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March 12, 1965 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-03-12

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Community to Recall Evil Haman's Downfall at Purim Celebrations

Purim will ushered in with the
clatter of graggers and stomping
feet when the story of Esther is
read Wednesday evening in syna-
gogues throughout the city. The
traditional reading of the megillah
will begin after 6 p.m. Wednesday
and again at morning services
Special services, carnivals and
dances are planned by synagogues
and organizations.
For a listing of special children's
programs, see the youth page.
Temple Beth El will hold pre-
Purim family services 8:30 p.m.
today, when Rabbi Morton M. Kan-
ter preaches on "The Devil and
Haman." Rabbi Israel Halpern will
speak on "The Fun of Purim:
/__ When Shall We Enjoy It?" at Beth
Abraham Sabbath services 8:40
a.m. Saturday.
Judge Ira G. Kaufman, presi-
dent of the Zionist Organization
of Detroit, invites the Jewish
community to a Purim Music
Festival 9 p.m. Thursday in the
Bnai Moshe social hall.
The Bel Canto Choir will pre-
sent a program of Hebrew and
Yiddish folk songs, as well as clas-

sic, light opera and musical
comedy numbers, under the direc-
tion of Cantor Simon Bermanis of
the Ahavas Achim Synagogue, and
accompanied by Mrs. Jerome
Featured soloists will be vocalist
Wyn Landis, Adele Brown and
Lois Ack.
Purim refreshments will be
served. No admission charge. Mrs.
Kaufman is program chairman.
For i n f o r m a t i o n, call Zionist
House. 353-3636.
The Labor Zionist Council and
all its branches will hold their
Purim festival 8:45 p.m. March
20 at the Labor Zionist Institute.
Morris Lieberman, chairman of
the Council, announces that the
cultural committee, headed by Mrs.
Irving Greenberg, has planned a
program to feature Cantor Reuven
Frankel of Cong. Shaarey Zedek.
He will present portions of the
megillah, holiday songs and Israeli
and Yiddish melodies, accompan-
ied by pianist Mrs. Bella Goldberg.
Mrs. Morris Friedman will ap-
pear in a program of special reci-
tations. Alex Zeltenreich and his
Israeli dance combo will entertain

and play music for dancing. There
will be prizes, light buffet supper
and refreshments.
The Jewish community is in-
vited at a nominal donation.
For information and tickets,
call the council, DI 1-0131.
Detroit Socialites will cele-
brate Purim with a Cabaret
Night 9 p.m. Sunday at Cong.
Beth Moses. Mistress of cere-
monies will be Margie Mansell,
professional night club enter-
The program includes commun-
ity singing, dancing to recorded
orchestra music and refreshments.
The community is invited.
The Criterion Club will stage
its annual Purim Ball 9 p.m Satur-
day at Cong. Beth Moses.
Special guests will include the
P la-mate s," organization for
single adults from Cleveland, who
will journey to Detroit for the in-
formal holiday event.
Music will be provided by Dick
S c h o b e r and his Hi-Fifaluters
orchestra, with a floor show, so-
cial mixers, refreshments, favors
and ceremonies traditional to the
coronaiton of "Queen Esther."


The general public and, in par-
ticular, unmarried adults of the
community, are invited.
Isadore Brown; president of
Arlazaroff Branch 137, Farband,
Labor Zionist Organization, will
celebrate Purim 8 p.m. Wednes-
day at the Labor Zionist Insti-
tute. A cultural and musical
program has been arranged. The
branch will also honor a group
of members who are leaving for
a trip to Israel.
Purim refreshments will be
served. Guests invited.
Radorner Aid and Ladies Society
will sponsor a Purim party for
members 8:30 p.m Tuesday at the
Workmen's Circle Center. Refresh-
ments and games will be featured.

Cong. Ahavas Achim with all
its affiliates will sponsor a pre-
Purim celebration at the Syna-
gague 8:30 p.m. Sunday featur-
ing the sisterhood dramatic
group's original play, "Bubba
Meisa" directed by Mrs. Simon
A social hour with dancing and
refreshments will follow. The corn-
munity is invited.
Cong. Bnai David men's club and
sisterhood will hold a combined
Purim party in the social hall 8:30
p.m. Thursday. Entertainment will
be a one-act play presented by the
Center Theater Mobile Unit. Co-
chairmen are Mr. and Mrs. Neil
Kalef. Family and friends are in-
vited. Refreshments will be served.




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Jewish Quiz Box

Why is the Sabbath before
Purim called "Parshath Zachor,"
occuring this year on Saturday,
March 13th?

This is because a special pass-
age from the Bible is added to the
usual reading for this Sabbath.
The Passage from the Book of
Deuteronomy (25:17 - 19) begins
with the word "Zachor" ("remem-
ber") and spells out the Biblical
commandment to constantly re-
member the fiendish deed of the
Amalekites who struck Israel from
the rear during their travels
through the wilderness. This prac-
tice is already mentioned in the
Tannaitic literature and it is as-
sumed that this practice was in-
stituted at about the same time the
practice was instituted to celebrate
the festival of Purim, or certainly
soon thereafter. The Palestinian
Talmud (Megillah 3:4) bases this
practice on the verse in the Book
of Esther (.9:28) which related
that: "These days should be re-
membered and kept throughout
every generation, etc." It, there-
fore, becomes not only necessary
to keep the observance of the festi-
val of Purim but to also have some
means of remembrance in advance
of the festival. This remembrance
was made in the form of reading
the passage asking us to remember
the infamous deed of Amalek,
which in turn, brings us to mind
the story of Purim with the infamy
of Haman, a descendant of Amalek.
Rashi (Megillan 29A) explains that

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this practice was instituted so as
to bring together the Biblical com-
mand to "wipe out . . . Amalek"
with our practice of "erasing the
memory of Haman" by drowning
the mention of his name out with
noisemakers while reading the
Megillan, GT by rubbing of his
name from stones which have been
inscribed with it. Stamping out
Haman's name on Purim with noise
or with rubbing thus becomes a
means of observing the biblical
commandment to erase the name
of Amalek, Rabbi Hai Gaon actu-
ally used to call this Sabbath
"Shabbos Amalek."
Why is the day before Purim
referred to as the "Fast of
Jewish tradition calls for a fast
day to be observed a day before
Purim. This fast day is actually
not mentioned in either Biblical or
Talmudic literature. It was first
ordained as such in the Gaonis
period. The Sheiltocih (Va-Yakhel
66) explains that this fast day com-
memorated the assemblies of the
Jews which took place on the
thirteenth of Adar mentioned in
the Book of Esther (9:12). These
assemblies were fast days. Some
say that this fast day is called
the Fast of Esther because Esther
had asked the Jews to fast for
three days (Esther 4:16). Those
three days actually were dated
after the date of Purim (actually
they occurred during Passover).
For this reason some Jewish coin-

munities observe three days of
feasting some time after Purim to
_emorate these three days.
The day before Purim thus is a
special fast day instituted by the
Gaonic authorities. Some claim
that the fast was instituted to re-
mind us that we have no right to
celebrate our deliverance unless
we first fast in penance for what-
ever wrongs were committed to
bring about the crisis in the first

Herzl Institute to Sponsor
Zeev Jabotinsky Exhibit

NEW YORK (JTA) — A me-
morial exhibition marking the 25th
anniversary of the death of Zeev
Jabotinsky, founder of the Zionist
Revisionist movement, will be spon-
sored by the Theodor Herzl Insti-
tute, it was announced here. The
exhibit, opening in June, will fea-
ture the major aspects of Jabotin-
sky's life and work as a thinker,
writer and Zionist leader.
Dr. Joseph B. Schechtman is
chairman of the exhibit committee.
Persons and institutions possessing
published and unpublished material
on Jabotinsky's personality a n d
activities are requested to lend
them for the exhibit, after which
they will be returned. Material and
inquiries may be sent to Dr.
Schechtman, at 85-43 168th Place,
Jamaica 32, N.Y.

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