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November 06, 1992 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-11-06

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here is no longer any-
thing exceptionally
new about another
aliyah exodus to Israel.
That's the Zionist role
of rescuing oppressed Jews
and redeeming them in the
State of Israel. The newest
Jewish achievement is now
in process with the transfer
of oppressed and disinfran-
chised Jews of Tajik in the
strife-ridden Muslim repub-
lic of Tajikistan.
This is an exceptional
occurrence involving some
10,000 Jews to be redeemed
who are to become halutzim
in Israel. A great lesson is
now being assured in the
redemption. Historical cer-
tainties were outlined in the
The former Soviet re-
public has been racked
with internecine violence.
Some 10,000 of the coun-
try's 12,400 Jews have fil-
ed applications to im-
migrate to Israel .. .
Unlike in other Asian
areas of the former Soviet
Union, the majority of the
Jews in Tajikistan are
This occurrence em-
phasizes the human needs
that keep the new exodus

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The lion is being com-
memorated by Israel and is
now assuming a wider
international role. Here is a
revelation from the World
Jewish Congress news com-
The Tel Aviv Safari has
sent 10 of its lions, all born
in captivity, to South
Africa to help ease a re-
ported shortage of the of
the animal in its natural
The lions were sent by
sea to a private farm in
South Africa, where they
are to be raised.
This encourages delving
into a historically inspired
theme. It calls our attention
to a role of significance in
Jewish symbolism. We read
in Gateway to Judaism :
In the Book of Genesis,
one of Jacob's sons,

Judah, is compared to a
lion. (49:9) In the course of
Israel's history, Judah's
name was used to
designate the entire coun-
try of Palestine. The lion
decoration has long been
popular in Orthodox syn-
agogues, with this motif
appearing on the Ark cur-
tain and on Torah
A quotation from Ethics
of the Fathers (5:23) " be bold
as a leopard, light as an
eagle, swift as a deer, and
strong as a lion to do the will
of your Father who is in
heaven," has prompted some
synagogues to use the deer,
also, to decorate the Ark.
This is not only a role for
the lion. It becomes a power-
ful Jewish concept. Fur-
thermore, it is interna-
tionalized with the link bet-
ween Israel and Africa. Here
is another glorious associ-
ation for the Jewish state.

Is It Bashert
For Politicians?

Bashert — destiny, is a
Yiddishism for self-
comforting preservation
perhaps inapplicable in any
other language.
Whatever happens in Jew-
ish life, the afflicted almost
always console themselves
with "Es iz bashert."
This can be serious and
painful or it might be in a
happy mood or glorifying
something predestined and a
mark of the honor with
which it is accepted.
If destiny could always be
anticipated, could this
become a self-healing spiri-
tual sentiment for mankind?
This question is posed at this
time, three days after our
very important election, the
results of which may affect
all mankind.
Could the victor and the
defeated join in a bashert
recognition of destiny?
This is surely too difficult
to expect, especially in an
election. Meanwhile, with
many slautes to our presi-
dent-elect, we retain the
admiration and comfort of
the remarkable symbolism
of bashert.

Myron Steinberg

So inexhaustible were the
personal and family gifts of
Myron Steinberg, who died
Oct. 22 at the age of 93, that
innumerable tributes will be
registered in his life's
One of the most productive
leaders in the printing in-
dustry, Myron Steinberg
was recognized as having led
to the introduction of many
improvements in it.
His communal devotion
exhibited distinctive leader-
ship. He continued the ideal-
ism of his parents in devo-
tion to Zionism. A pioneer in
the Michigan Magen David
Adom, he recently shared in
co-establishing the John
Mames Chapter.
As a co-founder of Temple
Israel, he attained leader-
ship in our religious com-
Myron Steinberg shared
immensely with his brother
Morris in the advancement
of chess and checker
movements in our commun-
ity, giving encouragement to
Sammy Rashevsky when he
became a chess champion.
Tributes to Myron
Steinberg would become en-
cyclopedic if his many gifts
to other causes, especially
music and art, were to be
enumerated. As one of our
notable citizens, Myron
Steinberg will remain mem-
orable. 0


Kosher Fight
In Denmark

Copenhagen (JTA) — The
Jewish community here is
fighting back an assault by
an animal rights group on
the practice of kosher
Religious requirements
prohibit acquiescence to a
demand that animals be
stunned before ritual
slaughter, or shechitah, as it
is called in Hebrew. The de-
mand was put forward by
the Danish Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to


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