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December 26, 1980 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-12-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

1 BIRMINGHAM
VACUUM

Japanese Zionist Finds W.B. Life Fulfilling

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By STAN KRAMER
Israel Digest

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JERUSALEM — "There
is a close relationship be-
ret.
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tween our people and the
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Jews," says 41-year-old
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Japanese Zionist Sadao
O'Hara, whose study of
Judaism has led him, his
37-year-old wife and three
children to decide to move to
the settlement of Kedumim
1
— the first Japanese to set-
tle in the West Bank.
O'Hara, a computer
printout paper manufac-
turer, is a member of Ja-
pan's 2,200-strong Bnei
Shomron group, which
,..
claims a \close affinity with
Jews.
Biblical fundamentalists,
Bnei Shomron endorses
Gush Emunim claims to the
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biblical Land of Israel, be-
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lieving that the return of
the lost tribes — of which
they consider themselves a
part — will precipitate the
advent of the Messiah.
with
"I decided to settle on
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the West Bank because
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Gush Emunim is fulfilling
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O'Hara, who speaks little
disposable dust bag
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ment regularly since 1975,
and is currently in Israel to
buy appliances for his new
home and to secure the
necessary papers for his
business and his family's
immigration next year.
According to O'Hara, the
automated paper plant will
be run by five employees
and will produce a half mil-
lion dollars worth of paper a
year for export to Japan and
Europe as well as for sale in
Israel. The Japanese Em-
bassy, ,disturbed at such a
large investment by one of
its citizens in a West Bank
settlement, called O'Hara
at Kedumim to caution him.
"They said, 'You in-
vested all that money in
the West Bank? What will
happen to the money if
the land is relinquished?'
I told them, If it's time to
lose my investment, no
problem.' So, what they
say doesn't bother me,
because I love this coun-
try."
O'Hara — the spelling of
his name came from an
American occupation officer
with a sense of humor in the
days after World War II —
will market the Kedumim
products in Japan, where he
owns a larger, 18-man com-
puter paper plant.
Kedumim and the Israel
government have greeted
O'Hara with open arms. The
government has given him
a large grant for the estab-
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has agreed to underwrite a
bank loan. O'Hara already
owns a home in Kfar Sava
but will move - into a pre-
fabricated concrete block
home.
The son of a Japanese
general who was killed in
action in World War II,
O'Hara grew up on the
Ryuku Island of Okinawa.
His "quest for the truth"
started when he was in high
school.
"I became seriously ill
and one day my best
friend, a Christian, came
to visit. He brought me a
copy of the Bible. He told
me to read parts of it and
then to pray. Two weeks
later, I was healthy."
O'Hara began studying
Christianity and was on the
point of converting "when it
dawned on me that God
promised everything to the
Jews, that they were his
chosen people."
His introduction to
Judaism came from Rabbi
Abraham Avinea, who
travels throughout Japan
giving lessons in Hebrew
and Judaism.
After that first contact,
O'Hara decided to join the
Bnei Shomron group. Soon
after, he visited Israel —
and Kedumim: "At first I
thought I could never live at
Kedumim. But each time I
came to Israel, I returned to
the settlement and ap-
preciated its beauty. Then I
realized that Samaria be-
longs to the Jewish people
and not to any other coun-
try."
O'Hara is beginning to
feel sufficiently comfort-
able in Israel to point out
what he sees as
shortcomings in Israeli
society.
"All the ideas, arguments
and discussions, the con-
flicting ways Jews run their
government and businesses
— it bothers me," he said.
"If the Jews followed one

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would be the strongest
people on earth." What is
that idea? O'Hara replies
immediately: "Torah."

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NEW YORK — There is a
Jewish community in the
capital city of Taipei,
Taiwan consisting of 70
Jewish families or 150
people under the leadership
of Y. S. Liberman. Liber-
man was previously a vice
president of the Jewish
community of Tokyo.
The former president, H.
Eisenbaum is currently re-
siding in Hong Kong.
In 1977 there were 28
families, and 30 families in
1978. The' growing number
of Jewish civilians in Taipei
prompted the beginning of
two Sunday school classes;
each Tuesday there, are or-
ganized social and cultural
activities. Nearly 180 Jews
attended the 1980 com-
munal Seder.
The Jewish Commu-
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large function hall, a
smaller hall, kitchen and
two classrooms. The
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Two full-time employees
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sent major Israeli or West-
ern export-import
businesses and are simply
serving a short term in
Taiwan.
Treasurer of the commu-
nity is Richard Chitayat
who represents Zim Lines.
The social director is
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sents the Israeli electronics
firm, TADIRAN.
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pays $30 monthly toward
the maintenance of the
Jewish community center.
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