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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-12-26

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Two weeks after my fifth
birthday, I noticed excitement
in our Polish shtetl. Yossel said
it was due to today being the
first day of the Twentieth Cen-
tury. I didn't understand him,
today was no different than
yesterday or the day before.
My best friend was Wanda,
whom I loved very much. We
played together everyday, all
day long, except for Saturdays
and Sundays. On Saturday, I
went to the synagogue with my
mother, sisters and brothers.
On Sunday, Wanda went to
church with her family.
It was Chanukah. A few
months earlier the war be-
tween Russia and Japan had
come to an end. Men who had
been conscripted were return-
ing to their families; others
were not to return. To dissuade
the people from blaming the
Czar for their loss, rumors
were spread that the Jews had
lost the war. The Jews were ac-
cused of exploitation, provid-
ing inferior war goods, draft
avoidance and other crimes
against the government.
The day was cloudy and
dreary. Late in the afternoon,
men carrying clubs, picks,
chains and torches began to
gather in the field across the
road from our house.
Shmuel and our brothers,
joined by the husbands of our
sisters, three cousins and two
neighbors, stationed them-
selves in front of our homes,

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My sister said the hostile force
aligned against us numbered
"On this day of Chanukah,"
Shmuel said, "remember that
Judah Maccabee and his
brothers repelled and defeated
a larger force of the Romans;
and with the help of God, we
will do the same."
Across the way I spied
Wanda, at the edge of the
crowd of angry men, who were
calling out insults and threats
to my brothers. Calling out to

Men carrying
clubs, picks,
chains and torches
began to gather
across from our

Wanda, I ran out to meet her,
even as she ran toward me. We
met in the road and began to
play our favorite games. We
had played for some time, not
noticing that it had gotten
dark and that torches had been
lit. Suddenly, I heard my
mother scream, "Shandel,
Shandel." I heard the sound of
feet running towards me. At
the same time, we heard Mrs.
Grabowski scream Wanda's
Our mothers reached us at
the same time. I was picked up,
my face pressed to a bosom, and
I could feel my captor hurrying
to the safety of our camp. When
I was set down, I looked for my
brothers, but they were not to
be seen — the woman holding
me was Wanda's mother.

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42 Friday, December 26, 1986 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS


he fascinating face of
Israel at home, be'yond
the politics and the
headlines — the human side of
Israel, as reflected in the little
tales of every-day life:
Employment Oppor-
tunities. An office has been
opened in Jerusalem for regis-
tration of Cohens and Levis.
Considering that the Messiah
is expected soon and the Tem-
ple will be rebuilt, there will be
need for trained personnel to
perform the traditional func-
tions of the Temple, and bona
fide Cohens and Levis are
called upon to sign up.
No Claimants. The periodic
sale of unclaimed lost articles,
held by the Tel Aviv police de-
partment legs' recently put up
for auction, among other items,
a pair of wooden human home-
less donkey and a student iden-
tification card dated 1937.
A Nosey Tour. Thanks
were expressed in the public

press to the Egged bus com-
pany which conducted a
"sightseeing" tour for blind
people — to the fragrant
Rothschild gardens in Zichron
Yaakov when the blossoms
-were at their aromatic best.
True Resting Place. Kib-
butz Gaash, near Herzlia, ac-
cepts for burial in its cemetery
deceased persons who may
have made some contribution
to the Zionist cause, but are not
accepted as bona fide Jews by
the rabbinate, and hence not
eligible for burial in the reg-
ular cemeteries. Provision is
also made for burial of Jews
who want to lie alongside their
non-Jewish spouses.
Wants Her Money Back. A
31-year-old single woman from
Tel Aviv saved up to go on a
week-long singles cruise, only
to find that the passengers
comprised families with lots of
children, forty single women
and one available male.
Jerusalem, D.C. Christian
friends of Israel are urging
that the centrality of
Jerusalem in Jewish life and

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