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Farband's Story


Incorporating the Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Associations, National
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Sabbath Script -aral Selections

This Sabbath, the twenty third day of Teveth, the following Scriptural selections will be read
in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Shemot: Esod. 1:1-6:1. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23.


VOL. XLII. No. 21

Benshen, Friday, Jan. 18, 5:11 p.m.

Page Four

January 18, 1963

Growing Menace of Nasserism

Resumption of infiltrations into Israel
from Egypt points to a renewal of threats
that may lead to another conflagration in
the Middle East. It seems also to indicate
that Nasser means business when he
threatens Israel's existence.
Having been rescued again by the
United States, by the recognition given
to the government he supports in Yemen,
Nasser is as brazen now as he was when
he first was saved from doom by our
government after the Sinai Campaign.
In his last public address, on Dec. 23,
Nasser, in order to incite his people
against Jordan and Saudi Arabia, charged
that Hussein and Saud were conspiring
"with Zionism and imperialism" and
added: "The liberation of Yemen is a
step on the road leading to the elimina-
tion of Zionism."
But in spite of these distortions of
truth, the very states with which Nasser
is virtually at war, his brethren who are
accused of collaboration with Zionism,
continue their own anti-Israel campaigns.
Only hatred for Israel unites the Arab
brothers-at-war, and Israel is compelled
at all times to be on the defensive.
What an amazing spectacle! While
threatening his own kinsmen with de-
struction, Nasser raises the hue and cry_
that Zionists are the fomenters of trouble
in the Middle East. "Zionists mean to
destroy Arab nationalism," he fumed in
his Dec. 23 speech in which he asserted:
"The revolution in Yemen will soon tri 7-
umph everywhere against reactionary
elements, against King Saud and King
Hussein, since it was they who declared
war." Yet the two kings under attack are

still on the anti-Israel track—apparently
out of fear that their own people may
fall prey to the charge of "Zionism" and
may serve Nasser's purpose of destroying
The fact is that only Israel's existence
on his border saves King Hussein's skin
and Jordan's independence; and by the
same token a weak Israel would have
strengthened Nasser against Saudi Arabia.
Now Nasser, while receiving Soviet
Russian military aid and encouragement
in his political maneuvers from the United
States, seems to be feel strong enough
again to send his fedayeen infiltrators
into Israel.
When, under such existing conditions,
there still are people in free countries
who fall for the false appeals for the re-
turn of Arab refugees to Israel, there is
cause for amazement. Already threatened
from all its borders, with a new gangster-
ism threatening to invade the country,
how can one possibly view the resettle-
ment of enemies who have fled from
Israel, who are certain to return only as.
enemies and as fifth columnists, as any-
thing other than a mandate to the re-
turnees to destroy t_t-2 land they would
It is no wonder that Israelis are asked
to be prepared for new economic sacri-
fices, for challenges involving their very
existence. It is no wonder that their kins-
men are equally concerned. This concern
must be interpreted into practical work
to assist Israel, whenever possible, to
retain security: else, the lives of more
than two million people once again will
be as pawns in the hands of ruthless

New Allied Jewish Campaign Leadership

A new slate of officers has been
selected for the 1963 Allied Jewish Cam-
paign which soon will move into action
in another great effort to retain Detroit's
standards for generosity and for devotion
to the movements that mark the strength
of our community.
The new chairman, Charles Gershen-
son, comes to his task well prepared,
having been trained for leadership in the
numerous roles he played with dignity
and with marked ability in previous drives.
He assumes leadership as successor to
Paul Zuckerman, who during two pre-
vious campaign years, established a rec-
ord for untiring dedication to a great
task. Other leaders who preceded the new
chairman are now again with him in the
front ranks of the drive to assure the
continuation of the important services
that are being rendered our community
by our educational, social service, health,
care for the aged and recreational
The mobilization of new leaders must
be pursued further with the effort to
enroll as many volunteers as can possibly
be enrolled in the campaign organization.
Every campaign worker is in himself a
more generous contributor, and the more
dedicated the enrolled army of volun-
teers the greater the certainty for a
successful campaign.
In the course of the coming weeks,
it will be necessary fully to evaluate the
campaign's objectives. It is vital for the
wholesomeness of this community that
all its constituents should know the sig-
nificance of their educational media and
should recognize the obligation to keep
the home for the aged, the hospital, the
recreational Centers and all our other

Dr. James Parkes' Impressive
'History of the Jewish People

For more than 20 years, Dr. James Parkes has been among
the leading Christian scholars who have been leaders in efforts
to create amity between Jews and Christians and to establish
the best relationships between the two faiths. A number of his
books have been contributing factors in establishing the best
Judeo-Christian feelings.
His latest work, "A History of the Jewish
People," published by Quadrangle Press (119 W.
Lake St., Chicago 1), covers an immense field
in less than 250 pages. It is an element in
this distinguished scholar's skill that he was ••
able to travel through so many eras, to review
so much ground, in so short a volume. It was
done with devotion and with a deep under-
standing of the events "from Abraham to Ezra"
in the prologue through the current era in
the final chapter entitled "Encounter with
Death and Birth" which deals with the Nazi
Dr. Parkes
era and the mergence of Israel.

It is inevitably sketchy as history, but in its very - brevity
it performs an almost impossible task. Whether it is Zionism or
the expulsion from Spain, "Encounter with Western Christen-
dom" in the Middle Ages or the "Encounter with History" in
the 19th century, his analysis of our history is rendered in a
positive fashion.

The numerous migrations, the struggles for survival, the
beginnings of periods of emancipation and the modern era with
its holocaustic horrors and the more recent hopes in the New
Israel—all find a sympathetic consideration from this philo-
Judaic Christian.
There is realism in his approach to Jewish problems, and
after veiwing the struggles of the Middle Ages he states: "When
anti-Semitism took new life in the- 19th century, there were
Still too many memories from the Middle Ages on which it
could feed." •
Dr. Parkes describes the myths that were created among
Christians about Jews, of the caricature of "the Jew" as "the
imaginary image of an all-powerful emissary of the devil." He
refers to it as the routine picture, "the legitimate generalization."
He explains that "Christendom could tolerate an existing

institutions functioning in full strength.
At the same time, we will be moti-
vated to increase our efforts in the
approaching drive by the needs that have
arisen to provide for the tens of thou- Jewish minority, or even bring in a new one, only so long as
sands of homeless who must be rooted it felt completely secure in itself, and by itself . .. The great
in their new homes in Israel.
oppressions of the 15th century, whether of John of Capistrano
We have the obligation also to pro- in Eastern Europe or of the Spanish Inquisition in the. West,
vide necessary assistance to a score of were motivated by fear. Where there is danger of heresy, out
national agencies without which the chain with the Jews.! Seen in this way the total destruction of. the
that links American Jewry might be Jewries of northern and western Europe was an inevitable
consequence of the spiritual turmoil which heralded the period
broken hopelessly and unnecessarily.
In welcoming the new slate of Allied of the
Thus, Dr. Parkes states in his evaluation of the position of
Jewish Campaign officers, we call atten- the Jew, he was "safest when isolated." Jews therefore lived
tion to these responsibilities and pray that together, although it was not always compulsory.
we should never be estranged from them.
The movements by false Messiahs began when calls came

Alien Registration

It is the law of the land that all aliens
must register.
The deadline for registration is on
Jan. 30, and during intervening days all
non-citizens should make certain that they
and their children are properly registered.
An obligation rests upon all settlers in
this country to become naturalized, to
take advantage of the great privilege
afforded them to become citizens of this
republic and to share in the rights ac-
corded them to participate in elections
and in the choice of public officials.
It is regrettable that some members
of our community have not taken advan-
tage of such rights. But there are some
who, for economic or other - reasons, were
unable to apply for naturalization. It is
not too late for them to do .so, regardless
of the length of their residence here. In
the meantime, they must register as
aliens, and to avert inconveniences and
legal complications they must do so at

forth for Jews to go to Palestine, in the 16th century. But soon
the light that came from a new community, America, created
another avenue of escape.
Refuge meanwhile was taken by Jews in Poland where Jews
developed literary Hebrew and where Yiddish began to flourish.
It was here that "Jewish life turned even more in upon itself
than usual, and this isolation was expressed in the fact that,
for the first time, Jews spoke a different language from that of
their Christian neighbors. Jews in Alexandria had spoken Greek,
in Moslem. lands had spoken Arabic, the great scholar, Rashi,
and his contemporaries had spoken French, and so on. But now
Jews spoke and wrote in Yiddish which Christians could neither
read nor understand. It was originally the language of the many
Jewries of Germany and was in essence medieval German . . "
Soon, Jews encountered secularism, were offered emancipa-
tion, met with the disillusionment of resultant disappointments
and faced many crises—in Russia, in Germany -where the cry
"Jews are our misfortune" began to be heard. The emergence
of Zionism and the establishment of settlements in Palestine is
described and the author refers to the participation by Jews
"for the first time for millenia" as fighting Units for a Jew-
ish homeland.
The chapter describing the Nazi era and the emergence of
Israel is as deeply moving as the rest of this brief but effective
work. Dr. Parkes sees the Jewish story as "not completed" and
that "it is a reasonable expectation that we Gentiles—Christians,
Muslims, humanists, and others—whom the Jew has thus far
encountered, may in turn encounter the Jew and profit from
the meeting." It is a friendly and positive approach to a story
so sympathetically told by a distinguished Christian.

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