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February 04, 1966 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-02-04

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Admirable Evaluation of Zionism
as 'Constellation of Continuity'
in Dr. Lehman's Revisited 'Israel'

"Israel: Idea and Reality," by
Dr. Emil Lehman, published by
the United Synagogue Commission
on Jewish Education, has been re-
issued in a revised and enlarged
With a supplementary map, pho-
tos, material of immense value to
youth studying about Israel, this
volume has great merit as a text-
book and as a book for self-study
by young and old alike.
The author emphasizes the
need to grasp the factuality and
insight of Zionism as a political
movement and as "a spiritual
force that has motivated the
continuation of the Jewish peo-
ple ever since the prophets of
old envisioned its physical re-
habilitation and the restoration
of its spirit to the soil of the
ancient homeland." He declares:
"Zionism is therefore no 'ism'
like any other sociological or
ideological trend, fraught with
the frailties of fashionable and
parishable transition, and taint-
ed with the splashes of political
partisanship. If Zionism is to
be given its proper status in the
line-up of 'ism' in history, it will
find its rightful place in those
categories of thought that conno-
tate the perennial power of sub-
lime values, inherent, for in-
stance, in Judaism. It is, indeed,
the interlocking combination of
Judaism and Zionism, that opens
the secrets of Jewish destiny."
Dr. Lehman's book admirably
fulfills the intention of his work,
addressing himself "to these con-
stellations of historic continuity."
The author begins his text with an
outline of the historic back-
grounds, the Messianic idea in
Judaism, the love for Zion that
has persisted throughout the ages,
how that love resulted in the
emergence of the Zionist move-
The tumbling of ghetto walls, the
inspiration of a movement that
served as a "stepping stone to re-
ality," the roots struck by Zionism
—these and many other aspects
are introduced to explain •Zionist
history, Jewish developments in
the last 70 years, the impacts of
the wars, the tragedies that en-
sued, the manner in which the
foundation was built for the Jew-
ish Homeland, the roadblocks and
the determination of Jewry, are
outlined in appealing fashion,
turning his work into an impres-
sive outline of Jewish history of
OUT time.
National restoration through
the rebirth of Israel, the strug-
gle for existence, the builders
of Zion and the defense of state-
hood, the opening of the gates
to vast numbers of newcomers
provide added, more recent, data
about Israel and the movement
that created it.
The excellent illustrations, the

splendid index, the clarity with
which the subjects are presented,
make this a most valuable work
for school and home. Dr. Lehman's
concluding thesis, dealing with
Israel and American Jewry, is sim-
ilarly important. The author de-
clares that "the emergence of the
State of Israel has infused Jews
everywhere with new pride and
"Israel: 'Idea and Reality" is
most valuable for Zionist leaders,
for young and old, especially for
the youth who can be so well in-
fused with the Zionist idea
through this commendable work.

Hope for the Future Seen by Dr. Blau in His New Book

Each living religion must change
if it is to remain living and have
relevance to the lives of its ad-
herents. But it must seem not to
change, for it must serve as our
link to the past, the root of our
sense of continuity. What then
has happened to Judaism in a
modern world which has not al-
lowed its gradual development but
has plunged it into one crisis af-
ter another? Dr. Joseph L. Blau
explores this question in "Modern
Varieties of Judaism," published
by Columbia University Press, and
discusses the adjustments that
Judaism has made in response- to
the crisis it has faced—adjustments
that allow both change and con-

Tombstones Desecrated
in Baden After Council
Eshkol, Chief of Staff Air Plans Tablet to 6,000,000
New Fatah Terror Raids
BONN (JTA) — A number of

TEL AVIV (JTA)—The renewal
of El Fatah terrorist raids after an
interval of several months was one
of the topics discussed by Premier
Levi Eshkol during a two-hour
meeting with Maj. Gen. Yitzhak
Rabin, Israel's chief of staff.
Infiltrators who entered Israel
from Syria Jan. 23 placed explo-
sives near the reservoir at Yuval
Village in the upper Galilee and
fled to Lebanon.

tinuity within an age-old tradition.
The author takes as his starting
point the Emancipation at the end
of the 18th Century, the e v e n t
which marks the birth of modern

Solel Boneh Nearing End
of Cathedral Construction

NAZARETH — Construction of
the Middle East's• largest cath-
edral, the Church of the Annun-
ciation in Nazareth, entered its
final stages as the 5,000,000-pound
($1,666,666) shell was completed
recently. The church is being built
by Solel Boneh, the Histadrut's
building company, which won the
international tender issued by the
Vatican. It has been under con-
struction for five years.
The Church of the Annunciation
was designed by Italian architect
Giovanni Motzio in the traditional
Gothic style, a fact which pre-
sented Solel Boneh engineers with
complex construction problems.
The two -le v el, 195-feet high
structure can accommodate 6,000
The firm employs Moslem, Jew-
ish and Christian workers from

tombstones in the old Jewish
cemetery in Efringen in the pro-
vince of Baden were desecrated
by unknown vandals, police re-
The desecrations followed an
announcement by the Efringen lo-
cal council that it was planning
to place a tablet at the cemetery
gate to commemorate the memory
Renounce the devil and thou
of the 6,000,000 European Jews shalt wear a shabby cloak.
murdered by the Nazis.
—Spanish Proverb

Judaism, and deals in turn
with the three major branches of
the religion, Orthodox, Conserva-
tive, and Reform. He appraises the
Zionist phenomenon, showing how
a religious nationalism can become
a national religion.

"Was emancipation a mistake?"
asks Dr. Blau as he reviews the
effects of emancipation upon the
modern varieties of Judaism. Un-
doubtedly, the emancipated status
has worked to the advantage of a
vast number of individual Jews;
but, adds Dr. Blau, "whatever the
Jews as individuals may have
gained by emanicipation, the Jews
as a group unquestionably lost."
Despite the fact that emancipa-
tion has thus had some unfortu-
nate consequences, Dr. Blau sees
hope for the Jewish future.

WIZO Shuts 4 Nurseries
to Cope with Budget Crisis

TEL AVIV (JTA)—An emergen-
cy meeting of WIZO, the Women's
International Zionist Organization,
convened here to deal with a
budgetary crisis, decided to shut
down four day nurseries in small
towns in Israel in a retrenchment
effort. The WIZO executive also
voted to transfer to the govern-
ment one of its two agricultural

Arab Paper Reports Israel
Will Have Atomic Bomb

ANKARA (ZINS)—The Jordan-
ian newspaper "El-Jihad" carried a
sensational report that Israel will
be in possession of the atomic
bomb in the course of the current
year. The newspaper adds that this
report emanates from "the best in-
formation sources in France." It
further asserts that at this moment
Israel is producing other types of
atomic weapons.

Latin American Doctors
Practice in Negev


the 190 physicians from Latin
America who immigrated to Israel
practice in the Negev, Dr. Chaim

Doron, director of the Kupat Holim

in the Negev, announced. All the

doctors have completed concen-
trated courses in Hebrew. Their
absorption has not encountered any
special difficulties.

Friday, February 4, 1966-17

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