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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, July 15, 1960 — 20

Romania Ousts
Israel Diplomat

LONDON, (JTA) — The
Romanian radio announced that
a member of the Israeli Lega-
tion in Bucharest has been de-
clared persona non grata by the
Romanian government and will
have to leave the country.
The banned Israeli diplomat,
Shlomo Aharon, is a Legation
attache. He was charged by the
Romanian government with
"carrying on activities contrary
to diplomatic standards," the
Bucharest broadcast stated. The
decision of the Romanian gov-
ernment to oust him was con-
veyed by the Foreign Ministry
to Shmuel Bendor, Israel
Minister in Bucharest.

Oifth,

Announcements

July 9—To Mr. and Mrs. Mar-
vin Zahler (Suzie Simms),
23041 Beverly, Oak Park, a
daughter, Amy Beth.
* * *
July 3 — To Dr. and Mrs.
Frederic B. Shulak (Sandra
Taubman) of Hartford, Conn.
(now with the U.S. Air Force
at Loring AFB, Maine), a
daughter, Lisa Janel.
* * *
July 2—To Mr. and Mrs.
Marshall Laskey (Sharon
Leichtling), a son, Charles
Allen.
* * *
June 30 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Byron Jaffe, formerly of De-
troit, now of Maplewood, N.J.,
a daughter, Wendy Gail.
* * *
June 29—To Mr. and Mrs.
Alan R. Willens (Harriet Sin-
clair), formerly of Detroit, now
of West Newton, • Mass., a
daughter, Beth Rose.
• *
June 29—To Mr. and Mrs.
Saul Schop (Marcia Frutkin,
formerly of Detroit) of Toron-
to, a daughter, Ronda Nan.
* * *
June 28—To Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Hoff (Frances Switzky),
22820 Manistee, Oak Park, a
daughter, Julie Deborah.
• * *
June 27—To Dr. and Mrs.
Richard M. Klein (Elizabeth
Meyers) of Toledo, Ohio, a
daughter, Deborah Ellen.
* * *
June 24—To Dr. and Mrs.
Milton H. Spencer (Roslyn Per-
nick), 15692 Hilton, Southfield,
a daughter, Robin Carol.
* * *
June 23—To Dr. and Mrs.
Sydney Kofman (Doris Sax,
formerly of Oak Park, Mich.),
175 Linden, Oak Park, Ill., a
daughter, Bonnie Jane.
* * *
June 9—To Mr. and Mrs.
Philip Green (Barbara Gold-
farb) of Wyoming Ave., Li-
vonia, a son, Robert Allan.

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Jewish Proverbs

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Special JTA Teletype Wire to
The Jewish News)

Franklin was perhaps best
known in early America for his
Poor Richard sayings. Nowa-
days people don't seem to go
in for proverbs as much. Maybe
it's because we read more
novels.
The Talmud has a saying:
"Not the mouse is the thief but
the hole." Today the novelist
writes a book to convey some
such point, but our busy an-
cestors, who had no eight hour
day were forced to conserve
their time, so they took their
wisdom in concentrated doses.
"Tobi does wrong, Ziggud is
punished" is another Talmudic-
al saying which would furnish
a theme for a triology of mod-
ern novels.
A Talmudical proverb that
sounds as though Poor Rich-
ard, himself might have writ-
ten it is: "Eat and drink ac-
cording to thy means; dress
above thy means."
My mother was full of these
Yiddish proverbs. "One doesn't
send the cat for the cream." "If
two people say he is drunk, the
third should go to sleep." "Ten
enemies cannot do the harm to
a person which he inflicts on
himself."
As vitamins are lost in cook-
ing, much of the taste of a folk
saying is lost in translation.
"Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy
and wise," said Poor Richard.
"Az die Bobo volt gehat a
bord, volt sie geven a zeide"
translated literally means, "If
grandma had a beard, she would
be a grandpa." This was heard
among the old time Jews when
someone presented an "iffy"
argument. But it's a different
world today, a beardless world
for the most part, and the punch
disappears in the translation.
"Az Goot vill, shiest a
bezem." (If God wills, one
can shoot with a broomstick.)
In the translation, it is evi-
dent, it would hardly attain
its popularity in Yiddish.
The same idea is expressed
in the saying, "Everything de-
pends on luck, even the Torah
in the Ark." A knowledge of
the synagogue is requisite for
understanding this. There are a
number of Scrolls in the Ark
but which will be honored with
being elevated for reading de-
pends on where the cantor's
hand reaches out.
"Die hemd zoll man verkoifen
abi a gvir tzu sein" sounds hilar-
ious in Yiddish. (One should
sell the very shirt on his back,
if necessary, to become rich.) It
is too idiomatic Yiddish to be
translated successfully.
It is the humorous proverb
which most defies translation.
There are some, expressing
some universal insight, which
fare better in English. Thus:

...."If one lies dawn with dogs,
one gets up with fleas."
"A tree bends when it is
young."
"The ox does not know his
strength."
"There is no such thing as a
good without same drawback."
"If one needs the thief, he
is cut down from the gallows."
"It is always good where one
is not."
"Even in Paradise, it is no
pleasure to be alone."

`Before You Go,' Harvey Becks Take The Prayer Books
By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1960,
a Splendid New Bermuda Honeymoon Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Inc.)
The daily prayer book is
Weidman Novel
called "Siddur". The term "Sid-

Jerome Weidman, distin-
guished author of several con-
troversial novels whose char-
acters were Jews, has written
a new novel that is completely
devoid of Jewish references.
His "Before You Go," just pub-
lished by Random House, his
12th novel and 17th book, has
as its hero an "I-know-all-the-
tricks" genius who finally
learns his lesson and proceeds
with his task, during the war,
to render service without the
handicaps that previously tor-
mented him.
Originally, Weidman planned
to call his new novel "They
Told Me You Were Dead." The
new title is rather unclear. The
chief character in the story,
Benjamin Franklin Ivey, is a
peculiar being. He influences
people, and often staggers them.
When he enters the life of the
heroine, Julie Sarno, he inspires
trust. But her mother dis-
trusts him. "He wants some-
thing from us," she warns her
daughters.
The Sarnos are Italians. The
head of the family, a barber,
and a heavy drinker, always
looks for bargains, in the hope
of earning extra money. He is
always the loser, until Ivey
appears on the scene.
But Benjamin Franklin Ivey,
whenever he faces a crisis, also
gets into a stupor, and only the
traditional cups applied to him
by the elder Sarno restores him
to health. The Sarno girls are
similarly able to revive him.
Thus, when Ivey and Julie are
together again in LonCon, dur-
ing the war, and Ivey is faced
with a challenge which threat-
ens him anew with his illness.
it is Julie who charges him with
cowardice, shakes him out of his
uncertainties and makes a new
man of him. Ivey had risen
to a position of trust in the
White House, and he was the
President's emissary in Europe
during the war. But it took
Julie's frank charge to awaken
him out of his fears. It is
before he goes on his mission
—"Before You Go" emerges as
the novel's title—that she lets
go of her sentiments. Then it
becomes evident that her love
for him will keep her waiting
for his return.
Weidman, author of several
excellent novels — some of
which merited our criticism for
his mishandling of Jewish
themes—and of the Pulitzer
Prize-winning play "Fiorello,"
has produced another sample
excellent story - telling. He is
the master author. His "Be-
for You Go" is destined for an-
other high spot on the best-
selling list of novels.
—P•S•

of

dur" implies an "order." Since
the prayer book is a volume in
which the prayers are arranged
in a certain "order" (Seder),
the regular prayer book is aptly
called a "Siddur" (i.e. an order
of prayer).
The festival prayer book is
called "Machzor". Since the fes-
tivals occur in cycles, it was
fitting for the book containing
the various prayers for the fes-
tivals to be called a "Machzor"
(which means "cycle). The es-
sential difference between the
daily Siddur and the festival
Machzor is the rich collection
of medieval poetry included in
MRS. HARVEY BECK
the latter as special hymns and
Gayle German became the prayers for the festivals.
bride of Harvey. R. Beck on
June 26 in a double-ring, can- Jews Come to Honor—
dlelight ceremony performed
by Rabbi Hayim Donin and Are Scattered by Police
Cantor Hyman Adler at Cong.
ROME, (JTA) — Police dis-
Bnai David.
persed a gathering of some 50
Parents of the couple are Mr. Jews who brought a laurel
and Mrs. Norman German of wreath to the Jewish Martyrs
Washburn Ave. and Mr. and Memorial near the Main Syna-
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Hillel Attendance
Low in Colorado

DENVER, (JTA) — Only 25
per cent of the approximately
400 Jewish students at Colorado
University attend "major" func-
tions at the new Hillel House
at Boulder, Rabbi Milton Ele-
fant, Hillel director at the uni-
versity, told a seminar on
"Ethics on Campus." Student
attendance at Hebrew classes
and at "significant" discussion
groups is even lower, Rabbi
Elefant declared.
Another speaker in the semi-
nar, Prof. Irving Mehler, of
Denver University law school,
said that, "at best," only 70
of the 300 Jewish students at
Denver University participate
in cultural discussions conduct-
ed by Hillel at the university.
On the other hand, Dr. Mehler
stated, he is "encouraged by
Hillel's current inroads" among
Jewish fraternity members.

The folk sayings are starkly
realistic, with no holds barred:
"If a jew is right, he is beaten
all the more" expresses the in-
exorability of anti-Semitism. But
there is self - criticism t o o:
"Moishe Rabbenu hat oich nisht
gekennt oiskommen mit die
Yidden" (Moses also had
troubles with the Jews.) Offset-
ting this, there is the more op-
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language.
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