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January 28, 1966 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-01-28

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Weekly Qui z

By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX

Shlonto Carlebach Appears in Concert Validity of Marriages by Reform Rabbi
Becomes Controversy in England

(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
* * * *

Why is it required that a Jew-
ish body be ritually washed be-
- fore burial?
Some authorities derive this
practice from the Biblical expres-
sion (Ecclesiastes 5:5) which says
"As He Came, so Shall He Go."
The rabbis have taken this to mean
that just as a person is washed
when he is born, so will he be
washed when he leaves this life
(Sefer Hassidim). The moralists
claim that death itself is a means
of purification. It brings with its
coming forgiveness and a certain
cleansing of the spirit. The body
is thus washed to indicate that the
deceased's sins have been "washed"
away with his death.
Why does Jewish tradition insist
on using only wooden coffins? -
Rabbi Levi in the Midrash
(Genesis Rabbah 19:8) deduces this
Bible which tells us that "Adam
and his wife hid themselves from
the presence of the Lord among
the trees in the garden" (Genesis
practice from the verse in the
3:8. This, said Rabbi Levi, was
an omen that Adam's descendents
be placed within wooden coffins.
Generally speaking, traditional
Jewish requirements call for sim-
plicity and a return to what is
considered to be. more or less, a
natural environment for the corpse.
Wood, being an object coming
from a growing source, would in-
dicate a natural environment like
a tree planted in the ground. It is
traditional to drill holes in the
casket, so that nothing would pre-
vent the body from its natural
rate of decomposition. Metal, on
the other hand, is both compara-
tively artificial and extravagant.
Furthermore, it would tend to re-
tard the rate of decomposition of
the body. It is interesting to note
that the Kabbalists took the Bib-
lical phrase "Dust Thou Art and
Unto Dust Thou Shalt Return"
(Genesis 3:19) in a strict literal
sense and therefore did not use
coffins altogether.

New Hebrew-English
Dictionary Published
by Israel Official

Prayer Book Press of Hart-
ford announces the publication of
The Complete Hebrew - English
Dictionary" in one volume. Writ-
ten and printed in Israel, this
1.450-page masterwork of Reuben
Alcalay, chief of the translation
department of the Prime Minis-
ter's Office in Israel, represents
eight years of research. Alcalay
was assisted in this work by the
special collection of words coin-
piled by the authoritative Hebrew
Language Academy.
The dictionary features more
than 100,000 entries, covering
words from the ancient Scriptures
and later religious writings to
words and expressions ,born of
modern concepts and ideas. In-
cluded are current conversational
and literary words, medical,
scientific and technical terms be-
yond the scope of everyday use;
idiomatic expressions, phrases,
parts of speech and country of
origin of each entry.

SHLOMO CARLEBACH

The concert committee of Cong. the congregation and chairman of
Beth Abraham will present Shlomo the concert committee, announces
Carlebach, internationally known that proceeds of the concert will
folksinger, in a community con- go to the Hebrew school and that
cert 8:15 p.m. March 6 at the tickets are available from the syna-
synagogue. gogue office, UN 1-6696, or Hud-
son's, .Grinnell's, Borenstein's or
An accomplished guitarist and
Spitzer ' s.
lyrical singer, Carlebach has ap-
peared throughout the Unitea
States and Canada and in London, Beth Abraham Plans
Paris. Jerusalem and Rome. H-
has just completed a tour of South Public Passover Seder
America.
Cong. Beth Abraham is taking
Sam Kaufer, vice president of reservations for its public seder
to be held the first and second
nights of Passover April 4 and 5
in the social hall.

LONDON (JTA)—Sol. Teff, pres-
ident of the Board of Deputies of
British Jews, was authorized by
the board's executive committee
Monday to "engage in appropriate
consultations" with various reli-
gious. J e w i s 11 bodies in Britain
that have disagreed about the reli-
gious validity of certain marriages.
The London Beth Din, the
Manchester Beth Din and sev-
eral individual Orthodox rabbis
have ruled that Reform and Lib-
eral marriages were invalid from
the point of Halacha (Jewish
law). Monday, Teff had asked
the board's executive committee
to consider the implications of
the public controversy in the
Jewish community "concerning
the validity of certain mar-
riages."
The executive committee agreed
that the board, as the representa-
tive body of all Jews in this coun-
try, holding different religious
views, was not a suitable forum
for the discussion of religious is-
sues.
However, said Teff after the
meeting, "the board is very seri-
ously concerned about pronounce-
ments and incidents that may ad-
versely affect the cohesion and
unity of the community." The ex-

New Israeli Tevye
Trades Caps, Gets
Reviewers' Praise

Chairmen are Dr. Harry New-
man and Sam Kaufer. Rabbi Israel
I. Halpern and Cantor Shabtai
Ackerman will conduct the ser-
vices for congregation members
TEL AVIV—Israel has a new and their guests.
Tevye for "Fiddler on the Roof,"
For reservations, call the Beth
and he's authentically Jewish up Abraham office, UN 1-6696.
to his Ukrainian hat.

Shmuel Rudensky, a 60-year-old
Ukrainian-born Israeli, replaces
the sabra B o m b a J. Zur who,
critics complained, "wasn't Jewish
enough." Rudensky was so insist-
ent on an accurate portrayal of the
dairyman that he refused to wear
the Galician cap Zur had worn in
his performances. "I wouldn't go
on stage with a Galician hat," he
said.

A suitable Ukrainian-type hat
Was sought throughout the coun-
try until one was found in the
pocket of a costume worn by
an actor who played Tevye in a
nonmusical version of the play
20 years ago.

Now reviewers are raving over
the script by Joseph Stein, which
they had complained earlier was
a travesty of Sholem Aleichem.

The changes in portrayal stem
from differences in temperament
and background between two gen-
erations of Israelis. Zur, who at
36 is half Rudensky's age, repre-
sents a third-generation of Israelis
who are casual about their Jewish-
ness. He said that he portrayed the
situation not the Jew, and the fact
that Tevye was a Jew was inci-
dental.
Rudensky, on the other hand,
said, "I know Tevye well. I'm a
Russian Jew from the Ukraine."
There also was a notable differ-
ence in the final act when Tevye
is expelled from Anatevka. "I do
not leave the stage bent and beat-
Italian Jewish Composer
en but erectly with my head up.
Salamone, a 17th Century Italian I'm free and I'm going home."
Jewish composer, was one of the
loading figures of his time. He THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
composed many sonatas and operas. 14—Friday, January 28, 1966

ecutive committee, he continued,
agreed "that I as president of the
board, make certain approaches
and engage in appropriate con-
sultations with a view to the main-
tenance of harmony in the commu-
nity, which must be the board's
main concern."

,

Trenton's Beth Isaac Sets
2nd Sunday School Term

The second semester at Beth
Isaac Religious School in Trenton
will begin this Sunday, and there
will be evening Hebrew classes for
adults and children starting Feb.
9.
Hours for the children's Hebrew
classes are 6 p.m. for beginners
and 7 p.m., advanced. Adults start
at 8 p.m. Additional classes will
be considered if there are enough
new registrants.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Congregtion Beth Abraham will hold PUBLIC SEDORIM in the
NUSBAUM HALL of Beth Abraham Synagogue the first and second
nights of PASSOVER.

Monday, April 4th and Tuesday, April 5th

Led by

Rabbi Israel Halpern and Cantor Shabtai Ackerman

For Information and Reservations Coll the

RABBI HALPERN

Synagogue Office .. UN 1-6696

CANTOR ACKERMAN

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