Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE lETHDRIOGE HERA1.U Monday, December 2S, 1770 amit Moroccan women revolting cloistered life RABAT (Renter! .Moroccan women are starling to s h o signs of real revolt against an- cient traditions that have kept them veiled and cloistered for j centuries. The newly formed National j Union of Moroccan Women as- serts itself on the subject of women's rights with the publi-1 cation of a new magazine enti-' tied Aicha. Princess Lalla Fatima Zohra. and president of the women's union, said in Ihe first issue she! does not want U> start a fight j with the authorities but that she will certainly "confront some government departments with j realities that will make (hem j stop to think." One of these realities is the. status of married women. The outsider thinks of Moroccan as romantic figures, leading leisurely lives of clois- tered ease inside some colon- naded patio, clothed in silk and brocades, and laden with jew-, In fact, romance is far re- moved from reality. Many Mo-: roccan wives are unhappy but this is not because under Moslem law their husbands can take four wives and have as many concubines as Ihey can afford, since Moroccan men simply cannot afford harems anymore. HUSBAND IN CONTROL The problem is that in prac- tice Moroccan women have no legal rights, even though by law they have more rights than Eu- ropean women, says Amina Messoudi. 28 year old private secretary to Princess Lalla. Writing on divorce in Aicha, she said that under Moroccan law a wife retains the right to administer her own wealth and do business without consulting licr husband. Her upkeep is her husband's entire responsibility, is her own. But in practice the husband has complete control and she has no rights even over her wage, she is expected to hand it all over to her husband. It is virtually impossible for the wife to obtain a divorce, Mrs. Messoudi writes. Divor- cees become "jn'.ouchables and pariahs in society" and as a j consequence Moroccan women j avoid divorce and are com- pletely resigned to their fate, she says. Mrs. Messoudi says that as a result relations between man and wife are like those between master and slave. NURSES VALUABLE j TORONTO (CP) A warm- hearted school nurse is as valu- able to the education system as any teacher or administrator, says Thomas McCusker. assist- ant head of guidance at Central High School of Commerce. In a brief to the Ontario Educational i Research Council. McCusker [Suggests nursinu offices be staffed with understanding pro- fessionals who have training 01 some experience in psychiatric nursing. SPECIAL! 3 DAYS ONIY DECEMBER 29, 30 AND 31 STRETGH WIG Wasiiable "Tresslon" modacrylic fibre, permanently set in sleek brush V wear "Candice" style. Permanently curled in the new "shorter lucious tones, fits any tad size. BUY NOW-CHARGE-IT! Not religious ceremony Chanukah, Lights festival LOCAL HANNUKAH CELEBRATlONS-Cyril Sarkin, a Leihbridge resident, and busi- nessman, replaces the main candle in his family's menorah, symbol of the Jewish feast, Hannukah. Mrs. Serkin, daughter Toby, and son Sheldon, wait quietly offer the benediction' has been said by Toby. Most ballet companies experience male shortage tocoted in Hie South leHlbridge Shopping Centre on Mi Mscircith Drive. Open daily 9 a.m. 'til 6 p.m.; Wednesday 't p.m. Closed Friday, New Year's Day. lyo il 1 I TORONTO (CP) To most young boys ballet is an interest that comes a long, long way after baseball. Parents tco seem to share a similar reluctance at the though of enrolling their sons in ballet classes. As a rcsull, North American ballet companies are continual- ly faced with the problem of tilling their ranks, not to men- tion their lead roles, with good male dancers. It's a shortage that could be solved, though, if more people shared the attitude of Jacques d'Amboise. senior male dancer with the New York City Ballet, who was in Toronto for an en- iagement. i The father cf four children, two of them boys, he has put his ideas into practice by teaching them he did it more in the style of an athletic coach than a ballet master. Realizing that it would be im- possible to get them to attend a female oriented class, he in- vited the boys in his sons' class at school to come along each Saturday morning for free lessons. They did, and in trying to find a way to teach them that they would accept, Jacques devel- oped some strange techniques. There was a great deal of em- phasis, in the early stages at least, on just burning up excess energy. JU.MI'ED TO BEATLES No classical ballet, music was played during these sessions. In- stead, the boys danced and jumped around to tunes from the Beatles to the Lone Ranger theme. After a year of this type of! lesson there began to be le s play, and more ballet technique was introduced with the boys accepting it gradually. Jacques himself started danc- ing at the age of eight when his sister took ballet lessons for health reasons. He went along too, to save having to pay for a baby-sitter, and was soon taking an active interest. U.S. population ,206 million i i WASHINGTON (AP) The United States population was about on Nov. 1, esti- mates released by the census bureau said. This figure repre- sents an increase of or 1.1 per cent, over the estimate for the corresponding month last year and an increase of over the September to- tal. ow try a gentle laxative from the maker It's called NR because it's Nature's Remedy. The Turns people, as you would expect, know a great deal about sensitive stomachs. That's why they make their laxative only with vegetable ingredients. So, NJ brings easy, effective, overnight relief. KR'S gentle action works while you sleep without disturbing your rest. There is no letdown, no uncomfortable after- feeling. Try Nature's Remedy, a gentle all-vegetable laxative. Regular or chocolate coated. MI tonight, tomorrow alright By BEVEHLY-ANN CAKLSON Herald Stuff Writer "Chunukah or the feast of Lights, celebrates the battle of the Maccabees (165 B.C.) to save the (Jew- ish) temple from the tyrant Anichos of Syria." So states the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Montreal Division. Chanukah is celebrated to commemorate not so much the military victory as the cleans- ing and raledication of the Temple after it had been de- filed by (he heathens. Chanukah is not a religious ceremony, and is observed in the same manner as Canadians observe Remembrance Uay. The observance of this festi- val is an ethical custom mis- interpreted by most who do not know exactly what it stands for. People are under Ihe impres- sion that Chanukah is a feast similar to our celebrations of Christ mas in the Christian world. Actually, the Jewish faith refutes t h e fact that t h e Messiah has ever come, there- torn nlacing a great iinr.n; on the first-born son of every household. The Council goes on to state that only a small bit cf oil was I found with which to rekindle j the Eternal Light. The miracle of that little cruse of oil lasting far eight days, unlil more could be obtained is the miracle of: the little Jewish nation which j outlived all its powerful ene- mies, j Therefore, for eight days, eight candles are Kindled in the j Chanukah Menorah to 'remind! us' of that miracle. I Since this holiday symbolizes the triumph of religion over i paganirm, and spirit over force, the celebration is ex- tremely joyful. In the Holy Land, the celebrations include singing and dancing in the streets, awl holidays are ob- served. In Canada though, after the father lights the Chanukah can-, all join in the singing of, The Hock of Ages (in Hebrew) and festivities are held on each of the eight nights. Most, of the games played are based on the dreydle. a lit- tle lop with four sides each in- scribed with a Hebrew letter. These letters are Ihe intials cf words explaining the signifi- cance of (he miracle. Children are given gifts on each night which may be in the form of money known AS Chanukah The only ceremony observed I in this remembrance is (hat of lighting candles on eight con- secutive days, not so much to highlight the actual candle, but in order to depict Ihe flame which stands for Ihe eternal existence of the small Jewish nation. The candles today, are multi- colored, and depending on the size of the holder, Ihey may range from the small birthday candle, to three or four thin spiral shaped candles. One Jewish woman inter- viewed in Lethbridge, remin- isced about when the candles used for the observance were always Ihin. straight and of bright orange color. There was no particular reason for this (hat could be recalled, other than it was simply custom of the time and area. The actual candle holder is either an eight stemmed can- delabra, or a special holder which is called a menorah. Originally, the candle was not j used in the celebrations. Just i as in Ihe days, following the j original battle, small flasks of} oil were used in which just the j flame was visible, not as the i candle used today. As the candles are progress- ively lit, a benediction is said over them. One similarity which may have caused the mistaken iden- lity of the two customs, Christ- mas, and Chanukah, is that of gift-giving. 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