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July 26, 1985 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-07-26

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Takiot is one. Some Orthodox
critics, however, question
• are "religious
whether
wish their own
enough"
personnel to gain access to the
schools in order to inculcate
the youth with what they con-
sider to be proper religious
devotion.
Inresponse to my ques-
tions, Elie Amit and Mr.
Domino, principal of Talpiot,
affirmed that the children in
their care receive six hours of
religious instruction weekly.
Cla3ses in ritual, Jewish
history and customs are
tau ght by the school's own
staff, not by outside rabbis.
The boys at Takdot wore
= The girls wore
overing their shoul-
cr:
ders and upper arms, and I
saw no shorts at Talpiot.
ers prece:led
Although
at
the meal th
tht I s hared with
the Takiot students, there
was enthusiastic benching
fgrace after meals) by the en-
tire assemblage at the conclu-
sion of the meal, led fluently_in
Hebrew by one of the older
Ethiopian boys. Ilt should be
noted that some Ethiopian
boys were taught Hebrew in
Ethiopia by their kessim, who
had, in turn, learned the
language thanks to ORT. In
Ethiopia the liturgical lang-
uage of both Jews and non-
Jews is not Hebrew but Gez,
which=tssim among
Jews
Children at my table con-

firmed that morning prayers
are always recited. They
seemed knowledgeable about
putting on tefillin, and other
rituals They also now know
the full holiday cycle.
In a dance ezhlbition for
their visitor's, boys and girls of
.Talpiot's popular folk dance

"A professional
decision was made to
support their faith
and belief as an aid to
absorption. They
came as a believing
people."

club never touched one an•
other or danced together;
rather they danced in separate
lines side by side.
Amit
that Ethio-
pian children are sent to
• ous institutions for their
years in Israel.
"A professional decision
was made to support their
faith and belief as an aid to ab-
sorption," he stated, adding
that "they came as a believing
People ?
But their system of belief —
fundamentalist Torah Juda•
ism innocent until only re-
cently of 2,000 years of rab-
binic i interpretation — has in-



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