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June 11, 1982 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-06-11

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Israel's Busy Religious Calendar


HAIFA — Happy New
Year! The greeting may
seem strangely out of place
at this time of year, but in
Israel one can never tell.
The Catholics and Protes-
tants observe New Year on
Jan. 1. For the Orthodox
Armenians and the Syrian
Church, New Year falls on
Jan. 14. Members of the
Bahai faith mark March 21
as the beginning of the year.
The Copts and the Ethio-
pian Church celebrate on
Sept. 11. Rosh Hashana oc-
' ,—curs this year Sept. 18-19.
he beginning of the Hegira
year for the Moslems occurs
on Oct. 19. The Syrian East-
ern Church will mark Nov.
' In a country where
Friday is the day of rest
for the Moslems, Satur-
day the Shabat of the
Jews, and Sunday the
Sabbath of the Chris-
tians; a country where
dozens of faiths jostle
each other for a bit of the
holy space, one can ex-
pect to find an exotic as-
sortment of feasts, festi-
vals and fasts, services
and sacraments on al-
most every day of the
year, and often with con-
flicting events on the
same day.
The Book of Feasts in the
Holy Land, 1982, produced
by the Jerusalem Institute
for Interreligious Relations
and Research, lists some
450 holidays observed by
the various faiths, indicat-
ing the exact dates on which
each holiday will occur this
year, according_ to our
Picking up what is left of
the remainder of the year,
we single out just a few, as
typical of the list:
June 22- — Beginning of
the Fast of Ramadan. De-
vout Moslem's fast daily
from sunrise to sunset, for a
full month.
July 2 — Anniversary
of the death of the Bab,
precursor of the Bahai
faith. His body is buried
under the gold-domed
shrine on Mount Carmel.
End of July — Annual
religious congress, central
and most important reli-
gious event of the Makuya
(Japdn) movement.
Sept. 4 -- Special
Catholic services, for the.
Holy Land only, on the day
dedicated to St. Moses, the
Sept. 10 — Druze gather
at the tomb of the Prophet
Sablan, at Kfar Hurfeish.
Sept. 26 — Samartian
Yom Kippur.
Sept. 27 — Jewish Yom
Sept. 28 — Karaite Yom
Oct. 2 — Beginning of
seven-day festival of Suk-
Oct. 10 - Thanksgiving
Day of the Armenian

Oft expectation fails, and
most oft wh e re most it
promises; and oft it ,,hits
where hope is coldest, and
despair most sits.

Oct. 24 — Festive gather-
ing of the Mormons in mem-
ory of the 1841 prophecy by
Orson Hyde on dedication of
the Land of Israel to the
Oct. 28 — Memorial day
for Matriarch Rachel, at her
tomb, near Bethlehem.
Nov. 4 — Sigad, na-
tional feast of the Falasha
Jews on Mt. Zion. The
high prist reads the
entire Torah, in the tradi-
tion of Ezra and
Nehemiah who inaugu-
rated annual public

Nov. 9 — Prayer service
of penance and mourning in
memory of the Nazi attack
on the synagogues of Ger-
many and Kristallnacht in
1938, held by the Luthe-
Dec. 11 — First night of
Dec. 24 — Christmas eve,
which this year coincides
with Friday evening serv-
Dec. 31 — Sylvester's
Day, named for the saint
who served as Pope from the
year 314 until his death in
335 Everywhere else,
known as New Year's Eve.


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Texas Judge Bans Klan
Paramilitary Training

HOUSTON — United in the case of the Viet-
States District Judge Gab- namese Fishermen's Asso-
rielle McDonald of Houston ciation vs. the Ku Klux
ruled that Ku Klux Klan Klan, which was filed by the
paramilitary training and Klanwatch Project of the
camps are illegal in the Southern Poverty Law Cen-
state of Texas.
ter on behalf of Veitnamese
Southern Poverty Law refugees who have been
Center Attorney Morris harassed by the KKK along
Dees said McDonald's rul- the Texas Gulf Coast. Texas
ing clears the way for law- Attorney General Mark
suits against Klan groups in White joined with the SPLC
Alabama and other states in asking Judge McDonald
which have laws similar to to bar the private armies
the Texas law cited by operated by the KKK at
several locations in the
Her decision was issued state.

Friday, June 11; 1982 I

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