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September 10, 1993 - Image 193

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-09-10

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Prostate Cancer Screening

Rosenblatt of Beth Tfiloh, he en-
tered the mikvah, had a circum-
cision, became a Jew and
married his sweetheart, Diane
Max.
In A Good, Protected Life
(Walker and Company), Joseph
Kaufman introduces us to his fic-
tional narrator, Murray Orloff,
who along with his parents and
two siblings left their secular
Jewish home in the Berkshire
Hills in Massachusetts for an Or-
thodox lifestyle in Cleveland,
Phoenix and, by the early 1970s,
Jerusalem. Searching for his un-
cle Daniel, absent for 12 years
and recently turned up in a
Christian missionary outpost in
West Africa, Murray accompa-
nies his overbearing and manic
father, Charlie, to Togo. After he
and his father split up, Murray
gives up Jewish practice, only to
later come to understand why
Judaism is so important. He
comes to see his religion as a
summons to do good and please
God in the process. .
Murray realizes, finally, that
"it was impossible to be a Jew un-
less you were first a mensch."
And not just that, "it was im-
possible to be a mensch without
both divine and human obliga-
tions, a grand and studied self-
lessness, a hard-headed pursuit
of truth. Without forcing your
love to overcome your hate."
If Judaism for Ms. Diker is pri-
marily a personal relationship
with God, and for Mr. Scalam-
onti a lifestyle of enormous mean-
ing and wholeness, for Mr.
Kaufman's Murray it is a philo-
sophical and theological system
which brings out what is best in
human beings. It allows them to
escape the brutality of their en-
vironment and upbringing, and
make moral decisions based on
something else — something bet-
ter.
To say that these three books
describe "conversions" is less
Jewishly accurate than describ-
ing the main characters of these
works as ba'alei teshuvah, those
who return to the faith. Ms. Dik-
er returns from a secular life and
Mr. Kaufman's Murray from a
lapse in observance to a higher
level of commitment, but it is Mr.
Scalamonti's move toward Ju-
daism, which he describes as "a
rediscovery of the One, True God,
a God I had once believed in and
then lost," which is the most un-
usual and most powerful. For a
former priest to become so much
a part of Judaism as to believe
that he is returning home sug-
gests, certainly for some, that it
is a wise and complete enough
tradition to satisfy all manner of
seekers. El

Elijah Gaon passed away

and left behind books .. .
Israel Baal Shem passed
away and left behind men.
—Samuel Horodets

Prostate cancer can be successfully
treated when detected in the early stages.

Thefacts about prostate cancer:

• It is the second most common cause of cancer death among
American men.
• An estimated 165,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in
1993.
• About one man in four diagnosed with prostate cancer will die from
the disease (about 35,000) this year.
• Many of these deaths could have been avoided if the cancer had been
detected at an early stage when available treatment stands the greatest
chance of success.

Minimize your risk with afire prostate cancer screening.

Sinai and Providence Hospitals will participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness
Week by providing free prostate screenings to all men over 40 years of age.
The screenings will include an examination and a prostate specific antigen
(PSA) blood test. Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is sponsored by the
American Cancer Society, the Prostate Education Council and the American
Urological Association.

Sinai Screening Information.

Sinai Hospital will offer free prostate screenings on Tuesday, September 21,
1993 at the Sinai Hospital Family Medical Center, Parkwoods Plaza, 13361
West Ten Mile Road (southeast corner of Ten Mile and Coolidge Roads) , Oak
Park from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Due to limited availability, please call
547-0700 for more information or to schedule an appointment at Sinai's
screening site.

Providence Screening Information.

Providence Hospital and Medical Centers will offer free prostate screenings
on Wednesday, September 22, 1993 at the Providence Medical Center —
West Bloomfield, 7416 Haggerty Road at Fourteen Mile Road from 9:00
a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Due to limited availability, please call 424-3183 for more
information or to schedule an appointment at Providence's screening site.

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