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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-02-14

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56 Friday, February 14, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

bruce m. weiss

TORAH PORTION

Jewelers.
26325 Twelve Mile Rd.

I write the Songs, Poems, Speeches,
You create the need, You hove my word.

Southeast corner Northwestern
Behind Gabe's Fruits
In The Mayfair Shops

Mon.-Sat. 10-5:30
Thurs. 10-8:30

Natalie Freed
851-8886

353-1424

STRICTLY KOSHER MEAT MARKET

13831 W. 9 Mile Rd., Oak Park 543-7092
GLATT KOSHER MEATS

(at reasonable prices)

Rack of Lamb (Lean)
Trimmed Rib Steak
Boneless Chuck Roast
Shoulder Steak
(sliced)

$3.99 lb.
$3.69 lb.
$2.49 lb.
$2.69

BY RABBI M. ROBERT SYME

Special to The Jewish News

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Doing Life's Work
With A Willing Heart

The children of Israel had just
come out of Egypt. Moses, their
great leader, stands before
them. He knows full well that it
will require months and years of
education and preparation be-
fore this illiterate group of ex-
slaves will be ready to enter the
Promised Land. And so, at the
behest of God, he brings forth
the commandments. They are
told what to do, and what not to
do.
It is interesting to note that
these ex-slaves had no problem
understanding the command-
ments. After all, for almost 400
years they had been told: "Do
this, don't do that!" And later,
when they are commanded to
build a Sanctuary, they readily
understand that also! They had
been building treasure cities for
Pharaoh all these many years.
In this week's sidra, however,
God says to Moses: "Speak unto
the children of Israel, that they
take for Me an offering, of every
man whose heart maketh him
willing." That was completely
foreign to them! If Moses had
taxed them, if Moses had forced
them, it would have been under-
standable. But to give freely,
without compulsion, is some-
thing that they could not com-
prehend. Not yet! It took many
years before Moses taught them
that treasure cities for Pharaoh
are built through forced labor
but a Sanctuary for God is built
through free-will offerings.
William Hazlett, a great
English writer, said, "A scratch
in a person's finger, will hurt
him more than the death of a
million people overseas." By
that he meant to indicate that
we are all basically selfish. Long
ago, the Talmud expressed the
same sentiment when it said:
Odom ko-rohy li-ahts-moh —
"Every person is near unto him-
self." Selfishness is a normal
part of human nature.
The Great sage Hillel echoed
that thought when he said: "If I
am not for myself, who will be
for me?" But then he is careful
to add: "If I am only for myself,
what am I?" Too many of us fail
to overcome this basic selfish-
ness, and thereby deface the
tabernacle of character.
Consider marriage. Two
young people stand before a
rabbi and vow that henceforth
they will love, honor and
cherish one another. They are
handed a certificate which pro-
claims that, according to the
laws of the state, they are now
married. They are now legally
obligate& to perform certain
duties and responsibilities. But
we all know that the legal does
not make a marriage laSting. It
is not what they have to do for
each other, but rather what they
want to do for each other, that
,makes their marriage a "kid-
dushin" -- "a sacred and
sanctified relationship."
No one can force them to re-
spect each other. No one can

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compel them to be generous and
loving with one another. It is
only when they begin to bring a
"free will offering of the heart"
that their house becomes a
home, "a sa4ctuary- worthy for
God to dwell therein."
These last few weeks, in our
Detroit community , we have
witnessed fund raising activities
on behalf of the Allied Jewish
Campaign. People contribute out
of various motives: some be-
cause they are impelled to.
Whatever their motive, the
cause is worthy and the contri-
bution is welcomed. Although
some of the contributors may
not be aware of it, the word "of-

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Shabbat Teruma:
Exodus 25:1-27:19.
I Kings 5:26-6:13.

fering" in Hebrew, is "t'rumah."
It comes from the word "rom"
which means "to raise." Thus,
when we speak of "raising
money" it has the connotation of
raising money from the lowly
level of self indulgence, to the
lofty peak of sacred service.
Thus, blessed are those who
bring "a willing heart" to the
tabernacle of marriage, or to the
sanctuary of communal service.
They are assisting God in bring-
ing heaven closer to earth.

Purim Greetings
Sent To Refuseniks

Cong. Beth Shalom Religious
School is undertaking a school
project to send postcards to
mother and daughter, Mila and
Kira Volvovsky, in Gorky, Rus-
sia, with a Purim message.
Leonid Volvovsky is serving a
three-year prison sentence in a
labor camp for teaching Hebrew
and having Hebrew books in his
apartment.
The Volvovskys first applied
to emigrate to Israel in June
1974. Upon applying, Volvovsky
was fired from his position as
senior researcher at the Re-
search Institute of Automation
and Mechanization 'in the Oil
and Gas Industry in Moscow.
Mrs. Volvovsky also was dis-
missed from her job.
They have not been able to
work in their professions since
applying. Vohrovsky has only
been able to work as a laborer.
The Volvovskys were granted
Israeli citizenship in 1980.
Letters can be sent to Mrs.
Volvovsky at Krilova 14A, Apt.
115, Gorky, RSFSR, USSR. Vol-
vovsky's address is UchreAlinie
I.Z. 32/1, Gorky, RSFSR, USSR.
For information on writing to
the Volvovskys, call Rae
Sharfman, 851-6032.



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