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June 28, 1985 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-06-28

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Friday, June 28, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Calendar On The Agenda:
Dates Strewn With Facts

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Holy Days and Days of Awe are
still some months away, but the
creative urge to produce proper
calendars is already in evidence.
There will be many such prod-
ucts, some richly illustrated from
Israel. The information-
providing calendars are espe-
cially valuable as educational
media serving as guides for reli-
gious observances as well as in
keeping individuals and com-
munities aware of historical
backgrounds.
Often a product intended for
children becomes equally attrac-
tive and valuable for the elders.
Such is the case with My Very
Own Jewish Calendar, 5746 –
1985-1986.
Kar-Ben Copies, already pos-
sessing a good record in -chil-
dren's book publishing, is respon-
sible for this illustrated product
authored by Judyth Saypol
Groner and Madeline Wikler.
A list of participating illus-
trators is appended to the vol-
ume.
Notable in this brochure-type
calendar is the list of numerous
New Years observed through the
year. Here is the commencing in-
troductory note in this calendar:
"When we think of the Jewish
New Year we think of Rosh
Hashanah, but the Mishnah ac-
tually mentions four New Years.
The first of Nissan is the year for
calculating the reign of kings and
seasonal festivals; the first of
Tishri is for reckoning years; the
15th of Shevat is the New Year
for trees; the first of Elul is for
the tithing of cattle. This should
not seem strange to us, however.
Jan. 1 is the calendar year, but
businesses have their fiscal
years, and schools their academic
ones . . . not to mention our
birthdays and anniversaries."
Serving the needs for a 16-
month period, commencing with
September 1985 through De-
cember 1986, each page contains
relevant data and informative
historical facts. The first page
sample of contents helps define
the entire product. It contains the
following: • -
"The commandment to observe
Yom Kippur says, 'Ye shall afflict
your souls.' We cannot eat or
drink, wash or wear leather
shoes. The rabbis interpreted all
of these as forms of physical
pleasure. Leather, by tradition,
symbolizes comfort. Removing
one's shoes was also a symbol of
awe. Moses was told to remove
his shoes at the site of the burn-
ing bush because he was standing
on holy ground."
The Hebrew word for calendar
is Ruakh. Kar-ben Copies treat
the children's calendar as a
"Luakh with Ruakh
The
Calendar with Charisma." It is
just that and it'll appeal to pos-
sessors of all ages.
While calendars in the main
become capitalizing media for
advertising purposes, those pro-
viding historical data emerge
valuably and can be retained as
relics to come. In that instance,
many even attain a monetary
value.
One such calendar, already is-
sued in advance of Rosh
Hashanah, is the annual product



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of the Women's League for Con-
servative Judaism. Its "Calendar
Diary for 5746" commemorates
the 100th anniversary of the
Jewish Theological Seminary of
America.
As a photographic chronology
of the JTS anniversary, historic
and current pictures trace the
complete record of the seminary
dating back to the first school
building on Fifth Avenue and
19th St. in New York. The track
to the present campus facilities in
New York, Los Angeles and
Jerusalem provide a history of
teaching and rabbinic training.
Spiral bound, pocketbook-
sized, the Women's League
calendar provides a record of the
personalities who had their roles
in the establishment and con-
tinuity of the Jewish Theological
Seminary.
Thus, in addition to all the
basic characteristics of a calen-
dar, this one is commemorative of
an important movement. It is in
that capacity that it becomes
especially important in the his-
torical sense.

Asner Home
Defaced

Ed Asner
Los Angeles (JTA) — A neo-
Nazi group claimed responsibil-
ity for the anti-Jewish deface-
ment of the home of actor Ed
Asner last week. The group
promised more incidents if Asner
continued his "activities in the
interest of international Com-
munism and Zionism."
Vandals scrawled "Kill Jews"
and spray painted a swastika on
the front door of Asner's Studio
City rented home. There was no
other damage and no one was
home at the time of the early
morning incident, according to
police reports.
An unidentified man tele-
phoned the offices of the United
Press International claiming to
represent the National Socialist
Liberation Front and said, "We
claim responsibility for the at-
tack on the home of the Com-
munist Jew pig Ed Asner."

Pork Ban

Jerusalem (JTA) — A bill ban-
ning the raising, marketing and
sale of pork in Israel passed its
first reading in the Knesset last
week by a 57-23 vote and was re-
ferred to the Law and Constitu-
tion Committee.

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