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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-12-21

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Hanukah Party for Girl Soldiers

Children of Gan Miriam, in Jerusalem, one of a network
of kindergartens sponsored by the World Mizrachi Women's
Organization, hold a Hanukah party for girl soldiers stationed
nearby. The event, initiated by the , children, was a return
engagement in response to an Independence Day party given
by Israeli soldiers for the kindergarten last spring.

Molly Piton's 'So Laugh a Little':
Hilarious Story About Grandmother

Lipsky Presented Seminary Award

NEW YORK (JTA) — Louis
Lipsky, veteran Zionist leader,
was presented with the 1962
Seminary. Award of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of Amer-
ica at ceremonies which were
held in connection with . the
ninth annual ChaimWeizthann
lecture of the Seminary Israel
Institute at the Seminary.
The award was accepted for
the Zionist leader by his son,
Eleazar Lipsky. The award was
given to Lipsky for distinguish-
ed service to the world communi-
ty of Judaism. Eleazar Lipsky
read the acceptance reply in his
father's absence. The veteran
Zionist leader said he particular-
ly wanted to pay tribute to Dr
Solomon Schechter, founder of
the Seminary, whom 'he describ-
ed as a friend who had been
deeply devoted to the Zionist
cause.
Mrs. Rose Halprin, chairman
of the American section of the
Jewish Agency, paid tribute to
Lipsky, declaring she did not
agree with the view that he had

Ilanukah Quiz

By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
Molly Picon—the Malkele in a trip to Florida but the ques-
'
(Copyright, 1962,
her story of her grandmother, tion of food arose. Molly re-
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
Why is it that the Hanukah
which has just appeared under lates:
candles are kindled at 'home
the title "So Laugh a Little" I
"Eating in the dining car
only in the evening while
(published by Julian Messner, 8 presented a - momentary prob-
they are kindled in the syna-
W. 40th, N.Y. 18)is known as lem, but not one that was in-
the great a_ctress first of the surmountable, as far as
gogue 'both at the evening
and morning services? •
Yiddish a n. d Grandma was concerned. She
Kindling the lights implies
more recently was accustomed to observing
of the English dietary laws --which meant the motive of "publicizing the
stage. In her she could eat foods that were miracle" of the lights of the
s t or y of her i prepared according to the ancient temple for which the
childhood and rituals of a 'kosher' kitchen. oil lasted eight days instead of
her grand- Obviously, such food was not the natural span of one day.
mother• (as available on the train. Equally At home, especially today, it is
told to Ethel obviously, my mother had to the evening hours during which
the family is present and able
Clifford R o s
eat on this long trip.
to witness the lights. Ftirther-
e nb er g ), she
"What did you do?" I asked. more, the sages claim "of- what
emerges= also
"I closed my eyes," she use is a light- in the daytime,"
as a fine story-
teller, with a told me virtuously," and made implying that a light in the
I was in the hos- daytime is hardly noticed,
nostalgic sense believe
pital. " that
whereas a light at night is
for Jewish
After a sleepless night, grand- obvious. This is all true in the
traditions and
home. In the synagogue the
for the humor- mother prepared to get off the people
assemble in the morning
elements
train
and
when
the
porter
Molly Picon ous
I asked, "Shall I brush you off, as well as the evening and thus
in life.
the candles are lit in the Morn-
Molly's father wanted a son. ' lady?" she replied: "Certainly ing
as well in the synagogue.
not.
I'll
get
off
the
train
just
He was a philosopher who like everbody else."
Also, the Hallel Psalms are
• didn't mind his wife's working
Incidentally, Molly tells of in-
in- recited during the morning in
to assure a liVelihood for the
the synagogue and it was felt
family. When a .second daugh- c idents in the theater, of he that the candles should be lit
the was born, he went off. But marriage to Jacob Kalich—Yon- during the recitation of these
the grandmother and her affec- k ele—and some of their experi- Psalms since they are recited
tions and her influence over the ences together. Acquisition of a to commemorate the miracle
family remained the strong new home brought comments which.. is represented by the
cementing force to create a from grandmother that add to candles. Some authorities feel
good life for Molly's mother the hilarity of the Picon story. that lighting the candles in the
who was a seamstress for ac- As on all other occasions, there synagogue. in the _morning is
tresses and thereby brought her was a light vein in the impres- based upon 'the contention of
talented young daughter in con- sions made upon the grand lady Maimonides who claims that the
tact with the theater as a very who never seemed to get old.
lights of the Menorah in the
She did begin to age, and temple were lit in' the morning
young child. -
Her mother began her life for when she brought news from in a case where they accidental-
self-sustainthent as "Clara Pye- the doctor that her illness was ly went out during 'the night.
koon, Seamstress," and when incurable, she joked about it. The kindling of 'the Hanukah
she began to visit the theater Molly became worried and the lights in the temple, being
old lady warned her: "Malkele, reminiscent of the Menorah in
the grandmother warned: if
I couldn't joke you would the temple, are thus lit in the
"There are actors in there. For
this your poor mother has Louis have to start worrying." Pressed morning of the Hanukah week
Pyekoon to thank. That is what for a report on what the doctor just as they were in the temple,
had they gone out during the
•he brought her to." But in spite said, she replied:
He told me that it took Int night.
of it, Molly Picon writes in "So
*
• Laugh a Little," her mother 85 years to do it. . . ."
"Do whit?" I interrupted.
Why is the 'Biblical portion
"wasn't careful" becauSe she
"Get old. That's my incurable in the Book of Numbers .de-
had so much work from the sickness."
scribing the dediCation of the
theater—and that road led to a
That's how the story ends— Tabernacle in the wilderness
life's career for Molly whose
with a smile and a laugh—as it read every morning of the
-name became Picon.
began. It's a good story, Molly Hanukah week in the syna-
There are scores of charm- Picon told it well, and the ad- gogue?
ing stories in this book. • For vice, as given in the book's title,
Tradition has it that the
instance, when she introduced is indeed sound: "So Laugh a Tabernacle was completed on
her grandmother to the great Little."
the 25th of Kislev (the date of
actor, Jacob P. Adler, "she
Hanukah), even though it was
took his hand and folded it -
not formally dedicated until the
in her own. `Mr. Adler,' she
first of Nissan. Since Hanukah
breathed at him, 'you don't
is actually the Feast of (the)
rr
g
es
know what a great admirer
Dedication of the Temple (when
of mine you are.'"
ROSS - ROSENBERGER: Mrs. the Maccabeans recaptured it
An admirer of Adler, Boris Irene A. Rosenberger, formerly and purified it) the description
Thomashefsky and other noted of Detroit and Oak Park, became of the dedication of the Taber-
actors, the grandmother wanted the bride of Paul F. Ross in a nacle of old makes a fitting
to know what they had that the ceremony Thanksgiving Day at portion for the scripture read-
new crop of actors didn't pos- Temple Beth Hillel, Riverside ing for the week of thelestival.
sess, and she commented, ("her Dr., Sherman Oaks, Calif. Rabbi
Some snails sing. Others are
eyes crinkling with amuse- Morton Bauman officiated. After
ment"): "You want to know a honeymoon in San Diego and equipped with 80,000 teeth —
what they had? I'll tell you, Palm Springs, the newlyweds are and, gnaw at houses. A few curl
at 13947 Hartsook, Sher- up in their shells for a four-year
Molly, dolly. They had my residing
man
Oaks,
Calif.
sleep. One species — Strombus
youth."
pugilis — strikes nasty blows
The grandmother was sent on Want ads get quick results!
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itself for independence and that
sacrificed a promising literary a number of steps had to be
career to devote himself to the traveled on the long road to na-
Zionist cause. She said that al- tional independence.
though .Lipsky might have missed
writing a few books; history
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that throughout his Zionist ca-
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