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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1988

"Who Is A Jew:"
Redux

As Jews bicker ever More
vocally over the "Who Is A
Jew?" question that is
consuming Israel and world
Jewry, two especially pointed
comments have come forth
about the issue. Neither will
bring comfort to the propo-
nents of changing Israel's
Law of Return.
In the Washington Post,
Rabbi David Hartman, an
Orthodox Jewish philosopher,
said, "Where else [but in
Israel] would a 200-year-old
tribal feud dictate who is the
next prime minister? Every-
one from the Jewish past has
come here to live and to strug-
gle. We didn't succeed in
creating a new Jewish society.

And now we've ransomed our
political freedom to people
who believe in magic and
curses, and they're the ones
who get to decide who is a
Jew and who isn't."
New York Times' columnist
William Safire was outraged
at the "grab for ecclesiastical
exclusivity" being waged by
"a cabal of Orthodox politico-
rabbis." If successful, this
redefinition of "Who is a Jew"
would "make a mockery of
the Diaspora's tradition of
diversity within unity. It
would sacrifice Israel's na-
tional security on the altar of
religious rigidity."

Bargaining With
The Grim Reaper

Two University of Cali-
fornia sociologists have deter-
mined that many Jews close
to death manage to
live until some important
occasion.
As reported in the Wash-
ington Post's weekly health
supplement, David Philips
and Elliot King found a 25
percent increase in deaths
among Jews in the week after
Passover than during the
week before the holiday.
The researchers chose Pass-
over because it is a gathering
time for most Jewish families
in the United States.
During the week after
weekend Passovers, when
family gatherings are likely
to be even larger than usual,
there were 61 percent more
deaths than in the week
before.

LOCAL NEWS

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• Actor/director Leonard
Nimoy: "I find the question,
`Why are we here?' typically
human. I'd suggest 'Are we
here?' would be the more
logical choice."
• Sex therapist Ruth West-
heimer: On Kristallnacht,
"Hitler was testing the world
to see how it reacted. And as
we all know, the world didn't
react. We are here to be vigi-
lant, to be aware of the ter-
rible things we can prevent
— like the Holocaust, like
Hiroshima, like hunger and
want. There is a Jewish lul-
laby that says we are like a
river's shore, and deep, deep
in us runs what has been,
what we are now, and what is
to be transmitted to the next
generation?'

Temple Will Honor
Communal Leaders

The Birmingham Temple
will present Jewish Corn-
munity Sabbath 8:30 p.m. to-
day honoring service
organizations within the
Jewish community.
Rabbi Sherwin Wine will
present the first of a series of
discussions entitled "Issues of
1989:"Ibnight's topic will be
"Jews of Detroit — Coping
with Changer Joel Tauber,
chairman of the Jewish
Welfare Federation Executive
Committee and the national
vice chairman of the United
Jewish Appeal, will also
speak.

Other community leaders
participating in the service
include: Susan Yorke, Greater
Detroit Hadassah; Daniel
Clark, Jewish Home for Ag-
ed; Al Ascher and Dennis
'Cayes, Jewish Vocational Ser-

vice; Sherwood Sandweiss
and David Jaffe, American
Jewish Committee; Jerry
Knoppow and Ofra Fisher,
United Hebrew Schools;
Mickey Behrman, Hebrew
Free Loan Association;
Richard Maddin, Jewish
Community Center; Janet
Arnoff, Kadima; Michael S.
Feldman, Jewish Association
for Retarded Citizens; Paul D.
Borman, Jewish Community
Council; Susan Eisenberg,
Jewish National Fund;
Herbert Blumberg, Orchards
Children's Services; Ed
Gold, Jewish Family Ser-
vice; Alex Ornstein, Hillel
Foundation; Peter A.
Perlman, B'nai B'rith; Robert
Steinberg, Sinai Hospital;
Richard Komer, Fresh Air
Society; and Dr. Herschel
Sandberg, Jewish Federation
Apartments.

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