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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-03-01

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

A SPECIAL
THANK YOU .. .

To my family, relatives, and
friends for all of their cards,
tributes, flowers and sup-
port during my recent ill-
ness.

— no barrier between us." Ac-
cording to Kagan, that is the
Lubavitch training.

Another difference between
the Lubavitchers and the rest
of the Torah-observant com-
munity is the role of the Re-
bbe. "The Rebbe, Rabbi
Menachem M. Schneerson, is
the world head of Lubavitch, a
recognized Jewish leader."
To the Lubavitchers, the
Rebbe is the leader. In the
foreword of a pamphlet honor-
ing the Rebbe's 30th anniver-
sary as the leader of Lubavitch
is a quote: "We join the global
chorus of acclaim for the Re-
bbe's dynamism that has
energized Jews the world over
to reach out to their fellow-
man from the war-shocked Is-
raeli soldier in the Suez
trenches to the lonely student
on the Ann Arbor campus."

But Kagan is quick to dis-
pute any parallel between the
Rebbe and the Roman
Catholic Pope. "The Rebbe has
a relationship that is different
than a leader of non-
Chasidics." Kagan says, "The
Rebbe's role is to be the ulti-
mate authority. The Rebbe is a
spiritual leader who is to the
Lubavitch community above
the ordinary. The Rebbe is a

confidant and counselor in al-
most every field imaginable."

Sincerely

assimilation is smaller
families.
Although Kagan feels that
many of the stereotypes about
Lubavitch have diminished,
he realizes some still exist. "It
is upsetting — the connotation
that goes along with big
families, with ragged un-
kempt children and dirt," the
rabbi admits. "The encourag-
ing thing about it is that the
bad connotations have de-
creased."
In response to those
stereotypes, Kagan sums up
the Lubavitch philosophy:
"Lubavitch has a unique way
of presenting the beauty and
vitality of Torah-oriented
Judaism to the modern man,
woman and child. That is the
single message. Toss all con-
notations overboard. We have
certain undying values. Let
them be intellectually honest
and research it (Judaism).
"Why shortchange yourself
on Judaism when you spend so
much time researching every-
thing else? You follow the
paper to be politically aware.
Books to be sociologically
aware, and market sources to
be financially aware. Why
don't people read Jewish
sources to be religiously
aware?"

This is important to
Lubavitchers, who hold a wide
assortment of jobs. Kagan
points out, "The Lubavitch
community consists of people
devoted in their lifestyles, but
you may hold any job and be a
Chasidic Jew."
Rabbi Kagan's newsletter,
Thought for The Week, in-

Although Kagan
feels that many of the
stereotypes about
Lubavitch have
diminished, he
realizes some still
exist.

eludes translations and
adaptations of the Rebbe's
works.
Kagan and his wife Rachel
have six children and hope for
many more. Citing Torah
teachings against birth con-
trol, Lubavitchers tend to
have large families. He feels
that one of the great signs of

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Food, Fuel Price Hikes Draw Criticism

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The govern-
ment raised prices of subsidized
basic foodstuffs by 25 percent last
week and upped the price of fuel
by 11 per cent.
The Employers Association and
the Histadrut immediately de-
nounced the step by the Treasury
and the Commerce and Industry
Ministry and Eli Hurwitz, chair-
man of the Manufacturers Asso-
ciation, said the employers would
consider leaving the economic
package deal because the gov-
ernment had not fully consulted
with its other two partners to the
agreement — the manufacturers
and the Histadrut — before pub-
licly announcing the price rises.
The new guidelines had allowed
for increases in the price of basic
subsidized goods during the
eight-month package deal by 12
percent above the current
monthly cost of living index in-
crease.
As last month's rise was about
five percent, the maximum price
increase should have been about
17 percent, not 25 percent, Hur-
witz argued. But the Treasury
said they had calculated on an an-
ticipated rise of about 15 percent
this month, which would allow for
the 25 percent increase.

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ment, Haifa District Court Judge
Eliezer Barr ordered ATA
liquidator-manager Eliezer Peleg
to dismiss 400 of the textile firm's
workers this week, or the coin-

pany would be closed.
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ratification of the steps he had
proposed to put the failing com-
pany back on its feet.
The immediate dismissal of 400
workers, with another 225 dis-
missals over the next 18 months,
were part of his suggestions.
The court ruled that if Peleg did
not submit proof that the dismis-

sals had been carried out by yes-
terday, ATA would be shut down
today.
Peleg warned that it would be
difficult to carry out the dismis-
sals in such a short time, as ar-
rangements had to be made to pay
compensation to workers dis-
missed and to ensure pension
rights for those nearing retire-
ment — some of them after 30
years of work in the enterprise.

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