THE JEWISH NEWS
Incorporating the Detroit JeWish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951
Member American Associati.un of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National
Published every Friday, by The Jewish News publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit 35,
Mich., VE 8-9364. Subscription $5 a year. Foreign $6.
Entered as second class matter Aug. 6, 1942 at Post Office, Detroit, Mich. under act of Congress of March
8, ‘ 1879.
SIDNEY SHMARAK CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ HARVEY ZUCKERBERG
Editor and Publisher
Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the twenty-fourth day of Tishri, 5721, the following Scriptural selections will be
read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Bereshit, Gen. 1:1-6:8. Prophetical portion, Is. 42:5-43:10.
VOL. XXXVIII. No. 7
October 14, 1960
Simhat Torah-A People's Rejoicing
Today is Simhat Torah—the Festival
of the Rejoicing of the Law—and its
very name signified the superb magnifi-
cence about our faith whose major char-
acteristic is its optimism.
There will be processions with the
Torahs, and the children will march with
flags and in a spirit of happiness.
Thus it has been throughout the ages.
Danger stalked the Jewish arena, but on
Simhat Torah there always was rejoicing.
This is not the unusual but the natural
and the traditional about Jewish obser-
vances in the synagogue. It incorporates
the elements of hope and confidence,
the optimistic outlook that no matter how
trying conditions may be now, the future
must be one of joy and of good tidings
for all mankind.
A selection in the festival prayer
book, translated by Israel Zangwill,
My heart of Thy goodness shall carol away,
Thy praises I ever will render;
My breath is, my lips all Thy wonders shall say,
Thy truth and Thy kindness so tender.
Then exalt in the Law on its festival day,
The Law is our Light and Defender.
Thus, Israel rejoices in the Law—its
Light and Defender—always in a spirit
of rejoicing. Thus, Simhat Torah is the
symbolic festival that rejects despair and
embraces hope. May it ever be thus, as
Dr. Richard Ellmann, professor of English at Northwestern
we exchange festival greetings on this University, who is now spending his sabbatical year with his
family in Italy, is the author of an essay, "Ulysses, the Divine
Essay by Ellmann, 11 Other
Authors in New WSU Volume
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Visit
Detroit will be one of the fortunate
communities in our land to be visited by
the world-famous Israel Philharmonic
When this great orchestra comes
here, on Nov. 1, to provide the music for
the annual Balfour Concert of the Zionist
Organization of Detroit, another link will
be forged between the Jewries of Israel
and the United States. The link, fortu-
nately, will be on the basis of a common
At a time when some nations in the
world are scheming and plotting methods
of continuing a cold war, while the
spokesmen for Israel's unfortunate and
downtrodden neighbors ar e spouting
hatred, Israel is striving to provide its
people with the finest in art, the best in
music, the most creative in industry, and
a literature to inspire mankind.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is
a symbol of Israel's spiritual genius. Its
tour of the United States and other coun-
tries is part of the aim to share with the
world the abilities of its craftsmen and
its artists, its musicians and • thinkers.
The Zionist Organization of Detroit
and the co-sponsors of the concert, the
America-Israel Cultural Foundation, have
made us their debtors for having arranged
for the Nov. 1 concert. It is a duty. to
fill the Masonic Auditorium to overflow-
ing on the night of the concert—so that
as many as possible in our community
may share the joy of being the participant
in a great event linking us with our kins-
men in Israel.
Nobody," in the new Wayne State University Press volume, "Twelve
Original Essays on the Great English Novels," edited by Charles
Shapiro. In different form, this essay appears in Prof. Ellmann's
prize-winning biography, "James Joyce."
Prof. Ellmann is the son of Judge and Mrs. James I. Ellmann,
of 55 Connecticut, Highland Park.
Prof. Leo Kirschbaum, of the Wayne University English
department, who has lectured in many universities, including
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is the - author of the essay
"The World of 'Pride and Prejudice' " in this WSU volume.
Among the other essays in this volume is "The Unattainable
Self: D. H. Lawrence's 'Sons and Lovers'," by Prof. Louis
Irvin Ehrenpreis' essay is on the subject "Fielding's Use of
Fiction: The Autonomy of 'Joseph Andrews'."
Other participating authors in this volume are: Harvey
Swados, Gerald Weales, Joseph Prescott, Mark Spilka, Newton
P. Stallknecht, Charles Child Walcott, R. W. B. Lewis and
Richard M. Kain.
Another new Wayne State University Press publication,
"The Processes of Ongoing Human Evolution," edited by Gabriel
W. Lasker, contains the texts of six lectures delivered
symposium at the 59th annual meeting of the American
Anthropological Association ,held in Mexico City, Dec. 28, 1959.
'3 Jewish Philosophers'
Since its having embarked upon the publishing of paper-
backs, the Jewish Publication Society of America has made
numerous contributions through this constructive medium.
One of its most impressive products, as a paperback, is the
We are about to commence the cele- campaign, but also for the presentation new volume, "3 Jewish Philosophers," which includes explana-
bration of the 21st annual observance of of opinions about the candidates and tory essays on the selections from the works of Philo, Saadya
Gaon and Yehuda Halevi.
Newspaper Week, and during the seven their respective parties.
The Philo selections were edited by Dr. Hans Lewy, whose
days to come some consideration will be
At the same time, grave issues are introductory
essay is a scholarly evaluation of Philo's works,
given to the press of our land as one of at stake at the United Nations, and the the allegories
and allegorists of his time and the status of
the major instruments in molding our newspaper is the functioning organ for Jewry in that era. Dr. Lewy also enlarges the significance of
the collection of data, for the quotation his study with "some remarks on the arrangement of the
President Eisenhower, in his message of speeches, for the analysis of views, selections."
Included in the selected Philo works are the famous
to the newspapers of the nation, stated for the unearthing of facts that would
quite properly that at this time, on the remain unknown if the industrious comments on Israel and the nations and discussions of numer-
eve of our national elections, in this reporter were not always on the alert to ous "Saadya
Gaon: Book of Doctrines and Beliefs," an abridged
"year of great decisions in lands around keep the people aware of all that is edition translated from the Arabic, with an introduction and
the world," the theme for the 1960 happening around them.
notes by Prof. Alexander Altmann, is another valuable contribu-
Newspaper Week—"Your Newspaper—
The newspaper. remains the basic tion to Jewish scholarship. Dr. Altmann points out that this is
Freedom's Guardian" is a timely slogan. medium for the linking of the people Saadya's magnum opus and that it "inaugurated the medieval
The President made a significant with their community institutions. This school of Jewish philosophy."
Included in the "Book of Doctrines and Beliefs" are
statement when he said, in his message is especially true of the Jewish news-
Prolegomena, Creatio ex Nihilo, Unity of the Cre-
paper, without which Jewry would remain Saadya's
to our newspapers:
ator, Commandment and Prohibition, Compulsion and
tice, On Merits and Demerits, Resurrection. of the Dead,
"In our newspapers, we expect to
concern our people. The Jewish news- On the Redemption of Israel, Two Roads to Redemption,
find an accurate, responsible and lively
paper keeps its readers informed about . 'Reward and Punishment.
source of public information. We live
their neighbors, their synagogues, their
Yehuda Halevi's "Kuzari" is the final section of this book,
in an 'open. society' and by reporting
philanthropic agencies, their social ser- in an abridged edition, with an introduction and a commentary
the news accurately and promptly to
vice movements. It gathers the news by Dr. Isaak Heinemann. The introduction is aimed at a com-
us, our reporters help to keep it open.
from all areas in the world where there plete understanding of the noted philosopher's works.
At the same time, we live in a threaten-
Dr. Heinemann declares that Yehuda Halevi "is unmis-
are Jews and Jewish communities. It is
takably rooted in medievalism . . . in his attempt to build up
ing world where news can be distorted
the guardian of the right to information religion on tradition and particularly on the belief in miracles
and exploited by the enemies of free-
about all aspects of life, and thereby instead of on reasoned considerations." Furthermore, he states
dom. So for freedom's sake. our news-
assumes an important position as free- that Halevi "teaches us to be on our guard against deceptive
papers, too, must be zealously guarded
solutions of the religious and the Jewish problems, and, in the
by the sentinels of truth and vigilance."
contemplation of our past with critical reference to his own
During the coming three weeks, the
line of thought, to discover the right question and the right
people of this great land will depend on this guardian of truth and freedom the answer."
The "Kuzari" is subtitled "A Book of Proof and Argument
many media for information regarding strength it needs to continue its tasks.
the candidates for the Presidency and When the newspaper is strong, the corn- An Apology for a Despised Religion." It takes into account the
their views on major issues. Television munity is strengthened. Newspaper non-Jewish religions as well as "the basis of Jewish faith," and
origin of our religion."
and radio broadcasts will play . important Week serves to remind the community "the The
new JPS paperback, published jointly with Meridian
of its obligations to an instrument that
roles, but the newspaper will remain the always carries the burdens and respon- Books, is an enrichment of philosophic literature. Its publica-
major instrument not only for the dis-
tion adds to the prestige of the Jewish Publication Society.
sibilities to serve that community.
'Your Newspaper - Freedom's Guardian'
semination of all the news about the