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Sukkot Sunrise — 1963

THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating the Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1961

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, 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

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Editor and Publisher

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Advertising Manager

Business Manager

City Editor

Sabbath Hol Hamoed Sukkot Scriptural Selections

Pentateuchal portions, Er. 33:12-34:26, Num. 29:17-22. Prophetical portion, Ezekiel

38:18-39:16.

Scriptural Selections for Concluding Days of Sukkot

Pentateuchal portions: Shemini Atzeret, Thursdays, Deut. 14:22-16:17, Num. 29:35-30:1;
Friday, Simhat Torah, Deut. 33:1-34:12, Gen. 1:1-2:3, Num. 29:35-30:1.
Prophetical portions: Thursday, I Kings 8:54-66; Friday, Joshua 1:1-18.

VOL. XLIV, NO. 6

Page Four

October 4, 1963

The Blessings of the Sukkot Spirit

The Biblical command for the ob-
servance of Sukkot, the Festival of
Booths, as contained in Leviticus (XXIII:
43), hands down to us this rule for the
holiday we are now observing:
"Ye shall dwell in booths, that your

generations may know that I made the
children of Israel to dwell in booths when
I brought them out of the land of Egypt."

In the observance of Sukkot we not
only mark the recollection of an ancient
tradition dating back to the trek through
the wilderness: it provides cause also for
the reconstruction of the untold number
of incidents in our history when our
people were homeless and roofless, when
they were wanderers over the face of the
earth, when so many were compelled to
live only on faith, pointing to the Sukkah
as a symbol of Israel's indestructibility in
spite of its fragility.
The very weakness of the tabernacle
nevertheless always attested to strength
that emanated from the spirit that mo-
tivated the building of the Sukkah as a
constant reminder of Israel's past and as
a warning to many of the repetitions of
imposed wandering upon Jews in many
lands.
There is a change for the better and
there is a reduction of wandering with
the emergence of Israel. Homelessness
has been reduced, and only from the two
areas dominated by authoritarianism—
from behind the Iron Curtain and the

lands ruled by Moslems—still come forth
anxiety. Only in these two areas there
still persist the dangers that go with op-
pression and with menacing threats to
Jewry's existence. For them the Sukkah
still is a symbol of a past that admonishes
them to hold on to the faith that the
Sukkah that is always in peril of col-
lapsing nevertheless will uplift and will
provide courage for all who aim at per-
petuating their Jewish existence.
For all those who, in free countries
like ours and in Israel, continue to build
Sukkahs, the fragile booths are constant
reminders for us to be on the alert, to
perpetuate the symbol that cautions us
to be humble, to accept our freedoms
with dignity, to cherish the liberties that
have been won through bitter struggles
during many centuries that were marked
by persecutions.
The Sukkah as a symbol of faith, as
a reminder of our past history, also is
an inspirer to courage and therefore has
a place of great honor in Jewry. It can
never be relegated to a mere museum
because of the significance of its lessons
for all ages. It and the festival it marks
provide much rejoicing, mingled with
many nostalgic memories, linking young
and old and giving assurances that the
spirit which has ruled Israel will continue
to hover over us. May the Sukkot spirit
continue to be a blessing for Israel.

On Deaf Ears: Israel's Peace Plea

While attention is being given at the
United Nations to the recurring anti-
Semitic practices in the Soviet Union, and
the State Department seems to be en-
couraging action to prevent the continua-
tion of the discriminations, it is daily
becoming more apparent that the major
issue involving the Jewish people is that
involving Israel.
The threats to the Jewish State have
not subsided. It is quite possible that the
anti-Israeli utterances by Arab leaders
are intended mainly for public consump-
tion—to prove to the masses of the Arabs
that their leaders have not stopped hating
Israel. Whatever the motivating factors,
the dangers continue to mount, and the
warlike attitude of Arab leaders is among
the frustrating developments on the inter-
national scene.
, Whether or not they are inspired by
Nasser, Arab leaders continue to mouth

Joseph Leftwich's 'Yisroel'

A revised edition of "Yisroel," by Joseph Leftwich, which
the author calls "the first Jewish omnibus," has been published
by Thomas Yoseloff (11 E. 36th, NY 16). It is a great work,
containing the best in Jewish literature, and it is certain to be
treasured by all who will acquire it and will be among the most
suitable source books for students, lay readers and people who
do research in Jewish scholarly fields.
First published in London in 1933 on the day on which the
Hitlerites burned Jewish books—May 10—it served at once as a
warning to the bigots that Jewish treasures are not destructible.
"Yisroel" first appeared in this country in 1952. Now, in its
revised form, with added material, it again emerges as a veritable
treasure.
The various sections in this book at once reveal its uni-
versality. They are devoted to English, American, German,
Yiddish, Hebrew, French, Russian and Dutch selections.
Perhaps the best indication of the book's importance is in
the Yiddish section which contains literary gems that were, in
the days of the supremacy of Yiddish, among the widest read.
Now they are equally significant in their translations which,
again, are being cherished by millions of readers. In this section,
which begins with a story from Glickel of Hamelin, appear the
works of Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav, Mendele Mocher Seforim,
I. L. Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, David Pinski, Abraham Reisen,
L. Shapiro, Sholem Asch, Peretz Hirshbein, Jonah Rosenfeld,
gathering of historical data.
Bergelson, The Nistor, Joseph Opatoshu, A. M. Fuchs,
During very critical periods, Farband David
Baruch Glassman, Isaac Bashevis, Ephraim Kaganovsky, Sh.
was among the first to come to the aid of Miller, Michael Burstin, Rachmil Bryks, Moshe Dluzmovsky, Man-
Israel. It supported the Haganah, it pro- del Mann, S. Tenenbaum, M. Sabatyon, Samuel Izban, Zanvel
vided means to overcome obstacles that Diamant, Itzik Manger and Schlomo Rosenberg.
were placed in the paths of Israel's
The inclusion of the works of many who are not as well
builders when they were literally isolated known as Peretz, Mendele, Asch and others is an indication of
from the world, and it was among the the compiler's thorough knowledge of the literature from which
leading groups that helped in relief and he has culled the best works. There is genuine genius in the
rehabilitation efforts as well as in spur- totality of this collection.
Equally significant are the names in the French section—
ring investments through the Israel Bond
Andre Spire, Edmond Fleg, Jean Richard Bloch and Benjamin
drives.
Thus, Farband became a factor not Cremieuz.
It is interesting to note that in the Russian section are
only in Israel and on the Zionist scene, included
such literary giants as S. Frug, Sh. An-sky, Simeon
but also in the help it gave to local com- Yushkewitch,
Vladimir Jabotinsky and Isaac Babel.
munity movements and to all important
There is an unprejudiced approach to the authors selected.
educational efforts.
the Dutch section are Carry van Bruggen, Samuel Goudsmit
To Farband, on its 50th anniversary, In
and Siegfried van Praag.
go our best wishes for continued success.
The Hebrew section is impressive, containing the best
selected works of David Frishman, Ch. N. Bialik, Saul Tcherni-
chovsky, Salman Schneour, S. J. Agnon, A. Hameiri, H. Hazaz,
Aharon Megged and S. Yizhar. While other noted authors have
emerged in Israel, this List is most impressive.
obscenities against Israel. In a statement
The English list includes Benjamin Disraeli, Amy Levy,
to the Iraqi News Agency, Iraq's military . Alfred
Sutro, Israel Zangwill, Louis Zangwill, S. L. Bensusan,
governor-general, Brigadier Rashid Mus- W. L. George, Hannah Berman, Sarah Gertrude Millin, Louis
lih, said last month: "The Iraqi govern- Golding, Arthur Koestler, Wolf Mankowitz, Alexander Baron,
ment and people are now prepared to Dan Jacobson and Nadine Gardiner.
march on Israel in order to wipe it out."
Some of the names in the English section are of South
Is it any wonder that Israel must remain Africans, but they really belong in this grouping, some of them
prepared for attacks by her neighbors? now having settled in England.
Another Iraqi leader, Yusuf Kartib,
The American section, equally impressive, includes works
threatened: "We will wipe out Zionism. by Ludwig Lewisohn, Edna Ferber, Waldo Frank, Thyra Samter
This is the pledge of our vanguard so- Winslow, Charles Angoff, Howard Fast, Meyer Levin, Bernard
cialist generation. We say frankly and Malamud.
New names now appear on the American literary scene.
openly that we have a date with you,
Nevertheless, those used are most representative.
Jaffa and Haifa."
In the German group are Heinrich Heine, Berthold Auer-
Israel Prime Minister Levi Eshkol's
Leopold Kompert, Karl Emil Franzos, Max Nordau, Theo-
peace plea, like those of his predecessor, bach,
dor Herzl, Arthur Schnitzler, Jacob Wasserman, Else Lasker-
seem to have fallen on deaf ears. There Schueler, Stefan Zweig, Franz Kafka, Max Brod, Vicki Baum,
is no evidence of hope for amity through Franz Werfel, Robert Neumann and Gabriele Tergit.
the United Nations. Once again we must
Leftwich is one of English Jewry's most brilliant authors.
pray for time to be a soothing element He is an able anthologist. He has performed brilliantly in "Yis-
that will bring better understanding to roel" which is one of the richest collections of our varied litera-
ture.
the Middle East.

Fiftieth Anniversary of Farband

The 50th anniversary of the Farband,
which first assumed a• role of importance
in American Jewish life as the Jewish
National Workers Alliance—Farband, and
now is known as the Farband Labor
Zionist Order, deserves the attention of
all American Jews in recognition of the
contributions the movement has made in
behalf of all worthy causes.
Primarily interested in Zionism and
in the upbuilding of Israel, the Farband
has played a vital role as a cultural force
in Jewry. It has given aid to educational
movements, it sponsors a chain of well-
functioning Jewish schools, it conducts
adult classes, and the encouragement it
gives to Jewish authors has made it an
important place to turn to by all who
needed aid and encouragement in the

A Great Jewish Omnibus

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