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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-09-20

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it 145th Psalm Is Recited 3 Times Every Day

BY RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX

(Copyright, 1963, JTA, Inc.)

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The 145th Psalm is recited
three times every day accord-
ing to Jewish tradition.
The Talmud (Berachoth 4b)
claims that whosoever recites
this Psalm three times a day
will inherit the World to Come.
A number of reasons are ad-
vanced for this claim. First, its
verses of this Psalm are ar-
ranged according to -an alpha-
betical acrostic. This, according
to some, is supposed to be man's
highest form of praise for the
Creator because the entire range
of sounds available to man is
used in extolling the Almighty.
Secondly, the 16th verse of
the Psalm is considered of su-

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preme significance. It reads
"Thou openst Thy hand, and
satisfied every living thing with
favor." This proclaims the un-
discriminating all embracing
sustenance of life by God. It
professes our faith in the belief
that the Almighty, although He
is so majestic and all powerful,
still has regard for every form
of life—from the highest to the
lowest and concerns Himself
with every individual.
The Z o h a r (Numbers, Pin-
chas) explains that the Psalm
is recited twice a day as an
omen of sustenance and once
as a hymn to the Hand of God
which is alway open to all. The
first time we chant this prayer

The discovery of America
was in itself an invention. As
"American Inventions" by Les-
lie Waller, published by Holt,
Rinehart and Winston- (383
Madison, N.Y. 17), shows, the
wonderful story of the "New
World" began with inventions
and continued to display skills
in many fields of human en-
deavor.
First the settlers planted
wheat and a Massachusetts
settler, Joseph Jenks, perfected
the scythe for cutting wheat.
Gunmakers invented what is
today known as the "Kentucky
Long Rifle."
Benjamin Franklin invented
an iron fireplace. He also in-
vented the "lightning rod."
Eli Whitney invented the
"cotton gin."
Robert Fulton launched the
"steamboat."
Cyrus McCormick and a
Negro slave, Jo Anderson, built
a "mechanical reaper."
'Henry Deringer invented a
small gun and a name was given
it by Samuel Colt when it be-
came known as the "Colt six-
shooter."
Samuel F. B. Morse invented
the method of sending wires by
electricity — the "telegraph."
Then came the "cable" wires
perfected by Morse and Colt.
The "sewing machine" was
the work of Elias Howe.
'The "zipper' is the result of
work originally initiated by
Whitcomb Judson.
Charles Goodyear found a
way of making rubber more
usable, through "vulcanization.'
Christopher Sholes invented
the typewriter. William Bur-
roughs perfected the adding
machine.
Elisha Otis gave us the "ele-
vator," Alexander Graham Bell
the telephone, Ottmar Mer-
genthaler improved the linotype
machine.
The process of "condensing"
milk came from Gail Borden
and that of "evaporating" milk
from John Meyenberg. Quick
frozen food was the invention
of Clarence Birdseye. George
Pullman made the sleeper car,
George Eastman the small
camera and Thomas Edison pro-
duced the "electric light" and
many other inventions.
Then came Orville Wright

The - fundamental defect of
fathers is that they want their
children to be a credit to them."
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and the airplane, Guglielmo
Marconi and the radio, Vladimir
Zworykin and the kinescope,
Robert H. Goddard and the
space rockets, and many other
inventions.

Such are the contents in the
splendid book "American In-
ventions," part of Waller's
"Book to Begin on" series. The
inventions books is ably illus-
trated by Ed Emberley.

What a pity that so impressive
a book for children as "Ameri-
can Inventions" omits the name
of one of the most distinguished
American Inventors, that of
Emil Berliner (1851-1929). Ber-
liner, the German-born Jew,
settled in this country as a
youth. He was the inventor of
the Microphone and the gramo-
phone, and his inventions led to
other great creative efforts by
his fellow-inventors in this
country.

in the morning service it serves
as an opening to the Psalms
which are recited as a form of
praise to the Almighty. The
second time, which is after the
basic prayers of the morning
service, is an omen for suste-
nance since we are ready to
depart from our daily toils
of labor to partake of food
again.
This Psalm is recited with
another verse from another
Psalm affixed at the very
beginning of it, when recited
thrice daily in the prayers.
The verse which is added is
the f a m o u s "Ashrei" verse
(Pslam 84:5) which reads:
"Happy are they that dwell in
Thy House, they are ever (still)
praising Thee." It is claimed
that this was inserted into the
first morning recital of the
145th Pslam because on that
occasion this Psalm serves as an
introduction to the Psalms of
praise which are chanted in the
beginning of the morning serv-
ice. It teaches and demonstrates
that one should spend some
silent time in contemplation
before beginning to pray so
that one composes himself and
arranges his thoughts.
This might also be the reason
for its insertion b e f ore the
Minchah prayer in the after-
noon. The second morning re-
cital of this Psalm also contains
this verse either because of a
desire to make all three recitals
the same or indicating that it
forms what may have been the
beginning of a service, when
the first part of the service was
forbidden by tyrannical force.
It also signifies that we praise
God no matter what our circum-
stances happen to be—pleasant
or unpleasant, hoping that all
will yet turn out for the good.

Tribute to Dr. Morris Waldman

Prior to 1926, Jewish com-
munities in America regarded
local social service problems as
the concern of the organized
(Copyright, 1963, JTA, Inc.)
community on a continuing
Morris D. Waldman, who died basis and thought of the relief
in New York at the age of 84, and reconstruction needs of
was a social architect whose Jews abroad as emergency
creativity in community organ- problems requiring ad hoc or-
izations was largely responsible ganization and one-time drives.
for the establishment of the Even with the formation of the
Detroit Jewish Welfare Federa- Joint Distribution Committee as
tion in its modern form and the a coordinated effort of Ortho-
spread of this type of organiza- dox, labor and general elements
tion throughout the country.
into one comprehensive effort
From 1899 to 1924, the year for service overseas and for
Mr. Waldlman came to Detroit fund-raising on the American
as the executive director of the scene, most cities set up paral-
United Jewish Charities, the lel machinery to fulfill the
Jewish community of Detroit overseas assignment.
It was Morris Waldman who
was a partnership of related
departments in a relatively lim- grasped the inter-related na-
ited area, with emphasis on ture of the two major tasks and
settlement work, immigration who championed the develop-
adjustment and Americaniza- ment of the welfare fund con-
cept in each community to en-
tion.
compass local, regional, national
Drawing on his experience and international programs in
in Brooklyn and Boston, where one drive and under unified
he had served as Federation di- auspices. This new pattern
rector, Mr. Waldman was in- which has become a common-
strumental in broadening the place for practically e v e
program of the organization, community in America today
extending the fields of interest, owes much in beginnings and
coordinating the basic social in its formative stages to Wald-
services and creating a true man's conceptual formulations
Federation for fund - raising, and to his pioneering efforts.
budgeting and planning. In
Together with men like Sam-
1926, the fruits of his efforts uel A. Goldsmith, Maurice Hex-
developed into the new Jewish ter, and the late Solomon Low-
Welfare Federation, one of the enstein, Boris D. Bogen, I. M.
first so-called "d o u b 1 e bar- Rubinow and Jacob Billikopf,
reled" Federations in the Unit- Waldman brought together the
ed States, with responsibility I domestic and overseas concerns
for domestic and overseas into one package. Their devo-
causes under single auspices, as tion to the war-victims on the
opposed to the double pattern other side of the Atlantic in-
of a local Federation and an volved them in field trips and
overseas Welfare Fund as sepa- administrative work abroad, but
rate bodies, which had been in at the same time they persisted
vogue before that time.
in their ministrations on the
His great knowledge of the home scene.
The passing of Morris Wald-
functional fields of- social work
and his pioneering experience man reminds a new generation
in world affairs as a key figure of the great contribution which
in the overseas work of the he and his colleagues of that
Joint Distribution Committee. day made to the saving of
gave to the newly conceived countless individual lives and
central organization here the to the strengthening of the
solid foundation on which it Jewish community, in America
and the world over.
rests to this day.

By ISIDORE SOBELOFF
Executive Vice-President of
Jewish Welfare Federation,
Detroit

Popular Theater Figure, Communal
Leader Hyman Bloom Dies at 51

Hyman Bloom, officer and sup-
ervisor of Suburban Detroit
Theaters, died Sept. 14. He was
51.
M r. Bloom,
17337 Santa
Barbara, is sur-
vived by wife,
Josephine;
daughters, Aud-
rey and Mrs.
Sharon_ Grigo-
r i a n; grand-
daughter,
Renee Lynn;
brother, Henry Hyman Bloom
Bloom, all of Detroit; his
mother, Molly Bloom; and sis-
ters, Rose Bloom and Mrs. Eve-
lyn Shapiro, all of New York
City.
Mr. Bloom was born in New
York and was a resident of De-
troit for 50 years. He has been
engaged in the management and
supervision of theaters in De-
troit for the past 30 years.
Mr. Bloom was active in the i
Pisgah Lodge of Bnai Brith and I
Cong. Beth Aaron. He was a i

member of the Detroit Service
Group and chairman of t h e
Amusement Section of the Arts
and Crafts Section of the Allied
Jewish Campaign.

"The Lord is my light and
aid; whom shall I fear? The
Lord is the stronghold of my
life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil-doers press against
me to eat up my flesh — my
enemies and my foes—it is they
who stumble and fall. Even
though an army were arrayed
against me, my heart would not
fear; though war should arise
against me, still would I be
confident . . ."—Psalm 27.

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