Friday, March 20, 1964 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -
Israel's 1st Chief of Staff, Gen. Dori, Hecksher Story: the Saga of Israel Rokeach
housewife of today takes but was hesitant to allow his ated with the production of
Says More Political-Military Unity for The
granted the availability of endorsement to be used pub- kosher household products.
Kosher goods. With licly.
Today, Rok each produces
Could Have Avoided Some Failures packaged
Passover coming on, she is al-
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Gen. Dori commented on Ben-
Yaacov Dori who, as Israel's Gurion's assertion that Dayan
first chief of staff, directed the could have achieved greater re-
armed forces in the 1948 War sults had he been chief of staff
of Liberation, expressed the in 1948 and said that Ben-
opinion that some Israel failures Gurion "could never prove this
in the war might have been evaluation, in which there is
avoided if there had been more more doubt than probability."
He said he regretted that Ben-
Gurion, in praising Dayan, had
to slight others.
The former premier, who is
in Tiberias, maintained com-
plete silence over the growing
who is now
reaction to his statement, which
included a request by the Herut
party for a parliamentary inves-
ended a sil-
tigation into the conduct of the
ence of several
days in the
Labor Minister Allon
id Ben-Gurion is
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
over the con- •
duct of that
Yigal Allon withdrew Tuesday
The dispute was precipitated his resignation from Parliament
by Ben-Gurion in an interview after the Knesset legal adviser
he gave to the newspaper Ha- held that such a resignation was
boker. He was reported as say- against the spirit of the law
ing he believed that if Gen. though it was not specifically
Moshe Dayan, now agriculture prohibited.
The adviser said that if Gen.
minister, had been in command
of the 1948 operations, Israel's Allon resigned, he would also
borders would have been "dif- have to resign from the Cabinet
ferent" and its military achieve- and then be reappointed as a
minister without Knesset mem-
In the 1948 war, Gen. Dayan bership.
led a strikingly successful com-
The minister, a member of
mando unit and, as chief of Achdut Avodah, had tendered
staff, he commanded Israel's his Knesset resignation to en
forces in the defeat of Egypt able an Arab member of his
in the 1956 Suez campaign.
party to take his seat. While
The Ben - Gurion statement a non-Knesset cabinet member
was seen as downgrading the has no right to vote, he remains
military acheivements of former responsible to the Knesset. Af-
commanding generals, includ- ter consultation with Achdut
ing Gen. Dori; Maj. Gen. Yigal Avodah leaders, Allon withdrew
Allon, commander of several his Knesset resignation.
important fronts in 1948, and
now labor minister; Gen. Yigal Rare Jewish Objects
Yadin, an archeologist, who
was chief of operations and From Throughout World
later chief of staff; and others. Auctioned in New York
With the exception of Dori,
A collection of Jewish cere-
the military leaders struck back monial objects, gathered from
with charges that the decisions many corners of the world, was
which prevented the total lib- auctioned in New York follow-
eration of Palestine in 1948 ing an exhibition by collector
were political and not military Michael Zagayski.
and therefore were the respon-
The collection included Vene-
sibility of Ben-Gurion as prime tian marriage rings of the 16th
minister and defense minister and 17th centuries, spice boxes,
during the war.
Torah crowns, breastplates and
Unlike his colleagues, Dori finials, cups and Sabbath lamps
indicated he did not believe and other ritual objects used in
that it was only political orders home and synagogue.
which prevented the capture of
Zagayski, who refused to at-
all of Palestine.
tend the sale, said in Palm
"With our meager forces and Beach, Fla., "It is heartbreak-
lack of equipment, we did mar- ing for me to sell my collec-
velously but we also suffered tion. I traveled months and
serious defeats, such as in the years to find a small item, and
old city of Jerusalem and at sometimes I exchanged many
the Latrun pass," he said. pieces for one that was wonder-
"These might have been avoided ful and rare." He said the pro-
had there been more unity be- ceeds of the auction would be
tween the political and military used for cultural purposes.
Zagayski started collecting as
He denied emphatically an a youth in Poland. By 1939, the
allegation by Ben-Gurion that collection had reached the pro-
he kept Ben-Gurion from get- portions of a museum. The
ting to know Gen. Dayan during treasures were looted by the
the war. Dori said: "I never Nazis, but a year later Zagayski
prevented or objected to any began a new collection. One
direct contact between the min- item, a turreted spice box, dates
ister of defense and army com- back to 15th Century Transyl-
manders, although this was not vania. Most of the collection
customary with the army com- was shown at the Jewish Museum
ready planning her menus
around the Kosher for Passover
foods now on sale in local
stores from coast to coast
But 100 years ago the re-
ligiously observant housewife
could not (during Passover as
well as the rest of the year)
use soap—when sand or elbow
grease were the only available
means of getting things clean.
At that time, in the town of
Kovno in Lithuania, there lived
a man who was a deeply pious
Jew. This man noted with dis-
dain the ever-increasing trend
away from the strict observance
of Judaism by Kovno's Jews.
He was determined to do what
he could to keep the practice of
Judaism strong among all the
people. Reading the books of
the period one day, he found
a section that was to change his
life and yours. The man's name
was Israel Rokeach.
Rokeach was disappointed but more than 60 kosher food and
undaunted by this development. household products.
He soon devised a method for
implanting the word "kosher"
in Hebrew letters through the
entire cake of soap (a method
still in use today). He pointed
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ly indicate whether or not a
cake of soap was kosher. Rav
Spektor was duly impressed and
gave Rokeach permission to use
his Hecksher (endorsement of
the kashruth of the product)
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soap could be made from vege-
table oil as well as from lard,
decided to try it, and after
many failures he found that
coconut oil makes a highly ef-
ficient and, most important,
He brought his problem to
the man who was then Chief
Rabbi of Kovno—Isaac Elcha-
nan Spektor—the same Rabbi
for whom New York's Yeshiva
University is named. Rav Spek-
tor was glad to give approval,
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