Friday, January 17, 1964—THE DETROIT JEWIS H NEWS- 1 4
Jurist Named by LBJ
Weekly Quiz I About Dr. Adler's Harper Article
Is A Jew?'
BY ALFRED SEGAL
Oh, please, again I must say
By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
The question ... "What is a for which I write a column .. that I'm not bragging but am
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MILWAUKEE JTA) — David
Jew?" ... is being asked this "Get the hell out of here," I speaking only as a humble guy
What is the origin and pur-
Rabinovitz of Sheboygan, named
month in Harper's Magazine by told him. He was drunk, and who has arrived at age 80...
a federal judge by President pose of the "Mali Tovu" pray- Rabbi Morris Adler who also he replied, "You're just no and, finally, at that age has
Johnson, took his oath of office er which opens a synagogue answers the question.
come to some wisdom. I recall
just 12 minutes before the 88th
But as one who tries to live my much younger life-time when
The origin of Mall Tovu is
Congress convened. The move
n persistent questions is: 'What is by his Judaism, I serve Catholics I had little use for people of
was to avoid a possible negative quite old since we find it i
a Jew?' ... It is dealt with in and Protestants in my daily other religions or other colors.
action by Congress on the con-
sermons and lectures, at forums, column. Yes, here's a letter from Yes, I guess I have come to
troversial appointment. The Wis-
at ideological conferences, and a Catholic mother. "Dear Mr. understand what is a Jew, even
consin State Bar and the Ameri- gorized under the heading o e in dialogues between American Segal: I know you are not of my though I'm not regular in the
can Bar Association both have
in the act of prayer and 1,voi , and Israeli Jews . . . David Ben- religion, but I look up to you
opposed the nomination.
Gurion once invited scores of as one who practices the good
Rabbi Adler is saying in his
The controversy over the Jew-
Jewish scholars to submit an- of all religions. You spoke up piece in Harper's Magazine:
ish jurist began last September erally, sections of Jewish pray swers to this irrepressible ques- in your column for my son who "The Jews still ask: 'What am
er liturgy and the entire ap
when the late President Ken- p* -
to prayer i se is lac i tion. Since none of the replies was in jail, and as a result he I? ... And Rabbi Adler goes on
nedy named him to a vacancy on tionally preceded by the un was made public it is reasonable is out of there now. The judge to answer: "The battering rams
the Federal District Court for derstanding on the part of th to deduce that none was satis- said he had read your column of persecution could not destroy
about my son and felt influenced the Jew's resolve to live by the
individual or the congregation
The appointment having that prayer as such is a G-d-
So now I myself . . . this col- by it. Thanks, thanks sir. I light of his conscience ... Jew-
been made while Congress given privilege which we inher- umnist that is ... tries to answer applaud you as a man whose ish history, thus viewed, rep-
was in session, Rabinovitz ited through our ancestry. Thus the question: "What is a Jew?" goodness doesn't mind the re- resents a triumph of the human
could not take the post with- the Mah Tovu (except for the I well know this particular ligion of one he serves. You are spirit. It can serve all mankind
out Senate confirmation. The .first verse) is simply a collec- Jew ...this Al Segal, that is . . a fine Jew."
as a testament of courage and
Oh, I'm not reporting this hopes ... In a world teeming
appointment ecased to be ef- tion of verses from the Psalms and, so, maybe, by looking him
fective when Congress ended which reflect the age-old pro over as he sits here at this boastfully at all but only to with coercions and compulsions
its session in December with- cedure of. approaching, enter - typewriter, I may come to some reply ... in a way ... to Rabbi man can assert sovereignty over
out Senate action.
ing and praying in the syna understanding of what a Jew is. Adler's question . in Harper's: the quality and destiny of human
If the Senate does not act on gogue in the appointed times.
Yes, this Jew Segal thinks "What is a Jew?" • life. No people's history offers
President Johnson's interim re- - The first verse is a selection. he knows what a Jew is. A Jew,
Sure enough, as I see him, greater proof of this truth than
appointment, t h e nomination from the poetic phophecy o f he's saying, is one who under- a really pious Jew is one who's the Jew's. When he recognizes
will again die at the end of the Bilaam, the Midianite priest stands his kinship to all man- willing to serve all peoples; this, the modern Jew will dis-
cover his identity."
who was hired to curse the Isra - kind ... of whatever religion, though, as I've suggested, I'm
President Johnson, if re-elect- elites (Numbers 24:5). The Tal race, or color of face .. brothers not very pious by attendance in
Yes, that's us and all that's
the synagogue. I miss shabosses required of us all is to live up
ed this year, could then again mud (Yerushalmi, Berachoth) of his.
nominate Rabinovitz. If the Sen- tells us that it had been the
Oh, he says, I've belonged to in schul, but the other day, a to the ideal which we inherited
ate confirms the appointment at intention •(and probably the the Isaac M. Wise Temple all Negro was at my desk in the from long, long ago. And I my-
this session, Rabinovitz will hold practice for awhile) of those of 40 years, and I know my daily newspaper office to direct self, at my stage of life have
me farther on the way my at last been figuring that it's
the judicial post for life.
who shaped our liturgy to have Judaism as a decent way of life. column has been going.
about time for me to try to live
the entire Biblical phophecy of
"Sir," he said, "I under- up to my knowledge of what a
I try to understand
Rio Poll Finds 21 Pct. Bilaam recited in the daily serv- Sabbath.
but that it had been Judaism as a way of life that stand you're Jewish and I've Jew is.
of Native-Born Jewish ice;
discarded only to prevent any has to do with the brotherhood come here to applaud you as
Children Speak Yiddish additional burden on the con- of man, and as Jew I try to one who really practices the
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gregation by adding to the serve brothers who are of the highness of his religion. The
way your column speaks up
Only 21 per cent of native-born length of the liturgy. It seems other religions and colors.
for justice an.d kindness to-
Mind you, I'm not boasting
Jewish children here speak Yid- that at least the first verse of
ward us who have the darker
dish, a survey conducted by the this prophecy was included. It as one who thinks of himself
faces. That's of the goodness
as a saintly guy. Oh, only
education department of the is possible that the wave of
of your religion about which
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the other day I chased off a
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I know from the Old Testa-
people underwent at the hands man who had come to my desk
ment which I read right along,
The survey was taken among of one tyrant after another who
You're a good Jew and I my-
1,736 Jewish boys and girls in tried to close, burn and pre- U.S. Agriculture Dept.
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