Detroit's Jews heve been informed by its community council that
public demonstrations during the Pope's visit are "not appropriate."
Is this an accurate assessment of the value of protest?
Private audiences with Pope John Paul II by a handful of Jewish
"leaders" — as slated before and during the Pope's U.S. visit — cer-
tainly could not hurt, but the Pope already knows what Jews think.
The value of petitions and pickets is not that they reveal the con-
tent, but the strength and force of Jewish convictions.
The Jewish Community Council argues that there must be no
linkage between world Jewish-Vatican relations — which are strained
— and local Jewish-Catholic relations — which are cordial, at least
on the leadership level. Jewish anger at papal policies should not
stand in the way of local dialogue, says the Council.
We agree. Detroit's Catholics should understand, even support,
public Jewish demonstrations against papal praise for an accused
Nazi and Vatican non-recognition of Israel, even as Jews and
Catholics pursue fruitful dialogue to benefit both communities.
The Pope-Waldheim meeting outraged Jews all over the world.
How can the Jewish Community Council believe that Detroit's Jews
are not similarly outraged? Perhaps there has been no local reac-
tion because the average Jew is waiting for his communal leaders
to lead the protest.
We believe a minimal Jewish demonstration on the Shabbat of
the Pope's visit to our city should take place in our synagogues. Each
rabbi should address the precarious state of Catholic-Jewish rela-
tions from his bimah. On that Shabbat, each Jew in Detroit should
be allowed his say on the Pope-Waldheim meeting.
In addition, the San Francisco-initiated petition to the Pope
should be supported. In fact, any reasonable demonstration by any
member of the community is certainly appropriate.
This is not the Jewish Community Council's position. But, clear-
ly, the Council has neither led nor followed the community in this
dustry. It is a super-sophisticated, low-level attack fighter plane
specifically designed to outsmart advanced tracking systems and
function in a missile-saturated environment.
But it is also super-expensive. Over the last seven years it has
cost some $1.5 billion in design and development costs, almost all
of it provided by the U.S.
The Reagan Administration made it plain last week, though, that
the buck has stopped. Washington called on Jerusalem to abandon
the Lavi project as too costly and extravagant, and implied that it
would not bail Israel out of a financial crisis if she decided to go ahead
with the project.
Recognizing that the Lavi project was draining the rest of the
defense budget, the Defense Ministry, army and air force have all
come to advise against it, as has the Finance Ministry.
Each day the decision is delayed is costing Israel about a million
dollars. But it is not easy to cancel a project that would mean the
loss of thousands of jobs, not to mention the psychological and emo-
tional trauma of abandoning an effort to achieve a degree of military
Still, the bottom line is that Israel cannot afford the Lavi. And
unless she can come up with a source for the $500 million a year
needed for production, the cabinet must bite the bullet and aban-
don the Lavi. It should be done quickly, honorably and without the
political rancor that often accompanies unpopular decisions.
Abandoning the Lavi is a shame. But it is also an economic
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The Buck Has Stopped
What do you do when faced with an impossible dilemma? Pro-
bably put off the decision for as long as possible. That's what the
government in Israel has done over the Lavi fighter plane project.
But push has come to shove and the cabinet, which has delayed the
vote eight times in the last four months, is scheduled to make a final
determination in the next "week or two."
The reason for the anguish is understandable. The Lavi, as our
Jerusalem correspondent Helen Davis reports (see page 52), is "the
pride and crowning achievement" of Israel's talented aircraft in-
Ruthan Brodsky's Close-Up
article (Aug. 7), "Caring For
the Caregiver", is an excellent
piece of news which reveals to
the community the over-
whelming dilemma of a
primary caregiver who is car-
ing for a family member af-
flicted with Alzheimer's
disease or a related disorder.
I believe you have gained
sight of and reported the
plight of the caregiver very
I am also pleased you men-
tioned the home respite pro-
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gram of Alzheimer's Disease
and Related Disorders
Association. We do have an
excellent program which is
meeting the needs of the
caregiver. However, you
reported that the cost was ap-
proximately $5 per hour. This
is incorrect. The fee is at
most, $5 for a four-hour unit
of time. Many caregivers are
not charged for respite
Alzheimer's Disease and Related
Our thanks for the
beautifully written story
about respite care, which in-
cluded the in-home respite
program at Jewish Family
Service. We appreciate the ar-
ticle, but there was an incor-
rect statement regarding pay-
ment for services.
It is true that there is no set
fee, but each client is expected
to donate or pay a monthly
sum based upon their ability
to pay. Donations range up to
$5 per hour of service, with
the exception of poverty level
clients, who do not donate.
Jewish Family Service,
With the issue of abortion
again in the forefront of The
Jewish News, the Council of
Orthodox Rabbis (Vaad
Harabonim) finds it
necessary to address this all
Since in the eyes of the
Jewish law, abortion is con-
sidered a form of murder, we
can in no way sanction the
usage of state funding for this
practice. If the mother's life is
threatened, then a competent
halachic decision is required.
We are confident that all
Jews who respect the holiness
of Jewish Law, will do all that
they can do to protect the
sanctity of life.
Rabbis Leizer Levin, Chaskel
Grubner, Shaiall Zachariash,
Elimelech Goldberg, Meilech
Silberberg, Leo Y. Goldman and
I wish to comment on your
article July 24 entitled
"Israeli Clinic Breaks the
Silence Barrier." The article
states that the average age of
detection of hearing impair-
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