Temple
times, given to a fierce piety
and a belief in a messiah.


Today scholars know the
sect he described as the
Dead Sea Scrolls Sect.











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