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September 25, 1959 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-09-25

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Moshe Davis, V ictor Ratn er, Cha gall
Authors of 'Birthday of the World'

Two scholars and an eminent
artist have combined to produce
a truly remarkable book.
Dr. Moshe Davis and Victor
Ratner are the authors of the
beautifully produced and inspir-
ing "The Birthday of the
World," just published by Far-
rar, Strauss & Cudahy. The
splendid etchings are by Marc
This is an unusual volume.
In a prologue, "Before the Be-
ginning," it poses the question,
"What is the moment of our
birth?", and it introduces the
theme with the assertion—
"In what we do we find the
continuing birth of our charac-
ter . . . We are always before
another beginning."
Then begins the theme itself,
starting with Rosh Hashanah,
with "Today Is the Birthday of
the World," in which the
authors suggest "six different
relationships given to Man":
"1. In your relationship to
yourself: . . . to fulfill the
talents you have been given.
"2. In your relationship to
your family . .
"3. In your relationship to
your community: Love your
neighbor as yourself.
"4. In your relationship to
the nation: Give our country
,your passion for freedom and
"5. In your relationship to
the world: Seek to unite the
nations of the world in brother-
hood and peace:
"6. In your relationship to
God: 'Do justly, and love mercy,
and walk humbly with thy
God.' " (Micah 6:8).
The text then proceeds with
a section on Yom Kippur, under
the heading "The City That
Saved Itself," with declarations
that "Our errors need not be
final," that "we also have the
power to defeat our mistakes,"
and with the conclusion from
the Day of Atonement prayer:
"For the sin we have com-
mitted in lowering our parents

Tubercular Increase
Predicted at Parley

JERUSALEM — An increase

in the incidence of tuberculo-

and teachers, and for all our
errors, 0 God who forgives . .
bear with us, pardon us, grant
us atonement."
"The Night Is Not Dark" is
the chapter on Sukkot. It is
followed by the section on
Hanukah, "The Eternal Light."
Then comes the Purim saga, en-
titled "The Stranger Within
Ourself." It is one of the long-
est sections in the book, dealing
with "the experience of the
goodness in others," its achieve-
ment and the making of it "the
gift of the better part of your-
. . to turn from sorrow to
gladness . . . from. morning
into a good day . . . bringing
gifts one to another . . ." the
quotation being from the Book
of Esther, 9.20.
"In a Home Where Freedom
Is Celebrated" is the chapter in
tribute to Passover.
The authors pursue the theme
by calling the chapter an
Shavuot "How Young the World
Is." It is followed by another
impressive chapter on Rosh
Hashanah, "Who Take Delight
in Life."
As it began, the volume ends
—from Rosh Hashanah to Rosh
Hashanah—in a spirit of exalta-
tion and confidence, with an-.
other quotation from the Holy
Day prayers—
"Remember us unto life 0
King who takes delight in life,
and inscribe us in the book
of life for Thy sake 0 living
This is a magnificently im-
pressive and beautiful book. It
is a 'spiritual testament. Its ap-
pearance on the eve of Rosh
Hashanah is especially timely.

Anticipate Record
NY School Enrollment

NEW YORK, (JTA)—Jewish
schools in the New York City
area will enroll about 154,000
children in the 1959-60 school
year beginning this month, it
was estimated by Nathan A.
Levine, president of the Jew-
ish Education Committee of
New York.
Levine based this figure on
the record total of 150,316 pu-
pils who attended Jewish
schools of all types during the
school year 1958-59, as reported
by the annual census of Jewish
schools conducted by the Com-
mittee. A national census has
established that more than 553,-
000 attended Jewish schools
throughout the country.
The Jewish schools covered
by the census include one-day-
a-week schools, afternoon ele-
mentary schools, all-day elemen-
tary schools, afternoon Hebrew
high schools, all-day Hebrew
high schools, and Yiddish-speak-
ing schools. On the elementary
school level, 132,686, or 37 per-
cent, of a total Jewish child
population of 358,261 were en-
rolled in Jewish schools in New

sis in Israel, Europe and South
America was predicted Wed-
nesday by Dr. William Tucker,
director of the tuberculosis
service of the U.S. Veterans
Administration, who is the
American delegate to the In-
ternational Conference on Tu-
berculosis in session here.
Dr. Tucker told the confer-
ence that incidence of tuber-
culosis increases sharply
among victims during the
teen-age period and then re-
mains dormant until the start
of middle age.
He said that persons who
contracted dormant tuberculo-
sis during the war years as
teenagers may suffer an out-
break of the disease in the
coming years.
Dr. Tucker paid tribute to
Israel's anti-tuberculosis cam- Foreign Demand Grows
for Israel Fire Clay
Thirty-seven delegates from
11 countries are participating growing demand was reported
in the sessions.
from countries abroad for fire
clay from Negev mines. One
15 Israelis to Supervise
shipload of 1,200 tons has been
Philippine Cotton Project loaded for transit to West Ger-
JERUSALEM, -(JTA)—A 15- many. An agreement has also
man team of Israel farm experts been concluded for export of
left for the Philippines to estab- 5,000 tons of the flint clay to a
lish and supervise a model cot- Western country. Talks for the
ton plantation. The joint project sale of an additional 10,000 tons
was organized by Israel's Inter- of the clay were reported under-
national Technical Assistance way.
Other recent raw material
department and the basic invest-
ment provided by Philippine shipments included the export
cpital. The project involves uses of 500 tons of copper from the
of Israel-made irrigation equip- Timna mines for Spain and
ment and Israel fertilizers and 1,400 tons of cement for

Canadian Jews Discuss Shehitah Regulations

Israel Synagogues
with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker
Ask 1,000 Scrolls
OTTAWA, (JTA) — A Can- towards the same end which

Ministry of Religious Affairs
disclosed it was seeking from
overseas communities 1,000
Torah Scrolls and 1,000 pairs
of phylacteries for new syna-
gogues in Israel.
The quest will be carried
out during the High Holy
Days by Rabbi Jechiel Wohl-
gelernter, chief secretary of
the Chief Rabbinate, in the
United States, Canadian and
British communities. His mis-
sion was expected to be sup-
ported by rabbis and their
congregations in those com-
munities which will be can-
vassed for surplus Scrolls
and unused phylacteries.

Israel, UN Chief Have
`One for the Road '

adian Jewish Congress delega-
tion called upon Prime Min-
ister John G. Diefenbaker this
week to discuss the pending
regulations on S h e h i t a. It
appeared from the discussions
that there is no Government
opposition to the principle of
Shehitah as a humane slaugh-
ter method. There is, however, a
practical problem of the pre-
slaughter preparation of the
animal which is not in itself
a part of the process of Shehi-
The Canadian Jewish Con-
gress has taken a position that
the present method of this prep-
aration known as shackling and
hoisting is not in itself inhu-
mane. The Congress also notes
that there are methods devised

are practicable and acceptable
to the abbatoirs. The Congress
told the government that, how-
ever, to issue a blanket prohibi-
tion of shackling and hoisting
at this time would in effect con-
stitute a threat to the practice
of Shechitah in many places,
at least for the time being.
The delegation consisting of
S. N. Harris of Toronto, Norman
Genser, and Rabbi Z. Zambrow-
sky of Montreal, asked the gov-
ernment to refrain from regu-
lations which would substan-
tively prevent Shehitah after
the government had in principle
recognized the legitimacy of
Shehitah. A further meeting
with the government was sched-


Carl C. Von Horn, chief of the
United Nations Truce Super-
visory Organization ,conferred
Wednesday with officials of
the Israel Foreign Ministry
armistice department on Jor-
dan's demand for around-the-
clock access to a road in Old
Jerusalem controlled by Israel.
The road, which leads from
an Arab. village to Jordan-held
Old Jerusalem, passes through
Israel's Mount Scopus enclave.
Israel has regularly closed the
road at night for security rea-
sons, since Jordan sparked a
fatal incident in the area in
Israel insists that opening
of the road should be consid-
ered as part of the entire
question of unimpeded access
by Israel to Mount Scopus as
provided by the Israel-Jordan
Jordan has repeatedly re-
fused to discuss this phase
of the armistice agreement.

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13 -- THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, Sept. 25, 1959

Spiritually Impressive Book

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