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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-12-20

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Haifa — With the close of would be terrible natal disas-
1985 fast approaching, we once ters elsewhere in the world, but
again take a good look at the not in Israel.
The female clairvoyants had
predictions made a year ago by
an active year. Miriam Tamir,
Israel's astrologers. Almost
who claims to have foretold the
everyone reads the predictions
visit of Sadat to Jerusalem, the
with bated breath and curiosity,
war in Lebanon and the killing
but few are those who preserve
the stargazers' forecasts, and of Bashir Jemayel, opened her
1985 forecast with assurances
check them at year's end with
that Peres would prove to be a
what actually transpired. The
surprisingly good leader, would
comparison is enlightening.
First of all, let's not reject advance the cause of peace with
Jordan, and would keep the na-
horoscopy out of hand, for it is
tional unity government to-
in a great Jewish tradition. In-
deed, was not Father Abraham gether. On the other hand, she
did not expect Modai to last long
the first star-gazer? As told in
as Minister of Finance. Syria's
Genesis 15:5, he heard God's
Assad was supposed to have
commandment: "Look now
died before the end of the year,
toward heaven and count the
and both Arafat and Hussein
stars, if thou be able to count
them ..." There followed a
great prediction regarding the
One seer was
future of the Jewish people.
During Talmudic times and the
confident
that
Middle ages, Jewish scholars
American financial
were divided with regard to the
practice of astrology.
aid to Israel would
In Israel, in our own time, as-
trology is seriously accepted by
be halted and
many respectable people. The
earthquakes would
publicity attendant upon the
annual foretelling of events also
strike in Jerusalem
serves as great public relations
and Safed.
for the professional practitioners
who command fancy fees for
their advice in personal, politi-
were to be subjects of assassina-
cal and business matters.
tion attempts.
This year it has proven dif-
Ruth Eli was not the only one
ficult to compare predictions
who anticipated a major mili-
with realization. The sooth-
tary action by Israel, short of
sayers have been caught at so
war, during the year. The air
many false auguries in the past strike against Tunisia could be
that they have become wary of marked up as fulfillment. How-
preciseness in their prognostica-
ever, she predicted Modai's res-
tions. Many of them hedged.
ignation, a breakdown of the na-
Some gave solemn expression to
tional unity government, and
matters which were obvious.
withdrawal of Dr. Burg from
Those who dared once again to
public life. She was "courage-
go out on a limb, usually fell off.
ous" in asserting that drastic
Judge for yourself.
measures would be taken to
Ilan Pecker, one of the leading
meet the economic crisis here.
practitioners of the art, was
Miriam Binyamini was confi-
quite explicit last year about
dent that American financial
what 1985 held in store. This aid to Israel would be halted, a
was the year in which Mubarak, prominent national personality
Assad, Hussein, Arafat and the
would die, aliyah would increase
King of Saudi Arabia would all
vastly, oil would be found, and
lose their lives. He was also con-
earthquakes would strike
fident that Israel's national Jerusalem and Safed. She was
unity government would not
sure that Reagan would be suc-
last, was doomed to collapse, ceeded in the Presidency during
and would be followed by new
1985, and his replacement
elections. This was because the
would be less favorable to Israel.
planet Saturn was exercising its
Danny Befitnan avoided any
baneful influence, against which
predictions involving per-
the government of Israel is help-
sonalities because he had been
less. On the other hand, he did
burned too often in the past.
succeed in predicting a major There is no precise information
change in Israel's monetary sys-
about the exact time of their
tem — as did most economists birth, he said, and politicians
in the country. Readers who fol- sometimes falsify their birth
lowed his advice bought heavily
dates just to throw astrologers
into oil stocks, for he was con-
off the track.
vinced that this was the year for
One Jerusalem Kabbalist
a great oil strike in Israel. On
scored 100 percent accuracy in
the international front: he knew
his prediction. He cautiously as-
that relations with Egypt would serted that during the year Is-
not improve, and might even
rael would suffer no major
worsen.
natural catastrophe. He was
His great competitor, Herzl right!
Lipshitz, was more cautious, but
Unconsciously, all of us at one
with equal lack of success. The time or another call upon the
state of the economy did not aid of the stars. The word mazel,
worry him. He expected no great in HeLrew, means a. sign of,the
unemployment and only a minor zodiac, and every time we wish
recession. Things will really some one mazel toy, we are in
pick up in 1986, he said, but effect expressing the hope that
who can wait that long? There he will be favored by the stars.

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