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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-16

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that they help find another
man for their daughter. It
could be called social survival
of the fittest!
The fault may not be "in
the stars" nor in Jewish
women but merely an ap-
proach to a more serious rela-
tionship. When the man is
ready for marriage how is it
possible that one of these
demanding yentas suddenly
becomes so desirable? Why
is it that after years of a good
marriage to a Jewish woman,
the gentile face, while pretty,
lacks a certain tam (taste)?
What makes the Jewish hus-
band shower the mother of his
child with gifts and baubles
for doing such a good job nur-
turing his child — a job she is
instinctively better qualified
for than he. Being Jewish, he
will still applaud her as a wife
and mother. After all, he pick-
ed her out. While dating gen-
tile women, the Jewish man
is criticized by these same
women because Jewish men
"spoil their women." Little
wonder they try so hard to
catch one.
Years ago my wife gave me
a birthday card I keep on my
dresser. It depicts a standing
lion next to a prone lioness.
The caption is "To The One
Who Makes The Rules" and
inside it says "From The One
Who Makes The Amend-
ments."
I thank God that my
"Jewish mother" pushed me
to study so that my Jewish
wife would have me. We still
have three single daughters
who we expect will demand
enough of the boy to be a
mentsch as a man. It is the
nature of Jewish culture and
men wouldn't have it any
other way.

Dr. Alvin Pensler
West Bloomfield

Fair-Weather Jews,
Christian Friends

At a time when some Jews
— a minority to be sure — are
sowing seeds of dissent and
discord in American Jewish
ranks, it is heartening to take
a leaf from stout-hearted
Christian Zionists who, un-
dismayed by the intifada and
the slow pace of the Arab-
Israeli peace process, are
rallying to give unquestion-
ing and undiluted support to
the beleaguered Jewish state.
"Christians Plan Israel
Support" (Feb. 2) is, therefore,
a timely reminder that Chris-
tians — unencumbered by lef-
tist ideological hang-ups —
are far more perceptive and
realistic in assessing the cur-
rent state of Israeli-
Palestinian confrontation
than certain Jews who claim
to be friends of Israel, but are

disdainful of the workings of
Israel's democratic system.
Thus, Sister Rose Thering,
chairman of the National
Christian Leadership Con-
ference for Israel, who visited
Israel 37 times, aptly describ-
ed the intifada as "not
against a brutal social and
economic injustice brought on
by brutal occupation. Rather,
the intifada was brought on
by Palestinian unwillingness
to negotiate with Israel."
"Zionism," she asserted, "is
the creation of a new society,
however imperfect, trying to
uphold the highest ideals of
democracy."
In a related development, a
new pro-Israel lobby
dedicated to helping Israel
from a Christian point of view
recently has been launched in
Washington with Richard
Hellman as director. Accor-
ding to its sponsors, the
Christian Lobby can help "tip
the balance in favor of a
strongly pro-Israel position."
At a recent press-conference,
Hellman said the lobby had
come about, in part, because
"the normal pro-Israel com-
munity — composed mainly of
Jews — had become "am-
bivalent, ashamed and dis-
quieted" in light of the
Palestinian uprising. Hell-
man said the Christian lobby
could reverse the stalemate in
Washington by tapping into
"the strong and pervasive
support for Israel among
millions of Christians" —
principally among the so-
called Bible-believing,
Evangelical Christians.
It almost seems, that "when
the going gets tough" for a
motley assortment of "fair-
weather" Jews, our "tough"
Christian friends "get going."

Ezekiel Leikin
Southfield

Rose Cohen Also
`Struck Up The

I thoroughly enjoyed
reading "Strike Up the
Band" (Feb. 2). All the names
mentioned were well
remembered.
A very important name was
left off the list: Rose Cohen,
my sister. Her band was
known as "Rosetta's Men of
Melody."
Men such as Barnett, Em-
mer, Joe Miller and Marty
Mitchell all jobbed through
her band at one time or
another. She played the piano.
Rose was physically han-
dicapped. Besides her or-
chestra, she taught piano and
was the first UAW-CIO direc-
tor of music. Her orchestra
also played at weddings, b'nai
mitzvah, local clubs and
private parties.

We've Grown
a Lot in
60 Years.

Did you know that at the
House of Watchbands, we

■ Carry the largest selection
of watchbands and watches
in the area.
■ Repair your watch on the
premises.
■ Sell batteries for every
watch made.
■ Cut our own crystals.
■ Repair jewelry.
■ Restore Vintage Watches.

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