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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the eighteenth day of Heshvan, 5722, the following Scriptural selections will be
read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Wa-yera, Gen.. 18:1-22:2 4. Prophetical portion, II Kings 4:1-37.
Licht Benshen, Friday, Oct. 27, 5:15 p.m.
VOL. XL. No. 9
October 27, 1961
`I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door'
75th Anniversary of Statue of Liberty
October 28 will mark the 75th anni- Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
versary of the Statue of Liberty, on With conquering limbs astride from land
Liberty Island, in the New York Harbor.
In his _address dedicating the Statue, Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates
shall stand; -
on Saturday, October 28, 1886, President
A mighty woman,_ with a torch, whose
Grover Cleveland said:
"We will not forget that Liberty has
here made her home; nor shall her chosen Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon .hand
altar be neglected!' • "-• - .
Tens of millions of escapees from Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes
persecutions in many lands, millions of
them Jews who had fled from Russia, The air-bridged harbor that twin cities
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied Dr. Glatzer Editor of Judaic Series
pomp!" cries she
tries, h a d
With silent lips. "Give me your tired,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe
of joy upon
The wretched refuse of your teeming
One of the most famous stories related to learning in Judaism
Send them, the homeless, tempest-tossed,
and fh e it
is retold as follows in "The Rest Is Commentary," a source book
. to me—
literature from the Second Temple through the Talmudic age,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" of
of the Lib-
edited and introduced by Dr. Nahum M. Glatzer and published
"The New Colossus" has only 14 lines; by Beacon Press (25 Beacon St., Boston 8):
but in them are expressed with prophetic
Convert me provided that you teach me the entire Torah
instinct all of the indestructible and noble
while I stand on one foot.
ideals symbolized by the Statue of Liberty.
Shammai drove him away with the builder's cubit
which was in his hand.
These lines, written by Emma Lazarus
He went to Hillel who said to him:
more than 70 years ago, remain the credo
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor:
of Americanism and a striking memorial
that _ is the entire Torah;
to their author. It complements the great
the rest is .commentary;. .
go and learn it.
replete with prophecy and faith when she
ly by the
This note appears as an explanation of the source for the title
wrote in "The Banner of the Jew":
of the book.
"Wake, Israel, wake! Recall to-day
Dr. Glatzer, one of the most distinguished Jewish scholars,
The glorious Maccabean rage . . .
presently chairman of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic
Studies -at Brandeis University, states that the famous version
0 deem not dead that martial fire,
Say not the mystic flame is spent! of the Golden Rule by Hillel the Elder points to the main
characteristic of Judaic literature: "Modestly,
With Moses' law and David's lyre,
it considers itself mere commentary; however,
Your ancient strength remains
it is deeply conscious of the fact that it is a
uted by school children in both countries,
commentary on what is, or should be, the Most
The gates of the United States are important, most basic, most sacred to man."
this statue marks the friendship between
the two democracies and the enthusiasm not as open today as they were - for an
The introductory essay to this source book
of the Alsatian sculptor, Frederic A. entire generation after the Statue of is a valuable study of the literatures of the
Bartholdi. French citizens in 180 cities Liberty was planted on American soil 75 periods wider review and of the scholars who
contributed the sum of $250,000 towards years ago. But the ideal remains as one produced the literary works. Formulation and
this monument of friendship; an Amer- of the imperishable symbols of the study of the Law concerned the ancient scholars.
had to "result in action." It was a
ican committee raised an additional $125,- foundation of our democracy. For many Learning
of the time that "a person ought to
000, and the idea was especially cham- decades the American_ ideal was rooted principle
attach himself to a master and to a companion
pioned by Joseph Pulitzer,. then owner in the declaration: "Give me your tired, for joint study" and irregular hours for study
your poor, your huddled masses yearning were to be avoided. Also: "No selfish motive
of the New York World.
This is the background of the building to breathe free . ." These masses who may prompt a person in the pursuit of learning.
of the statue in France and its eventual were gathered - here had built this great The Torah may not be made a crown for the
transportation • to this .country. On its land. They continue to hold out great aggrandizement . of the student nor a spade
pedestal is inscribed the famous poem by hope to mankind that the dream of uni- wherewith to dig. He who makes profit from the Dr. Glatzer
of the.Torah removes his life from the world."
Emma Lazarus (1849-1887), "The New versal brotherhood and of amity among words
The spirit in which the sages and their disciples constructed
their lives and their views of the world included the principle:
Beacon Collection Commences
with The Rest Is Commentary
Agreement on Center Sabbath Programming
It is doubtful whether any proposal
An agreement, arrived at after careful
consideration by a special committee se- for Sabbath programming could enroll
lected by Max M. Fisher, and approved by the endorsements of all elements in our
the Jewish Community Center's board of community. There already has developed
directors, outlines plans. for Sabbath cul- opposition to the proposals - adopted by
tural programming at the Center. the Center's board of directors on Wed-
The text of the agreement, which ap- nesday evening. But, as we indicated
pears in full in this issue, provides a editorially, in our suggestions for a com-
series of programs for our youth. promise, some months ago, there is no
It is to be hoped that a halt now will reason why a well-functioning community
be called to a controversy which aroused can not adopt a positive cultural program
deep feelings in the community among for the Sabbath; as long as negative
supporters as well as opponents of the aspects are eliminated. On that basis, the
Center's decision to introduce programs current proposals must be viewed as ap-
on Saturday afternoons. proaching reality.
It is heartening to know that strife
The constructive approach to the need
for attracting our youth to the Jewish may be eliminated and that comity and
environment and the Jewish interests mutual self-respect is being retained in
provided by the Center has been formu- our ranks. The adopted program and the
lated after careful consideration by re- serious approach to it are worthy of
sponsible leaders in all aspects of JewiSh good will on the part of our community.
thinking in our community. It calls for May it serve as a symbol of continued
the cooperation of all Detroit Jews, in cooperation for the advancement of
the best interests of communal unity. higher Jewish cultural goals.
"As the disciple honors his master, so will the
teacher have regard for his pupil."
The diversity of writings gathered for this volume "gain a
measure of coherence if we understand them as attempts on the
part of the Jewish community to face the encounter with a
variety of cultural and human situations and as responses to their
In "The Rest Is Commentary" are included selections from
Ben Sira, the First and Second Book of Maccabees, the Testament
of Job, Philo, Flavius Josephus and the Talmudic Masters incor-
porated in the Talmud and the Midrash.
Dr. Glatzer's notes and comments guide the - reader towards
an understanding of the great works. Thus, in the chapter under
the heading "For the Sake of Freedom of Religion," in which
are included selections from the Book of Maccabees, the editor
states that the aim is "at making the Jews in the Diaspora aware
of the heroism of their brethren in Jerusalem and at deepening
their affection for the Temple. Dr. Glatzer adds:
"In periods of religious persecution, Jews and Christians alike
drew strength and comfort from the memory of these witnesses
for the 'faith,' a term that gained prominence in Jewish thought
of the era."
Opinions of Talmudic masters and their reflections on life are
among; the scholarly works included and evaluated in this significant
consideration of the teachings of Judaism.
"The Rest Is Commentary" is the first of three books to be
published as "Beacon Texts in the Judaic Tradition," all edited by
Dr. Glatzer. The forthcoming titles will be: "Faith and Knowledge:
The Jew in the Medieval World" and "The Dynamics of
Emancipation: The Jew in the Modern Age."