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August 31, 1984 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-08-31

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Industrial exchanges with U.S.
an economic boon for Israel

engaged in encouaging and
sponsoring investments in
Israel and are active in
Urdan projects.
He announced that his
associate in local activities,
Eli Cohen, succeeds him as
director for North America.
Among the associated Is-
raeli manufacturing indus-
tries, served by Urdan, are:
Associated Steel Found-
ries, Urdan-Machining,
Hatzor Metallurgical
Works, Urdan Metallurgi-
cal Works, Rom Carmel In-
dustries, Urdan RKM, Ag-
ricultural Industries Ltd.
and the Kupfer Division.
Ben-Mayor and his fam-
ily are all Sabras. His par-
ents came to Israel from
Bulgaria, but the ancestral
background is Majorcan,
and therefrom stems the
Mayor portion of the family
A graduate of the Techn-
ion, Ben-Mayor's engineer-
ing experiences and con-
sequent industrial adminis-
trative skills enabled him to
mobilize the cooperation
that is being provided for
the Urdan projects.
His reactions to life in
this country and with an
identification with the
American Jewish commu-
nity, Ben-Mayor said there
is need for deeper interest
by Israelis in the realism of
American Jewish devo-
tions. He said that just as
American Jews should be

fully aware of Israeli atti-
tudes, the role played by
Jews in this country is "so
thrillingly positive" that Is-
rael can be justly proud of
the type of friendship evi-
dent in the United States.

He said that the Ameri-
can Jewish experience led
him and his family to the
synagogue — a greater
dedication than even in Is-
rael. With his admiration
for the generosity of Ameri-
can Jews, Ben-Mayor added
that the one-ness of people-
hood has thus been shown in
the U.S. Jewish and Israel
cooperative friendship.

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Came sailing down from
Out the sky.
The trees so abundant in
Their raiment,
Slowly shedding their summer,
With wide, outstretched arms,
Bowed their heads in unison
In endless time
To the oncoming winds of fall.

And, fall they did.— their
Magnificent colors slowly changing
Into the heralded sunshine
°' Days,
To light up their source
From whence they sprung,
A cycle of lively living.
As they removed around
Mother Earth;
To give it warmth and growth,
For all the leaves to expand,
Resplendent in all their colorful
Then returning to gentle
And nourish their ever-loving
Mother Earth.
I watched this leaf, alone,
Drifting silently to the ground.
Fall silently at my feet.


Was this just fate in
Fulfilling nature's native plan.
To toss this lonesome, living
Figment of life;

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Thrown and blown by
The unfriendly winds
To wanton, broken shapes
To utter abandonment.

Will it die an ignominious death;
Alone, forlorn, betrayed,
Without a solemn outcry
Toward its fellow leaf.

I walked along in nature's
Glorious garden
As the ravenous beauty
Of the scene
Came until me in full meaning. -
A leaf slightly larger than
Its comrades
Settled magnanimously upon
My head.

I stopped in mid-pace, as if
By signal.
Was this an omen of
Mother Nature's plan,
To enter me into the life
Of external living things?
Was this a well thought-out
Scheme of preserving life,
To cover and protect the earth
And all that dwelled within?

And then, a puff of wind --
My crowning leaf once more
Blew away-to join its fellows,
All coming together,
As if by pre-planned motive
To form a soft, warming blanket
- To cover and protect
Mother Earth below.

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Upon My Head A Leaf Did Fall

A withering, battered, lonesome




A four-year assignment,
as director for North
America of Urdan Indus-
tries Ltd., led Eli Ben-
Mayor to the conviction that
increased industrial ex-
changes between Israel and
the United States must
serve as the major means of
aiding in solving Israel's
serious economic problems
On the eve of his return to
Israel, with his wife and two
children, to resume activi-
ties with Urdan on his Is-
raeli home front, Ben-
Mayor expressed admira-
tion for American Jewry's
devotion to Israel and the
immensity of the philan-
thropic activities.
"Nevertheless," he said, -
"it is evident that invest-
ment in Israeli industries,
encouragement of business
relations between the two
nations, participation in Is-
rael's progressive
enterprises, can assist in
solving Israel's most press-
ing economic needs more ef-
fectively than the gener-
ously contributed dollars."
His conviction stems from
the multi-million projects
already pursue and the ac-
complishments already to
the credit of Urdan Indus-
tries and its associated in-
dustries. In 1981 sales ex-
ceeded $50 million.
Ben-Mayor stated, as a
farewell message, that
prominent Detroit indus-
trialists already are

Friday, Atigust 31, 1984

To warm her ever-giving
So that, in proper cycle,
Seasons would come forth
In all their glory,
To put forth its sheltering
Once again, in endless time.

Spellbound, I watched my leaf—
First, joining its comrades,
Then lifted high into the
To flutter high above
The mountain top,
Floating swiftly down
Into the valley below.

Was this, then, an omen — as in life,
For the leaf to start
A new nidus?

A challenge to the future;
To form its own separate
A plan of life — for life?

Was this my life — a,mere
Leaf in nature's plan
To be blown about at nature's
First whim to unknown areas
Of dire consequences?

Was this plan from above
planned out, drawn with
Specific purpose,
To carry out meaningful
Important roles in life;
Primarily with love and consideration
Toward the hearts of this,
His fellow man?

ADDENDUM: Our lives can often be compared to nature's plan for the leaves that blow in
the wind.

I tried, in my own reasoning way, to theorize — Is there a definite plan here, or is it a
haphazard, come-what-may event, unplanned, unguided at the whims and mercies of
all-knowing Mother Nature?

Although I wrote this poem strictly from a nature-loving approach, I began to realize that I
had unknowingly let my subconscious break through my conscious as it applied to the land
of my people, Israel.

So much of the poem could be applied to the history of Israel, as "A withering, battered,
lonesome leaf;" "Thrown and blown by unfriendly winds (Israel's neighbors);" "Will it die
an ignominious death, alone, forlorn, betrayed (God forbid!)" "A challenge to the future to
form its own colony, to carry out meaningful, important roles in life."

I guess it wasjust another way of expressing my subconscious love of Israel.

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