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November 20, 2008 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-11-20

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Cold War Memory
I read with interest "Medical Barrier"
(Nov. 6, page A14) and was reminded of
an experience I had during the Cold War.
In the early 1960s I was an associate
professor of obstetrics and gynecology
at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Berlin Wall had recently been erect-
ed, blocking East Berlin from the West.
I had recently heard of a powerful
new microscope called a colposcope
(named Kolpopot by the manufac-
turer) that had been developed in East
Berlin and was unfortunately unavail-
able anywhere else. I was aware that
this colposcope would be an excellent
device to determine whether gyneco-
logical cells were pre-cancerous.
Coincidently there was a resident
in the obstetrics and gynecology pro-
gram who was from West Berlin and
had a sister living in East Berlin. He
was planning a trip back to his home
and arranged for his sister to buy the
colposcope. Because it was impos-
sible to be with his sister in the same
city the siblings arranged to meet at a
specific place in the Wall where they
would be able to talk. The sister had
convinced someone to take apart the
colposcope into little pieces. The sib-
lings met several times in the course
of the doctor's visit and each time
parts of the colposcope were secretly
passed to the doctor.
The doctor was able to obtain all
the pieces and bring them back to
St. Louis. An engineer at Washington
University assembled the colposcope
and converted it from 220v to battery
operated. The beauty of this instru-
ment was that it was able to locate
abnormal cells which might become
malignant. It was now possible to
prevent cancer by performing biopsies
instead of using radiation and/or sur-
gery when cancer developed.

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Obama: Israel's Friend
The executive board of Ameinu Detroit
welcomes the designation of U.S Sen.
Barack Obama, D-Ill., as the next presi-
dent of the United States of America.
We feel he will be a real friend to Israel
and help in the establishment of two
separate states living together in peace,
which our organization supports.
For far too long, the right wing of
the Jewish community has attempted
to influence the U.S. government to
support unrealistic demands of the
religious minority in Israel. This
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decisions about Israel's future.
We believe the incoming govern-
ment of President-elect Obama will
further the process of helping Arabs
and Israelis to live together in peace,
so that Israel can be, as we old-time
Zionists always dreamed, "a light unto
the world."

Baruch Schiff
vice president, Ameinu Detroit

Huntington Woods

Barack And Barak
At the height of the Barack Obama-
Hillary Clinton primary battle, I drew
a comparison between them and the
biblical Barak ben Avinoam, the mili-
tary man, and Deborah, the judge and
prophetess, a biblical ruler of Israel.
As we are told in Sefer Shoftim
(Book of Judges), Deborah called upon
Barak to go to war against the enemy
of oppression. Barak's response to
Deborah: "If you go with me, then I
will go". Well, Deborah had no choice
but to say "yes"; the war ended with
Israel's victory, which is immortalized
in the "Song of Deborah," one of the
Hebrew Bible's most beautiful liturgies.
I remember how inspired I was by
the similarity of the two stories. I had
an idea that whoever should attain the
Democratic nomination for president
should choose the other for VP At the
time, I believed that it would be Hillary-
Deborah who would call upon Barack
to run along with her. When recent
rumors strengthened of Hillary Clinton
as a potential appointee as Secretary of
State, I decided that my initial idea of
the collaboration between the two was
very much possible.
Don't think that the Tanach (Hebrew
Bible) is irrelevant to modern times.
Again and again, we have proof of how
relevant it really is; how, in spite of the
distance of time, human nature and
relations between people remain the
same. Thus, the Tanach is called the
Book of Books, the one we have cher-
ished throughout our history.

Rachel Kapen
West Bloomfield

• In "Caregiver For An Industry" (Nov.
13, page A39), the name of Employee
Health Insurance Management Inc.
owner Mindi Fynke was misspelled.
Also, client Randall Allison's firm should
have been identified as MNP Inc.
• In last week's recipes (page B9), in
the Garlic and Herb Rosted Turkey
Breast recipe, reduce to 325F after 40
minutes of roasting. Also there's no
sugar in the Food Processor Pie Crust.

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