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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-04-05

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Editorial

Passover: Its
Lessons of Joy,
Libertarianism

In Passover we have the
foundation for the M a g n a
Charta and the BilL of Rights
and in its ideals, which perpet-
uate our people's yearning for
freedom, are incorporatedthe
libertarian teachings that are
the very _roots of mankind's
democratic hopes.
As we approach the Festival
of Freedom, we renew o u r-
faith in the basic teachings of
Passover and in its admoni-
tions that liberty is -.for-
that if justice is to , rnle all
mankind must share its bene-
fits and responsibilities.
Passover is, therefore, a fes-
tival with serious admonitions
• to all. While it marked the be-
ginning of libertarian move-
ments, it represents a continu-
ous demand for action lest hu-
manity lose its grip on man's
basic rights.

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Passover also marks the be-
ginning of Spring, the com-
mencement of a new season of
joy and creativity, nature's call
to the inhabitants of the earth
to share in song and the glo-
- ries of Creation. It is symbo-
lized in the Song of Songs,
whence we quote:
For lo, the winter is past
The rain is over and gone
The flowers appear on the
earth
The tune of singing is come
And the voice of the turtle
is heard in our land.
The fig-tree putteth forth
her greetings
And the vines in blossoms
give forth their fragrance.
The spirit of joy also is rep-
resented in the Prophetic
promise that joy will gladden
the lives of the redeemed,
that, as we are told in Isaiah
35:10:
And the ransomed of the
Lord shall return,
And come with, singing unto
Zion,
And everlasting joy shall be
upon their heads:
They shall obtain gladness
and joy,
And sorrow and sighing
shall flee away.
It is a. promise of better
days for the unransomed to
share in a world that must be
redeemed from slavery.
*
These traditional Jewish
lessons are linked, in the fes-
tival we are to usher in on
Monday evening, with the
joys that Passover has in store
for our children.
T h e exciting preparations
for the Passover, the enthusi-
asms that are generated by
the Sedarim, the ceremonies
and the foods—all serve to
make the festival a truly joy-
ous one for all members of
the family. -
The fact that Passover con-
tinues to serve as a reunion
for families, that the Sedarim
link young and old, that the
beautiful Passover story in-
spires a loyalty to. great heri-
tage, makes the Festival of
Freedom a major qualitative
force in Jewish life.
May the joys and the great
lessons of this festival serve
to inspire Israel, and may its
heritage of libertaiianism give
courage to freedom-1 o v i n g
people everywhere.
A Happy Passover to All!

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THE JEWISH NEWS

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

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Associations, National Editorial Association
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit 35, Mich., VE 8-9364.
Subscription $6 a year. Foreign $7.
Second Class Postage. Paid At Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ
Business Manager

SIDNEY SHMARAK
Advertising Manager

HARVEY ZUCKERBERG
City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the twelfth day of Nisan, the following Scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Lev. 6:1-8:36. Prophetical portion, Malachi 3:4-24.

Licht benshen, Friday, April 5, 6:44 p.m.

Passover Scriptural Selections
Pentateuche selections: Tuesday, Ex. 12:21-51, Num. 28:16-25; Wednesday, Lev. 22:26-23:44, Num. 28:16-25.
Prophetical. portions: Tuesday, Joshua 5:2-6:1; Wednesday, II Kings 23:1-9, 21-25.

VOL. MAIL NO. 6

Page Four

April 5, 1963

Freedom's Demand: Break . Shackles of Want and Suffering

Merely to pay lip service to freedom would be an abomination. If there is to be true appreciation of the
blessings of justice and liberty, there must be serious undertakings by all mankind to remove the shackles of
the oppressed, to relieve want, to provide help for those who hunger.
Passover's distinguishing blessing is that it takes these duties into account, that it causes those who
observe it to assert, at the very beginning of the Seder ceremony: "Let all who are in need come and share our
food with us . . ."
This principle remains one of the distinctive elements of the Passover and is one of the very first
ideals we must pursue and fulfill.
That is why the Mo'os Hitim tradition of providing food for the needy for Passover had .become such a
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major undertaking before Passover.
That is why the principle of Mo'os Hitim is unending and must continue, on a large scale, after we
will have aided the needy in our own midst.
That is why, as Passover approaches, we must, during that festival, pledge ourselves to provide the
funds that are needed to assure relief for the masses of Jews in lands of oppression, and to plan to provide for
their rescue and for their settlement in the land of freedom — Israel — towards which they gaze and for
which they hope at their own Sedarim.
Passover's lesson of freedom can be learned and fully applied only when we will have provided the
necessary relief through the campaign that now calls for our aid—the Allied Jewish Campaign.
Since monetary relief alone is not enough, since it is so vital that there should be understanding of the
values of freedom, the other Allied Jewish Campaign objectives — of assuring the continuation of our
educational activities, thereby creating aknowledgeable and understanding constituency—must be supported to
the fullest. Our current fund-raising effort aims- at fulfilling all the mitzvot--all the good deeds—taught
by Passover. Let there be complete fulfillment of these duties by our community, in order that our Passover
should be a truly sanctified and joyous occasion for all of us.

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