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January 12, 1996 - Image 49

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Politically Correct,
And Yet Entertaining

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sraeli children can finally look
forward to easy transitions
from frenzied days to tranquil
nights.
Their parents now have A Sto-
ry For Every Night, an antholo-
gy of 365 children's tales that can
put even the most hyperactive
kids to sleep, according to Yediot
Aharonot.
That's because the stories are
politically correct.
What in God's name, you won-
der, needs to be corrected polit-
ically in Israel? It's not like
Jewish parents have been read-
ing anti- Semitic or racist stories
to their children, have they?
According to an editor at
Yediot Aharonot, which pub-
lished the 12-book anthology,
many children's books have ei-
ther ignored or spoken in nega-
tive terms about Sephardic Jews
and women.
This anthology represents
every aspect of Israeli society, in-
cluding natives and new immi-
grants, religious and secular,
urban and rural, Sephardic and
Ashkena 7i c, Yediot Aharonot re-
ports.
"We have tried to repair the
damage that has been done to
the general public in past an-
thologies," Miri Baruch told
Yediot Aharonot. "We have found
and included stories in Eastern
orientation ... and, in addition to
stories about towns in Poland,
we have included stories from
Iraq, Iran and Yemen."
The anthology, which is writ-
ten in simple language, provides
stories for every holiday and sea-
son, Yediot Aharonot reports.
The editors considered 4,200
stories for the anthology, but only
approved 325 of them. They had
to commission the rest to authors
around the country, Yediot
Aharonot reports.
It's not easy finding political-
ly correct stories.

Career Changes

Gregory Luftinor has made a
career change since moving from
the former Soviet Union to Israel
a year ago.
The 54-year-old father of two,
who used to head the national
bank of the Republic of Georgia,
now cleans the Israel Bank
branch in Jerusalem.
At this point, it is his only op-
portunity, he told Yediot
Aharonot. "I am not disappoint-
ed and I don't feel bad about it. I

Boaz Dvir is a staff writer for our

sister paper, the Atlanta Jewish
Times.

feel good. I didn't lose my self-re-
spect. I feel that I am the same
man I was, and it is not impor-
tant what I do. As far as rm con-
cerned, it is the person who
makes the personality."

Computer Illiterate

Israel has more personal com-
puters per capita than any oth-
er country except Germany and
Holland. But many Israelis have
no idea how to use them.
Ten percent of the country's
600,000 PCs are not in use, ac-
cording to Yediot Aharonot.
Furthermore, 58 percent of Is-
raelis do not use computers, 53
percent don't know what DOS is,
61 percent don't know what the
Internet is and 68 percent don't
know what a modem is, Yediot
Aharonot reports.
"More than 50 percent of Is-
raelis," psychologist Ruth Bar
told Yediot Aharonot, "suffer
from technophobia."'

The End Of Olympia

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The restaurant of choice for Is-
rael's movers and shakers re-
cently closed its doors, Maariv
reports.
Moshe Francis closed Olympia
in Tel Aviv, he told Maariv, be-
cause the restaurant, which has
been serving Greek food for 35
years, was losing customers
faster than it could spin its gy-
ros.
To commemorate the closing,
Maariv ran a two-page spread
with mug shots of the celebrities
that used to frequent Olympia.
They include: the late Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin, new
Prime Minister Shimon Peres,
the late Gen. Moshe Dayan,
statesman Abba Eban, and re-
tired Gen. Ariel Sharon, among
dozens of others.

What, Me Afraid?

Israelis have an image of be-
ing brave people. But, in reality,
they are scared to death.
A recent study by Yediot
Aharonot shows that 44 percent
of Israelis fear a terrorist attack,
42 percent a fatal disease and
auto accident, 36 percent that a
loved one will be killed, 20 per-
cent that a loved one will be
killed during military service, 17
percent that a loved one will be
raped, 10 percent that something
bad will happen during a bus
ride, and 6 percent that they
won't have enough money, 5 per-
cent that they will be robbed, and
3 percent that something bad
will happen during an airplane
ride.



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