Aggrieved Congregants Turn to Psalmist for Solace
A deeply distressed congregation turned to the Psalmist for solace, as Rabbi Irwin
Groner led the worshipers who packed the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue at services last
Saturday morning in prayer for the speedy recovery of Rabbi Morris Adler.
Under the guidance of Rabbi Groner, the congregants chanted Psalms 27, 30 and 121.
The deeply moving sermon by Rabbi Groner added to the awe-inspiring atmosphere
in the sanctuary where exactly a week earlier a young man's dementia led to an irration-
al act, where the revered spiritual leader of the congregation was so seriously injured.
From Psalm 27 the congregation recited:
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Even mine enemies and my foes, they stumbled and fell.
When evil-doers drew near to destroy me,
Though a host should encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear . . .
Then, turning to Psalm 130, the congregation read:
0 Lord, thou savest me from the peril of death;
Thou didst keep me alive, that I should not go down to the grave.
And from Psalm 121 the congregation read:
I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains;
From whence shall my help come?
My help cometh from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved,
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel
Doth neither slumber nor sleep.
Coupled with the inspiring version of a special "Mi Sheberakh" by Cantor Jacob
H. Sonenklar, while he was flanked by Rabbi Groner and the Shaarey Zedek of-
ficers, with the congregation standing, the service will remain as a memorable occasion
in the life of the synagogue and as an expression of love for its guide and spiritual
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`Hope Springs Eternal' .... As Community
Retains Faith in Rabbi Adler's Recovery
As long as there is life, there is hope.
—Rabbi Johanan, Talmud Jerushalmi, Berakot, 9:1.
While a community prays, it also hopes. With Goldie Adler, and the family, who
are demonstrating great courage, the Jewish community awaits the hour when Rabbi
Morris Adler will be out of his coma and will be restored to health.
There were distressing reports from Sinai Hospital during the week. Nevertheless,
a hopeful and faithful community refuses to accept the bad news and looks to the good,
repeating the inspired words:
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be, blest.
(Alexander Pope, "Essay on Man.").
Throughout the week of agony, Mrs. Adler remained the courageous wife who
never gave up hope, who held on fast to faith—giving inspiration and comfort to others
who awaited good news from the hospital on which have been directed the eyes of Jewry
and of mankind during the past 12 days.
In the last few days, as she kept visiting her husband in his hospital room, Mrs.
Adler resorted to Hebrew, when addressing her husband.
She explained: "Whenever I spoke Hebrew in Israel and made the slightest error,
Morris would admonish me that I can do better . . . So I am speaking Hebrew to him,
hoping that a mere error, a greiz, will cause some annoyance, will bring a response—that
he then will answer me! And I will not give up hope! He will reply!"
Such is the faith of this great woman, and in this spirit she has inspired there
has been an unending series of prayers. In some synagogues sermons were abandoned
last Sabbath and the rabbis substituted prayer for preaching.
Dr. Richard C. Hertz recited special prayers for Rabbi Adler at services on Sabbath
Eve and Sabbath morning. He prayed also for Rabbi Adler's recovery when addressing
the dinner that was given Monday night at Temple Beth El in honor of Archbishop Dearden.
Rabbi Jacob Segal led Congregation Adas Shalom in prayers last Saturday morn-
ing, and on Tuesday night he devoted his benediction at the Men's Clubs' annual dinner
to prayer for the recovery of Rabbi Adler.
The memorable service was at Shaarey Zedek itself, on the very pulpit on which
Rabbi Adler was so seriously injured on Feb. 12. At the Sabbath morning services on Feb.
19, Rabbi Irwin Groner conducted a deeply moving service, filled with prayers; and de-
livered a touching sermon.
"Is there a pain like ours?" he asked, quoting from Lamentations. Posing
additional questions, he turned to the synagogue for strength, declaring:
"We come to the synagogue because we know that when our ancestors faced crisis
and peril, they found here their rock of refuge, and when great troubles came upon them
they found here stability and confidence. For the synagogue has been the fortress of faith
where the children of Israel found the steadfastness to continue bearing God's truth and
be witness to His purpose. The history of that people is not unfamiliar with acts of
violence and wanton destruction. In the synagogue people found a fountain of living
waters that enabled them to find the faith to persevere.
"We seek, 0 Lord, to find Thy presence, to encounter Thy spirit, to praise Thee,
to hallow Thy name and to find out Thy ways. Where shall we find Thee, 0 Lord? How
shall we know of Thy nearness? Where shall we find Thee and where shall we not find
Rabbi Groner commenced his sermon with a prayer and by asserting:
"We have entered this House of Worship today with hearts that are numb. Minds
still reel under the impact of the shock of what took place here last Sabbath. We are
still struggling with disbelief; amazement still grips us. We still grope with incredulity;
we close our eyes and we hope that the horrendous scene will vanish from our conscious-
ness like a bad dream. Confused images pour through our minds and we are outraged.
We are filled with anguish: we are moved to despair—we wrestle with fear, we grap-
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JERUSALEM—Premier Levi Eshkol announced in a
radio "fireside talk" Monday night that the government has
cut its outlays by 100,000,000 pounds ($33,000,000) as part
of a new austerity program to curb inflation and spiraling
He also announced cancellation of tax increases on a
number of products and a 25,000,000 pound ($8,300,000)
subsidy to help maintain prices for a number of essential
foods. The subsidy will permit cutbacks on the prices of
milk, eggs, vegetable and oil.
The radio chat, first in an announced series, was an
effort by the premier to reassure the nation that the govern-
ment was doing its part in the battle against inflation. He
also sought to encourage a growing popular movement for
voluntary waiving by workers of wage increases which
cabinet members also have decided to emulate.
Eshkol announced a cut of 25,000,000 pounds ($8,300,-
000) to 30,000,000 pounds ($10,000,000) in indirect taxes
which will cancel boosts in the price of cooking gas and
oil. He pledged there would be no further tax increases this
year but added that this did not include service fee increases,
such as train fares and postal service charges. He promised
that sums voluntarily renounced by wage earners in insti-
tutions would revert back to the institutions to improve their
financial position and their services.
The premier appealed to his nation-wide audience with
these words: "If you—each and every one of you—really
care for tomorrow, do something for it today."
Israel's parliament began on Tuesday a discussion of
the proposed national budget of more than $1,500,000,000
for the fiscal year starting April 1. It provides for direct and
indirect tax increases of nearly $87,000,000. Its introduction
touched off a wave of retail price increases and demands
for wage and salary boosts.
The premier said the planned tax increases had been
made necessary by increasing labor costs but that he now
saw hope for a change. He said "egotism is yielding place
to a sense of national responsibility," a reference to the
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Allied Jewish Campaign Exceeds
$3 Million Mark in Pre-Campaign
Solicitations Before 'Drive Opening
Allied Jewish Campaign pre-campaign activi-
ties are showing excellent results, the 1966 chair-
men, Sol Eisenberg and Irwin Green, announced
With more than $3,000,000 already subscribed,
the campaign, scheduled officially to open towards
the end of next month, is expected by far to exceed
last year's income and possibly to reach the $6,000,-
000 mark—thus making 1966 the best fund-raising
year in the Detroit Jewish community's philanthro-
Many division meetings have been scheduled
for the coming two weeks. Details in story on Pn ve 5.