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March 30, 1990 - Image 72

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-30

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Food For Needy Transcends Pesach

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the United States. In the greater
metropolitan area, thereby bringing
of Detroit, Inc. will gladly accept
freedom which is inseparable from
Detroit area the following
Yad
Ezra
into
existence.
contributions to defray costs' for this
Pesach. Even if a man has already
organizations
have been
Yad
Ezra
provides
strictly
Passover and future Passovers.
fulfilled the mitzvah of tzedakah, in
beneficiaries
of
Mazon: Mother
kosher, non-perishable foods to
Persons wishing to donate can write
complete accordance with the law,
Waddles, Wellness House, Food
those
in
need
in
Southeastern
to:
he cannot appreciate the full
Bank of Oakland County,
Michigan throughout the year
Shirley Robbins
implication of freedom if he knows
Southeastern Michigan Coalition on
excluding
Passover.
Free
nutritious
23410
Radclift
his neighbor is hungry and in need.
Hunger, Pontiac Area Lighthouse,
food is given out from the pantry
Oak Park, MI 48237
The Moies Chitim Organization
Community Food Depots of the
and/or
distributed
to
those
who
are
of Detroit was founded in 1922 by
If there be among you a needy
Society of St. Vincent De Paul.
unable
to
come
in
for
whatever
Louis Smith, great-grandfather of its
man, any one of your brethren
Mazon offers us a means by
reason.
current president Levi Smith. Moles
within any of your gates in the land
People in need can come to the which we may add a rich dimension
Chitim was established to ensure
which the Lord, your God, gives
of community service to our private
Yad Ezra office (15670 W. 10 Mile) in
that no Jew is denied a Passover
you; you shall not harden your
celebrations. Through Mazon, we
Southfield,
or
they
call
557-FOOD
for lack of funds.
heart, nor shut your hand in the
voluntarily add 3 percent to the cost
(3663) to arrange for distribution.
face of your needy brother. But you
According to Shirley Robbins,
of our celebrations, a bar or bat
In relieving human suffering I never
shall
surely lend him sufficient for
who serves as vice president of
mitzvah, a wedding, a birthday or
ask whether the cry of need comes
his need, you shall surely give him
Moles Chitim, the organization
from one of my own faith or not, but anniversary, any joyous occasion —
and you shall not give him with ill
exists solely to provide Passover
as an offering to help defeat the
what is more natural than that I
grace; for, because of this thing the
necessities for the needy. It once
scourge
of hunger here at home
should find my highest purpose in
Lord, your God, will bless you in all
supplied wine and other holiday
and around the world.
bringing to the followers of Judaism,
your work and in all to which you
foodstuffs such as matzah meal,
Simply send your tax-deductible
oppressed for a thousand years and
put your hand.
farfel, cereal and cake meal.
check for the suggested amount of
starving in misery, the possibility of
Deut. 16:7,8,10 physical and moral regeneration . .
However "it became too expensive
3 percent of the cost of your
to provide the other products," she
celebration to:
and
thus
furnish
humanity
with
Passover is not the only festival
said, presently only wine (or grape
Mazon, Inc.
much
new
and
valuable
material.
which we are commanded to
juice), matzah and a check are
Los Angeles, Calif. 90064
remember the less fortunate. On all
M. Hirsch 1891
given to the client. Last year the
In
the spirit of the Passover
religious and joyful occasions we
Mazon is a Jewish Response to
Moies Chitim Organization
festival let us aid those who are
are
to
share
God's
bounties
with
the
Hunger.
It
helps
confront
the
terrible
distributed matzah and wine to more
less fortunate than ourselves.
underprivileged.
scandal of hunger in America and
than 500 families as well as giving
overseas. Mazon was founded in
In November, a group of
cash stipends totalling over $24,000.
Rabbi Schnipper is spiritual leader
1985. Since then, Mazon has made
concerened people combined
Recipients are determined on
of Congregation Beth Abraham
grants
totalling
more
than
$1.4
resources and talents to bring the
the basis of lists supplied by Jewish
Hillel Moses in West Bloomfield and
million
to
non-profit
agencies,
most
problem
of
Jewish
hunger,
year-
Family Service.
active in causes to feed the needy.
of which work to alleviate hunger in
round, to the greater Detroit
The Moies Chitim Organization

o cils.0

Opening The Gates To Freedom

By MARY KORETZ

Each month in this space,
L'Chayim will present a Yiddish
lesson entitled, "Du Redst Yiddish?
(Do You Speak Yiddish?)," whose
aim is to encourage further study of
Yiddish. The lesson will include a
brief story utilizing the Yiddish
words to be studied and a
vocabulary list with English
translations.
The lessons were prepared by
Mary Koretz of Oak Park.
Following is this month's
lesson:
Passover this yor will be
particularly significant because of
the heintike exodus of Soviet Jews.
It kumpt none too soon. On March
11, 1990, I hob gehert a reporter on
Cable News Network announce that
there was a hecherung in anti-
Semitism in Rusland. The event of
glasnost made it gringer to express
the anti-Semitism, dos has immer
been felt. As he spoke, a bild of a
scribbled Star of David, desecrating
a building, was shown. Ironically,
afile something good, like freedom
of expression, can be used antkegn
Jews.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1990

The circumstances of the
biblical knechtshaft in Exodus and
the present one differ, in specifics,
ober are alike in being oppressive.
The Soviet Jews did not have
taskmasters over them to oppress
them with forced labor. The book of
Exodus further bashreibt their
salvation through the leadership of
Moses.
The Soviet Jews were gefodert
to sacrifice their identity. The
practice of zayer religion, the study
of Hebrayish and Yiddish were
farbotn. Jewish tseitungn, theater
and andere cultural effects
disappeared or were practiced in
secret for moyre of punishments.
Travel, at will, as we vaysn it was
forbidden and emigration was
ommiglech.
Any questioning of these, or
other government policies were
ongetrofn with disciplinary
measures. Particularly, requests to
farlozn the country, to become a
refusenik, was oft mol a prelude to
the loss of employment, a reize
kein Siberia, to turme or to a
mental hospital.
Added to the misery were the
purges of the Stalin era. Efsher, in

a way, the most touching incidents
were the murdering of the Jewish
poets. As committed Communists,
zay hobn geshribn so passionately,
so glowingly of the Soviet
iberlebung. For example, from the
poem "I Am A Jew" by Itzik Feffer;
"I am a Jew who has drunk up
Happiness from Stalin's cup.
To those who would let
Moscow go
Under the ground, I call out
. .. No.
The Slays are my brother, too,
I am a Jew!"
One tries not to batrachtn zich
of what they must have felt, when
their cherished cholem became
their murderous nightmare.
No Moses for this present
exodus exists. They are dependent,
as Jews usually are, on other Jews,
principally those in Isarel and
America. May this Passover arrive
in proper order.

Vocabulary

yor
heintike
kumpt
hob gehert
hecherung

year
present (time)
comes
heard
rise

Rusland
gringer
dos
immer
bild
afile
antkegn
knechtshaft
ober
bashreibt
gefodert
zayer
hebrayish
farbotn
tseitungn
andere
moyre
vaysn
ommiglech
ongetrofn
farlozn
oft
mol
reize
kein
turme
efsher
zay
hobn geshribn
iberlebung
batrachtn zich
cholem

Russia
easier
that
always
picture
even
against
slavery
but
describes
required
their
Hebrew
forbidden
newspaper
other
fear
know
impossible
met
leave
often
times
a trip
to
jail
perhaps
they
had written
experience
think, consider
dream

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