cp Harmans Receive Bnai Brith Awards Dr. Neusner's 'History and Torah'
Volume Echoes Dedication to Faith
Bnai Brith Humanitarianism Awards are presented to Israel
Ambassador and Mrs. Avraham Harman by Dr. William A. Wexler
of Savannah, Bnai Brith president, at the organization's centennial
anniversary in the Washington area. Mrs. Harman, cited for her
youth work, is the first woman to receive the award.
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Nov. 26 — To Dr. and Mrs.
Mark Saidman (Mary August),
former Detroiters of Wichita Falls,
Tex., a daughter, Amy August.
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MRS. BARRY TOWER
Nov. 25 — To Mr. and Mrs. Ray-
(9 lbs., 2 oz.)
mond G. Kalef (Barbara Stein-
Congratulations on the birth of your
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son and we hope the RASKIN PROD-
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Nov. 24 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Richard S. Hartz (Roberta Light),
Dec. 5 — To Mr. and Mrs. Leon- 15241 Marlow, Oak Park, a son,
ard Gursky (Sheila Markle), for- Steven Maurice.
mer Detroiters now living in New
Jersey, a daughter, Lisa Francine.
Nov. 22 — To Mr. and Mrs.
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Rubinstein (Barbara Pines),
Dec. 4 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Marvin Miller (Carole Strass- 22171 Marlow, Oak Park, a daugh-
burger); 19728 Parker, Livonia, a ter, Michelle Lee.
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son, David Michael.
Nov. 20 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Nov. 30 — To Mr. and Mrs. Abe Richard Azimov (Marcea Heller),
Saham (Shirley Elkowitz), 16317 24518 Rensselaer, Oak Park, a
W e s t l a n d, Southfield, a son, daughter, Michelle Beth.
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Nov. 27 — To Mr. and Mrs. ert Goodman (Joanne Sweet of
Arnold Mondrow, former Detroiters Detroit) of Chicago, a son, Ken-
now of Denver, a son, Erik Mich- neth Allen.
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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
30—Friday, December 10, 1965
Nov. 1 — To Mr. and Mrs. Ron-
ald Bigman (Carol Shiovitz), form-
er Detroiters now of Chicago, a
daughter, Amy Beth.
Dr. Jacob Neusner, now as-
sistant professor of religion at
Dartmonth College, w h o was
ordained at the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America, is one of
the distinguished young scholars
whose writings have inspired
thinking and action in the direc-
tion of positive efforts to streng-
then the Jewish cultural position.
The late Dr. Erwin Goodenough, in
the final volume of his "Jewish
Symbols in the Greco-Roman
Period," paid him a glowing tribute
as a young scholar of great merit.
One of Dr. Neusner's newest
works, "History and Torah," pub-
lished by '- Schocken Books, is
especially meritorious. It is a col-
lection of essays on Jewish learn-
ing. It deals with history and the
study of Torah. It discusses goals
and motivations of learning, in-
corporates evalutions of two great
scholars, Rabbi Tarfon and Rabbi
Ishmael, son of Yosi, and makes
interesting comments on "Intel-
lectual Honesty in Jewish Learn-
At the very outset, in his in-
troduction, Dr. Neusner states
that for him Judaism "can mean
only classical Judaism, in which
I discern four dominant motifs:
Belief in the Creator of man and
nature and in the need to ac-
knowledge gratefully the arti-
facts of his sovereignty; belief in
revelation and acceptance of the
abiding authority of revealed
law; belief in the • centrality of
study of the Torah in the reli-
gious life; and belief in the
ultimate coming of the Messiah."
An ordained Conservative rabbi,
he comes closest to the basic
tenets of traditionalism with these
sentiments. His essays evaluate
his position and serve as a distinct
contribution to Jewish learning.
In his "Motivations for Jewish
Learning in the Diaspora," he
declares that Jews can become
not passively but actively and
creatively Jewish only by acquir-
ing the historical literature of our
people, by translation if necessary
but more usefully by mastery of
"Jews have created in many
languages, but they have pre-
served their creations only in
Hebrew," he emphasizes.
There is an interesting, scholar-
ly chapter of "The Eighty-Ninth
Psalm: Paradigm of Israel's Faith,"
and in it he states:
"The biblical narrator does not
create fables. On the contrary, he
tells pragmatic history, but in a
paradigmatic sense. Thus the his-
tory of Israel is the Psalmist's con-
cern, and the frame of events that
gives form to the history, the rela-
tionship of God to Israel, is his
"Judaism will survive anything
JAFFA — Four-hundred young-
sters from the new immigrant
neighborhood of Givat Aliya will
but deceit," he admonishes in the henceforth enjoy more productive
essay "Intellectual Honesty in leisure hours at a new-style club-
house run by a trained team of
Judaism," and adds:
"Atheism and heresy take instructors from the Histadrut
many forms, but the most Youth Organization. This club pro-
pernicious of all are the cloaks vides vocational and hobby-devel-
of legitimacy. The most danger. oping facilities in fields ranging
oils enemies of Judaism today are from electronics to woodwork and
therefore sentimentality a n d ceramics.
stupidity, which take the forms
today of anti-intellectualism and
unwillingness to reckon serious-
ly with the scholarly endeavor
N ow . . .
and its manifold consequences."
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"History and Torah is filled with
dedication to his subject, with
deep-rooted love for learning and
awe-inspiring adherence to Jewish
and His Orchestra
law, with a love for our people's
literature, traditions, the valued
elements of our heritage. It is an-
other tribute to the skill of Dr.
Neusner as a true teacher in Is-
rael. —P. S.
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"educational excellence" of the
Brandeis Institute here, which was
founded 25 years ago to provide
a summer leadership training pro-
gram for Jewish college students,
was acclaimed by Vice-President
Hubert H. Humphrey and Ambas-
sador Arthur J. Goldberg, head of
the U. S. Mission to the United
Nations, in messages sent to the
Institute in connection with its
silver anniversary year.
Vice-President Humphrey said
that the Institute "demonstrates
the educational excellence which
was so much a part of the heart-
felt creed" of the late Supreme
Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis in
honor of whom the Institute has
been named. Ambassador Goldberg
lauded the Brandeis Institute as a
"pioneering undertaking in educa-
tion and community leadership."
The college program was started
in New Hampshire but has been
operating for the past 18 years
at a 2,200-acre site at Brandeis,
Calif., in the Simi Valley, 35 miles
northwest of Los Angeles. About
6,000 college students from the
United States and Canada have
participated in the continuing
summer college program. In ad-
dition the Institute's activities have
been broadened to provide a year-
round adult program designed to
make Judaism meaningful in their
lives. It also operates a summer
recreational camp with Jewish con-
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BRANDEIS, Calif. (JTA) — The
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in Jordan, Leader Says
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ahmed
Shukairy, chief of the Palestine
Liberation Organization which is
responsible for initiating El Fatah
terrorist raids into Israel, said in
Beirut Monday night that his move-
ment has been "suppressed" in
Jordan, it was reported here.
Shukairy, who sharply attacked
Jordan's King Hussein, said that
during his recent visit to Jordan
he was not allowed to contact
Arab refugees. Damascus Radio,
meanwhile, called for a renewal
of the El Fatah attacks against
Israel which were discontinued
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