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April 01, 1960 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-04-01

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Writer Criticizes
Authoritarian Views
on 'Teachings'

Editor, The Jewish News:
_ Centuries a g o, Alexander
Pope warned that a little
knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Drink deeply before you con-
sider yourself an authority in
any field of learning, he im-
plied, otherwise your •superficial
familiarity with the subject will
be "dangerous."
The above observation is
prompted by the letter which
appeared in your issue of March
25, titled "God, Religion, Have
But One Meaning." I do not
object to anyone airing his
own pet philosophies on these
or similar subjects. It is another
matter, however, when personal
theories are labeled the "one—
and only one—meaning of God
and religion under monotheism
and its original Mosaic teach-
ings."
Whlie- I do not believe that
an editor's letter box is the
most ideal forum for theological
disputations, yet I feel that the
referred to letter should not be
allowed to remain .uncomment-
ed upon. Firstly, for the wealth
of factual misinformation it
contains, and secondly, lest the
firm and authoritative tone in
which the misinformation is
presented convince the -unwary
that it speaks indisputable dog-
ma.
To cite just - one example of
factual misinformation: There
is nothing more clearly spelled
out in the Mosaic texts than the
teaching that the natural laws,
being the creation of the Al-
mighty, have been, and can al-
ways be suspended if it be so
willed by their Creator. Scrip-
ture is replete with such ac-
counts.
The statement, therefore,
"that no law of nature can be
changed by prayer" would not
be an objectionable one, if it
were projected as the writer's
own Great Decision, and not in-
troduced as a basic teaching "of
monotheism . . . of Exodus",
which, as said, teaches quite the
• M.G.
reverse.

Cong. Bnai Moshe O-W Young Israel Launches Drive for Funds
Hy Brown and Joe Rodd the Latin Quarter. David I.
OPEN A
been named to chair the Berris, O-W Young Israel presi-
Sets Late Service have
annual fund-raising campaign dent, is a co-chairman of the
CHARGE ACCOUNT AT
of Young Israel Center of Oak- banquet committee.
for Educators
Woods, which is seeking to ex-

"Focus on Education and Jew-
ish Learning" has been adopted
as the theme of a late Friday
night service to be held by
Cong. Bnai Moshe at 8:15 p.m.,
April 8, when the school board
and members of the teaching
staff will be honored.
The religious school teachers
are under the direction of Wal-
ter Farber. Arthur Boschan is
chairman of the school board.
Also recognized will be mem-
bers of the youth commission,
chaired by Mitchell Feldman.
The new youth director, Harry
Mirvis, will be presented to the
congregation.
Rabbi Moses Lehrman will
speak on "Needed: Confidence
in the Future." Cantor Louis
Klein and the 12-man choir will
officiate.
Certificates of merit will be
presented to all adults com-
pleting the 20-week adult study
program offered by the school.
A social hour will be served by
the Sisterhood -following serv-
ices.
Members and friends of the
synagogue were asked this
week by Harry J. Gunsberg,
president, to reserve the week-
end of May 6 to 8, when the
new sanctuary will be dedicat-
ed in special ceremonies.

pand its program of youth and
educational activities.
Serving with them are Mes-
dames Rose Feldstein and Mar-
ion Raimi, darlings; Rae Bodzin
and Rose Rodd, memoriams;
and the following captains: Hy
Brown, Mrs. Hilda Cohn, Mrs.
Fayga Dombey, David Feld-
stein, Herbert Geduld, Jack
Ginsburg, Sam Ginsburg, Jer-
ome Kelman, Isaac Knoppow,
Louis- Kozin, Harry Mirvis, Max
Raimi, Joe Rodd and Mrs. Elsie
Simkowitz.
Max Nusbaum is chairman
and David I. Berris, Morris
Novetsky and Erry Loewenthal,
co-chairmen, of the special gifts
committee.
. The drive for funds will con-
clude May 15, when the group
joins with other Young Israel
branches in co-sponsoring a
city-wide dinner, to be held at

YOU CAN NOW OPEN
A CHARGE ACCOUNT IN
OUR CLOTHING DEPARTMENT

Installation of new officers of
the Sisterhood of Cong. Bnai
Moshe will be held in conjunc-
tion with the annual Torah
luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Monday,
in the synagogue.
Mrs. Fred Weiss is chairman
of the luncheon, and is assisted
by Mesdames David Weiss and
Herman Hillman.
Mrs. James Sobel, past Sis-
terhood president, will conduct
the installation ceremonies.

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Reflections at 75

Editor, The Jewish News:
Whenever I think of the cour-
age and heroism demonstrated
by the martyrs of the Warsaw
Ghetto, I am reminded of a
thought expressed in the fol-
lowing poem by Yaakov Cohen
which is worthwhile for anti-
Semites to bear in mind:
"Lo hero moves ki lo hada
moves."
I do not fear death because
I do not apprehend death.
For the life of my people is
eternal.
If you cut my head off some-
one will surely rise to re-
place me.
.
A much stronger and more
beautiful head will sprout
in my stead.
It is the spirit embodied in
this poem that motivated the
martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto
to choose the stand they have
taken against the overwhelming
might of the Nazis. It is, also,
one of the basic causes of Jew-
ish survival through the cen-
turies.
"May our God remember
them for good with the other
righteous of the world."
AARON M. PREGERSON
Editor's Note: The writer of
this letter is a pioneer Detroit
Jewish leader. He is the former
president of the United Hebrew
Schools. He has provided his
own heading for this communi-
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