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December 29, 1989 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-29

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Q: What is the difference between a slice of
bread and a present?

A: Both are gifts. The difference between
them is a difference in World view. Most peo-
ple look and see the slice of bread . . but
the person who says a berakka looks at the
same piece of bread and sees a gift. (The
berakka teaches us to see the bread as if it
were gift wrapped.)

Bread is the staff of life. Its importance is
reflected in the fact that it has its own special
berakka and because it has come to sym-
bolize all food, it is the berakka said before
a meal. Saying the berakka can transform
"bread" into "gift," and thus change the ex-
perience of eating itself!

Enjoy The Gift Of Bread

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Tel Aviv (JTA) -- What
does the scientific breeding
of cattle in Israel have to do
with building the Third
A great deal, say officials
of the Temple Institute in
Jerusalem, who concern
themselves with prepara-
tions for the coming of the
Last week, they persuaded
the. Sephardic chief rabbi,
Mordechai Eliahu, to visit
the G and G ranch on the
Carmel range to see an
- almost pure red cow. The in-
stitute has been searching
the world for embryos from
red or almost pure-red cows.
The institute's head, Rabbi
Yisrael Ariel, explained that
according to tradition, work
on the Temple and obser-
vances inside can only be
performed by people who are
ritually pure. An entirely
red heifer is needed for the
purification rites.
If ritually slaughtered and
burnt on a fire made of cedar
wood and hyssop, no more
than a drop of its ashes mix-

ed with water can purify
anyone who has become
unclean by, for example,
contact with a corpse.
To be suitable for the
sacrifice,- the cow must be
pure red, without a single
hair of another color. So far,
none has been found.
But the Temple Institute is
intrigued by the breeding
experiments going on at the
G and G. Ranch owner
Danny Greenberg explained
to the chief rabbi the com-
plex process whereby a 7-
day-old embryo can be frozen
and implanted into the
uterus of a cow.
Only three weeks ago, the
ranch laboratory perfected a
process to determine the sex
of the unborn beast. Accor-
ding to the Bible,
unblemished first-born male
cattle may not be slaugh-
tered. By determining the
sex of the implanted embryo,-
ranchers can ensure that the
first-born to any particular
cow is female, which, if pure
red, would be kosher for
purification rites.


`Sex Discrimination Is
Widespread In Israel'



Science Helping Hunt
For Pure-Red Heifer

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Tel Aviv (JTA) — An
Israeli educator believes
Israel is at least 10 years
behind the rest of the de-
veloped world in abolishing
sex discrimination.
According to Judith
Abrahami-Einat, it begins in
school, but most Israelis
aren't even aware that it ex-
ists. They cling to the
"myth" of sexual equality,
because the secular school
system is coeducational and
Israel once had a woman
prime minister, says
Abrahami-Einat, author of
the recently published "He
and She in the Classroom."
But although boys and
girls study together, except
in the Orthodox religious
schools, girls are shunted to
traditional women's occupa-
tions at an early age.
Abrahami-Einat, who
works as a consultant on ca-
reer choices to academic
counselors in junior high
schools, said that when girls
have to decide their high
school majors, they are
steered toward "women's.
For example, while boys
are channeled into engineer-
ing or science, girls are en-
couraged to learn word pro-

cessing. "The difference
between the two is signifi-
cant," Abrahami-Einat says.
Another source is the Or-
thodox religious estab-
Rabbi Baba Salah, the so-
called "wonder rabbi," was
interviewed on Israel Radio
by a male reporter last week.
It took a long time to ar-
range the interview, the
reporter explained, because
the rabbi would not speak in
public to a woman reporter.


Doctors Needed
For Ethiopia

Washington (JTA) — The
Religious Action Center of
Reform Judaism is
recruiting physicians to vol-
unteer for at least three
months' professional service
in the Gondar region in nor-
thern Ethiopia. That region,
home to 10,000 to 14,000
Ethiopian Jews, is ravaged
by a meningitis epidemic.
For more information,
write Project REAP,
Religious Action Center,
2027 Massachusetts Ave.
N.W., Wash., D.C. 20036, or
call (202) 387-2800.

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