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BETH EL: Family Shabbat services 8 p.m.
today. Services 11 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi
Julian Cook will speak on "Ridding
Ourselves of Idols." Ibrah study 9:30 a.m.
BETH EMETH (ANN ARBOR): Sisterhood
Shabbat service 8 p.m. today.
BETH JACOB: - Services 8:30 p.m. today.
Rabbi Richard Weiss will install officers
and members of the board of directors
and welcome new members.
EMANU-EL: Couples Club Shabbat service
8:15 p.m. today. Interpreter Kim Batten-
Willett will sign. Services 10:30 a.m.
Saturday; Young Family Service at 10:15
a.m. Torah study at 9:30 a.m.
KOL AMI: Services 8 p.m. today. Rabbi Nor-
man Roman will speak on "Who Is a
SHIR SHALOM: Services 8 p.m. today. Rab-
bi Dannel Schwartz will speak on "Will
it Be Fine in '89: Predictions for the New
Year." Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Rebbe's
tish 11 a.m.
TEMPLE ISRAEL: Services 8 p.m. today.
Sherri Green, bat mitzvah. Rebbe's tish
9:30 a.m. Saturday, services 10:30 a.m.
Also: Shir Tikvah.
BETH ABRAHAM HILLEL MOSES: Ser-
vices 6 p.m. today and 8:45 a.m. Satur-
day. Ronald Anstandig will chant the
BETH ACHIM: Services 4:55 p.m. today and
8:45 a.m. Saturday. Les Goldstein will
chant the haftara.
BETH SHALOM: Sisterhood Shabbat. Ser-
vices 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday.
B'NAI ISRAEL OF WEST BLOOM-
FIELD: Services 9 a.m. Saturday. Rab-
bi Sherman Kirshner will speak on "A
Sense of Community." Judge Edward
Avadenka will chant the haftara. '
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B'NAI MOSHE: Services at 4:55 p.m. today
and 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Jack Kutnick
will chant the haftara.
DOWNTOWN SYNAGOGUE: Services 8
a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Noah Gamze will
speak on "Can We Overcome the Pro-
Arab Bias Among Our Intelligentsia?"
SHAAREY ZEDEK: Services 8:45 a.m.
Saturday. Kate Berry, bat mitzvah,
Also: Mat Shalom, Beth Isaac of Trenton,
Beth Thphilath Moses of Mount Clemens,
Livonia Jewish Congregation, and 12 Mile
and Pierce (Bais Yoseph).
B'NAI DAVID: Services 5 p.m. today and
8:30 a.m. Saturday. William Icikson will
chant the haftara.
T'CHIYAH: Services 7:45 p.m. today con-
ducted by Matthew Schenk.
BIRMINGHAM TEMPLE: Tu B'Shevat
Family Service at 7:30 today, presented
by students in the temple school.
Bais Chabad of Farmington Hills, Bais
Chabad of West Bloomfield, Beth Jacob-
Mogain Abraham, Beth Tefilo Emanuel
Tikvah, B'nai Israel-Beth Yehudah, B'nai
Jacob, B'nai Zion, Dovid Ben Nuchim,
Mishkan Israel-Nusach H'Ari-Lubavitcher
Center, Shaarey Shomayim, Shomrey
Emunah, Young Israel of Greenfield, Young
Israel of Oak-Woods and Young Israel of
Sephardic Community of Greater Detroit.
Overcoming All The Forms
Of The Plague Of Darkness
RABBI IRWIN GRONER
Special to The Jewish News
story is told of a
young boy studying
the Torah selection of
this week. He read to his
teacher the narrative about
the ninth plague, "There was
a thick darkness all over
Egypt, and they saw not one
another . . . for three days."
The young boy turned to his
teacher and asked, "What
kind of plague was this ninth
plague of darkness? All the
Egyptians had tq do was light
their lamps. Were the Egyp-
tians lazy? Isn't that what
they did every night when it
His teacher smiled as he
listened to the young boy's
queries. He replied, "Your
Irwin Groner is rabbi of
Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
question is excellent, but
allow me to answer it. The
darkness which afflicted the
Egyptians was of a special
kind. It did not simply affect
the eyes; it affected the heart.
Physically, the Egyptians
were able to see. However,
emotionally, the Egyptians
did not feel for each other.
They did not see one another,
literally, 'each his brother?
They were blind to each
When a person so lives and -
acts that he is blind to his
brother, he has been struck by
darnkess. If a man cannot
face his fellow, extend his
hand in affection, share his
burdens, then indeed, does he
suffer from a dreaded afflic-
tion. Thus is this great
darkness placed ninth in the
series of plagues, for in the
order of severity only the 10th
plague, death, is more harsh
than darnkess that prevents
one from seeing another.
What is this darkness that
divides people? What is it
that erases from a man's
heart the love of his neighbor?
What is the source of that
terrible violence that increas-
ingly is convulsing the life of
this country and societies
First, we note the darkness
of power. When power is given
to certain people, it gives
them such a sense of privilege
that no one else seems worthy
of respect and care. A great
society produces great leaders
to whom is given the authori-
ty of power. But there should
be integrated with that
authority a sense of obliga-
tion and responsibility. In the
Book of Deuteronomy, it is
stated that the king of Israel
should have a copy of the
Ibrah with him at all times.