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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-06-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, June 12, 1981

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speakers at the interdisci-
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cess to Justice in Israel"
held at Bar-Ilan University
recently.
The conference was or-
ganized by Prof. Marshall
Breger, visiting professor of
law, and was held under the
joint auspices of the Bar-
Ilan Faculty of Law and the
State University of New
York at Buffalo Law School.
This Was the first of a
planned series of symposia
on lawyers and the legal
profession in Israel to be
sponsored by both institu-
tions.

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Controllirig Disease of Malaria Is Goal
of Hebrew University Researchers

JERUSALEM — A
breakthrough in the ongo-
ing effort to control
malaria, one of the world's
most prevalent diseases,
has been achieved by a team
of scientists at the Hebrew
University.
Until recently, there have
been only two methods for
handling malaria — get rid
of the mosquitos or come up
with a drug that will allevi-
ate the effects of the mos-
quito's bite. The former has
been an arduous task, es-
pecially in the hot, swampy
areas where the insect
breeds. As for the latter,
through the years, malaria
parasites have built up a re-
sistance to the several drugs
used to combat the virus.
These factors have put a
stumbling block in the path
of eradication or control of
the disease. Essential to
this program is a fast and
vast knowledge of informa-
tion on the incidence of the

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disease before, during, and
at the end of the campaign.
Up to now the only means
available to study the
number and intensity of the
infections was through a
mass blood testing and
time-consuming reading of
slides.
The Hebrew University
team has now come up
with — and tested
thoroughly — a reliable
rapid, inexpensive, and
sensitive technique for
such diagnosis on a large
scale. It is a radioim-
munoassay technique,
developed by Dr. Dov
Sultzeanu of the school's
Lautenberg Center for
General and Tumor Im-
munology; Dr. Dan Spira,
of the university's Kuvin
Center for the Study of
Infectious and Tropical
Diseases; Mrs. Hava Av-
raham, a doctoral stu-
dent, • and their col-
leagues. It was tested re-

cently in Thailand in
the
with
parallel
standard microscopal
examination.
The antibodies in this
serum designed to work
against the malarial para-
site counteract with the
antigen and show up on the
highly sensitive
radioisotope.
For more practical pur-
poses, to test a person for
malaria, his blood is used in
the simple test. The test, at
its present stage of develop-
jent, can detect as little as
one parasite in 100,000 red
cells, but further improve-
ments now being effected
are expected to raise the
sensitivity of the assay at
least 10 to 100 fold.

without
Knowledge,
common sense, is folly.
Without method, it is waste;
without kindness, it is
fanaticism; without reli-
gion, it is death:

Masada Never Again

By MAURICE CROLL, M.D.

High up on the mountain top
Far above the scorched desert below
As a pinnacle of supreme sacrifice
Stands this monument

Unto a forlorn beleagured small band of Jews
Driven out of their Temples in Jerusalem
Who gave their all
That freedom among the peoples of the world
Shall never perish in their hands
And unfettered, unblemished
to shine like a beacon of light
over the darkness of hate.

All around the land is flat
Desert land so very dry
The winds unhindered sweep this barren land
Untamed and wild in all its glory.

This fortress Masada L- impregnable
Surrounded on all sides
By the feared, unconquered mighty,
Legion of Rome — the Tenth.

Full in armor, so strong, ready to strike
One last massive blow
Against a mere 960 Jews — civilians
Untrained in military ways.

Will you cringe cowardly and beg
Or will you stand supreme in dignity,
And look your assailant in the eye
Thrust your dirty spear and be damned to you.

Or will you fight to kill
And then be surely killed
By the unconquered Roman legion
Or will you ---
It is a thought -- and yet.

Eleazor continued "Let them know,
"The spirit of these Jews cannot be broken,
"So long as we believe in freedom.
"Slaves we were in the land of Egypt"
But, never again.

The elders met each day in forums
Let us surrender, Silva will let us live
Live in bondage as slaves
But, still we will be alive
Surely he will not kill us all
We must pray to God
He will not abandon us
And so it went, back and forth
Far into the night.

Let us die, every man, woman and child
Let us die with dignity, ours
As we choose to die
By our own hands.

Eleazor Ben Yair listened patiently
To all that was said
And when they finished he spoke up
He looked carefully into each face
"Do you really think we can surrender and live?
"Nonsense," he bellowed.
"Did not Silva kill 600,000 in Jerusalem,
"What matters now — a mere 960
You can fight — you know we cannot win
"You can run — they run faster."

.

960 men, women and children
huddled together for four years
Striving each day to keep alive
Watched daily the progress of the huge battering ram
A monstrous weapon to behold.

They watched in anguish
Each with sunken hearts
Every step, and then they knew,
That the fatal day was approaching
This impregnable fortress
Would fall and then

Their words could not be uttered
They froze solid in their throat
Like solid cubes of ice
They coughed, they gagged and sputtered
Finally silence reigned supreme.

A hushed blanket of silence descended
Every eye widened as they looked at one another
One smiled, stunned, then another, and then, another
One would think, if they suddenly came upon this scene
It was a "Simcha"
Instead of a funeral dirge.

Let them know — let all the Romans know
Nay, let the whole world know
That they can never be victorious
So long as one Jew has
The love of freedom in his heart
And the "guts" to die with dignity.

Let the world know for all ,time
That no Roman — even their best legion
Cannot conquer here.

It is now almost 4 years
We are still here
General Silva fumes — he had promised
Victory in six months.

In absolute silence that cloaked their entirety
They stared at one another
And like the Jews of history, before, they knew
Their eyes had understood
Oh, how well they knew
And yet they could not speak.

Let us give him our type of victory
By our own hands
A victory over 960 Jews
Who died willingly with dignity
In their hearts
When before in history, have Jews died thus?
This time let us choose.

What does one do when sudden violent death
Is just one step away?
There are no rules, there are no guides
Do you stand and wait for that infernal thruit of spear?
Or, will they take their spoils,
Violate and then the spear?

Can you imagine the look on their faces,
When they come charging in
With ready spears held high,
They will have to eat their useless spears
And we shall be victors
Even in death.

Let no Roman defile your woman or children
Never forget, Have you seen a baby speared to death,
I have," Eleazor thundered
Each family will destroy its own
Then say your prayers and let the Lord know
That we are coming unto him_
With peace in our hearts.
Tomorrow the Roman battering rams will be upon us
We can no longer keep them at bay.

Go to yoizr houses — arrange everything in order
Let not the children see their mother or father
Or a mother see her children,
Give them each a strong drink of wine
In separate rooms
Dress in your best raiment
Let them know we are not beggars.

His voice broke — tears took over — he walked away
To shake each hand.
The assembly dispersed
First to the Synagogue
For — Ma-Arev — all attended
Then to their homes in silence
To make peace with God

They dress in their finest raiments
To show the conquering Romans' how proud they were,
And not in mourning.

Addenda: "Two Sins"

First Sin: Suicide is against the Law of the Jews

Second Sin: In death the orthodox Jews are not supposed
to be dressed in their best. They are sup-
posed to lie naked on the floor covered by a
sheet. You go back to your maker in the
same fashion as you were. Before God, all
are equal.

P.S. I have a strong feeling both sins would be forgiven.

M.C.

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