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November 26, 1993 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-11-26

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life is preserved" (Genesis
Until now Jacob has heard
God speak or seen Him in
dreams, but never before has
he been privileged to experience
the intimacy created by seeing
with his own eyes. Having suc-
cessfully wrestled with the
stranger, removing the pain
and guilt created by his differ-
ences with Esau, the reward is
seeing God face to face, proving
that all along Esau, or the spir-
itual struggle he symbolized,
was what stood in his way.
If what we've been describ-
ing is correct, we should now be
presented with the God of Ja-
cob, in addition to the God of
Abraham and Isaac. And this is

precisely what we find after the
face to face meeting with Esau
proves conciliatory. The text de-
scribes that Jacob "came in
peace (shalem) to the city of
Shehem" (Genesis 33:18). Hav-
ing exorcised the demons of
Esau, Jacob becomes complete,
able to build an altar to his God,
calling it, "Kel Elokai Yisrael"
(Genesis 33:20).
Finally God is not just the
God of his grandfather and his
father, but He is also the God of
Israel — of Jacob. The circle is
complete and the search for his
own God is over. Thus empow-
ered, Jacob is ready to face the
third stage of his life, the trans-
formation of 12 sons into the 12
tribes of Israel. ❑

Senators Urge
No Aid For Syria

Washington (JTA) — In a
move demonstrating concern
for the plight of Syrian
Jewry, nine U.S. Senators
have urged members of the
European Parliament not to
give economic assistance to
The senators, led by Sen.
Charles Grassley, R-Iowa,
and Edward Kennedy, D-
Mass., sent a letter to 36
members of the European
legislative body.
"We hope you will consider
declining to grant Syria any
additional aid" until "Syria,
at a minimum, completes
the one gesture in human

The letter was
haled by the
Council for the
Rescue of Syrian

rights which it began —
permitting all those Jews
remaining in Syria who
desire to travel to do so," the
senators wrote.
The Nov. 10 letter was
hailed by the Council for the
Rescue of Syrian Jews, an
organization that educates
people about the plight of
Syria's Jewish population.
The group's president,
Alice Harary, noted in a
statement that the letter
"reiterates the U.S. Senate's
unceasing commitment to
gain the prompt release of
Syria's Jews."
Syria's small Jewish
population has become a

controversial issue here.
In April 1992, Syria an-
nounced a free-travel policy
for its Jewish community,
reversing the older practice
of barring Syrian Jews from
leaving the country in fami-
ly groups.
But between October 1992
and January 1993, none of
the approximately 1,350
Jews remaining in Syria
were granted travel visas. In
recent months, only a few
Jews per week have received
"Clearly, Syria's Jewish
community is being used as
a pawn in the international
arena," the senators wrote
to the European Parliament
In the wake of the Persian
Gulf War, when Syria fought
on the side of the United
States and its European and
Arab allies, the European
Parliament gave Syria about
$180 million in economic
A request for an additional
$200 million was later
blocked in the parliament,
and it is those additional
funds the parliament may
Some in the parliament
support granting Syria, once
a patron of the former Soviet
Union, the additional aid to
encourage Syrian coopera-
tion in the Middle East
peace process. But other
parliamentarians are oppos-
Other reasons the senators
cited in their letter for op-
posing the aid included
Syrian support for terrorism
and drug trafficking. ❑


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