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February 11, 1966 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-02-11

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Rabbi Simcha S. Wasserman,
former dean of Yeshivath Beth
Yehudah and currently director of
the West Coast Talmudical Aca-
demy of Los An-
geles, will be in
Detroit Feb. 19
for a melave
maika 8:30 p.m.
at Northwest
Young Israel
Center.
Since his de-
parture from De-
troit, friends of
Rabbi Wasser-
man and the
West Coast Tal-
. mudical A ca d-
emy have been
helping the Las
Angeles Torah
center by these
Rabbi
annual melave
Wasserman
malkas. •
A program has been arranged,
with catered food.

Rabbi, Consul to Trade
Views on U.S., Israel

"Conversation Between an Amer-
ican and Israeli Jew," featuring
Rabbi Morris Adler and Jacob Bar-
more, consul general of Israel, will
be sponsored by Detroit Alumni
Chapter, Alpha Omega Fraternity,
8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Cong. Shaarey
Zedek.
Rabbi Adler, on an extended
visit to Israel, observed the inter-
nal conflicts arising out of religious
differences, immigration and econ-
omic growth. He will review this
subject, along with many other ob-
servations of Israel, with Barmore,
who will present his views of an
American Jew.
Dr. Samuel Krohn, president of
the Jewish Community Council of
Metropolitan Detroit, will serve as
moderator.
Dr. Samuel Stulberg, chairman,
and Drs. Manuel Feldman and
Martin Naimark, co-chairmen, an-
nounce that the community is in-
vited at no charge. Refreshments
will be served.

Bowlers Plan Movie Night

"A Night at the Movies"—Jerry
Lewis and Dean Martin in "At War
With the Army"—will be sponsored
by the bowlers of the Mr. and Mrs.

Club of Cong. Bnai David 8:30
p.m. Thursday at the synagogue.
Refreshments will be served.

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Rabbi Wasserman Due
at Melave Malka for
West Coast Academy

activities in society

Marguerite Kozenn Chajes returned to Detroit after an absence
of nine months. She was guest professor at the State Academy of Music
in Munich, Germany, and at the International Summer Academy
Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She appeared in lectures in Vienna,
Salzburg, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, throughout West Germany, in Czecho-
slovakia, Hungary, Greece and on the island of Cyprus. Presently
she is resuming her teaching engagements and is also preparing a
concert of Contemporary European Music for March 15 and the
annual Mozart concert for April 24.
The Bodzin Family Club will meet Saturday evening at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Jay S. Bodzin of Oak Park. Mrs. Jack Bodzin will be
welcomed home from a month's stay in Tampa, and Miss Sharon
Duchan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Duchan, will be home on
recess from the Stern College for Women in New York.

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Lincoln and the Bible

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)

is one sign of the greatness
of Lincoln that so many people
see so many different things in
rr.
him.
Dr. Solomon
Schechter, the
great Talmudic
scholar of the
Jewish Theolo-
gical Seminary
long ago tried to
show that Lin-
coln had a kind
of Talmudic a p
proach to things.
Just as the sages
Lincoln
of the Talmud
liked to tell a "moshel" or parable
to illustrate a point, so Lincoln
liked to tell a joke to make a
point.
Schechter found the resemblance
especially striking between Lincoln
and Hillel.
It is interesting that the two in
younger years followed the same
occupation. Lincoln had been a
rail splitter and Hillel a wood
chopper. Lincoln had been so poor,
he walked ten miles for a book.
Hillel was so poor he couldn't
afford to pay school tuition, so he
ensconced himself on the ceiling
of the class and tried to listen in
to the instruction and the master
of the school, we are told, detected
him and in admiration for his zeal
in learning, allowed him thereafter
to sit with the class.
When the heathen asked Hillel
of define Judaism while he stood
on one leg, he replied: "What is
hateful unto thee, do not, unto
thy neighbors. This is all the Law.
The rest is commentary."
To Lincoln too, the ethical core
of religion was the essential. The
orthodox regarded him as some-
thing of an infidel. When Cart-
wright, the preacher who ran
against Lincoln for Congress,
ranted about heaven and hell and
concluding, asked, "Mr. Lincoln,
where are you going?" Lincoln re-,
plied:
"Brother Cartwright, I am going
to Congress." In the deeper sense,
Lincoln was religious, something
of a mystic.
If he did not take the Bible in
the sense of the orthodox, never-
theless the Bible was a great in-
fluence in his molding. Abraham
Dittenhofer, a Jew, a member of
the Electoral College which voted
Lincoln into the Presidency, tells
how when Lincoln was criticized
for appointing a man who had op-
posed his election, Lincoln replied
he had Biblical precedent. He re-
ferred to the incident when the
Israelites in the desert worshiped
the Golden Calf. Aaron, the priest
had done nothing to stop them, yet
Moses kept Aaron in office.
The Bible for people in Lincoln's
day meant more than we can ap-
preciate today. Of course there
are many Bibles around today too.
I read the other day about a man
in a hotel room who opened one
of the Gideon Bibles. On the front
page, he read the directions. "If
sick, read Psalm 18; if troubled
about your family, read Psalm 45,
if you are lonely, read Psalm 92."
He was lonely, so he opened to
Psalm 92 and read it. When
through, he noticed at its end the
words "If you are still lonely, call
Gedney 2-5700."
In Lincoln's day, it was different.
You didn't join a beolc club and

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read a different book every month.
You read the Bible and constantly
found new things in it, strangely
enough. The Bible was almost part
of your daily food.
A Canadian, Dr. R. Scarlett, in
an interesting article, tells of a
retired colleague of the medical
profession who, after a lapse of
many years, attended a banquet of
the medical society. Telling about
it, the elder doctor said it had
been very nice "but there were
many there 'who knew not
Joseph.' "
"Joseph Who?" he was asked.
In the days of our fathers and
grandfathers, everyone knew the
story of Joseph and his brethren
and was familiar with the expres-
sion "they knew not Joseph."
Dr. Scarlett points out that there
are scores of similar expressions
which enriched the English lan-
guage, borrowed from the Bible,
such as feet of clay, promised
land, a mess of pottage, root of
evil, drop in the bucket, a still,
small voice, at ease in Zion.
Lincoln in his speeches borrow-
ed metaphors from the Bible...His
style shows many of the Biblical
characteristics, notably of paral-
lelism and antithesis, and above
all, he caught the flame of its
spiritual dedication.

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Israel Arts Center
Opens in New York

The first and only center in this
country for Israel's artistic life-
America-Israel Culture House at
4 East 54th Street, New York —
was dedicated Tuesday by the
America - Israel Culture Founda-
tion in a ceremony attended by
political, philanthropic and cul-
tural leaders. The Foundation,
presently headed by violinist Isaac
Stern, has for 25 years aided
Israel's cultural development.
Culture House, a five-story, turn-
of-the-century town house, de-
signed by the renowned archi-
tectural firm of McKim, Mead and
White, will be the setting for con-
certs, lectures, films and exhibi-
tions dealing with Israel's cultural
life. It will be host to leaders in
the arts from the U.S. and Israel
who will speak or perform.
Among the features of Culture
House are the Israeli Arts and
Crafts Center and the Gallery
of Israeli Art. It also houses
the offices of the Foundation.
Israel Supreme Court Justice
Moshe Landau, chairman of the
Foundation's Israel Advisory
Board, who came especially for
the occasion, joined other digni-
taries in opening Culture House.
Participating with him were Sena-
tor Jacob K. Javits; Michael
Comay, Israel ambassador to the
UN; Michael Arnon, consul gen-
eral of Israel in New York; Wil-
liam Mazer, chairman of the Foun-
dation's board; Stern; and Ra-
phael Recanati, chairman of the
Foundation's executive committee.
Actor Sidney Poitier read the
portion from the Bible (Book of
Kings I) on the consecration of
the Temple. A choir of 50 chil-
dren from Brandeis School, Law-
rence, L.I., performed.

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