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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-12-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 25, 1981 5

'81's Top Human Rights Events Spinning Dreidel 500-Years Old

SHANDELS
MI 2-4150 • BIRMINGHAM

154 SOUTH
WOODWARD

NEW YORK — A U.S.
Department of Labor offi-
cial has given assurances
that "religion" will be in-
cluded as a prohibited basis
of discrimination in future
training pamphlets, accord-
ing to the Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith.
The action came follow-
ing an ADL complaint that
the Employment Standards
Administration pamphlet,
"Getting Training in ESA"
only lists discrimination on
the basis of race, sex and age
as reasons for appeal.

DETROIT OLDS DEALERS

cost $9.
The two largest producers
of dreidels are to be found in
Jerusalem and in Japan.
This year, the Jerusalem
dreidel manufacturer ex-
ported 500,000 dreidels to
the United States.
The dreidel market will
be especially good this year,
I was told, because of the
overlapping of Christmas
and Hanuka. For that rea-
son the Jerusalem' dreidel
producer was asked to sup-
ply the U.S. 150,000 more
dreidels in 1981 than in
1980. Hopefully, in time, all
dreidels will come forth
from Zion and build yet an-
other bridge between Israel
and Jews the world over.

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(Continued from Page 1) the house to wash the pots
with the Christmas pre- in the river. An old man
sents that Christian Chil- suddenly appears and asks
dren received, according to if she could take him in for
Dr. Eleizer Marcus, a pro- the holiday. She readily
fessor at the Hebrew Uni- agrees. The man disappears
versity of Jerusalem's and the widow continues to
worry, since she has no food
Jewish Folklore Institute.
He also noted that the in the house.
When she returns home,
Hanuka candles are usu-
ally lit on window sills, al- her children greet her, sh-
though some ethnic outing that an old man
groups light them outside came by and gave them
the house to advertise the Hanuka money, oil and
miracle of the festival. A flour for pancakes. The
giant menora is lit in Is- widow rejoiced and called it
rael on top of the Knesset a miracle. Their money
and on other prominent never ran out and the dough
was never used up. And the
buildings.
Folk tales differ as told by little jar of oil kept the can-
each ethnic group during dles lit for a full eight days.
This is surely a tale
the festival. Egyptian chil-
dren, hear about a poor which, like the Hanuka
widow with seven children story itself, Jews can tell
who has no money to even their children and grand-
make pancakes. She doesn't children from generation to
tell them and instead leaves _generation.

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Change in U.S.
Bias Booklet

known Hanuka gambling
game. A nun spin means
you take nothing. With
gimmel you get it all. A hei
gives you half and a shin re-
quires you to put something
in the pot. It has even been
suggested that since Jews
were, at times, not allowed
to study, they used the
dreidel game as a subter-
fuge. While playing they
were, in reality, orally
studying the Torah.
Some have noted that the
driedel is spun from above
indicating that it is God who
spins all worldly events to
their rightful conclusion.
Prior to World War II,
before the age of synthe-
tics, most dreidels were
either cast in lead or
carved from wood. To-
day, however, most
mass-produced dreidels
are made from plastic. In-
flation has also had its
impact on the dreidel
market. Ten years ago
100 plastic dreidels were
sold in New Yoyk for
$1.75. Today for those
same 100 dreidels it will

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(Continued from Page 1)
bolically, the top-recalls the
`turnover' of events when
Judah the Maccabee's few
forces vanquished and top-
pled the many in Antiochus'
army. The natural sequence
of events was overturned,
the strong were spun into
the hands of the weak."
Practically since its in-
ceptiqn the letters on the
dreidel were assumed to be
the initials of the four words
which best describe the
great event: "Nes Gadol
Hayah Sham" — "a great
miracle happened there." In
Israel one letter is changed
and a "peih" appears in
place of the "shin." The peih
stands for "po" (here) refer-
ring to the fact that here in
Jerusalem, at the site of the
ancient Temple, the miracle
of the oil occured.
The letters on the dreidel
form the basis for the well-

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BONN - (JTA) — An
organization of Holocaust
survivors has demanded the
immediate dismissal of
Franz Schoenhuber, vice
editor in chief of the, Bava-
rian state radio and 'televi-
sion station, who is author
of the recently published
book "I Was There," extol-
ling the notorious Waffen
SS.
A resolution to that effect
was adopted by 400 dele-
gates attending the assem-
bly of the Council for Free-
dom and Right in Munich:
The, book was denounced
as an insult to survivors of
Nazi concentration camps
and a source of "shock and
anguish" to them. It had
made the best seller lists in
West Germany, largely be-
cause of the publicity given
it by numerous protests and
received a "rave" review in
the newspaper of the neo-
Nazi National Democratic
Party (NPD).
Barbara Disti, head of
the memorial at the site of
the Dachau concentra-
tion camp near Munich,

told the meeting that
Schoenhuber's book con-
firmed the thesis that
while the survivors of
Nazism continue to be
agonized by the past,
those who committed the
atrocities adopt a self-
righteous manner.
In a message to the as-
sembly, Frankfurt histo-
rian Eugen Kogon said
Schoenhuber must have
known that there is sub-
stantial evidence proving
that members of the Waffen
SS played a major role in the
liquidation of Jews in the
Soviet Union and elsewhere
and often served on regular
SS units guarding concen-
tration camps.
Schoenhuber was invited
to the meeting but failed to
show up. His book has been
described by West German
trade unionists as a menace
to youth because it upholds
Nazi ideology,

To be totally understand-
ing makes me very indul-
gent.
— Madame De Stael

REATE R DETR • IT OLDS DE AL E R '1

Dismissal of Pro-Nazi Writer
Sought by Survivors Group

THE MOST UNUSUAL
FEATURE ABOUT THE 1982 SAAB
MAY BE ITS 1981 PRICE.

hi a year when most car prices
are being raised from Detroit to "lbkyo,
Saab is keeping its prices exactly
the same.
Saab has always done things a
little differently.
From the very first one that
rolled off the assembly line over thirty
years ago. with front-wheel drive.
To our 1982 line..with four-wheel
disc brakes, energy-absorbing bumpers
and roof and mechanically controlled fuel

injection. As welfas one of the first
turbocharged engines to leave the track.
But the biggest difference has
always been the way a Saab drives.
This year, in fact, the editors of Road
& Track magazine thought enough of
that difference to unanimously select
Saab the sports sedan for the eighties.
Saab was always an unusual car.
Now it just has an unusual price.

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at dire risk to our freedom.
• The flirtations by the
National
of
Council
Churches and the World
Council of Churches with
Israel's would-be murder-
ers, the hospitality ex-
tended by the Vatican to the
representative of the PLO,
and the Southern Baptist
Convention leadership's
friendly visit to Israel. All
suggestivd that there is a
distinction between the
rhetoric of friendship and
the deeds of friendship.
• The persecution of
Copts in Egypt, of Bahais in
Iran, of Baptists in the
Soviet Union, the continu-
ing lesson that "No man is
an island . .
• The use of anti-
Semitism as a political tac-
tic in the AWACS debate, a
reminder that, though less
fashionable than in times
past, the utility of this
weapon has not worn out
nor lost its cutting edge.

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lived traditions.
• The trickle of Russian
Jewish emigration, con-
tinuing evidence that the
Soviet Union is the world's
largest cage.
• The
incremental
legitimization of the PLO,
in matching ratio to the
West's increasing depen-
dency on petrodollars — an
ugly and melancholy re-
minder that virtue has ever
been for sale.
• The Israeli elections.
Not because of who won
or who lost but simply
because free elections
were held. Not a coup, not
an assassination, not a
civil war, not a war of ag-
gression, but ballots
freely cast in, of all
places, the Middle East!
• The continuing Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan. If
the press has tired of the
story and it no longer is
news, we tire of its meaning

REAT R DE TR • I

(Continued from Page 1)
On the positive side,
Perlmutter said that the
Polish workers and Solidar-
ity demonstrated that the
determined pursuit of free-
dom "is oppression's most
formidable and effective
adversary." He cited the Is-
raeli elections "not because
of who won or who lost, but
simply because free elec-
tions were held . . . ballots
freely cast in, of all places,
the Middle East."
Perlmutter'g complete
and comments follow:
The assassination of
Anwar Sadat and the gun-
ning down of Ronald Re-
agan and Pope Paul II,
nightmares of how deep and
how cold, how violent and
hOw unbearable our
netherworld is, and how
close we are to its precipice.
• The Polish workers
and Solidarity, because
they attest that the
hunger for freedom,
laced with determination
to pursue it, is oppres-
sion's most formidable
and effective adversary.
• The bristling with
murderous hate attacks
against synagogues in Vie-
nna, Austria, and Antwerp,
Belgium, reminding us that
homicidal anti-Semitism is
one of Europe's longest-
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