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November 27, 1987 - Image 100

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-11-27

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cient prophets and sages.
Secular Jews also forget that
religious Jews began building
the new neighborhoods out-
side the Old City walls even
before the modern Zionist
movement began, and that
some even attempted
agricultural settlements,
such as Petach Tikvah. Yet
somehow, Chanukah has
come to represent the dif-
ferences, rather than the
similarities, between the two
camps.
Are the two different ways
of viewing Chanukah
mutually exclusive? Surpris-
ingly, the ancient prayer that
the sages wrote for Chanukah
provides an answer. "And for
the miracles, and for the
salvation, and for the mighty
deeds, and for the victories,
and for the wonders . . . and
for the battles which you per-
formed for our forefathers at
this time."

A clear reference to the
Jewish military struggle is
evident. But the prayer con-
tinues, "You delivered the
strong into the hands of the
weak, the many into the
hands of the few . . . the wick-
ed into the hands of the
righteous, and the insolent
into the hands of the diligent
students of your Torah." And
so the prayer also reminds us
of the ethical and moral vic-
tory of the Jewish people.

Perhaps Chanukah can
therefore be seen as a celebra-
tion of both the physical and
spiritual rebirth of the na-
tion. And perhaps in the
spirit of this prayer, known as
the "Al HaNisim," each side
of the two debating camps in
Israel will one day turn to the
other and say, "Shalom, my
brother, you too are a Mac-
cabee."

World Zionist Press Service

Art By Ted Albano

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a child should not be taught
to read before he is ready, but
there is no such rule regard-
ing when .to start reading to
a child. In fact, studies by
early childhood professionals
indicate that reading to chil-
dren enhances their ability to
read as they grow older. More-
over, it is far better to start
reading early- to children,
rather than teaching to read
at an early age.
"If a child doesn't read for
enjoyment by the third grade,
he will probably never view it
as enjoyable," said Dr. Dina
Feitelson, an author.
"It is important for parents
to have their children view

reading as a form of enjoy-
ment, as opposed to other
forms of entertainment," she
said, adding that this is
especially difficult when the
television has become central
in a child's home.
How can parents do that?
By setting aside special times
to read to their children, said

Floreva Cohen, director of
Board of Jewish Education of
Greater New York's Depart-
ment of Early Childhood
Education.

"Children never tire of be-
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dren improves their language
ability, and parents can start
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