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August 19, 1988 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-08-19

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An Important Reminder!

JNF Trees Go From $5 To $ 7, October 1, 1988*

To meet the evergrowing needs of Israel and her forests, we have no choice but
to,make this small price increase. Israel's current fire season has caused over $40
million in damages to her forests and pasturelands and the cost of establishing
and maintaining forests and parks in Israel has been steadily increasing while our
tree price has remained the same since 1981. So if you've been meaning to plant
trees in Israel, act now to take advantage of the current low price before the up-
coming increase. Contact JNF at:

18877 W. Ten Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075

(313) 557-6644

*The cost of any tree group of 100 trees or more will remain at the same $ 5 per tree cost.

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y first visit-return
to Morocco was an
emotional pilgrim-
age to times and places. I
never knew. My only recol-
lections, as an Israeli born in
Morocco, were blurred images
of faces, buildings and places
that were partly real, partly
a fancy of my imagination
and partly hearsay of family,
friends., movies and journals.

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It remarkably stood the test
of reality and I felt that indeed
it reminded me of home. It re-
minded me a bit of Lod, a bit of
Ashdod, a bit of Tel Aviv, a bit
of Israel. I felt, as in Israel,
somewhere in between the
East and the West.
But similarities between
Israel and Morocco may not be
as great as they first appear. In
Israel, we have our head in the
West but both our legs in the
East, while in Morocco it is the
opposite.
Moroccan Jewry is dis-
appearing physically; cultur-
ally, it has already moved to
Israel. It is a community of old-
er people and businessmen
and there is no source for re-
newal. Young kids go away to
study in France and none re-
turn.
Today, the signs are on the
walls in Morocco. It is turning
Eastward economically and
culturally. In this turn, there
is no room for Jews, and they
all know it. The strength of the
past, however, mystifies the
attachment to Morocco.
Morocco is more than
beautiful; it is magic. It is
bathing in the sun, the water,
the sea; and legends. Arab and

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Jewish legends cohabit
together, just as Jews and
Arabs have lived here so long
together.
In the south of Morocco, Ber-
bers remember the grand old
days when the Jews were here.
They loved them, they miss
them, but now there are new
generations who do not know
what Jews did for this land.
Soon Jews, too, will be turned
into legends told by the elders.
Among these legends will cer-
tainly be the story of Es-
saouira (or Mogador), which
had in its great days 18,000
Jews and 6,000 Arabs.
Thisis an enchanting place

with an old Portuguese port,
an island, a port and fortifica-
tions constructed around the

city and on the sea. Othello's
story was filmed here, amid
the eternal winds of Mogador-
on-the-Scala, the old guard-
house.
The Jewish cemetery is to
this day respected and hon-
ored by the population. An
Arab guard was showing me
not only the burial place of my
family but also of the saints
and of the tzadikim, grand and
small ones. Here there are
great saints and Cabbalists
who had the power of know-
ledge and sanctity.
I met- the Jews of Taroun-
dant, Jedida, Ouezzan, Safi;
Tafraout, Marrakech, who all
told me enchanting stories.
One of the greatest stories was
Of the manuscript of Draa. It
tells the story of a Jewish king-
dom in the Valley of Draa, set-
tled by the tribe of Ephraim
over 2000 years ago. "Ifran"
was the capital and to this day
there is evidence that the
name of Afriat comes from
Ephraim and that they have

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