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September 15, 1995 - Image 146

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-15

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Shalom. My name is Yair Reuven. During the years 1991-1993, my wife, Denise
and I, owned the Early Ruby Cleaners, located at Livernois and Curtis (the same
building that was occupied by Cobo Cleaners from 1938-1988). It was amazing for
me to see Jewish stars and The Ten Commandments engraved in stone on top of
past synagogues, now churches in the area; painted-over mezzuzot still remain nailed
to the doorposts of many homes.
In 1992, before Rosh Hashana, I was called to the front counter to give a price
on a "special item". I was told by my front counter manager that this customer had
something that looked like an old "tablecloth". For a moment I was confused; a
Jewish person in my store with an old faded TALLIT in his hand. He asked me
what the price would be to clean it. I answered "$5.00" not knowing the real price.
For the first time in my life I was asked to clean a religious Jewish article. For a
moment I thought that this would be a fair price. The old man answered, "I thought
it would be less than that", yet, he left the "tallit" with us anyway. As I was walking
back to the cleaning room, I realized that I had acted foolishly, charging him to clean
a tallit was absurd. I knew right then that I would not charge him to clean this tallit.
When he picked it up a few days later I personally serviced this old Jewish man. I
thanked him for bringing the tallit to me. I explained that I had made a mistake by
quoting him a price and there would not be any charge. I wished him "Shana Tova"
and "Chatimah Tovah" (Happy New Year and may you be inscribed in the Book Of
From that day on, without knowing where this business would lead me, I vowed
never to charge for a "TALLIT" again. today, in West Bloomfield, in our new loca-
tion, I am now fulfilling this vow and intend to preserve it. SHANA TOVA AND
CHATIMAH TOVAH to all of you.

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Dire Water Shortage
Affects Hebron Area

Jerusalem (JTA) — Israel has or- equal allocation of water to all
dered water authorities to take residents, distribution is uneven
immediate steps to alleviate a because of poorly maintained wa-
dire water shortage in the West ter supply systems and bad man-
Bank town of Hebron.
agement on the municipal level.
The water problem was .ex-
Agriculture Minister Yakov
posed in a story broadcast over Tsur said that the Hebron mu-
the weekend on Israel Television, nicipality had been given the go-
which portrayed severe inequal-
ities in the allocation of water to
Arabs and Jews in the West
Distribution is
uneven because of
According to the report, He-
bron Arabs were receiving only
poorly maintained
20 percent of their allotted water
supply during the summer
water supply
To make up for the shortage,
Hebron's Arab residents were
scheduled to begin receiving wa-
ter from tankers provided by the ahead to drill another well, but
Israel Defense Force.
had failed to raise and allocate
In contrast to the dry faucets the necessary financing.
found in Palestinian homes in
The decision to address He-
Hebron, the Israel Television re- bron water problem came as Is-
port showed well-cultivated gar- raeli and Palestinian negotiators
dens in the neighboring Jewish sat down to a second week of
settlement of Kiryat Arba.
talks in Eilat that will include dis-
Reacting to the report, Israeli cussions about who will have con-
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin trol over water rights in the West
ordered the civil administration Bank. This is one of the main
of Judea and Samaria, the Min- sticking points preventing the
istry of Agriculture and the two sides from reaching an agree-
Mekorot national water compa- ment for extending Palestinian
ny to come up with short- and self-rule in the West Bank.
long-term solutions to the prob-
These could include increasing
the monthly water allocation to
Hebron from some 245,000 cubic
feet to 350,000 cubic feet, devel-
oping separate water supply sys-
tems for Jews and Arabs, and Jerusalem (JTA) — The Ameri-
drilling new wells.
can Jewish Congress condemned
Settler leaders criticized the the morning rush hour bus bomb-
television report.
ing in a Tel Aviv suburb.
"Kiryat Arba is not using any
Given reports of progress M an
more water than any other Israeli agreement to expandPalestinian
city," said Elyakim Haetzni, a for- self rule in the West Bank, "it
mer Knesset member who lives should not be surprising that the
in Kiryat Arba. "It's the govern- attack occurred," declared AJ-
ment's fault for not providing the Congress President David V.
Arabs with enough."
Kahn and Executive Director
The television story drew Phil Baum.
sharp responses from Israeli
Calling the bombing an act of
politicians, with some Cabinet "madness," and a "dastardly at-
ministers calling for immediate tack," they added, "It is dis-
heartening that despite serious
"If someone wanted addition- attempts by Yassir Arafat to re-
al proof of why there should be no duce levels of violence, terrorist
occupation, here it is: the dry attacks continue to occur. The
faucets in a city of tens of thou- lull in recent months of attacks
sands of people, with no expla- of this kind suggest that when
nation," said Environment Arafat is determined to root out
Minister Yossi Sarid.
terrorists he can achieve at least
But water officials and some partial success," the AJCongress
ministers said the issue was more leaders say. "It does not require
complicated than discriminatory retrospective wisdom to foresee
that the prospect of an imminent
They charged that Israel was signing of the agreement might
overusing its own water re- produce this kind of result. It is
sources, which depend in large not too much to expect that at-
part on aquifers located in the tacks can be stopped."
West Bank.
If Mr. Arafat does not act, they
They also said that while Is- say, "the state of mind necessary
rael has maintained a policy of will not be attainable.

Bus Bombing
Is Condemned

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