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September 03, 1965 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-09-03

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With a Little Bit of Hutzpah

Israel Diamond Industry
Offers Valuable Service

Young Dentist Goes Behind Arab Curtain

Simcha Feingold wanted to see
the Holy Land as he had read
about it in the Bible. So, wearing
an Arab burnoose instead of his
usual yarmulke, the 26-year-old
Yeshiva University alumnus cross-
ed into Arab territory.
He recently returned with a
story of fear—and hutzpah (nerve).
Feingold was well prepared for
his adventure. While at Temple
University, where he majored in
dentistry, Feingold learned Arabic
on his own. He was able to speak
it fluently by the time he set off
to the Middle East.
The Washington Heights, N.Y.,
native chose Lebanon as his first
stop. He was granted a visa only
after assuring authorities that his
reason for visiting the country was
to engage in his favorite pastime,
mountain climbing.
On his way there, Feingold met
a Midwestern professor in Cyp-
prus, who provided him with a
list of references and contacts
and told Feingold how to act and
what to say.
Feingold recalled how horrified
he was on the train to Beirut:
"For the first time in my life I
was surrounded by Arabs. Arabs
to me meant only violence."
He conversed with many of them
while in Beirut. One of them was
an official of a Saudi-Arabian oil
concern. "It was most difficult to
control my feelings when I heard
Arabs speak out against Israel and
the Jews in the most vile terms,"
he said.
Next stop was Jordan. On his
visa application, Feingold wrote
_ after the query on religion, "Pro-
test." Officials took it to mean
Protestant. Feingold had something
else in mind:
Where the application called for
nationality, Feingold filled in
names and addresses of Jordanian
citizens as supplied by the Mid-
western professor. Many priests
were listed, and the authorities ap-
proved it.
During his five days in Jordan,
Feingold was referred to as "the
American doctor" and while in
Amman met many Jordanian dig-
nitaries as the guest of an indus-
trialist whose name was on the
magic list. _
Wearing his Arab burnoose, he
managed to visit places of the
Bible and Jewish history, always
afraid he might be taken as a
Jew and accused as a spy.
He believes he is the first Jew to
pray at the Wailing Wall, site of


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heard so much in my youth and
learned about in the Torah."
At the end of his "vacation,"
Feingold returned to Israel through
the Mandelbaum Gate. Guards
were somewhat astonished he said
when he whipped off his burnoose
and donned a yarmulka.

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major diamond polishing plants
which will welcome retailers for
personal plant visits as part of
their vacation programs.
The .Nir Diamond Company, of
Tel-Aviv, a multimillion-dollar ex-
porter of polished stones, revealed
a new policy to serve small jewel-
ers with the same type facilities
as large importers and to welcome
professional visitors from over-
tions from the writings of eminent seas on a regular basis on special
men who dealt with weddings in tours of the plant and headquar-
many lands, and included in this ters showroom.
section is a portion from Glueckel
of Hameln.

Impressive Wedding Anthology
Issued by Publication Society-

Rabbi Philip Goodman, who al-
ready has to his credit two excel-
lent anthologies on Passover and
Purim, has, together with his wife,
Hanna, produced an outstanding
collection of essays, poems, anec-
dotes, laws, responsa, etc., etc.,
under the title, "The Jewish Mar-

riage Anthology."
This new Jewish Publication
Society volume is a remarkably
fine compilation
of all conceiv-
able data about
marriage — its
historical f acts
and traditions —
in Jewish lore.
Viewing mar-
riage as "the in-
strument par ex-
cellence of Jew-
ish survival," the
two authors,

dealing with
their subjects as
"the oldest uni-
versal institution
of mankind,"
portray in their
collected works
"t_h e spiritual Rabbi Goodman

pattern of Jewish marriage as it
unfolded through the ages in many

An outgrowth of a small com-
pendium they had prepared on
the occasion of their daughter's
marriage, the full-length vol-
ume by Rabbi and Mrs. Good-
man commences with the bibli-
cal background and proceeds to
offer historical facts including
marriage in the Midrash and in
medieval Jewish literature, by-
paths through the ages, the
wedding ceremony as depicted in
art, stories and poetry.

They assert: "A lofty concept of
marriage applied to the Jewish
wedding ceremony is derived from
the term kiddushin, meaning sanc-

tification or consecration. The
bridegroom's solemn declaration
to his bride, 'Be thou consecrated
unto me with this ring according
to the law of Moses and Israel,'

-affirms that the nuptial union not
only joins the couple 'into one
flesh' as expressed in the Bible,
but also bears the seal of divine
benediction . . .'!
The illustrative material in-
cludes the works of many of the
most noted Jewish scholars. The
historical by-paths are marked
by selections from the writings of
Nathan Ausulb-el (on the shadlchan),
Dr. Solomon B. Freehof and
Sol Liptzin, Prof. Salo W. Baron,
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Solomon's Temple, since Israel
was partitioned in 1947. He was
there every afternoon to pray.
Visiting such holy places as the
Grave of Rachel and the city of
Bethlehem, "I was ecstatic to be
in places where Jewish history had
its beginnings, places of which I

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Marriage in prayer and in
song is described in a chapter
of devotional excerpts.

The folk songs enhance the vol-
ume and there are photographs

of ceremonies objects of ketuboth,
rings and belts, that add to an
undertsanding on a subject de-
lineated with the dignity, under-

standing and respect for tradition.

This is one of the society's most
impressive works.

Devotion to Torah

"The duty of studying the Torah
rests upon every Jew, whether he
be rich or poor, whether he be in
sound health ar an invalid, wheth-
er he be young or very old. Even
the beggar who goes from door to
door, and even a married man with
a large family.
"One who cannot learn because
he is totally ignorant, or because
of the distraction of his occupa-
tion, must make it possible for
others to learn .. .
"Until when must one study? Un-
til the day of one's death, as it
is said, 'Lest these words depart
from thy heart all the days of thy
life' (Deuteronomy 4:9). So long
as one is not busying himself with
the Torah, he is forgetting it .. .
"The study of Torah is regarded
as equivalent to performing all the
commands (because study leads to
practice.) When therefore one has
before him the choice of carrying
out a commandment or of studying
Torah, if the command may be car-
ried out by others for him, he
should not interrupt his studies.
Otherwise, he must fulfill the com-
mandment and afterwards return
to his studies .. .
"Let a man always devote him-
self to Torah, even though he does
it not for its own sake, because in
the end he will come to study for
its own sake . . . "—from the
Shulchan Aruch.


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