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West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, adjusts his spectacles
during opening ceremony of the World Jewish Congress. At right
is Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the WJC watching the
situation. AP/Wide World Photo.
United Germany
Seen At Historic
Berlin Meeting
Representatives of world
Jewry made clear their expec-
tations of a united Germany
and were assured at a gather-
ing here that its dark past will
never be repeated.
Occasion was a three-day
conference of the World Jew-
ish Congress. It was the first
time the WJC has met on
German soil since its founding
in Switzerland in 1936, when
Nazism was on the march in
Gathering was held at the
initiative of West Germany's
Jewish community and drew
an audience of prominent Jew-
ish leaders from Europe,
Israel and America.
Presence signaled that Jews
are prepared to adjust to the
reality of one Germany, if it
adheres unswervingly to dem-
ocratic principles and peace.
But the notable absence of a
few Jewish leaders sent a dif-
ferent message: that time
could not obliterate what Ger-
many did when it was last a
powerful united country.
WJC President Edgar
Bronfman emphasized the grip
of history when he observed at
the outset that "there are
many Jews who could not
bring themselves to be in this
city because of the anguish,
the pain that Berlin signifies."
He said he understood "the
intensity of their anger and
their bitterness," but added,
"We are here because we have
something to say to a united
Although they delivered
their speeches separately,
Bronfman and Kohl engaged
in a dialogue of sorts.
Continued on Page 2
Diplomats Warn Israel
On Negative Reactions
[Widespread negative reaction
[to the occupation by Jews of a
complex of buildings in Jerusa-
lem s Christian Quarter has
sent Israel's diplomatic core
[into a state of near panic,
according to cables from
Israeli envoys worldwide that
ive been received by Israel's
roreign Ministry.
The government is trying to
minimize the fallout from the
svent, in which some 150
)rthodox Jews moved into the
mildings known as St. John's
lospice, during the days pre-
iing Easter.
The Jerusalem weekly Kol
la'ir quoted one diplomatic
cable over the weekend: "Feel-
ings are heavy. I returned
myself only two days ago from
Israel, and I am not convinced
that we realized there, in the
midst of the political struggle,
the depth of the rage and
frustration here regarding the
issue," one envoy wrote.
Official spokesmen claim the
matter is now in the hands of
the courts, and that the gov-
ernment has no reason to
Avi Pazner, acting Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir's
media spokesman, has brushed
off the affair.
"These are the sort of
events which do not leave
Continued on Page 3
Thousands March
Before Knesset
eral thousand demonstrators
demanding electoral reform
greeted Knesset members
with jeers and catcalls as they
drove up to the gates for the
opening of the summer ses-
Police and Knesset guards
tept order, but the message
was clear.
Placards reading "Bribe-
takers!" and "Go home!" left
no doubt that the public is fed
up with a system that has left
Israel without a government
since March 15.
On Independence Day, peti-
tions bearing a half-million sig-
natures were presented to
President Chaim Herzog, urg-
ing him to initiate changes in
the electoral process.
Now two Labor members of
the Knesset, Avraham Burg
and Haggai Meirom, have sub-
mitted a private members bill,
calling for a presidential com-
mission to review proposals
for electoral reform.
They propose a 15-member
panel, chaired by the president
of the High Court of Justice. It
would have the legal powers of
a juridical commission of
Bonn President
Visits Treblinka
BONN (JTA) West Ger-
many's president, Richard
Von Weizsacker, journeyed
back to his country's darkest
past to pay tribute to the mil-
lions of Jews slain by the Nazis
in Poland during World War
The German chief of state,
on an official visit to Poland,
laid a wreath at the memorial
to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
and conversed with Polish
Jews, including Chief Rabbi
Menachem Joskowicz and sur-
vivors of the death camps.
At a visit to the former
Treblinka death camp, where
more than 800,000 Jews per-
ished, the president wrote in
the visitor's book: "He opens
the dark abyss and brings from
it the dark into the light," a
Quotation from the Book of
Weizsacker was a soldier in
the German army when it
invaded Poland on Sept. 1,
1939, starting World War II.
German correspondents
reported from Warsaw that he
personally expressed the wish
to commemorate the Jewish
victims of the Holocaust dur-
ing his Polish trip.
inquiry, able to call witnesses
and take evidence.
The commission would sub-
mit its recommendations to
the president and the Knesset.
Parliament would decide by
roll-call vote which reforms to
adopt, and would then dissolve
itself. Elections would be held
under the new system.
D.C. President Bush meets Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek in
the Oval Office of the White House. Kollek said his meeting with
Bush convinced him that the president has no objection to Jews
living anywhere in that city. AP/Wide World Photo.
Bush Reassures Kolleck
Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusa-
lem emerged from a meeting
with President Bush convinced
that Bush has no objections to
Jews living in East Jerusalem.
"I have no doubt that the
President has no objection to
Jews settling all over Jerusa-
lem without any exception,"
Kollek told reporters after the
30-minute White House meet-
Israeli Ambassador Moshe
Arad, who accompanied the
mayor, said Bush had not
actually made a statement to
this effect.
But Kollek seemed to base
his confidence on his belief
that Bush had endorsed a let-
ter Secretary of State James
Baker sent to Rep. Mel Levine
(D-Calif.) at the end of March.
"Clearly, Jews and others
can live where they want, East
or West, and the city must
remain undivided," the Baker
letter said.
NEW YORK Palestinian leader Faisal
Husseini defends controversial remarks he
recently made criticizing Soviet Jewish
immigration to Israel.
BONN On two occasions in recent days,
vandals have desecrated gravestones in
East Berlin's Jewish cemetery with anti-
Semitic graffiti. Among the stones dese-
crated was one marking the grave of
German Jewish playwright Berthold
LOS ANGELES A maverick pro-Israel
activist is convicted of making an illegal
political donation to support the re-election
campaign of Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.).
JERUSALEM Attorneys for John
Demjanjuk petition the High Court of
Justice to postpone the appeal of his death
sentence for Nazi war crimes.

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, May 18, 1990
Mossad Hero May Get Posthumous Award
TEL AVIV (JTA) Elie Cohen, a Mossad agent
executed in Damascus in 1965, may become the first Israeli
to be posthumously awarded honorary military rank.
Acting Defense Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Chief of Staff
Gen. Dan Shornron will decide whether to approve.
Amb. Morton Abramowitz, Promoted
WASHINGTON Morton Abramowitz, the U.S. ambas-
sador to Turkey, will soon be promoted to the rank of
"career ambassador," the State Department's equivalent
of a five-star general.
Senate Passes Housing Guarantees
WASHINGTON (JTA) The Senate has joined the
House in approving $400 million in investment guarantees
to provide housing loans for newly arrived Soviet emigres
in Israel. The $400 million was contained in a $3.4 billion
supplemental appropriations bill for this fiscal year, which
began Oct. 1. Differences in the two bills must be ironed
out by a House-Senate conference committee.
Skinheads Get Stiff Sentences
DALLAS (JTA) A U.S. district judge imposed stiff
sentences of from four to nine years on five leaders of a
Skinhead gang here last week, two months after they were
convicted on charges of anti-Semitic and other racist
Israel Watches Mubarak Diplomacy
JERUSALEM (JTA) Israel is watching with consider-
able concern the latest foray into inter-Arab diplomacy by
Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt, the only Arab country
with which Israel is officially at peace. Mubarak visited
Damascus, first trip to Syria in 12 years by an Egyptian
" head of state.
Israel Rejects Servicing Iran's Jets
TEL AVIV (JTA) Israel has rejected a request by Iran,
made through intermediaries, to service jet aircraft
engines, Ha'aretz reported.
Bulgaria Restores Ties With Israel
TEL AVIV (JTA) Bulgaria on Thursday became the
fourth Eastern European country to renew diplomatic
relations with Israel, broken in 1967 following the Six-Day
War. Bulgaria's restoration of ties with Israel follows those
by Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland.
Anti-Racism Bill Passes French House
PARIS (JTA) A bill providing penalties for racist and
anti-Semitic propaganda passed tne National Assembly by
a 307-265 vote, after a stormy debate. But the watered-
down version, which got by the lower house of Parliament
only with support from the majority Socialist and Commun-
ist parties, is expected to founder in the Senate.
Schwammberger Arrives In W. Germany
BONN (JTA) No date has been set for the trial of
accused Nazi war criminal Josef Schwammberger, who was
extradited from Argentina.
Settlers in Territories Warned
NEW YORK (JTA) Soviet Jews who settle in the
Israeli administered territories would be arrested and
charged with war crimes if they were to return to the
Soviet Union on a visit, a top Soviet official said last week.
Yuri Reshetov, chief of the Soviet Foreign Ministry's
Department of International Humanitarian Cooperation
and Human Rights, made the statements.
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Agency Faces $250 Million Shortfall
ish Agency for Israel faces a
budgetary shortfall of approxi-
mately $250 million for its
fiscal year as the anticipated
number of Soviet Jews arriv-
ing here doubles from 70,000
to "at least" 150,000.
With some 10,500 Soviet
olim arriving last month and a
steady stream arriving daily
from several European stag-
ing points, what has been
labelled "Exodus II" is caus-
ing almost monthly revisions
in planning.
Housing remains central.
A crash effort to provide
rental units is underway, as
the supply of 15,000 rental
units presently available
shrinks rapidly.
Construction of an addi-
tional 15,000 flats begins next
Another 6,000 units
already have been started.
At least 5,000 flats are
being rebuilt.
Yet another 15,000 units
will be started before the year
Uri Gordon, head of the
Jewish Agency Immigration
and Absorption Department,
says more than 30,000 Soviet
Jews arrived in the first four
months of the year.
Thousands more immi-
grants are coming from Ethio-
pia and Argentina.
Special campaigns are in
progress to provide jobs for
immigrants, with retraining
for teachers, doctors and other
professionals emphasized.
Agency head Simcha Din-
itz, former Israel ambassador
to the United States, will meet
with senior U.S. officials at the
State Department to expedite
American aid.
Dinitz will visit Miami and
other major Jewish communit-
ies to accelerate the United
Jewish Appeal's Operation
Exodus campaign.
Maj. Gen. Uzi Narkiss,
Agency information director-
feneral, is touring the United
tates to promote a billion
dollar campaign by Israel
Bonds for the Soviet immi-
Hadassah, Na'amat USA
and other Israeli-oriented
agencies have launched their
own fund-raising efforts to
assist the wave oi aliyah.
United Germany
Continued from Page 1
Bronfman raised several
demands that he said the Jew-
ish people must make of a
united Germany.
"The new Germany must
forever teach what happened
(during the Holocaust), so that
the lowest point ever reached
in man's inhumanity to man
can never occur again," he
The new Germany must be a
true democracy, which means
that "all minorities are guar-
anteed equal protection under
the law," he said. He also said
the German people "must
always support Israel. You
must never help those who
would help destroy the Jewish
In response, Kohl sketched
his vision of the responsibili-
ties of a united Germany.
"It remains the duty of all
democratic forces to fight
without compromise all those
who spread anti-Semitic preju-
dice or decry the Jewish reli-
gion and faith," the chancellor
The World Zionist Organiza-
tion, which is a partner in the
Jewish Agency, decided to
boycott the WJC meeting in
Berlin. WZO Chairman Sim-
cha Dinitz, who is also a WJC
vice president, believes now is
not the time for conciliatory
gestures by the Jewish people
toward the German unification

Hezbollah Pressures
Bush On Hostages
President Bush came close to
accusing Israel of taking hos-
tages, but promptly backed
Bush said he believes Israel
is holding hostages, but con-
ceded it was a matter of defini-
tion. Israel views the Shi'ites it
has in custody as legitimate
prisoners, the President said.
Bush made his comments at
a news conference, where he
said "the United States is
opposed to taking hostages."
He added personally, "I want
to see all hostages released."
When a reporter asked if he
considers Sheikh Abdul Karim
Obeid, spiritual leader of the
Moslem fundamentalist group
Hezbollah, and 400 other
Shi'ites held prisoner by Israel
to be hostages, Bush indicated
He said, however, that there
are "definitional problems"
regarding Israel's view of its
Pressed to explain, Bush
replied that "some people view
people they hold as having
broken their laws, some don't,
and it is not for the United
States to make these deter-
Meet With Soviets
bers of the Va'ad, the umbrella
body of Soviet Jewish institu-
tions, took part in a roundtable
discussion with a Palestinian
delegation that included Nabil
Amro, the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization's Moscow
representative and Palestinian
leader Faisal Husseini.
The seminar, which took
place in Moscow, focused on
Soviet Jewish immigration to
Israel. It was hosted by Al-
Hiyat, a London Arabic-
language newspaper, and held
at Moscow's Hammer Center.
Va'ad leaders would not,
however, attend a follow-up
meeting with PLO members at
the Soviet Foreign Ministry,
because it was "inconsistent
with the non-political charac-
ter of the Va'ad to meet with a
olitical PLO delegation,"
a'ad Co- president Mikhail
Chlenov told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency in a telephone
interview from Moscow.
Chlenov said he felt the
round table discussion was
intellectual, rather than politi-
cal, and that the Palestinians
there "were not representing
themselves as members of the
PLO, rather as representa-
tives of the Palestinian peo-

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Friday, May 18, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
B'nai B'rith Women
Elect Carole Romer
Carole Romer of North
Miami Beach was elected Vice
President of B'nai B'rith
Women at the organization's
biennial convention.
A BBW member since 1962,
Mrs. Romer served as a mem-
ber of the national Executive
Board and as a member of the
National Planning Committee.
In the early 1980's, she served
as chair of the BBW South
Coastal Region.
Romer, whose numerous vol-
unteer efforts have gained her
a listing in Who's Who in
World Jewry and Who's Who
in Florida, has taken an active
role in B'nai B'rith Women
programs in North Dade,
including medic alert, drug
rehabilitation, and prevention
of birth defects programs.
She also was instrumental in
developing a BBW program at
the Parkway Children's Cen-
ter, a facility for emotionally
disturbed children in North
Dade County.
She served as a member of
the national B'nai B'rith
Youth Organization Commis-
sion and as president of the
Florida Region B'nai B'rith
Youth Organization Board.
She was president of the Hillel
Foundations of Florida, and in
1987 was honored by the Hillel
Foundations of Greater Miami.
She has been actively
involved in work on behalf of
Soviet Jews, serving as a
member of the South Florida
Soviet Jewry Council since
1984. In 1985, she traveled to
the Soviet Union to meet with
Jews awaiting permission to
Her community service
efforts include work with the
Citizens Advisory Council for
Dade County Public Schools,
Temple Beth El, the Jewish
Women's Political Caucus, and
the Center for Fine Arts.
CAMERA Charges
N.Y. Times Bias
A recent article in the New
York Times by Joel Brinkley,
the newspaper's correspon-
dent in Israel, seems to have
violated accepted journalistic
ethics, according to Bertram
Korn, jr., executive director of
CAMERA in Philadelphia.
The article, which appeared
in the Times "Week in
Review" section March 18,
focused on Brinkley's conten-
tion that most "average
Israelis" are prepared to nego-
tiate with a Palestinian delega-
tion. As evidence, Brinkley
quoted Tiberias restaurant
owner Yaakov Nahum, who
said, "The only thing to do is
sit and talk with the Arabs."
Brinkley claimed that Nahum
made the remark "not long
Truth is that Nehum made
the remark more than a year
ago. It originally appeared in
an article Brinkley wrote for
the New York Times Feb. 13,
1989, Korn said. In that arti-
cle, Brinkley quoted Nahum as
saying that he favored negotia-
tions because of Israelis eco-
nomic problems.
Bank Hapoalim
Gave Out 15,000
TEL AVIV The celebra-
tion of Passover was a richer
experience for thousands of
immigrant families in Israel as
Bank Hapoalim supplied them
more than 15,000 Haggadot at
Absorption Centers and
Hebrew language ulpans.
Continued from Page 1
marks. In the long range, they
are insignificant," he said.
"There was a little noise at the
beginning, and now it's over."
The official sang-froid may
stem in part from the fact that
Greece s new conservative
government turned out in
force to celebrate Israel's
Independence Day in Athens,
even though the Greek Ortho-
dox Church is the complainant
in the case.
But Mayor Teddy Kollek of
Jerusalem fears it will take
long to mend the damage
caused Israel by the settle-
Kol Ha'ir said Israeli diplo-
mats in the United States
reported many angry tele-
phone calls, not a Few from
traditional supporters of
Israel, Jews and Christians.
There is also concern here
over the effects on Jewish fund
raising overseas and Christian
pilgrimages to Israel. Pilgrims
account for about a third of the
1.5 million tourists who visit
Israel annually.
"Any blow to the relations
between Israel and the Chris-
tian institutions might result
in serious damage to tourism,"
said Yossi Shoval, a spokes-
man for the Tourism Ministry.
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem
District Court ruled last Fri-
day that the settlers may not
appeal against the eviction
order because there were no
merits to the appeal. It also
ordered the settlers to pay
$2,500 in court costs to the
Greek Orthodox Church.
A Statement From Publix
Publix Super Markets, Inc., has issued the following
statement regarding the lawsuit filed against Publix Super
Markets by the Dixie Cups.
Publix Super Markets, Inc. has an agreement with Sun
Entertainment, Inc. for the use of the Dixie Cups'
recording of "The Chapel of Love" and has paid a fee for
the rights to use that recording in television advertise-
Publix is aware that litigation concerning rights to this
and other recordings is pending between Sun Entertain-
ment and the Dixie Cups in federal court in New York City.
Sun Entertainment has agreed to provide Publix with
complete recovery of all damages and costs if Sun
Entertainment is shown not to be the owner of the rights to
"The Chapel of Love."
"Publix is an innocent third party in this dispute," said
Bob McDermott, spokesperson for Publix. "Through a
normal course of business, we negotiated with Sun Enter-
tainment and have no reason to believe that Sun does not
have full rights to 'The Chapel of Love' as represented to
We keep our produce under wraps, so
it's always at its freshest. First, we select
fruits and vegetables right at the peak
of their goodness. Then, the best are
wrapped to keep them perfect until
they reach your table. So the only
person who touches
your produce
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion, left, presents honorary Doctorate of
Humane Letters to Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, at Founders' Day
Exercises in New York. Kelman served nearly U0 years as
executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the interna-
tional association of Conservative rabbis.
JERUSALEM and TEL AVIV The Jewish Agency
says it has begun preparations to absorb thousands more
Jews from Ethiopia. Meanwhile, recent Soviet immigrants
are complaining about problems in dealing with the
Absorption Ministry's bureaucracy.
JERUSALEM Rabbi Moshe Levinger of Hebron is
sentenced to five months in prison for negligent homicide
in the 1988 shooting death of an Arab merchant.
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Jerusalem Day
Importance Intensifies
Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, is
of much more significance this year than at
any time since the City of David, the City of
Peace, was reunified 23 years ago.
Miami Beach will be the site of one of the
major observances in the United States
May 23, with Israel Minister Oded Eran's
participation providing evidence of the
importance recognized by Israel.
Mayor Teddy Kollek has properly criti-
cized the involvement of the Israeli Govern-
ment in the procurement by Orthodox Jews
of a building complex in Jerusalem's Chris-
tian Quarter in the Easter season.
He also says the reaction by world media
and by non-Jewish religious bodies was
"overdone." The covert purchase and set-
tlement overshadowed the dignity with
which the virtually concurrent holidays,
Passover. Easter and the Moslem Rama-
dan, were observed in unified Jerusalem.
And President Bush's comments which
brought into question the Israeli claim to its
own capital city have added to the Arab
world's well-orchestrated opposition to an
Israeli Jerusalem.
World Jewry must make evident that it
stands with the Israelis in insisting that
Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided capital
of Israel. Jerusalem Day offers the oppor-
tunity to display our solidarity.
V-E Day, 45 Years Later
This month marks the 45th anniversary
of V-E Day, the final defeat of Nazi
Germany by the United States. Soviet
Union and their allies.
May 8, 1945 brought to an end not only
the nearly six years of actual war, but the
12 years of the sadistic and savage rule of
the Third Reich.
In the final days of the greatest global
conflict ever, the horrible reality of the
Holocaust was evidenced by the stark
terror of the liberated death camps in
Central and Eastern Europe.
Ironically, as the nations there bask in
the glory of their just-won political free-
dom, the specter of anti-Semitism looms
large over both the former Communist
satellite countries and the Soviet Union
And at exactly the same time, steps
towards the reunification of Germany move
forward with such speed that prohibitions
against the slightest repetition of the sins
of Nazism may not be imposed.
This should be a time of watching and
waiting, not just for world Jewry but for
the Russians, Poles, and other peoples who
suffered the slaughter of millions of their
own population.
Jewish Justice Fund
Awards $5,000 Grant
Advancing the partnership
between the Jewish commun-
ity and social justice, the Jew-
ish Fund for Justice recently
announced a $5,000 grant to
P.A.C.T. (People Acting for
Community Together). The
Jewish Fund for Justice is a
national Jewish grantmaking
foundation that supports
grassroots efforts to combat
poverty in the United States.
"P.A.C.T. seeks to unite the
diverse cultural communities
in Dade County to address
issues affecting the well being
of low and moderate income
Reform Zionists
Open Israel Site
immigrants facing problems
related to such issues as con-
version, ritual circumcision or
marriage can obtain advice
from a new Legal Aid and
Information Center estab-
lished here by the Israel Religi-
ous Action Center, an affiliate
of the Reform movement.
Officials at the new facility,
which includes a Russian-
speaking counselor, expect
most of the cases to involve
questions of Jewish status.
The Israel Religious Action
Center was founded in 1987
Jerusalem Different For Jews,
Christians and Moslems
observance by world Jewry of
Yom Yemshalayim Jerusa-
lem Day May 23 will focus
much attention on the mean-
ing and historic role of Jerusa-
lem in Jewish history.
Undoubtedly, the recent
tumultuous events centering
on the attempt to inhabit St.
John's Hospice by Orthodox
Jews will evoke parallel inter-
est in the place of Jerusalem in
Christianity and Islam.
Jerusalem is unique among
the cities of the world, with
special although differing
claims on the religious and
cultural, sentiments and loyal-
ties of millions of Jews, Chris-
tians and Moslems.
In testimony that I was
invited to present on Jerusa-
lem before the House Foreign
Affairs Committee some years
ago, I made the point that
Christianity and Islam have
invested their reverence for
Jerusalem on particular locali-
ties or sites which are con-
nected with specific events in
their religious histories the
Church of the Holy Sepulcher,
among others, for Christians;
and the Dome of the Rock for
In contrast, Judaism has
sanctified the city as such. In
doing so, Judaism has kept
alive the significance attached
to Jerusalem in the Bible, and
that has been of decisive
importance for the command-
ing central role of the Holy
City in Jewish tradition until
this very day.
As Israeli biblical scholar,
Shmaryahu Talmon, has writ-
ten, "The city name Jerusalem
is mentioned in Hebrew Scrip-
tures some 750 times. Zion
appears 180 times Alto-
gether there must be some
2,000 mentions of Jerusalem in
the Hebrew canon."
Initially, Jerusalem had
served as a foreign cult place
inhabited by Canaanites and
later Jebusites. But it was
through the actions of King
David that the "foreign" city
was transformed for the first
time in history into the capital
"the metropolis" of the
Jewish people.
For Christians, their holy
places have been a constant
attraction for Christian pil-
grims, but there is nowhere a
desire of homeless Christians
to return to the original land of
their religion.
In Jerusalem stands the
third holiest shrine for Mos-
lems, but the homeland of
Islam is Arabia. Thus, the criti-
cal interreligious issue in Jeru-
salem is the assurance of free
access and protection of the
holy places for Christians and
Moslems, but Jerusalem and
Israel are not the homeland for
them as it is for Jews.
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum is inter-
national relations consultant to the
American Jewish Committee.
Letters Forum
'Soap Theory' No Myth
Spring 1946, when I
returned from Japan, I looked
up one of my pre-war friends
in Boro Park section of Brook-
lyn. His name is Herman Jut-
kowitz. He spent the war years
in Africa and Europe. This I
remember as if it happened
He showed me a bar of soap
with the German words "Men-
shen Seif' stamped on it. This
is no myth. His parents owned
a Shomer Shabbos grocery on
Ft. Hamilton Parkway and
44th Street.
Reason for this letter is to
set the record stright. If you
can locate Herman, about 68
years old, you'll get the same
reply. In fact, I even remem-
ber he consulted a rabbi, who I
believe advised him to bury it
in a Jewish cemetery.
Nathan Weinberg
North Miami Beach
WASHINGTON (JTA) The U.S. Commission for the
Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad is negotiating
with Eastern European countries in order to reach an
agreement to preserve and protect sites of cultural
significance. The sites include cemeteries, monuments and
buildings. A bilateral accord proposed by the commission
would establish a Joint Cultural Heritage Commission to
oversee the preservation effort.
TEL AVIV (JTA) Boosted by an upsurge in immigra-
tion, Israel s Jewish population grew by 2.2 percent in the
past year, compared to 1.2 percent the year before,
according to figures released by the Central Bureau of
Statistics. Overall population growth was 2.4 percent.
The country's Jewish population is put at 3,755,000, out
of a total population of 4.6 million.

Friday, May 18, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
From Death Camps To Israel
South Floridian Teenagers 'Live' Holocaust
Special to Jewish Floridian
While many of us commem-
orated Yom Hashoa (Holo-
caust Memorial Day) by partic-
ipating in local ceremonies,
130 South Florida teenagers
marched arm in arm through
the Auschwitz death camp in
Poland, down the same hope-
less road their ancestors
marched to their deaths 47
years earlier.
The group was part of the
March of trie Living, which
united more than 3,500 Jewish
high school students, from
around the world, in Poland
and in Israel.
This was no ordinary trip, no
vacation or good time. These
young people underwent an
intense experience that orga-
nizers, and the students them-
selves, say has changed their
"In two weeks we saw you
change. Everything you
learned on this trip will give
you new commitment, dedica-
tion and understanding of the
Jewish people and the Jewish
state. In your hands will be the
future," said Gene Greenzweig
on their final night in Israel.
Greenweig is executive direc-
tor of the Central Agency for
Jewish Education, local spon-
sor of the trip, as well as the
program's national coordin-
Students, who completed
their journey last week,
returned home with mixed
"Now that I have seen the
gas chambers and cremator-
iums, I finally realize what the
Holocaust was although I don't
understand it any better," said
Michelle Billig, 15, from North
Miami Beach.
The group spent time in
Warsaw, Cracow and Lublin,
visiting the few historic
remains of once thriving Jew-

They recited Kaddish before the terrifying black
ovens in the camp crematoriums, lighting
memorial candles in memory of their own
relatives and the millions of others whose lives
ended in ashes.
ish communities, which were
much like their own home-
towns are now in South Flor-
ida. They visited Treblinka,
Majdanek, Auschwitz and Bir-
kenau, some of Nazi Ger-
many's most destructive death
camps in Poland.
They saw the many railroad
tracks that brought Jews from
all over Europe to their final
destination at Auschwitz.
They touched the walls of the
gas chambers which still bear
the desperate scratchmarks of
the victims.
They recited Kaddish before
the terrifying black ovens in
the camp crematoriums, light-
ing memorial candles in mem-
ory of their own relatives and
the millions of others whose
lives ended in ashes.
They sang Hatikvah in the
camp barracks, and listened,
wide-eyed, as an eerie wind
whispered through the cracks
and swung the decrepit doors
back and forth.
They searched the faces of
the prisoners in pictures hung
on the barrack walls like fam-
ily portraits. After awhile, the
faces all looked the same, men
and women alike, with their
shaven heads and matching
dirty uniforms. They recoiled
in horror at the thousands of
pairs of shoes, trying to com-
prehend that each pair
belonged to someone.
They looked at the mountain
of human hair, some of it still
braided and beribboned, ima-
gining the head it had once
adorned. They cried in front of
the children's shoes and cloth-
ing, grieving over a child who
never had a chance to experi-
ence life.
"The camps were much big-
ger than I had imagined. The
Germans were so efficient.
How could they kill so many
people in such a short time?
It's iust incomprehensible,"
Continued on Page 6
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TEL AVIV (JTA) An Israel Defense Force general,
Moshe Bar-Kochba, who publicly criticized the army for
not being sufficiently tough in fighting the intifada has
been reprimanded by the IDF chief of staff, Gen. Dan
GENEVA (JTA) The World Health Organization
opened its annual assembly here Monday, apparently
determined to devote the two-week session to urgent
global health issues, instead of political wrangling over
admittance of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
WASHINGTON (JTA) The United States expressed
concern Monday with a recent Israeli arms delivery to
Antigua that ended up in the hands of Colombian drug
traffickers. The original delivery of Uzi submachine
guns and Galil assault rifles and ammunition was made
to the Caribbean island, where opponents of then
Panamanian President Manuel Antonio Noriega were
being trained for a possible coup.
BONN (JTA) Diplomatic sources here have confir-
med that the United States has provided the West
German government with information about a second
chemical weapons factory under construction in Libya.
But the government has not yet verified reports that
some West German companies are involved.
BRUSSELS (JTA) King Baudouin of Belgium paid
personal tribute to the 23,880 Belgian Jews who per-
ished in Nazi concentration camps, at an hourlong
memorial ceremony that took place here. It was the first
time a Belgian monarch has attended such an event. The
king placed a wreath at the memorial in Brussels
dedicated to Jewish deportees and Jews killed in the
resistance movement.
Na'amat Urges
Exodus Support
Harriet Green, national
president of Na'amat USA, at
its National Board meeting in
Newark, urged its membership
and all American women to
mobilize to meet the needs of
the second Exodus, the emi-
gration of Jews from the
Soviet Union.
Na'amat women in Israel
and in the United States have
taken the lead, not only with
funds, but in human resources,
for immediate help to inte-
grate and absorb the Soviet
immigrants through its ongo-
ing Tikvah Fund.
The board agreed to expand
its network of day care centers
for the more than 300 Soviet
children they now
serve. Na'amat in Israel has
350 centers serving 25,000
children from six months of
age to three years.
As a movement striving to
guarantee equality of opportu-
nity for all in Israeli society,
Na'amat is concerned with
providing those services which
will enable the parents to work
outside the home.
Knights Of Pythias Events
Continued from Page 5
said Ryan Feig,
Miami Beach.
17, from
Like Feig, many of the stu-
dents felt the stark horror of
the camps. They also experi-
enced anti-Semitic incidents
from some of the Poles they
"When we were marching, I
saw Polish people on either
side of us watching, laughing
and pointing. That really got
to me," said Morris Pataky,
16, of North Miami Beach.
Ranana Dennis, 18, from
North Miami Beach, was upset
over a group of young children
eating ice cream cones in Aus-
chwitz that they had pur-
chased from a shop in front of
the camp.
"How can they play there
like it's a playground?," she
Other students were spit and
coursed at, and doors were
closed in their faces.
"We were there to show
everyone that we're still alive,
in spite of what they tried to
do to us," said Jason Hoch-
man, 17, of North Miami
Beach. "I stood up straight
and held my head high."
A number of Holocaust sur-
vivors accompanied the stu-
dents, returning to the places
where they and their families
"I could not have come back
to this place without all of
you," said Erna Ruben stein to
the students after the march
through Auschwitz. Ruben-
stein, who now lives in Boca
Raton, survived Auschwitz.
Rita Hofrichter, of Miami
Beach, survived the Warsaw
Ghetto. She patiently
answered the students' many
questions, providing them with
an idea of what it was like to
live in Poland as a Jew during
the war years.
There were joyous
moments as well. On
Shabbat in Warsaw, the
students took part in the
afternoon service at the
Nozyk Synagogue, the
only synagogue left in
Warsaw, built in 1902
and used by the Nazis
during the war as a stable
for their horses.
"Just before the war, I was
doing the same things you are
doing now. I went to school,
ballet class, parties. One morn-
ing, I woke up to tanks and
marching boots. My grandpar-
ents were killed and my life
was completely changed,"
Hofrichter told the students
while standing in the Miodawa
Synagogue in Cracow, where
she and her parents attended
during the four years they
lived in that town.
There were joyous moments
as well. On Shabbat in War-
saw, the students took part in
the afternoon service at the
Nozyk Synagogue, the only
synagogue left in Warsaw,
built in 1902 and used by the
Nazis during the war as a
stable for their horses.
The teenagers filled the syn-
agogue with their presence as
well as their young, vibrant
voices, joining the tired voices
of the handful of old Jewish
men, the final survivors of
what once was a thriving Jew-
ish world in Poland.
"It really was a special
moment for all of us and it felt
good being there together,"
said Dr. Leon Weissberg, the
Broward contingent's trip
After all the tears had come,
and none could cry anymore,
the teenagers left Poland for
Israel. Upon boarding the El
Al plane at the Warsaw air-
port, the mood immediately
changed from one of sorrow to
one of joy.
"I feel like I'm already in
Israel. I'm happy to be leaving
Poland," said Susan Ginsberg,
18, of Hollywood.
The week in Israel included
observing Memorial Day for
Israel's fallen soldiers and
Israel Independence Day,
hearing from Israeli Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and
visiting some of the many his-
toric sites, including the West-
ern Wall. The students
savored the atmosphere,
constantly exclaiming about
the comfortable security of
being in a Jewish state.
"I have a much better under-
standing of the importance of
Israel after having seen what I
saw in Poland," said Eve Nel-
son of Miami Beach as she
stood before the Western
Wall. "Everything has much
more meaning and I will do
whatever I can to make sure
that this place remains a Jew-
ish homeland."
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Synagogue News
B'nai Mitzvah
Beth Ami
Friday evening May 18, at
8:15 p.m., Rabbi Nathan Zel-
izer will speak on "The Mean-
ing of Freedom." Rabbi Zel-
izer will be assisted by Cantor
Mark Levi. An Oneg follows
Saturday morning May 19th
at 9:30 a.m., Rabbi Nathan
Zelizer will teach the two
weekly portions of Behar and
Behukotai, and will speak on
"Be A Jew At Home.'1 A Kid-
dush follows services.
Beth Ami Congregation
Women's Club will hold its
next monthly meeting at the
Synagogue, Tuesday May 22
at 1 p.m. A surprise program
will be presented.
Friday evening May 25, at
8:15 p.m., Rabbi Zelizer will
speak on "Little Progress
since Sinai, Why?" Rabbi Zel-
izer will be assisted by Cantor
Levi. An Oneg follows ser-
Saturday morning May 26 at
9:30 a.m., Rabbi Zelizer will
teach the weekly portion of
Bemidbar and will preach on
"The Desert." A Kiddush fol-
lows services.
Friday evening June 1, at
8:15 p.m., Rabbi Zelizer will
speak on "Three Kinds of
Peace." He will be assisted by
Cantor Levi. An Oneg follows
Saturday morning June 2 at
9:30 a.m., Rabbi Zelizer will
teach the weekly portion of
Naso, and will speak on
"Judaism Does Not Like
Extremes." A Kiddush fol-
Temple Anshei
Men's Club of Temple
Anshei Shalom 7099 W. Atlan-
tic Ave. Delray Beach, Fla.
will sponsor a breakfast meet-
ing on Sunday May 20 at 9:30
a.m. Guest speaker will be
Rick Pollock of The Sun Sen-
tinel. For information, call
Anshei Emuna
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks will
preach the Sermon on the
theme "From The Mountain-
Tops" at the Sabbath morning
service on May 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow.
Rabbi Sacks will preach the
Sermon on the theme "For-
ward Towards Sinai" at the
Sabbath morning service on
May 26, at 8:30 a.m.
Kiddush will follow.
Daily Classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Oruch) led by Rabbi
Sacks begin at 6:30 p.m. in
coniuncton with the Daily
Twilight Minyon Services.
A D'var Torah in Yiddish is
presented by Rabbi Sacks in
conjunction with the Seu'dat
Shli'sheet celebrated each Sab-
bath between the Twilight Ser-
For information call 499-
Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El will hold its
Shabbat Evening worship ser-
vice on Friday evening at 8
Rabbis Merle E. Singer and
Michael L. Feshbach will offici-
On May 19, Bible Study at
9:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah at 10:30
a.m. Shabbat Morning Ser-
vices at 10:30 a.m. Talmud
Study Group at 10:20 a.m.
Temple Beth El Nursery
School will hold its annual pic-
nic on Sunday May 20, from
3-5:30 p.m. Children's activi-
ties include Cats Gymnastics.
Mr. Al will be there to enter-
tain both children and adults.
On May 25 Shabbat Evening
worship service will be held
Friday evening at 8 p.m. Rab-
bis Singer and Feshbach will
officiate. Rabbi Feshbach will
deliver the Sermon.
On May 26, a Morning Bible
Study Class at 9 a.m. followed
by Shabbat morning services
at 10:30 a.m.
Abraham Donner, son of
Susan and Kenneth Donner,
will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah
at 10:30 a.m.
Jamie Margolin, daughter of
Barbara and Donald Margolin,
will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah
at a Mincha/Havdalah service
at 5:30 p.m.
B'yachad, Temple Beth El's
mid-singles group, invites all
Jewish Singles aged 30-50 to
join them for brunch at The
Spiced Apple on Sunday May
27 at 11:30 a.m. The Spiced
Apple, 2700 N. Federal High-
way, Boca Raton. For informa-
tion call 407 392-8929.
Temple Beth El Sisterhood
will attend the production of
"Guys & Dolls" at the Royal
Palm Theatre on Sunday May
27 at 4 p.m.
Temple Beth El will cele-
brate Shavuot with a Festival
and Yizkor service on May 30
at 10:30 a.m. At this service,
the Ten Commandments will
be read and there will be a
celebration of the giving of the
Torah at Mt. Sinai. All are
On Friday evening, May 18,
Dedication Shabbat Services
will be held at Congregation
B'nai Israel at 8 p.m. Rabbi
Richard Agler will lead the
worship service, and hold the
dedication of the Barry I.
Graff School for Living
Judaism and the Gail N. Feur-
ring Administration building.
On Saturday, May 19 at
10:15 a.m., Rabbi Richard
Agler will lead the congrega-
tion in worship and Torah
study. Marissa Leichter will be
called to the Torah as a Bat
On Saturday evening, May
19, at 8 p.m. Grand Opening
of the Youth Lounge. A dance,
sponsored by the Jr. and
Jr./Jr. Youth Groups will be
held at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, May 20, Annual
Lag B'Omer Picnic at 11:30-3
p.m. at Boca Raton Bath and
Tennis Club Pool and Park.
There will be a picnic lunch,
swimming and sport activities.
Reservations a must. Call for
information: 241-8118.
Sisterhood Rummage Sale at
the Fidelity Bank, Atlantic
Avenue and Military Trail in
Delray Beach between 8-12
noon. (Sunday, May 20)
On Tuesday, May 22, at 8
p.m. at Congregation B'nai
Israel, a program entitled
"Comparing and Contrasting
Conservative and Reform
Judaism" will be conducted by
Rabbi Richard D. Agler of
Congregation B'nai Israel and
Rabbi Murray Ezring of B'nai
Torah Congregation. The rab-
bis will discuss the similarities
and differences and what holds
us together. The address of
Congregation B'nai Israel is:
200 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton.
For information call 241-8118.
On May 23, Wednesday
evening, there will be a Yom
Yerushalayim Program (Jeru-
salem Day) at 8 p.m. This is a
community event to honor the
23rd Anniversary of the Reun-
ification of Jerusalem during
the 1967 Six Day War. Guest
speaker, Dr. Moshe Liba,
Israel's Consul General to
Florida, sponsored by Boca
Raton's district of the Zionist
Organization of America.
FAU Dean
Dr. Jack Suberman, retired
longtime dean of Florida
Atlantic University's College
of Humanities, was presented
the FAU Distinguished Ser-
vice Award by President
Anthony J. Catanese at the
University's 39th Commence-
ment Convocation, held in the
Gymnasium on the Boca Raton
Dr. Suberman came to FAU
in July 1967 as dean of the
College of Humanities, a posi-
tion ne held for nearly 20
Before coming to FAU, Dr.
Suberman had been on the
faculties at the University of
North Carolina and North Car-
olina State University, where
he served as director of contin-
uing education and summer
sessions. From 1942 to 1945,
he was a captain in the U.S.
Air Force.
Dr. Suberman earned his
bachelor's and master's
degrees at the University of
Florida. He received his Ph.D.
degree in English at the Uni-
versity of North Carolina.
On May 5, Jeremy Castaline,
son of Scott and Amy Ellen
Castaline, was called to the
Torah at Congregation B'nai
Israel of Boca Raton, as a Bar
Mitzvah. He read the portion
of the Torah called Achare
Jeremy was joined not only
by his younger brother Adam,
but by his grandparents Mar-
vin and Rita Gutkin of Davie,
and Dr. Arnold and Audrey
Castaline of Delray.
A student at Logger's Run
Middle School, Jeremy enjoys
learning the intricacies of the
computer, and is an avid
mother Thelma Leichter of
Plantation and grandparents
Charles and Charlotte Miller
of Delray Beach.
A large contingent of family
members will assemble for the
occasion from all over the
An honor student, Marissa
enjoys swimming and tennis,
as well as biking and water
skiing. She also enjoys listen-
ing to music.
On Saturday morning, May
19, Marissa Leichter daughter
of Julian and Nancy Leichter
will be called to the Torah at
Congregation B'nai Israel of
Boca Raton as a Bat Mitzvah.
She will read the Behar Bechu-
kotai portion of the Torah.
Marissa will be joined at this
simcha not only by her sister,
Jana, but by her great grand-
mother Bea Weisenfeld of
Sunrise, but also by her grand-
On Saturday morning, May
26, Kelly Hildebrand, daugh-
ter of Gary and Bonnie Hilde-
brand, will be called to the
Torah at Congregation B'nai
Israel of Boca Raton. She will
read the portion of the Torah
called Bemidbar.
Kelly will be joined not only
by her sister Amy but by her
grandparents Sidney and Dor-
othy Appel of Coconut Creek
and Lee and Bernice Hilde-
They will all be joined for
this simcha by a large family
contingent from around the
Kelly is a student at the Boca
Raton Middle School, and
enjoys swimming, tennis and
ZOA Holds Jerusalem
Day Observances
The Boca Raton ZOA Dis-
trict, New Leadership Divi-
sion, will hold a special pro-
?am in observance of Yom
erushalayim (Jerusalem
Day), on Wednesday, May 23,
at 8 p.m., to be held at Congre-
gation B'nai Israel, 2200
Yamato Road, Boca Raton.
Dr. Moshe Liba, Consul Gen-
eral of Israel for the State of
Florida will be the principal
speaker, and other prominent
members of the County and
City Governments have been
invited to participate. Cantor
Elaine Shapiro, accompanied
by Elaine Silver, will perform
music by Jerusalem. Light
refreshments will be served.
According to Norman Freid-
man, program chairman, this
is the first time Yom Yerusha-
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TORONTO (JTA) Canadian Jewish organizations have
hailed a federal judge's refusal last week to consider an
Arab group's petition to bar Ariel Sharon from entering
Canada. Sharon, who was Israel's defense minister during
its 1982 invasion of Lebanon, is scheduled to address a
dinner of the Canadian Friends of the Jerusalem College of
Technology here June 11.
TEL AVIV (JTA) The Israeli navy has denied that one
of its vessels in the Gulf of Eilat fired on the Jordanian
royal yacht while King Hussein was aboard. But at the
same time, Israel has responded to a formal U.S. protest by
promising that such an incident will not happen again.
WARSAW (JTA) An official of the Wiesenthal Center
has expressed grave concern over anti-Semitic violence at a
folk festival in Kielce, Poland. Dr. Shimon Samuels,
European director of the Center, discussed the incident
with Deputy Interior Minister Krzystof Kozlowski and
government spokesman Henryk Wozniakowski at a meet-
ing here.
East Germany Settles Jews
About 200 Soviet Jews have
recently arrived in East Ger-
many and are settling down
under a program organized by
the government, according to
Irene Runge, a Jewish cultural
Runge is one of the leaders
of the Judischer Kulturverein
(Jewish Cultural Association),
an independent group that was
formed during last year's dem-
ocratic revolution in East Ger-
many. One of the first public
acts of the association was to
petition the government to
give refuge to Soviet Jews who
want to leave their country.
Runge said that the Soviet
Jews arrive here with East
German visas and live tempor-
arily in government-sponsored
reception centers until they
find jobs and apartments.
Egypt, Syria Ease Enmity
Hosni Mubarak's 24-hour visit
to Damascus seems to have
achieved its primary goal: a
reconciliation with Syrian
President Hafez Assad, who
never forgave Egypt for sign-
ing a peace treaty with Israel
in 1979.
But the Egyptian president
apparently failed to make
immediate progress on two
secondary objectives: drawing
Syria into the Middle East
peace process and easing the
enmity between Syria and
Iraq, each ruled by a rival
faction of the Socialist Ba'ath
Rather than blame Syria,
however, Mubarak lashed out
instead at Israel's acting prime
minister, Yitzhak Shamir, dur-
ing a news conference in
Kohl Pledges
Israel Aid
German Chancellor Helmut
Kohl pledged continued sup-
port for Israel by a unified
Germany in an effort to soothe
American Jewish concerns
over the imminent merging of
the two Germanies.
"Close and trustful political
dialogue with Israel must
and will be an essential
element of the Middle East
policy pursued by a united Ger-
many, the chancellor said in a
letter to Seymour Reich, presi-
dent of B'nai B'rith Interna-
tional and chairman of the
Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish
The West German leader
also pledged German commit-
ment to Israel within the Euro-
pean Community, and said
that while the E.C. is partici-
pating in efforts to bring about
a negotiated settlement of the
Arab-Israel problem, "we also
know that the right of self
determination of the Palestini-
ans meets its limit where
Israel's right to exist is conc-
Israeli Commander
Reviews Intifada
Israel cannot suppress the
violence of the intifada by mili-
tary means; nor could Pales-
tinian stone-throwing oblige
Israel to retreat. At die same
time, the two sides are so far
apart there seems little possi-
bility of starting serious nego-
tiations at this time, says for-
mer West Bank military com-
mander Aryeh Shalev in his
new book, "The Intifada:
Causes and Effects."
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Synopsis Of The Weekly Tor ah Portion
. "The seventh year shall be a sabbath .. neither sow thy field
(Lev. 254).
"... hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the
BEHAR "And the Lord spoke unto Moses in mount Sinai,
saying. When ye come into the land which I give you, then
shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord. ... in the seventh
year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land thou shalt
neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. And the
sabbath-produce of the land shall be for food for you: for thee, and
for thy servant and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant and for
the settler by thy side that sojourn with thee; and for thy cattle,
and for the beasts that are in thy land: (Leviticus 25.1-7).
Following seven sabbatical years, the 50th year is to be observed
as a jubilee. "That which groweth of itself of thy harvest thou
shalt not reap" (Leviticus 25.5). Scripture then states "And ye
shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout toe
land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you.
... Ye shall return everyman unto his possession" (Leviticus
The same laws pertaining to the sabbatical year hold true of the
jubilee. In addition, all fields return to their original owners;
every Hebrew slave is free to return to his home. A Hebrew slave
can always be redeemed; if he is not redeemed, he goes free in the
jubilee year.
"And if thy brother be waxen poor, and his means fail with
thee; then thou shalt uphold him: as a stranger and a settler shall
he live with thee. Take thou no interest of him or increase; but
fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not
give him thy money upon interest, nor give him thy victuals for
increase (Leviticus 25.S5S7).
(The recounting of the Weekly Portion of the Law Is extracted and
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