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December 21, 1962 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-12-21

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submitted. This move was de-
feated on a separate roll call in
which again Israel voted for the
word "accept."

the proposition that in a reli- convert gentiles in substantial
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. —
The world has been delivered
This contention is the basis
giously open society like the numbers to Judaism or face of a strong appeal by Rabbi (JTA)—The General Assembly's into the hands of fools. Sanhe-
I Samuel Teitelbaum, who has- Administrative and Budgetary drin 46.
been active in Reform efforts Committee voted overwhelming-
to establish a permanent con- ly to accept the advisory opinion
A Happy Hanukah
Happy Hanukah
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version effort, in the Journal of rendered last summer by the In-
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Happy Hanukah
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activity
not
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because
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Greetings on Hanukah
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So Teitelbaum argues that
the only effective influence a
religion can exert for its val-
ues is through its impact on
from
its followers.
Rabbi Teitelbaum dismisses
the presumed danger of dilu-
tion of Judaism through active
missionizing, contending that
converts to Judaism are often
more faithful to its teachings
than are born Jews and hence
bring a net addition to the total
I strength of Judaism, and that
Officers
Christianity has certainly not
Kindle the taper like the steadfast star,
been weakened by its continu-
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Ablaze on evening's forehead o'er the
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ported, he made a sampling
Clash, Israel, the cymbals, touch the lyre,
survey of both groups. He posed
Blow the brass trumpet and the harsh-
three questions: Does Judaism
have a world mission? Is Juda-
tongued horn;
ism a missionary faith? Should
Chant psalms of victory till the heart
Judaism missionize?
The commandment to kindle Hanukah lights is
While nine out of ten of the
takes fire,
Reform rabbis replied "yes" to
an extremely precious mitzvah, and a person
The Maccabean spirit leap new-born.
the first question, less than
should therefore take great pains with it—so
half replied "yes" to the sec-
Emma Lazarus, 1849-1887.
that he may make known the miracle and
ond and only 30 per cent agreed
that
Judaism
should
become
an
add to the praise of God and thanksgiving
active missionary faith. These
to Him for the miracles which He has
figures are particularly inter-
wrought for us. Even if a person is
esting since the idea has its
most vigorous support in the
dependent on charity for his food, let him
American Reform rabbinate.
borrow, or sell a cloak of his, and with
Among Conservative rabbis,
the funds buy oil and lights to kindle.
the negative attitudes were
found to be much sharper.
Only two-thirds regarded Ju-
Mai?nonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilkot
daism as having a world mis-
Megilla ve-Hanukah.
sion and only ten per cent
replied affirmatively to the
other two questions. Rabbi
Teitelbaum found, as again
might be expected, that the
Hanukah is an occasion for rejoicing over our
Orthodox rabbinate "was al-
liberties as Jews and as Americans . . . It is a time for
most completely negative."
Man,. of them replied that
rededication to the ideals of liberty, to the cause of
any talk about converting
faith and learning, to the aims of strengthening our
non-Jews was simply crazy.
Executive directors and presi-
common ideals for the good of mankind .. It is a
dents of Jewish centers, federa-
YOUR FAVORITE
tions, welfare funds and com-
time for action in behalf of our highest educational
munity councils also were asked
aspirations .. • May this Festival of Lights bring added
for their views on the three
questions. Less than half
glory to all who aspire to learning and to justice for all.
thought Judaism had a world
mission, only 13 per cent con-
sidered Judaism a missionary
faith and only six per cent fa-
vored active missionary efforts.
In summary, in Rabbi Teitel-
baum's own words, "largely in
force as a social, if not as a
legal or religious measure. Even
Reform Judaism, though more
variant, flexible and liberal
from
than the other wings of Juda-
ism, has tended to discourage
proselytism."

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who resided with his mother-in-
law.
Kiddushin 12.

43 - THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Frid ay, December 21, 1962

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Plan on Payments
By BEN RATAN
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for Emergency Force
A Reform rabbi has set forth choice facing Jews may be to briefly: convert or be converted.

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