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August 03, 1990 - Image 52

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-08-03

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We've Got Some
Real Shady Deals

Buried Treasures

Continued from preceding page

inside cover the owner's
signature, written in a
gentle and elegant script
reminiscent of the days
when penmanship was a
vital subject in every
classroom. One Daily Prayer
Book, a gift, also reveals this
message: "I hope this gives
you as much pleasure as it
gives me."
Most of the books are now
mud and mold covered, their
pages damp and clumped
together. But still, not only
words but pictures can be
seen through the dirt. On
one book is a drawing of a
family, all garbed in the
latest 1940s attire, sitting
down to a Passover Seder.
While most of the books
come from local synagogues
or funeral homes,
Machpelah Manager Paul
Saville says a trip to the
genizah is often a family
adventure. Parents bring

their children and they all
gather around to watch as
old family books are laid to
rest.
Before placing anything in
the genizah, Saville and
other Machpelah workers
sort through boxes of
material brought in for
burial.
Mr. Saville says the items,
because they are often old
and diverse, even attract the
attention of his workers.
"I've found some of the guys
reading articles," he says.
The final step is taking the
religious books to the
genizah, which is kept locked
at all times. There, the books
will join the red prayer book
from Wien, the Moshe
Dayan tray, the miniature
Torah and all the Siddurim
that once gave such great
hope and solace to their
owners, until finally they all
disappear into the earth.



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Voice Of America Relay
In Israel Nears Approval

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A state
panel has decided to begin
construction immediately of
a $300 million Voice of
America relay station in the
Negev, overruling the objec-
tions of environmentalists.
The decision went to the
Cabinet for approval, after
which it must clear the
Knesset, according to Dov
Kehat, director general of
the Interior Ministry.
The 19-6 vote by the Na-
tional Building and Plann-
ing Council reversed a deci-
sion last month to postpone
the project until a two-year
study of its effects on
humans and wildlife in the
region is completed. Israeli
and American officials had
demanded the new vote, say-
ing a majority of council
members were not present
for the first vote.
Yoav Saguy, chairman of
the board of the Society for
the Protection of Nature in
Israel, announced that his
group would ask the High
Court of Justice to overrule
the decision.
The U.S. Embassy issued a
statement Tuesday welcom-
ing the go-ahead. American
pressure in fact may have in-
fluenced the decision.
U.S. Ambassador William
Brown is known to have
written to Communications
Minister Rafael Pinhasi urg-
ing approval.
The huge station consists
of 37 antennas as high as
300 feet and 16 transmitters

with a capacity of 500
kilowatts each.
Its opponents contend that
the electromagnetic radia-
tion generated by the
transmitters would pose
health hazards for local
residents and endanger
migratory birds.
But Mr. Kehat insisted
that the panel had weighed
all environmental factors
after it visited the site and
heard evidence about the
effects of similar high-power
transmitters operating in
the United States.
The VOA station in the
Negev is one of several pro-
jects initiated by the Reagan
administration with which
Israel was invited to col-
laborate.
It was intended to
transmit VOA, Radio Liber-
ty and Radio Free Europe
broadcasts to the southern
Soviet Union, Central Asia
and parts of Africa.
Political changes
throughout Eastern Europe
have thawed most vestiges
of the Cold War, which had
prompted creation of these
radio services. But the open-
ing up of Eastern Europe has
conversely also allowed the
freedom for these American
services to be broadcast
without jamming and has
even made available new
jobs for Eastern Europeans
with these radio services.
Operations of the VOA
station in the Negev are ex-
pected to start in 1993.

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