THE JEWISH NEWS
Incorporating the Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951
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SIDNEY SHMARAK CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ
Editor and Publisher
Sabbath Scriotur al Selections
This Sabbath, the twenty-first day of Iya'r, 5720, the following Scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Behar-Behukotai, Lev. 25:1-27:34. Prophetical portion, Jer. 16:19-17:14.
Licht Benshen, Friday. May 20. 7:32 p.m.
VOL. XXXVII. No. 12
May 20, 1960
Arab-Israel Accord: Only Possible M. E. Victor
Arab propagandists claimed they had
won a victory over "Zionist American
conspiracy" by the cessation of the pick-
eting of the Egyptian ship in New York
Reasonable people, however, know
better. There were no victors. If the
present unfortunate conditions prevail,
all will be the losers, including the
United States and all who crave for the
continuation of democratic principles
The fact is that as long as there is a
boycott of Israel many elements will be
involved. Many governments are con-
cerned over the anti-Jewish element in
the Arab boycott and over the effect it
has on their trade with Israel.
In the instance of the maritime unions'
picketing of the Egyptian ship, Acting
Secretary of State Douglas Dillon made
it plain that "the United States Govern-
ment has long and unequivocally main-
tained the principle that there should be
freedom of transit through the Suez Canal
for all nations"; that the U.S. "protests as
a matter of policy discriminatory actions
or practices with respect to international
trade which adversely affect United
States firms, vessels and citizens"; and
that "our Government neither recognizes
nor condones the Arab boycott, which
includes the blacklisting of United States
flag vessels in port because of prior calls
at Israeli ports. '
Mr. Dillon, in behalf of the State De-
partment, thereupon gave the following
"In the light of the foregoing basic prin-
ciples and in conformity with the fundamen-
tal national interest, the Department gives
assurances that it will undertake to investi-
gate fully the grievances of the Seafarers
International Union and through appropriate
diplomatic action with the foreign countries
involved, to renew its efforts to assure free-
dom of the seas and to protect the interests
of our shipping and seamen now being dis-
criminated against by the Arab boycott and
Here you have a s t r a i g h t f orward
pledge which also admits the "blacklist-
ing" and the discriminating boycott. On Significant Posthumous Volume
the strength of this assurance, Paul Hall,
president of the Seafarers International
Union, declared, when he called a halt to
"Should the State Department fail to give
practical implementation to the assurances,
we will have no other recourse but to resort
It is to the great credit of the Solomon Goldman gemorial
Foundation that it is continuing to publish, posthumously, the
scholarly Biblical commentaries by Dr. Solomon Goldman, the
late, distinguished rabbi of Congregation Anshe Emet of Chicago.
Under the chairmanship of Harry
B. Kulp, this foundation has just
issued the second of the works by
Rabbi Goldman to appear after his
The new volume in the series "The
Book of Human Destiny,"—a pro-
jected 13-volume commentary on the
Bible—has just been published by
Abelard-Schuman under the title
"From Slavery to Freedom."
The first volume in the series
was "The Book of Books: An Intro-
duction," and the second, "In the
"The Ten Commandments," the
'first of the posthumously published
volumes, was. edited by Maurice Sam-
community in the investment projects for uel and Prof. Harry M. Orlinsky, of
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Insti-
The major investment task, on a com- tute of Religion.
munity-wide basis, is the Israel Bond . Reconstructing the historical back-
ground of events related in Exo-
this volume is filled with infor :-
A number of events are planned here dus,
mation about its authorship, and the
for the coming weeks. The Labor Zionist- evaluations of Moses vie with those
Landsmanshaften projects, the numerous of Henry George and Ahad Ha-Am,
organizational tasks and the June 7 open- whose essays on the Lawgiver are
ing event for the 1960 Israel bond cam- classics in literature. Then there is
paign—the dinner at which Israel's For- a valuable essay on the style and
eign Minister Golda Meir is to be the philosophy of Exodus. In it is re-
guest speaker—call for dedicated efforts. vealed the extent of the late Dr.
Detroit's Israel Bond Organization has Goldman's scholarly attainments and
been blessed with good leadership. The his thorough knowledge of the litera-
of the Bible.
past year saw encouraging results, thanks ture
The contents of Exodus, the condi-
to the leadership of Tom Borman. The tions in Egypt at the time, the activi-
assumption of the chairmanship of the ties of Moses, the Ten Plagues and
local drive by David Safran augurs well other factors in the early story of
for the campaign now being launched.
Exodus are evaluated with such skill
Upon his return to Israel from his visit as to intrigue not only rabbis and
in the United States, Pinhas Sapir, Israel's other scholars but lay readers as well.
Commentaries on • the Feast of
Minister of Commerce and Industry, ex-
pressed gratification over the growth of Passover, the Song of Moses, the
Giving of the Law and other impor-
American investments in Israel. There is tant
aspects of the Biblical story
no doubt that the major stimulus in these represent
an enrichment of Biblical
efforts was the interest that was created criticism. Especially valuable in this
among American Jews by the Israel Bond important book is the section dealing
with the Ten Commandments. The
These efforts must continue in order numerous approaches to them, their
that Israel may be assured of economic varied interpretations, make the new
strength. It is through economic security volume, "From Slavery to Freedom,"
measures that the embattled people re one of the most important assets in
ceives its strongest encouragement. The any Jewish library.
expansion of anti-Israeli activities by the
Arab states should give added impetus commentary on the book of Exodus . . . is no antiquarian work
requires 'modernization.' It breathes, rather, the very alive-
to the Israel Bond drives and to other that
ness and urgency that the historical facts and events in the book
of Exodus had for the Hebrews and Israelites who were confront-
Our community has responded intelli- ed by them more than 3,000 years ago. Rabbi Goldman has heed-
gently to Israel's needs, both in behalf of ed well the injunction of the rabbis who said, 'In every single
the United Jewish Appeal, the major bene- generation every individual must regard himself as though he
ficiary of the Allied Jewish Campaign, and personally had gone free out of Egypt ... not our ancestors alone
to calls for assistance to Israel Bond did the Holy One Blessed Be He reedm, but us together with
drives. We urge the continuation of such them did He redeem . . . Therefore it is our duty to give thanks
dedicated efforts, in the best interests of . • . to Him who did all these miracles for our ancestors and For
the protection of Israel, the bulwark for
in this work, Rabbi Goldman has composed 'a new song.' "
democracy in the Middle East.
Under such conditions, who wins? Are
the Arabs the victors? The Israelis al-
ready have been hurt by the boycott, and
the "blacklisting" of international trade
as a result • of it has harmed, and con-
tinues to harm, the United States and
many other countries.
The only victory possible is one that
will be based on adherence to common
international decencies, and that calls for
the abandonment of the Arab boycott
and for a bit of common sense in Arab
activities in relation to Israel. All can
benefit from an Arab-Israel accord: all
lose from a lack of it.
Strong Support Needed for Israel Bond Drive
Although the Allied Jewish Campaign
is considered officially closed, much re-
mains to be done to enroll a large number
of yet-to-be solicited prospective contribu-
tors. In order to approach the $5,000,000
mark in this year's drive, that job needs
additional effort, and it is to be hoped
that the workers in the campaign will re-
main at work until the minimum needs
are assured by a maximum income.
Meanwhile, however, another respon-
sibility faces our community — that of
guaranteeing the continued interest of our
Our state is blowing its own horn this
week, which is being observed as Michigan
Originating with the Michigan Eco-
nomic Development Commission in 1954,
Michigan Week is being observed . . .
1. To advance the economic and social prog-
ress of Michigan through every practical
means . .
2. To promote among Michigan residents
and the people of the United States a better
understanding of the advantage Michigan
offers as a place for living, working, recrea-
tion and business, and
3. To get all Michigan residents working
together to make the state an even better
place in which to live, work and enjoy life.
Last year the emphasis was on the
products of Michigan. This year, the focus
is on "The People of Michigan." With
"Michigan — Your Opportunity" as the
1960 slogan, all of us in this state can
work together to advance the needs of a
great commonwealth. Our industries, our
natural resources, the vast opportunities
to serve the entire nation, should make us
proud of our state and should find us
ready at all times to work for betterment
of the United States and for humanity
through the gifts that come to us as citi-
zens of this great state.
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