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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-31

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Friday, July 31, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Negev Kibutz Nurtures Agricultural, Human Growth

By ARNOLD SCHLISSEL

World Zionist
Press Service


JERUSALEM
Mashabbe Sade means to
"draw forth a field." And
that is just what a tiny
kibutz of that name has suc-
ceeded in doing in the heart
of Israel's Negev Desert.
Because of its location —
35 kilometers (21 miles)
south of Beersheba —
Mashabbe Sade has known

difficult times, and only re-
cently has it achieved what
might be termed "middle
class" status.
Ideology remains impor-
-tant at Mashabbe Sade, and
nowhere is this more appar-
ent than in the concept of
self-labor. The kibutz mem-
bership, for example, re-
cently decided to give up a
lucrative citrus grove in the
more fertile western Negev
because there was not suffi-

Veiling of Bride Explained

By RABBI SAMUEL FOX

(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)

Jewish tradition requires
the bride to be veiled at the
wedding ceremony.
A number of reasons are
advanced for this practice.
It is often traced to the ex-
perience of Rebecca in the
Bible (Genesis 24:65) who
veiled herself when she first
beheld the presence of her
future husband (Isaac) corn-
ing across the field to meet
her.
Others say that this pro-
cedure was meant to pre-
vent other men from casting
a lustful look at her.
It is also claimed by
some that the procedure
may parallel the custom
of putting one's hand
over one's eyes when re-
citing the "Shema" (the
declaration of the faith).
The practice of veiling
may then be said to be a
demonstration of the
bride's faith in her own
future or in her future
husband.

Hebrew U. Gets
New Facility
for Synagogue

JERUSALEM — The
Hecht Synagogue, named
for the Hecht family of Cape
Girardeau, Mo., was dedi-
cated on the Hebrew Uni-
versity's Mount Scopus
campus earlier this month.
When the Hebrew Uni-
versity began rebuilding its
Mount Scopus campus fol-
lowing the Six-Day War in
1967, only synagogues in
temporary quarters were
available for the students
on that campus.
Martin Hecht, a founder
of the St. Louis branch of the
American Friends of the
Hebrew University raised
the necessary funds for the
permanent structure.

Pharmacy Grads
at Hebrew U.

JERUSALEM — The
Hadassah-Hebrew Univer-
sity Medical Center in Ein
Karem recently awarded
degrees to 40 graduates of
the School of Pharmacy.
The medical center,
which houses the only
pharmacy school in Israel,
also awarded prizes to sev-
eral graduates. The Akiva
Kusbina Prize went to
Bat-Sehva Goldberg; the
Dr. Yehoshua and Irma
Kohlberg Prize went to
Rahel Binyamini; and
scholarships from the Gol-
dhaber Family Fund were
awarded to Dr. Shimon Be-
nita and Mosher Feder.

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There are others who
connect this practice with a
historic episode in the
course of which Jewish
people worked out a method
of protecting their brides
from embarrassing tradi-
tions practiced, by foreign
pagans.
It had been the practice of
pagans in ancient times to
have the bride spend her
first wedding night with the
official cleric of the commu-
nity so as to insure the
"holy" aspect of all future
children. To Jews, this was
most reprehensible.
Since the edict only af-
fected virgin brides,
Jews at that time veiled
all brides like brides of
second marriages who
were covered. It is
claimed therefore, that
this practice of veiling
the bride was a reminder
recalling the lengths to
which Jews went in order
to preserve the sanctity
of human privacy and the
honor of their brides.
The very act of putting
the veil over the bride has
become a distinctive cere-
mony known as the "Bade-
ken" (i.e. covering act) of the
bride and is accompanied
with prayer and blessings.

Bond Chairman
to Receive Golda
Meir Citation

NEW YORK — Ira Guil-
den, chairman of the board
of directors of the Israel
Bond Organization, has
been selected as the 1981
recipient of the Golda Meir
Leadership Award.
The award is given once
each year to an American
Jewish leader whose "dedi-
cated efforts and outstand-
ing service on behalf of Is-
rael carry forward Golda
Meir's hopes for Israel's
economic security and
peace." The presentation
will take place at an inter-
national dinner Nov. 1 at
the Grand Hyatt Hotel in
New York.

Because it claimed to be
in a state of belligerence
with Israel, Egypt closed
the Suez Canal to Israeli
shipping. On Aug. 9, 1949,
the UN Mixed Armistice
Commission upheld Is-
rael's complaint that Egypt
was illegally blocking the
canal. On Sept..1, 1951, the
Security Council ruled that
Egypt could not remain in a
state of belligerence and or-
dered Egypt to open the
canal to Israeli shipping.

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CASH
FOR
JEWELRY I

cient kibutz manpower to kish water irrigation more than technological in-
field in cooperation with novations and balance
maintain it.
The kibutz — 20 years the regional council and sheets. Because it is physi-
old with 200 members — Ben-Gurion University of cally isolated, intensive in-
vestment is made to sustain
has a social conscience the Negev.
Highest dollars paid for
It is also introducing the the quality of life: the din-
that extends well beyond
your diamonds, gold,
ing
room,
the
living
quar-
oil-producing
desert
shrub
its boundaries. Four
sterling or old jewelry!
years ago, a variety of so- jojoba, in partnership with ters and the children's
houses are overwhelmed by
cial service agencies the Negev JoJoBa Corp.
Animal husbandry is an- a profusion of color from the
were asked to provide
names of problem other area in which the 200-plus varieties of flowers
youngsters, aged 15 to 16, kibutz is using unusual that grace the grounds.
Other settlements are be-
who might benefit from techniques: Three hundred
an association with the head of cattle are kept at ginning to spring up in the
State of Michigan Licensed
kibutz. Of the 24 controlled weights with Negev highlands — Tlalim,
CALL FOR
Reuim,
Ashalim.
They
will
youngsters originally special "weight watcher"
APPOINTMENT
II
selected, 12 still maintain meals, since it was dis- all have their growing pains
!
eased
because
of
the
lessons
covered
that
each
extra
close links.
And last summer, an- pound took a heavy toll on a learned over the years at
Mashabbe Sade.
other outreach program was cow's production.
Milkers, which discon-
launched: each day, a bus-
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load of mothers from the nect automatically at the
nearby development town of end of a milking session, are
Dimona arrived at the only one of a number of
Something new!
kibutz for various social ac- technological feats that
drastically reduce the
tivities.
Something delightful!
The kibutz is also a leader amount of labor necessary
Something refreshing!
in the field of agriculture. to collect the 5,600 liters
The kibutz was inhibited by (1,200 gallons) of milk pro-
lack of water and deficient duced daily.
The C. F. Burger Creamery announces a
Chickens, too, receive
soil for 20 years. However,
complete line of Kosher Yogurts
special
care.
To
enter
the
Israeli innovations in irri-
chicken coop, one must
gation and the use of brac-
kish water, have paid hand- shower and change into
some dividends at special clothing to
* YOGURT SHAKE: a low fate drinkable
minimize the chance of
Mashabbe Sade.
yogurt in five delightful flavors
Today, the kibutz drips its infection. The eggs hatch
way to a profitable peach (in a computer-controlled
* C'EST BON!: a delicious French yogurt
and apricot harvests, and hatchery) into an average
(with the fruit mixed in), in eight
of
220,000
one-day-old
grows its own fodder crops
tantalizing
varieties
with water four times sal- chicks a month.
The
hatchery
is
the
tier than anything you
* YOGURT WITH THE FRUIT ON THE BOTTOM:
kibutz's second-largest
would dare drink.
source
of
income

after
(still in experimental stages), a
The kibutz is also in-
refreshing delight, in twelve flavors,
volved in many experi- Sagiv, a factory which pro-
including plain and vanilla-flavored
mental ventures, such as duces brass ball valves.
yogurt.
the operation of a brac-
But life on the kibutz is

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French Govt. Takes Tougher
Stand Toward Israel Policies

PARIS (JTA) — The gov-
ernment of - Socialist
President Francois Mitter-
rand is taking an increas-
ingly hard line toward Is-
rael since its June 7 attack
on Iraq's nuclear reactor at
Tamuz and the bombing of
Palestine Liberation
Organization headquarters
in Beirut July 17 which
caused heavy civilian
casualties.
The harshly critical atti-
tude was expressed by
Foreign Minister Claude
Cheysson last weekend in
separate interviews with Is-
raeli correspondents and
with Agence France Press,
the French news agency.
He told the latter, "There
is now an Israeli govern-
ment which feels it can do
whatever it wants . . . It
bombs Tamuz just after
President Mitterrand comes
to power. On the same day
the Americans decide to re-
sume deliveries of F-16s, it
makes an air strike on Be-
irut. This is the new ele-
ment in the Middle East."
He said for those rea-
sons American influence
has been diminished in
the region and there is lit-
tle Europe can do there.
"Unfortunately, at least
unless the Israelis push it
a little too far, -I don't see
any change in the Middle
East in the coming
months," Cheysson said.
He said Iraq has not con-
tacted France about re-
building the nuclear reactor

which was built in the first
place by French techni-
cians. But he said a request
was expected and he de-
fended Iraq's right to have
such a facility.
"Each country has the
right to pursue nuclear pro-
grams like other
technologies, provided
there is no risk of diverting
this for military use," he
said.

All made without Gelatine, strictly Kosher and
made fresh daily in Detroit,
under supervision of
Rabbi Jack Goldman, Administrator

Metropolitan
Kashruth
Council

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