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August 25, 1989 - Image 102

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-08-25

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BBYO Plans Annual
Softball Marathon

While Jerry Lewis is pitch-
ing for dollars during the
Muscular Dystrophy Associa-
tion's telethon over Labor Day
weekend, three B'nai B'rith
Youth Organization chapters
will be slow pitching the soft
way at the 13th Annual Soft-
ball Marathon for MDA at
Oak Park's Sheppard Park
Sept. 2-4.
Al Jolson AZA, Kishon
AZA, and Martin Luther
King Jr. AZA are co-
sponsoring the 40 hours of
non-stop softball, which will
feature games among most
AZA chapters, as well as
among community teams.
Last year's marathon saw
more than 75 youths par-
ticipate and raise more than
$500 for MDA.
Support for the marathon is
coming from the city of Oak
Park, and from Famous Fried
Chicken, the Broadway Deli,
and Great Scott! Super-
markets.
The softball marathon for
MDA begins at 8 p.m., Sept.
2, and concludes at noon on
Labor Day. Any group of
Jewish youth may par-

ticipate. For further informa-
tion, contact Marc Harwin at
626-0489.

BBYO Presidents
Wain At Retreat

Twenty-five chapter presi-
dents of Michigan B'nai
B'rith Youth Organization
are meeting this week to
train for their leadership
roles in the 1,000-strong area
youth group. The leadership
camp, Very Important
Presidents (VIP), teaches and
reviews issues required of
chapter presidents.
"It is at this stage that the
chapter president learns the
ABC's of what it means to be
the leader of a chapter in
BBYO," said Arnie Weiner,
director of BBYO.
For the past 16 years,
Michigan BBYO has con-
ducted this VIP Leadership
Camp. The program is design-
ed- for and limited to
presidents of AZA, BBG, and
BBYO chapters, and is cur-
rently taking place at the
Charles and Florence Milan
BBYO Conference Centre in
Belle River, Ontario. It began
Aug. 24, and will end Aug. 29.

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here is a law in the
Talmud with which
very few Jews are ac-
quainted. Yet is is among the
most ethically beautiful laws
in Judaism. When properly
understood and practiced,
this law can have a
measurable impact on one's
behavior.
The law reads: "One is not
permitted to ask the
storekeeper the price of an
item if he knows he will not
purchase it" (Bava Metziah
58b).
Asking the price of an item
that one has no intention of
buying is considered "verbal
oppression." According to
Jewish law, it misleads, disap-
points and can easily involve
transgressing the command-
ment against stealing.
Before analyzing the law, a
brief explanation of it is
necessary.
First, the law does not say

Dennis Prager is editor of
"Ultimate Issues," a quarterly
publication from which the
above is reprinted with
permission.

that in order to be able to ask
the price of an item, one must
know that one will purchase
it. The Talmud allows corn-
parison shopping. One can in-
qurie as to the price of an
item from as many stores as
one needs to. Only if you
know that you will not buy
the item from that particular
store are you forbidden from
inquiring its price.
Among this law's many vir-
tues is that it is as applicable
today as it was when it was
formulated.
One widespread violation of
this law is when some women
go to a store to try on dresses,
knowing that they have no in-
tention of buying any of those
dresses at that store. They
want to find out which ones
they want, and then purchase
them elsewhere at wholesale
prices.
And many men who desire
to buy photographic equip-
ment will visit a retail
camera store, take up the
store's time in order to decide
which equipment they want,
and then order that equip-
ment from a less expensive
mail-order house.
Why do such practices
violate Jewish law? Because
we are deliberately mis-

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