The Twelfth for Good Luck
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VOL. XXXV. No. 10
May 8, 1959
Another Historic Israel Anniversary
Another important anniversary — Is-
rael's eleventh birthday — will be marked
by celebrations in • Jewish communities
throughout the world next week.
On Tuesday evening, at Ford Audi-
torium, Israel's Minister Plenipotentiary
in Washington, Yaacov D. Herzog, will ad-
dress a public rally in celebration of this
Exactly a year ago, the entire world
was excited by the tenth anniversary of
Israel's rebirth. Many who had doubted
whether the little State could possibly
survive the economic difficulties and the
war threats of unfriendly neighbors
mounted the bandwagons and began to
shout praises for the embattled nation.
The entire world then acclaimed the
progress attained by the Israelis: their
courageous efforts to establish a working
democracy in an area of feudalism and
to raise the standards of living in the
entire Middle East.
- Another year has passed. The numeral
eleven is not as glamorous as ten, It is
uneven and does not lend itself to the
exciting enthusiasm of a year ago. Fur-
thermore, the great excitement seemed
to have been spent during the tenth anni-
Yet, the current celebration is as im-
portant as last year's. So much was
achieved during the last year that those
on the outside must stand in amazement
at Israel's determination to attain high
* * *
Israel's population has trebled since
the State's rebirth. By accepting the
homeless and dispossessed from many
lands, Israel fulfilled this pledge contain-
ed in its Declaration of Independence:
"The State of Israel will be open to
the immigration of Jews from all coun-
tries of their dispersion; will promote
the development of the country for the
benefit of all its inhabitants; will be
based on the precepts of liberty, jus-
tice and peace taught by the Hebrew
Prophets; will uphold the full social
and political equality of all its citizens,
without distinction of race, creed or
sex; will guarantee full freedom of con-
science, worship, education and culture;
will safeguard the sanctity and inviola-
bility of the shrines and Holy Places
of all religions; and will dedicate itself
to the principles of the Charter of the
Dr. Bokser's 'Gift of Life':
Warm and Inspiring Book
•"Are Marriages Made in Heaven? ... Is Time a Great Healer?
. . . The Debt to Our Parents . . . Self Control . . • Don't Shrink
From Challenges . . . The Language of Poetry . . . Is Sex Sinful?
. • . Death Is Not Extinction . . . —these are a few of the titles
Thus, the ingathering of the exiles is of the more than a hundred meditations in "The Gift of Life
becoming a reality, and Israel has be- —A Treasury of Inspirations" by Rabbi
come the true haven of refuge for the Ben Zion Bokser, published by Abelard-
kinsmen of the Israelis.
"There is an art in enjoying the bless-
ings of life, and unless we master it, we
Many accomplishments are to Israel's court disaster," Dr. Bokser states at the
credit in the eleventh year of its auton- outset. His pleas for an awareness of the
omy. New industries have been set up, the blessings and their source are deeply
convincing, warm and inspiring.
educational system has been improved, moving,
conflict in life seems to be met
many new settlers have been welcomed, in Every
the pages of this remarkably fine,
and it is believed that the young nation is
now nearer to peace with its neighbors book.
For instance,. in "My Life Is Not My:-
than ever before.
Own," he asserts: "It is a trust for which
I have no right to
There is, therefore, cause for renewed I am responsible.
with it as I please, but I am under
rejoicing. World Jewry, playing an im- do
obligation to discharge the terms
portant role in cementing kinship with an
of the trust." In the trust are included
the Israelis, has cause to celebrate the be- "our parents, our friends, our society"
ginning of the twelfth year of Israel's who have made investments in us, and
existence. Much has been attained, and a "the greatest investor in our lives is God . . ."
Explaining folklore, Dr. Bokser pointed out that when a
great deal more of progress is in the
offing in the future.
It is important, therefore, that the
celebration on Tuesday evening should
be attended, as in past years, by a ca-
pacity audience. The celebration, spon-
sored by the Zionist and Jewish Commun-
ity Councils, is an occasion for us to send
forth new messages of encouragement to
the Israelis and to assure them that, in
wishing them a happy birthday, we con-
tinue to back them up in the just causes.
Ambassador Eban, Universal Encomia
Israel Ambassador Abba Eban's im-
pending departure from the United States
to enter the political arena of his coun-
try has inspired a number of testimonial
tributes to the extremely able diplomat.
Jewish communities throughout the
land, and national Jewish organizations
have extended honors to him, in recogni-
tion of his distinguished services in this
country and at the United Nations.
Jews are not alone in the spontaneous
extension of tributes to the able young
man. Leading statesmen representing
many lands, including our own, have
joined in the tributes to him.
Ambassador Eban will be honored at
a dinner at the United Nations in New
York on May 12, at a dinner in Washing-
ton on May 13 and at a public meeting in
Madison Square Garden, New York, on
May 14. At all these events, some of the
most distinguished men in public life
will share the platforms with Jewish lead-
ers in expressing appreciation to the
The honors for Mr. Eban are well
earned. He was only 33 when he was
named to represent his country before
the United Nations 11 years ago, when
Israel came into being. During the eleven
years that have elapsed, he has defended
his country, has warded off scores of
attacks from antagonists to his country
bride remembered what her grandmother said, that "marriages
are made in heaven," she exclaimed enthusiastically "we
were meant for each other."
In "The Way to Happiness," Dr. Bokser advises:: "We must
find life's fulfillment day by day. Every day has its own destina-
tion. Every day has its own struggles and attainments. Every
day has its opportunities to taste from the sweet wine of life—
by creative endeavor in work and play, by going and receiving
love, by serving God and man, by seeking after goodness and
truth. Taste the wine when the cup is near. Who knows what
tomorrow will bring?"
And in answer • to "Is Sex Sinful?" he 'declares: "The
fact that some people over-eat is not an argument against
eating. Some people have abused the sex impulse and made
of it a means to perverted gratifications, but this does not
argue the sinfulness of sex."
Thus, in all of his many meditations, throughout this book, .
Dr. Bokser guides his reader to a better way of life. His "The
and its government and has spoken with Gift of Life" is a wonderful book.
great oratorical skill about the peaceful
aims of his land.
At the same time, he has made hun-
dreds of appearances in many Jewish
communities — inducting our own — in
behalf of the Israel Bond drives and the
United Jewish Appeal. He has pleaded
as eloquently with his kinsmen for con-
tinued support of Israel as he has with
the representatives of the family of na-
tions who have learned to admire him
for his zeal in delineating the cause of
justice for Israel.
He has outlined a "blueprint for peace
for Israel" which remains one of the
great documents in the annals of the
A great orator, possessing a keen
sense of humor, the master of several
languages, he is the pride not only of
the State of Israel but also of all of the
Israelis' kinsmen throughout the world.
We join in wishing him well in all
his future endeavors and we share the
regret that he no longer will represent
his government in this country. We have
no doubt, however, that he will return
to us time and again to bring Israel's
message to us with his great skill. He
will no doubt continue to fuse the Ameri-
can-Israel friendship in the future as he
has in the past.
`Reaching for the Moon': Sermons,
Addresses by Rabbi Julius Mark
On Jan. 10 last, Dr. Julius Mark, rabbi of Temple EmanuEl
of New York, which has been called America's "Cathedral Syna-
gogue," delivered a sermon entitled "Reaching for the Moon."
He has used this subject as the title for his collected sermons
published by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy.
In this sermon, which is the concluding
one in his book, Dr. Mark discusses the
wonders of science and technology. He pointed
to the dangers of deploying hydrogen weapons
on bases throughout the world and declared:
"In our space age, God Himself is
forcing man's hand. Either man will conduct
himself decently, honorably and righteously
in his relations with his fellow man or this
planet with all it contains will disappear in
a cloud of cosmic dust. As man's reaching
for the moon is on the verge of being
crowned with success, the ancient challenge grows ever more
insistent and urgent: 'Choose life, that thou mayest live, thou
and thy seed'."
Subdivided into four sections, Dr. Mark's sermons
addresses deal with Faith for Our Times, Jews and Judaism,
Christianity and Judaism and Religion and Society.
In the second category, he discusses Jews as nation, race or
religion; Jews in the building and future of America; and the
State of Israel.
In an introduction by Rabbi Mark's former teacher, Dr.
Solomon B. Freehof, the book is commended as serving the
purpose of creating a better understanding between religions.