THE DETROIT JE ISH NEW S — Friday, July 7, 196 1 —
Rabbi Silver Denies Giving
Center Programs Approval,
Combats Sabbath Opening
`Excesses of Democracy'
Editor, The Jewish News:
Dr. Shorr's letter is an ex-
The Vaad HaRabbonim, the have the power to interfere and cellent manifestation of what
Council of Orthodox Rabbis of fight this battle,
Alexander Hamilton called "the
"Rabbi Eliezer Silver." excesses of democracy" i.e., the
Detroit, this week releaSed to
(Judge Piggins last Friday inability of the ignorant masses
The Jewish News a copy of a
letter addressed by R a b b i adjourned hearing on a request to govern themselves. One of
Eliezer Silver, of Cincinnati for an injunction against the the philosophical problems
"to all my acquaintances and opening of the Jewish Center's which greatly bothered Thomas
friends, the rabbis of commu- facilities until today.. The plain- Jefferson was the question of
nities and congregations in the tiff who filed the request is whether the earth belonged to
represented by Nathan Shur. the living. Did a dead genera-
James 1VIontante, president of tion have the right to' expect its
the Detroit Bar Association, descendants to accept a body
represents the Jewish Center. of laws which it had no hand in
The Jewish members of the forming? Jefferson's answer,
Wayne County Circuit Court which was affirmative, has no
bench are reported to have dis- bearing on our problem because
qualified themselves from par- the factors involved are totally
ticipation in hearing the case, different. The question, how-
since they might be considered ever, is one which is the key-
prejudiced in the matter in- stone of Jewish belief. The
volving Sabbath observance). Torah is as valid today is it
was 3000 years ago, and any
Yemenites, Sephardim, attempt to alter its laws is
Arabs Enter Lists in
The slur which Dr. Shorr
directed towards the rabbis and
TEL AVIV, (JTA) — Four lay leaders who are determined
new lists have been presented to retain the sanctity of the
for elections to the fifth Knes- Sabbath would be offensive if
set, Israel's Parliament, the Cen- there were an awareness on his
tral Elections committee re- part of what is involved. It is
RABBI ELIEZER SILVER
tragic that the present genera-
Tfley are a Yemenite list, a tion has been so ill-educated.
United States and Canada,"
repudiating reports of his hav- Sephardi list and two Arab lists.
ing sanctioned - Sabbath pro- One Arab list is headed by
Sheikh Hnifas, who was a mem-
3742 Leslie Ave
grams in Jewish centers.
In his letter, Rabbi Silver ber of the third Knesset. The
calls for the combatting of ef- other Arab list has only one Correspondent Refuted
forts to introduce such pro- name—Daoud Khuri of Naza- Editor, The Jewish News:
reth, who declared he was un-
This is not in defense of the
grams in Jewish centers.
Titles appended to Rabbi employed. His list is named rabbis, who, according to the
letter by Dr. Robert H. Shorr,
Silver's signature in this letter "Seekers of Democracy."
Khuri brought the required in The Jewish News, wish to
are "Chief Rabbi of Cincinnati,
Chairman of the 'Presidium, 5,000 Israel pound deposit all achieve formal Sabbath observ-
Union of Orthodox Rabbis, Au- in small bills, giving election ance, in their controversy with
committee officials a headache the Jewish Community Center,
thor of Anfei Erz'."
The letter, dated 9 Tamuz before they finished counting by imposition. I happen to be
5721, translation of which was the currency. The candidate de- part of the "significant segment
made by the local Council of clined to disclose the source of Jewry not in religious insti-
tutional life," which D. Shorr
of the 5,000 pounds.
Orthodox Rabbis, reads:
The Sephardic list. is headed mentions, and I can't recall ever
"I wish to announce that cer-
. taro reports concerning me, that by Moshe Ishai, a former mem- being asked, c o m p ell e d or
I had ' permitted a certain mat- ber of the National Religious forced, by a rabbi o
ter in this city, 'are not true.
f a c ury in whic
The Mapam Party list. sub- almost
And since my friends, venerable
in our it city.
Rabbinic scholars, 'have in- mitted previously to the Central
ause w = do have demo
formed me that these reports Elections Committee is headed r
, an in • 'dual Jew is fre
have done harm to religious
join whi ever syna
concerns, therefore, with the Chazan, Knesset deputies, and
ooses, 0 s h ox,
approval of the most distin- includes the two Mapam cabinet onservativ
guished Rabbis, I declare that ministers, Mordechai Bentov, o pray or
Minister of , Development; and
every Rabbi and judge of Jew-
o. On the .ot
ish law is obliged ,to hinder Israel Barzilai, • Minister of
oose not to
and combat the opening of
any Center on Saturdays and two Arabs, Yousouf Hamis, a
member of the Knesset and
JeWish holidays. Much harm re-
sults from this—desecration of
the Holy Sabbath and the Holi-
o own self re-
days. Everyone is obliged to
st spect the feel-
publicize this prohibition on Rise in Industrial
se p, ogle whose
Center operation on Saturdays Output Opens Jobs
—a complete and definitive
prohibition — in my personal
JERUSALEM, (JTA) -- Is- desecr e the'
name and in the name of the
rael's industrial production - If _
venerable scholars of the Union
rose, during the first quarter inter
of Orthodox Rabbis.
where • es a
of 1961, by 13 per cent over cultu
"I am prepared to furnish
ath house and m age
last year, while the country's nasiu
to any Rabbi who will inquire employment in industry went parlor
me in? And • it im-
of me, the reasons for this up by eight per cent, Pinhas perativ o furnish s
prohibition which was issued in Sapir, Minister of Commerce to specia
accordance with preponderant and Industry, announced here. obtain sim
Rabbinic opinion. All who will
Because of this higher indus- where, on a Sabbath day; an-
abide by it will be blessed with trial productivity, S'apir , said, tagonizing the many to whom
all bounties for life. I have al- there will • be no difficulty in Sabbath means more than just
ready sent letters containing finding employment for the dollars and cents?
this prohibition to individuals increasing number of immi-
who inquired of me orally and grants now arriving in Israel.
19909 M ansfield
in writing. With G-d's help According to the plans, he stat-
they listened to my view and ed, 15,000 to 20,000 more work-
prevented the opening of the ers can be absorbed in Israeli Resigns . . . and Prays for
Center in their area.
industry alone by the end of Jewish Center Retraction
Editor, The Jewish News:
With blessings to all who next year.
The Greeks met their doom
by emphazing the physical 'and
material above spiritual and
moral values. However, this les
n seems to have been miss
the Jewish Center's board
have resigned; and pray
spirit of understan
therhood and wisdom
d to a retraction of the
11 to open on the Sabbat
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Lewis Browne's 'The World's Great
Scriptures' Appears as Paperback
Lewis Browne's name was
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His "This Believing World" be-
came a classic in his lifetime.
Some of his other works became
best sellers. It was sufficient
that his name was .attached to a
book for it to gain the top place
among books for which there was
the greatest demand.
His untimely death was 'a
tragedy and a great loss to the
literary world and to those who
clamored for his appearances on
the public platforms.
But his works still retain
their popularity, and it is
heartening to see one of his
important books appear as a
Macmillan has just issued, In_
paper covers, Browne's- "The
World's Great Scriptures!'
an 'anthology of the • to • rinci-
plc religions—of the
of Babylonia, Ea , induism,
Havin studies 'r
two ar ,
voting is life e
1 e his
pared his o
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Emph . 'i
st be opened
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aired. Bigotry is not born of
ignorance, which is simply
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of stupidity, which is wrong
knowledge. . . ."
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admirably, and- the reprinting of
his important book will surely
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A man of violence enticeth his
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that shutteth his eyes, it is
devise forward things:
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