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March 27, 1964 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-03-27

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By SAUL CARSON

ROBERT LAURIE

Copyright 1964 JTA

Wholesale Beef and Boneless Cuts

TA 5-7580
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2852 Eighteenth St.

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Passover Greetings

1 McNamara Paints Products Co., Inc.

895-0400 ..

6181 W. Warren

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Holiday Greetings

GEORGE MIESEL & SON

TA 5-7990

6000 Buchanan

Happy Holiday Greetings

KLIP & KURL BEAUTY SALON

Reba Paske, Prop.

Hair Cutting — Permanent 'Waving — Tinting
Hours: Tues. & Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 'Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

8440 W. 9 Mile Rd., Oak Park

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Best Wishes for a Happy Passover
To Our Relatives, Friends and Patrons

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TO 8-8800
Ice Punch Bowls — Ice Carvings

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Happy Holiday

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Holiday Best Wishes




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GENERAL CONTRACTORS

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Holiday Greetings

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Lobster Tails that you will enjoy—Home made Pies
Beautiful dining room — Large parties
2216 N. Woodward, 1/ mile N. of 12 Mile Rd., Royal Oak

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Holiday Greetings
To Our Friends and Customers

TOPINKA'S COUNTRY HOUSE

24010 W. 7 Mile Rd.

KE 1-9000

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2960 W. Grand Blvd.

Food and Liquor for the Gourmet

Lunches — Smorgasbord Dinners — Open Sundays tJ

Catering — Private Rooms for Banquets

Passover had a special mean-
ing to the Berman family. It was
not only the great festival cele-
brating Liberation. The night of
the first Seder was also observed
as the birthday of the patriach,
he whom all in town called Reb
Meir, while the family simply
called him Pa.
From far and near. as long as
he lived, the clan of the Ber-
mans gathered on the Passover
for the holiday that had a spe-
cial meaning for the family be-
cause of Pa's birthday. Some,
indeed, came from points quite
remote from the homestead in
Manchester. But, most of the
time, the full complement was
there — all seven sons, both
daughters, the various in-laws.
female and male thereof, and
grandchildren galore. In every
sense. therefore, it was an occa-
sion of great joy to all in the
family. For Passover served also
as a period of reunion.
To appreciate fully what Pass-
over meant to this clan, one
must recall that Red Meir was
a maskil. He belonged to those
Jews who were part of the
movement t o war d enlighten-
ment, the haskalah. The haska-
lah was late in coming to the
Ukrainian region whence the
Bermans stemmed. But when it
did arrive, the coining of that
movement coincided with Metes
growth to young adulthood. And
he embraced it—fully. Thus, in
his family, the brought with him
to America, his home. in Man-
chester, that spirit of tolerance
and understanding that charac-
terized the best of maskilim. He
was of the best.
That is why a certain free-
dom was permitted to the fam-
ily — a feedom that might be
frowned upon in the homes of
other members of the hassidic
sect to which Pa belonged. To
the more stern, in fact, what
went on in that household while
the Seder was being celebrated
might have been characterized
as undue levity. But to the Ber-
man clan—it was fun. An in-
stance was the attitude toward
the four types who respond—or
fa il to react—to t h e mean i ng of
Passovef.
*
As they went on with the tra-
ditional recitation of that portion
of- the Haggadah, various sons
would interject their own inter-
pretetions. The first was re-
ferred to as The Good Guy; the
second was The Baddie; then
came The Dope; finally The In-
nocent. (If you will refer to
your Haggdah, you might see
that the modernization of these
characters was not too inept.)
Only a true maskil would per-
mit such freedom of interpreta-
tion!
There was the Seder when
Ione of the sons, having just fin-
ished a course in Shakespeare
at college, quoted Hamlet's re-
mark about the irrelevance of
Hecuba. The connection took
some explaining — but, once
made clear, Hecuba was for
Years thereafter me n t i o n e d
when it came to The Baddie.
And, long before that develop-
ment, there was another misin-
terpretation that Pa tolerated.
You'll recall that the Hebrew
term for setting that bad guy's
teeth On edges uses the word

"hakeh." Always, the slightly
irreverent translators gave the
worth its Yiddish meaning, say-
ing: "Bust him in the teeth."
Pa would look up—as if he was
surprised — smile a moment —
and proceed as if nothing had
happened.
Are those little things? One
feels they had major signific-
ance Those things created an
atmosphere that permeated the
family sired by Reb Meir—one
of utter tolerance, utter devo-
tion to genuine freedom, utter
understanding of the real mean-
ing of Passover as a festival
celebrating the larger freedoms
for all of mankind.
Pa is now gone. The "Ber-
man" family in what we have
here called "Manchester" is, of
course, hidden by fictitious
names. But the family was real.
And so was Pa. And so, still, are
the precepts that he taught, the
traditions that he passed on.
One likes to think there are
many such "Berman" families,
in many a "Manchester." For
Reb Meir was one of a large
tribe of men who stood for gen-
uine enlightenment—for a fu-
sion of ancient Jewish tradition,
solid Jewish learning, adherence
to true principles of Freedom
Now—for all men; all of it inter-

larded with genuine humanity,
even with mild humor at one's
own expense. They were a great
race—the Maskilim.
On Pa's tombstone, in one of
the Jewish cemeteries in "Man-
chester," there is only one word
in addition to his Hebrew name
and the dates of his birth and
death. Each Passover, his tribe
still travels there. The clan is
there again this Passover. Its
members take pride in the true
meaning of that single word on
Pa's monument. The word is
"Maskil."

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HAPPY PASSOVER

Dr, McArthur Colton

Dentist

1111 Griswold, over Kinsel's

WO 2-1779

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Holiday Good Cheer

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Passover's
Most Cordial Greetings

DETROIT MILL
SUPPLY CO.

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Mr. and Mrs. Abe Weisman

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Holiday Best Wishes

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Special Sizes Made to Order

Lewis and Art Wilde, Proprietors

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Passover Greetings

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Holiday Greetings

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110 N Waterman

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Holiday Greetings

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Best Wishes for a. Happy Passover
to Our Friends and Patrons

THE FABULOUS
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39 - THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, March 21, 1964

Passover in the Horne of `Maskil'

Happy Passover

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