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March 21, 1986 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-21

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16 Friday, March 21, 1986




Continued from preceding page

they were rescued.
Does Purim make sense in
1986? It does to Anatoly
Shcharansky, whose rescue to
freedom surely took on biblical
overtones. Imagine it yourself.
One day you're sitting in a Soviet
prison, and the next day you're in
Israel sitting in your wife's
apartment in Jerusalem. Talk
about culture shock! Shcharansky
reminds one of Mordechai, who re-
fused to bow to the idol which the
dreaded Haman held as he walked
through the streets of Shushan.
Shcharansky, too, refused to bow,
this time to the pressures — phys-
ical and psychological — of the
KGB. Today Shcharansky can
laugh about it, even as we laugh
on Purim about what almost hap-
Does Purim make sense in
1986? When you think about
Shushan and realize that today its
ruler is still a madman like
'Haman was, but that his name is
Khomeini, you realize how relev-
ant Purim is. Haman may have
died, but he never really went
away. And so today, in ancient
Persia, which we call Iran, there
still is a ruler who calls for death
to the Jews and for the destruction

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is that history does not treat very
well those who call for the death of
Jews in the palaces of Persia,
whether the •capital be called
Shushan or •Teheran. This year,
when you stamp your foot at Ha-
man's name, stamp it a second
time for Khomeini, and for his
colleague-in-evil, Qaddafi.
Whether hatred for the Jew be
hatred for our physical being or
our spiritual being, and whether
it be spoken in Russian accents or
Iranian ones, we must face it with
the perspective of Purim. We
must be vigilant; we must be on
guard; we must remember the
connection between fate and
faith, which is the lesson of the
lots, namely how tenous life can
be, just like a flip of a coin. And
after we do all that, we should sit
back, take a bite of our favorite
hamentash, and have a good
Purim laugh.
WNS-Seven Arts

Rabbi William Berkowitz is the
National President of American
Jewish Heritage Committee.

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less than three weeks to go ,befere
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In an effort to secure pledges
from as many people in the com-
munity as possible before April 9,
telethon Chairmen Ellen
and Dr. Martin -Hart have
scheduled a series of events. An
"integenerational" telethon of the
Metropolitan and Youth Adult
divisions was held this week at
'United Hebrew Schools. Other
general telethons are planned for
Sunday, and April 2 and 6.
Festivities at the closing party
will begin at 8 p.m., and will be
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Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits. The
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Hebrew and Yiddish selections
that draw on their European up-

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