ew ussie Sy a us
Emphasizes No Single
Religion or Dogma
y W e o to
By ABRAHAM J. HESCHEL
What does a person expect to
MELBOURNE — The Depart- attain when entering a synagogue?
merit of Education of New South In the pursuit of learning one goes
Wales issued a new primary school to a library; for aesthetic enrich-
syllabus which emphasized no ment . . . to the art museum; for
single religion and teaches "the pure music to the concert hall.
good life" rather than religious What then is the purpose of going
dogma. The new syllabus replaces to the synagogue?
a 1959 revision of the social
studies curriculum which had in-
cluded Scripture with the ex- the eternal wisdom of compassion?
pressed aim of underlining Chris- . . . the danger of being callous?
tianity to give meaning and pur- . . . Where should one learn that
pose "to our Australian way of the greatest truth is in contrition?
The cultivation of a sensitive
The change comes into effect im- conscience is indispensable. We
mediately and is expected to cause
are all in danger of sinking into
controversy among some parents the darkness of vanity; we are all
and church leaders. Members of involved in worshiping our own
the Jewish community and the egos.
Humanist Society had opposed the
We are in need of experiencing
"Public education can no longer moments in which the spiritual is
emphasize a single system of relig- as relevant and concrete, for ex-
ion as the basis of ethical instruc- ample, as the aesthetic . . . It is in
tion," the new syllabus declares, the synagogue where we must try
Christianity or Judaism or about to acquire such inwardness, such
the religious systems to which our sensitivity.
adding that the curriculum "is not
To attain a degree of spiritual
concerned with teaching Chris- security one cannot rely upon one's
tianity or Judaism, but may often own resources. One needs an atmo-
be concerned with teaching about sphere, where the concern for the
Asian neighbors adhere. It will spirit is shared by a community.
bring out worthy ethical principles
We are in need of students and
shared by all men. It will develop scholars, masters and specialists.
tolerance of all religions."
But we need also the company of
Many are the facilities which witnesses, of human beings who are
help us to acquire the important engaged in worship, who for a mo-
worldly virtues, skills and tech- ment sense the truth that life is
niques. But where should one learn meaningless without attachment to
about the insights of the spirit? ... God.
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The JeWish News)
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a s I mica! Group Urges Higher Pay for Our Teachers
MONTICELLO, N.Y. (JTA) —Hebrew teaching profession. They
Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht, newly will follow the pattern of giving
elected president of the Rabbini- their best talents to other pursuits
cal Alliance of America, called on and professions."
the American Jewish community
Among the resolutions adopted
to "make a genuine and sincere at the confernce was one calling
effort" to improve employment upon the Jewish community and
conditions for Jewish educators. lay leadership to increase the sal-
Rabbi Hecht is spiritual leader of ary scale of Hebrew teachers and
the Sephardic Shaare Zion Congre-
gation in Brooklyn.
Addressing the midsummer con-
ference of the Orthodox rabbinical
group, Rabbi Hecht deplored the
lack of trained teachers in Hebrew
day schools and afternoon schools.
Unless efforts are made to provide
decent salaries and fringe benefits
to Jewish educators, he declared,
"the finest and most talented
young men will just not enter the
By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1964, JTA, Inc.)
What is the meaning of the
names of the Hebrew vowels?
It is claimed that the names
of the respective Hebrew vowels
generally indicate either the na-
ture of the sound or the movement
of the organ of speech employed to
produce it. Thus the "Patach"
(broad "A") means open and indi-
cates the vowel produced by the
open mouth (A1). The "Segol" rep-
resents the form of the sign which
represents the sound. Since it is
made of three dots forming a rec-
tangle, it looks like a bunch of
grapes and thus the expression
"bunch of grapes" is used to name
the sound. The "tzere" (eh) means
"dividing" and thus indicates a
sound made by a wide parting of
the lips. The "shuruk" (oo) is
made with the lips which look like
they are going to whistle and thus
is named "whistling" whcih is indi-
cated by the word "shuruk." The
"Cholem" is called such (meaning
fullness or closing) because it is
formed by a fullness or closing of
the mouth. The "Chirek" (ee) rep-
resents a word meaning narrow
opening "gnashing" since in pro-
ducing this sound the mouth is nar-
rowly opened and one's face looks
as if one was gnashing his teeth.
* * *
Why do some letters in the
Sefer Torah have little crowns
and ornaments on them?
These are called "Taggin" which
means "crowns." They are also
called "zayinin" either because
they represent reproductions of the
Hebrew letter "Zayin" or because
they look like little daggers and
any implement of attack for pro-
tection is an object of fortification
"zayyin." They are also called
"Tziyyunim" which means "marks"1
Modern research is of the opin-
ion that these marks were perhaps
the earliest symbols for vowels
and accents and even perhaps the
melody with which the Torah is
chanted. Mystics attach a deep mys-
tical meaning to these symbols im-
plying that they represent symbolic
interpretations of the text. Others
claim that these symbols are used
as a key of knowing or proving
that the text was authentically
copied by a reverent scribe. The
sages of Israel found meaning in
every iota of the scripts.
principals. The conference also
urged the American Jewish com-
munity to return from vacation
resorts to the synagogues in their
local neighborhoods, to spend the
High Holy Days "in an atmosphere
of sanctity and religious warmth
which is generated in the syna-
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Lubavitch Youth Program
Acquires British Mansion
LONDON—Lubavitch House in
London has announced its acquisi-
tion of a large mansion, formerly
known as Mill House, in R•mstage,
England, which it will utilize to
provide various Jewish education-
al programs. Mill House is part of
the estate of Sir Moses Montefiore.
The Luba v i t c h organization
here will use these facilities for
summer camps and weekend semi-
nars, and will sponsor other edu-
ational and recreational activities
geared to attract the Jewish youth
of the smaller outlying communi-
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Friday, August 21, 1964 23
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