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September 16, 1988 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-09-16

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1988

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Can established Orthodox
rabbinic groups absorb or
encourage the opinions of an
emerging arm of "centrist"
rabbis, or is a separate body
needed to provide support for
those rabbis who think Or-
thodoxy has turned too far to
the right?
The more than 50 centrist
Orthodox rabbis who last
month attended the first con-
ference of the Fellowship of
Traditional Orthodox Rabbis
(FTOR) did not seem prepared
to reject either question.
On the one hand, their
presence at the two-day con-
ference held at New York's
Kennedy Airport indicated
their dissatisfaction with ma-
jor rabbinic organizations like
the Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America or
the Rabbinical Council of
America. They feel their
voices are not being heard in
the halls of those institutions.
On the other hand, nearly
all signaled a reluctance to
break completely from those
groups, and know both the
RCA and the OU have come
out against efforts to form
what the organizations call
"splinter" groups.
"We're embryonic!" said
Rabbi Ephraim Zimand, of
the Traditional Congregation
in St. Louis, Mo. "We're not
going to issue decisions but
make available all of the rele-
vant acceptable opinions.
We'll provide an open-minded
platform where you can ex-
change ideas without feeling
put down if you had a minori-
ty opinion."
The FTOR represents the
avant-garde of centrist Ortho-
doxy, which is attempting to
combine adherence to
Halachah, or Jewish law,
with a commitment to
Zionism, a dedication to
secular education and in-
volvement, and a willingness
to at least conduct dialogues
with members of non-
Orthodox Jewish movements.
The FTOR began in August
1987 under the initiative of
Rabbis Stanley Wagner of
Denver, Cola, and Benzion
Kaganoff of Chicago, Ill.
According to Wagner, of
Congregation Beth Hamed-
rosh Hagodol, the intention
was to create a group that
identified with what he calls
"Traditionalist rabbis!'
Wagner defined "tradi-
tionalists" as rabbis who are
liberal in their interpretation
of Jewish law or who even
make sacrifices in terms of
Halachah. A frequently cited
example of the latter is the
lack of a synagogue mehitza,
the fence or curtain that

separates men a=women
worshipers.
Wagner said at least 100
rabbis, most with mixed-
seating synagogues, have ex-
pressed an interest in joining
the organization.

Firms Protest
Technicality

Washington (JTA) — a U.S.
and Israeli firm have pro-
tested a decision by the U.S.
Army to remove their joint
venture firm from considera-
tion for a $70 million contract
because the firm does not
meet the requirements of U.S.
defense contract laws.
Tadiran Ltd. of Aviv and
Hazeltine Corp. of
Greenlawn, N.Y., have filed
the protest with the U.S.
General Accounting Office
over the decision by the Army
Communications Electronics
Command (CECOM).
A Hazeltine source said the
joint venture of Hazeltine and
Tadiran — Haz-Tad Inc. — "ap-
peared to be the lowest bid-
der" for the contract, which is
to build advanced military
communications ststems
known as digital group
multiplexers.
Haz-Tad was removed in Ju-
ly from consideration because
it is not considered a
manufacturer or regular con-
tractor under the Walsh-
Healy Public Contracts Act, a
Hazeltine source said.
A congressional source ex-
plained that under the act,
defense contracts must be
awarded to firms that are
"manufacturers or regular
dealers!" He termed Haz-Tad
"nothing more than a three-
man office formed as an ad-
ministrative arm" for both
companies.

Sleep Theory
Is Blasted

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Sleep and
dream researchers at the
Haifa lbchnion sleep labora-
tory appear to have exploded
the conventional wisdom that
the best way to deal with hid-
den phobias is to bring them
out to light by psychiatric
methods.
Addressing the ninth Euro-
pean Congress on Sleep
Research in Jerusalem last
week, Professor Peretz Lavie,
a psychologist who heads the
sleep lab, said that Holocaust ,
survivors who have made the
best adaptations in their lives
are the ones whose dream
patterns show that they have
succeeded in repressing,
rather than recalling, their
harrowing experiences.

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