THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, May 3 1, 1963
Maurice Edelman's `Fratricides'
Powerful Novel Based on OAS
t.) - Alger
Yiddish. Wit, Hasidic Antholowv, Zohar,
Eschatology, Self-Portraits in Paperbacks
Schocken Books, the worldHasidism," Hayyim N a h m a n of the more tender, sympathetic
famous Jewish publishing ven- I M alik s "Before Thirty," an ex- and humane elements of Jewish
Maurice Edelman, a member ; expression also in anti-Jewish tore whose headquarters n o w cerpt from Glueckel of Hameln, thought and practice."
fo the British House of Com- declarations. are at 67 Park Ave., New York Ahad Ha'am's "Memories of
mons since 1945, brings back 1 I There is a • love for Algeria 16, renders a noteworthy service Childhood," Sholem Aleichem's
"Eschatology," another of the
recollections of Benjamin Dis- ' among the Hassids, and it . is to American Jewry with its lat- "Life of a Humorist," David Reu- new Schocken paperbacks, is a
raeli. Like the latter, he serves evidenced in their refusal to est series of paperbacks which beni's "The Road to - Rome," critical history by R. H. Charles
in his country's Parliament and 11eave the country
Jacob Emden's "D e f e a t of of the doctrine of future life in
y even though include . significant classics.
at the .same time writes fiction.; their lives are endangered: Eli-
Included in the new works
ancient Israel, Judaism and
Disraeli, unlike Edelman, had ane asserts her love, she had a ai .: works on Kabbalah, vignettes noteworthy selections are in Christianity.
aspirations of becoming Prime chance to leave earlier and to by great scholars of the last this volume.
An introduction to this 480-
Minister, and attained his goal. ' take her' father along. She backed nine centuries, an eschatological
Among the other scholars from page book by Dr. George Wesley
But in fiction they are akin-- the Alendes - France p o 1 i c i e s,, study, a Hasidic anthology and whose works Schwarz has taken Buchanan of Wesley Theological
in the sense of justice evident which were for a liberated Al- Yiddish proverbs.
selections for inclusion in this Seminary declares that the
in the novels of both men.
geria. She had gone so far as to
Under the editorship of the book are Leone de Modena, author, Archdeacon Robert
Edelman's "The Fratricides," : say that if she were an Arab Yiddish novelist Hanan J. Ayalti, Uriel da Costa, Yomtob Lip-
Henry Charles (1855-1931) "was
his newest novel, published by I. she'd be an FLN.
"Yiddish Proverbs" presents mann Heller, Don Isaac Abra- unequalled in his understanding
Random House, is certain to ! On the contrary, her husband, "the essence of Yiddish wit." vanel, Abrahani Aboulafia, Moses of the entire body of Jewish
rate among the very great nar- ;Walter de Croissilon, when con- The book contains the English Maimonides, Hayyim David Azu- apocalyptic literature available
ratives of our time and as one
by his fellow partisans translations of Yiddish sayings la', Eliakum Zunser, Mendele during his lifetime."
of the most effective descrip- ' as they were planning the battle which appear in Latin translit- Mother Seforim and others.
Archdeacon Charles is com-
tions of the drama that has re- ,against the FLN, recalled his love eration on opposite pages.
mended for the "intense inter-
cently been enacted in Algeria. :affair with Eliane and commen-
Dr. Louis I. Newman is one est" he had in Jewish literature,
The woodcuts by Bernard
ted, "I got a number of relatives
The plot itself, if it were called Levy and Bloch." To such Reder, a noted artist, enrich of the leading devotees to the for his mastery of the available
teachings and literature of the l material in both Testaments.
divorced from reality, would , an extent did venom creep in, this interesting volume.
serve as a great drama. It hap- endangering the Jewish position
The proverbs in this book will Hasidim% His "Hasidic Anthol- i Charles' study discusses Pau-
pens, however, also to be his- no matter which forces they enlighten and entertain. They ogy—Tales and Teachings of the 'line Eschatology, Apocryphal and
torically accurate, depicting the joined.
• enable sociologists to study Hasidim" has taken a deserved Apocalyptic literatures, Old and
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tragic happenings in the period
Jewish attitudes. They reflect place among modern classics in New Testament eschatological
of transformation in Algeria,
the thinking of generations that Jewish literature.
In collaboration with Samuel
the battle for independence by Walter
struck Eliane, when she produced them.
the FLN (Front de Liberation . diculed her "damned intellec- ; Here are a few examples:
Nationale; the Algerian Nation- •• tual pretensions," saying "it's all i ,.. .."A sheyn ponim kost gelt " ranged the tales in the new
Sch cken paperback from Yid-
- right for the Mellah" (the North ! —.
dish, Hebrew and G e r m a n
to a lesser degree the MNA African
(National Algerian Mo
"A sakh HoMens un eyn sources.
Megiddo is mentioned many times
the rival to FLN), and the re- i But Dr. Hassid tried to take
The tales in this 556-page in the Bible. The Bible tells us
Purint.""So many Hamans
a m o n g the canaanite kings
book appear under 205 title beaten
sistance by the OAS (Organi- . matters calmly, he philosophized, and but one Purim."
in battle by the tribes of
headings and cover every Israel led by Joshua Bin Nun, was
sation de lrmee Secrete; the : he told Jewish parables, he re-
"Az der Yid iz gerekhy,
King of Megiddo. King David
fused to •leave the scene of bat- khapt er ersht di rekhte klep"
imaginable subject — home the
secret army organization).
was the first Israeli king who was
Because of the division on tie—especially since he assumed --"When a Jew is right, that's
life, festivals, Christian-Jewish successful in capturing the city and
: . a role - of leadership in the move-
making it an Israeli city. Megiddo
which was until then a Canaanite
the subject of Algeria'S inde- ment for amity — a role for when he gets a right good
city-state, with a king of its own,
pendence among the French. • , which he paid with his life.
one of the cities in the
The entire collection is so music, preaching, morality, Israeli kingdom, among the impor-
because of .the revolt against i
taut ones in the northern part of
the position taken by deGaulle. 1_ The precariousness
the country. In the course of the
The great Hasidic rabbis are year, s a rIrde gni cln c c lio el, a as
j c oavnecf e de
there was resistance, there were ation was expressed by a Jewish best advice to those who would
murders of those who did not merchant who said to . Dr. Has- 'become acquainted with them is quoted here, their wisdom is re- of
mound remained, "Megiddo
go along with the OAS, and : sid: "We Europeans are finished to read them allby acquiring counted in excellent English
narratives, many of the stories
Many years passed since its de-
therefore there was fratricide— ;—the Jews more so than anyone the boOk. .
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struction. However, Megiddo was not
are brief, all to the point.
thus accounting for the descrip- else. As usual!" ,
rgotten. Our generation made it
One of the famous works on
Dr. Newman's work once again giddea
obj encrpe erteo uncover the Me-
tive title given to his novel by ; of At one. of the smug meetings
emte. rges as a noteworthy contri- its greatness. It ei vies from ilioaste t 11 P.
the OAS sympathizers a clis mysticism is included in the bu
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t 1011 to Jewish scholarship. His iesx c v a vvrai titoenns have t cotnnfirmed all that
- series: It is the Zohar-
cession arose during which the new
A principal character in "The 'Cremieux Decree was brought up The Book of Splendor — Basic h i n rt oductory essay reviews the Bible.
I ngs ".t lig
ia ble. The abundant Anf:cit
is ory of Hasidism and corn-
light on thede-
ni shed a
Fratricides" was the Jewish and one of the men said he would Readings from the Kabbalah,"
t n d er spiiitual life in Me-
doctor, Hassid, whose father give native JeWs..French citizen: edited by Gershom M: Scholem.
iods of the Canaan-
giddo in the periods
doctrines. Recognizing ites and the Israelites.
and grandfather were born in ; ship but "would have been more Dr. Scholem, professor of
Algeria, who passionately sought -,selective." And another comment- mysticism at the Hebrew Uni- the inevitable contradictions in to Inourpr
unee etsi lee r sc haani rcii.
a way of averting strife_ among : was that Cremieux' name. was versify in Jerusalem, is one of the movement he declares: "Nev- of snetetlenrnts of our a
brothers in Algeria, who was :
Shaar Ha Eni
L the - subject of the Kabbalah. In 1 asically Judaism in its particu- nr butz
eeeasrtattie s ancient Megiddoa. n iriii)ir :vra s
motivated by a sense of justice I 1.Adalphe."
li h tl. eithye connection with
i this book he reviews the history aristic
and universalistic as-
and therefore consented to head ! Whereupon another asked if de . of the Zohar, its origin and pri. ci , biit its peculiar flavor lies this anciene
the PPPP (Partisand of the ' - Gaulle was - a JeW and the res- , • - includes
Translation of . Hebrew column.
tss elevation into prominence
c e in his
Published by Brith Ivrith Olarnit4,
Program of the Policies of th e_ : ponse was that 'be isn't "but he's au th orship, .
:selections some of the fables and
President), and who was shot 'always
iic c wi '
ways een pre ,y.
legends of the Zohar as they
in cold blood by an OAS squad thein. Look at Debre' — Pompi- !relate to the Five Books of
T • ""
in the courtyard of the clinic - dou.,, That's when the question
established by his family.
; was raised whether Madame de ;
Prof. Scholem thus explains
Dr. David' Hassid was moti- Gaulle's a Jew, and the reply his selections:
vated primarily by a desire to was "that's Madame Mendes- tempted to present is a I sequence
serve his fellow men, not to France."
of passages which might be ex-
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permit his duties as a doctor to '
peeled to arouse an imMediate
deter him from ministering to . Thus the tragedy continued, interest in the reader
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Algerians as well as to French, with its prejudices, with its ha- • colorfulness with .which the life
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and the French partisans ex- treds, with the bloodshed that of the soul is pictured, by the
acted vengeance for his having took so many innocent lives. curious poignancy of scriptural
rendered medical services to
Algerians, regardless of their . One of the most moving por- exegesis, by the - outright para-
el is his description of the calm- serted."
His daughter, Eliane, was ness and the realism with which :
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married to one of the leaders of Dr. Hassid faced his captors. One
Leo W. Schwarz has gained a
the OAS. It was an unhappy • would have imagined that his place of honor among antholo-
marriage, and the love affair convincing arguments would have gists. His "Memoirs of My
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that developed later between led to greater fairness if not to People — Jewish Self-Portraits
Eliane and de Pre, who came mercy.
' from the 11th to the 20th Cen-
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to Algeria as a barbouze, as a
" one of the new paper-
counter-revolutionary F r e n c h ! A Jewish reader also will won- backs, is a veritable collection
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government agent, becomes a , der why there should be preju-
vital part in the serious drama. ' dice among Arabs against JeWs of literary treasures.
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Martin Buber's "My Road to
Eliane, after her father's i whose sense of fair play was so
well evidenced by a Dr. Hassid,
death, returns to France to join
•of whom there must have been Jewish Body Will
her two children. Meanwhile
Robert du Pre goes to a priest many
suf. Increase Assistance
to ask that a Mass be said for
the soul of David Hassid, while , ferers in the Algerian struggle to Algerian Refugees
he himself lights a candle be- f°1. freedom.
LONDON (JTA)—The Jewish
fore proceeding to his final ' Maurice Edelman's "The Frat-
goal in the French official ricides" is one of the very great Colonization Association re-
novels of our time. It is in ported that it had decided to
fight against the OAS.
its very essence a most power-
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responsibility with Br i t i s
ful appeal for social justice,
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Dr. Hassid died while reciting
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the "Shema." Throughout the welfare agencies for housing for
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story his Jewish heritage be- Jewish Home for Aged the influx of Algerian Jews now
residing in France.
conies evident. He recalls many
The Council expressed satis-
incidents of Jewish influences in Dedicated in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, . (JTA) — faction with the "appreciable re-
his family background.
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The Loi Cremieux — the With city, state and medical offi- sults" being achieved through
Cremieux Decree for equal rights dais in attendance, Jewish and the housing fund which was set
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for Jews in Algeria—is recalled, non-Jewish, the new Home for up in 1962 in cooperation with
but the OAS ridicules it and the the Jewish Aged was officially the Central British Fund, the
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bias injected against the Algeri- ' dedicated here. Costing $250,000, Fonds Social Juif Unifie and the
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gn fight for independence finds j the Home has a capacity of 300. Joint Distribution Committee. •
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