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February 24, 1961 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-02-24

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Community-Wide Support Reported
for Fete Honoring D. J. Cohen

Rabbi Chaskel Grubner, of
the staff of the Council of
Orthodox Rabbis and Merkaz,
reported that a community-wide
response has been received to
the call for the testimonial
dinner to be given Monday eve-
ning, at Holiday Manor; in
honor of David J. Cohen.
"We are especially pleased to
report," Rabbi Grubner said,
"that many Detroiters secured
tables of 10 each for their
friends who will be guests at
the dinner. Phillip Stollman,
who will be toastmaster at the
dinner, and Julius Rothenberg
each paid for two tables—for a
total of 40 plates at $18 each.
Tables of 10 each were ordered
by the following: Al Borman,
Torn Borman, Charles Canvass-
er, Abe Cherrin, Charles Fein-
berg, Kenneth Fischer, David
Goldberg, Dr. Milford Golden,
Nathan Goldin, Harry Gunsberg,
Morris Karbal, Irving Palman,
Hyman Safran, Seymour Sha-
piro, Max Snider, Sam Stoller,
Louis Zack, Samuel Zack and
George Zalman."
Proceeds of the banquet,

Purim Cabaret Dance
Set by Bnai Moshe
Affiliates Saturday

An evening of dancing and

entertainment is scheduled for
members of Cong. Bnai Moshe
and their friends at the Purim
Cabaret Dance, 8:30 p.m. Satur-
day in the synagogue social hall
on Ten Mile Rd., Oak Park.
The dance, jointly sponsored
by the Men's Club and Sister-
hood, will feature Mickey Woolf
and his band. A number of spe-
cial acts also Will be performed,
including dancing star Judee
Lee in - an exhibition of Spanish
dance routines. Two of her pu-
pils will perform a Hawaiian
dance, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Barnes, Oak Park dance instruc-
tors, will present an interpeta-
tion of modern dances.
Refreshments and cocktails
will be served. Tickets are still
available at the Congregation
office or may be purchased at
the door. Bernard Middleman is
chairman of arrangements.

Last of Synagogue
Lecture Series Tonight

The closing lecture of the
"Friday Evening Lecture Series"
will take place at 8:30 p.m. to-
day at the Young Israel of
Northwest Detroit.
The participants will be Rabbi
Samuel H. Prero, Rabbi Leizer
Levin and Rabbi Joshua Spiro,
who will speak on "The Areas
of Synagogue Responsibilities."
This lecture concludes a series
presented by the following syna-
gogues: Young Israel of North-
west Detroit, Cong. Tefilo Em-
anuel Tikvah and Cong. Beth
Yehudah.
Refreshments will be served
following a question and answer
period. Everyone is invited.

Cong. Shaarey Zedek
of Windsor Honors
Late Dave Richardson

Cong. Shaarey Zedek of Wind-
sor will honor the memory of
David Richardson with the un-
veiling of a 15-foot mural in
the main sanctuary depicting
the Tower of David near Mount
Zion at the congregation's an-
nual Purim banquet Thursday.
Rabbi S. J. Karelitz will per-
form the unveiling ceremony.

Gemiluth Chassodim
Holds Purim Party

Cong. Gemiluth Chassodim
Religious School will hold its
annual Purim party 11 a.m. Sun-
day at the synagogue. Children
will enact the traditional Purim
story and masquerade. The sis-
terhood will serve refresh-
ments. The community is in-
vited.

Rabbi Grubner said, will be
used to further the rabbinical
council's efforts to strengthen
traditional Judaism "as ex-
pressed in the Torah," to unite
-orthodox Jewry for religious
activities, to intensify efforts
for Sabbath observance, Jewish
education, Kashruth and Tahar-
ath hamishpachah.
Reservations for the banquet
still can be made by calling the
Council of Orthodox Rabbis.

Purim Quiz

By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX

(Copyright, 1961, Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Inc.)

Why do some Jews consider
it a requirement to eat turkey

on Purim?
There seems to be no tradi-
tional basis for this custom ex-
cept for the fact that it repre.
sents a kind of luxury which is
necessarily displayed during a
feast of celebration. Thus, on
Purim when a feast is given to
celebrate our ancient victory over
the schemes of Haman, turkey
would be in order. There are
some writers who contend that
turkey does represent something
of special significance on Purim.
For one thing, they claim it is
eaten because of its Hebrew
name which is "Tarnegol 1-lodu"
(the fowl of India). Since India
was one of the countries involve
in the domain of Ahasueros w
ruled "From Hodu to Ku
(from India to Ethiopia),
L-
ing the "fowl of India"
ld
remind us of those ancient
tories involved in the stor
f
Esther. Furthermore, it is claime
that the turkey was somehow
symbolic of a fool or of foolish-
ness. Eating it would thus re-
mind us of the King Ahasueros
who was known as a "foolish
king."

*
*
Why do some traditionally
eat peas and beans on Purim?

Louisiana High

Why Is God's
Name Omitted
from Megillah?

agogue Mixed Sea

Orthodox

BY SAUL KLEINMAN

Author of "Anthology of Rashi,"
"The Jewess," "Of the Past
and the Present"

One day in the Purim season
of March, 1948, just when I
was dismissing my class in the
Foreign Language Department
of the University of Kansas
City, a non-Jewish student from
another class entered and said
apologetically: "I trust I am
not intruding. I was told that
you welcome questions so I
came with a daring one." He
stopped, apparently waiting for
me to tell him to proceed. I
did. "I have read attentively
twice the biblical Book of
Esther," he said, "and noted
with surprise that it does not
contain God's name even once!
Is there another book in the
Bible in which the Creator's
name does not appear? Is not
this omission proof that the
Megillah (as the Book of Es-
ther is termed) was not written
by a Jew?"
"I would call these questions
very interesting, r
an
`daring'," I rep
, and I c
tainly welcome, them. Here are
my answer •
e„,
is
the of
cook in the Sc °ip-
tur= in which the Creator's
e is not mention d s to
our corol
y
ly is
`NO!'
ml o
proof
that tk
writte
by a Jew.
"It iTnteresting •
ow
that the question
e omis-
sion and
swer thereto
rst recorded in bib-
lical history in the Hebrew
language by the very noted
exegete, philosopher and poet,
Abraham ben Ezra, who flour-
ished in the first half of the
12th century in Spain. In the
Introduction to his commentary
on the book he states:
" 'Mordecai the Jew
author. H •
o y
Nal
it delibera
he was aware that
ould soon be translated int
Persian for the King's annals
and arc
s. The paean trans-
lators w Id-
sacred
heathe
had
ad
sacr
ious
Pen euch
"Thus, in
e to Him,
the Holy n
was altogether
left ou
the book by the
a

JINF Purim Call
to Synagogues

Rabbis and lay leaders from
Michigan synagogues are being
urged by the Jewish National
Fund to conduct traditional ap-
peals for Shalach Monos to Israel
on Purim.
The appeal also urges the
planting of trees in the new
Freedom Forest, and states that
"trees have become one of the
chief means of reclaiming and
redeeming the soil of Israel."

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en to remind us of the modesty
and observance of Esther who
existed on a diet of peas
beans rather than consu
bidden foods or un
sary
luxuries in the palace o
e king.
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who look after the dead and at-
tend to their burial) on Shushan
Purim so that if the community
had gone wild in celebrating
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