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March 11, 1966 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-03-11

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Bay City Rabbi Warns Against ldolism and Urges
Jewry's Adherence to 'Adonay-Bound Existence'

Arabs Boycott U.S. Film Company;
Principal Stockholder a Jewish Leader

intervention into internal Ameri-
can-Jewish life was revealed at
the launching • of the 1966 fund-
raising campaign of the United
Jewish Welfare Fund here.
Addressing the gathering, Albert
A. Spiegel, general chairman of
the campaign, disclosed that Re-
public Pictures had been banned
from a number of Arab League
countries because one of its prin-
cipal stockholders is Victor M.
Carter, former general chairman
of the United Jewish Welfare Fund,
who has also served as vice presi-
dent and treasurer of the Jewish
Federation-Council here.
The distributor of Republic Pic-
tures products in Beirut, Lebanon,
said he could no longer distribute
such products "because of the af-
filiation of Mr. Carter with the
Zionist Organization Federation of
Jewish Welfare," Spiegel reported.
He pointed out that Republic

Pictures was punished by the Arab
boycott discrimination not because
of dealings with Israel but owing
to Carter's affiliation with a
philanthropic organization which
supports 169 non-sectarian health,
welfare, and educational institu-
tions as well as. hospitals.
"This act of intimidation against
a private American citizen exposes
the Arab boycott as being not only
against Israel but against Jews
wherever they are," he said. "The
Arab boycott blacklist is therefore
really an honor roll on which we
many soon find the names of all
those active in Jewish life," he
pointed out.

Dr. Jossef J. Kratzenstein, rabbi He learns self-respect, self-con- in earth-born man's ability to es-
of Temple Israel, Bay City, is the trol and self-reliance, the three tablish forms of being human on
vital constituents of self-preser- earth higher than socialized cove-
author of "The Age of Idolism,"
published by Jonathan David (131 vation. He learns to remain tousness, nationalized avarice and
calm, patient and courageous ideologized brutality."
E. 23rd, NY10).
About American Israel he de-
In this work, in which he tests under affliction."
clares that the task is to acquire
the existential problems facing
the comprehensive scope of Torah,
mankind, the reader is guided in of smashing idolism, Rabbi Krat- that American Israel will tragi-
the struggle of self-destruction, and zenstein devotes the concluding cally fail itself and this country if
the author admonishes in advance portion of his book to conclusions, it should turn out to be untrue to
the "implacable and irrefutable to an evaluative formulation of a "the original scope of Torah." He
program for action, for adherence
fact" that "the relapse of man
to faith. He describes three men quotes Scripture and the world's
into beastliness did not occur
who "went astray:" Saul of Tarsus leading thinkers, reviews t h e
among the scattered remaining
who became the Apostle Paul who challenges of Ahad Ha'Am and
groups of cannibals or aborigines,
emphasizes that "the family of
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but in highly civilized-religionized- "demonstrated by his conversion men must learn to advance to the
that the Israel-experience was un-
scientized-politicized Europe of the
known to him;" Karl Marx whose pivot of human destiny . . . to
20th Century."
"materialistic reasoning and his- pierce the idolistic clouds of the
Hebrew Corner
What is "the age of idolism"? toric theory are classic examples past, to rewrite the history of the
Rabbi Kratzenstein, who acquired of idolism;" Sigmund Freud and human race, and conceive man-
his education in Germany, whose the perplexity and disappointments kind's today and tomorrow as an
book is dedicated to his father who in life. He then describes the cre- existential struggle between the
The Arab rulers make the return of
the Arab refugees a condition for peace
died in 1919 and to his mother who ative efforts of Theodor Herzl, ancient-idolistic and the new
with Israel.
perished in a German concentra- writing about the ingathering of Israel-nature of man."
Large tracts of land are at the dis-
posal of the Arab States (in Iraq, nor-
tion camp in 1943, explains:
Israel as "a unique act of faith
thern Syria, and parts of Jordan) on
"We speak of the Age of Idolism
which it is possible to settle tens of
thousands of refugees with the help of
as archaeology speaks of the Stone
the preferred support of international
Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron
bodies. But the Arab States refuse to
solve the problem of the refugees in
Age, implying that the implements
this way—all this, in order to preserve
this "precious weapon" in the political
Homo sapiens learned to use mark
against Israel.
definite periods in the development
Israel can in no circumstances recog-
nize this demand by the Arabs. These
of civilization. The Age of Idolism
refugees have lived for many years in
is distinctly marked by the in-
an atmosphere of hate of Israel. The re-
turn of these refugees would mean the
ability of Homo sapiens to prevent
introduction of enemies into the state.
psychic units such as thoughts,
During those years, Israel has absorbed
hundreds of thousands of Jewish immi-
ideas and notions which appear in
The role played by Jews in gen-
grants, many of them having fled from
his consciousness and conscience eral and by Israel in particular has
Arab countries, who have been settled
on the land abandoned by the refugees.
from deteriorating into forces in• lately graphically found expression
Israel has initiated several measures
imical to life."
on postage stamps. Foremost
to solve the problem.
• Within the framework of the plan
There is an approach to real-
among the famous Jews promi-
for the reunion of families, sixty thou-
ism in the author's treatment of nently figuring on postage stamps
sand Arab refugees have returned to
his subject. He declares: "Pro- is Dr. Albert Einstein. Next month
• The Government of Israel has allo-
phets of doom have never been the United States will issue a stamp
cated tens of millions of Israel pounds
for the rehabilitation of the Arab refu-
favorites of the masses. But as bearing his image in the "Famous
gees living within the borders of the
long as the Age of Idolism is Americans" series which has only
State of Israel.
• Despite the refusal of the Arabs to
upon us, they are prophets of recently seen s t amps featuring
negotiate with Israel, and despite eco-
truth. . . . Without freeing the Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D.
nomic boycott, Israel has released
belongine to Arab refugees in
family of men from the terrify- Roosevelt.
Grunitzky has often expressed his ters bearing the Israel-Friendship moneys
the sum of $115,000,000.
ing clutches of inner bondage by
has even declared its agree-

stamps. Only after the Togolese
Ghana already issued an Einstein
to pay the refugees compensation
preventing and healing the most commemorative stamp on Dec. 10, When, at a recent UN conference government called the Egyptian ment
for the houses destroyed during the war
common and most dangerous - 1964, in honor of the 18th annivers- held in Togo, the Arab delegates
and for the houses taken from them.
Translat'on of Hebrew column pub-
psychi.,..' disorder, idolism; with- ary of UNESCO, the specialized UN threatened a walk-out unless the ambassador on the carpet and lished
by the Brit Ivrit Olamit with the
out binding the family of men to agency which is dedicated to edu- Israeli delegate be barred, the
assistance of the Memorial Foundation
for Jewish Culture.
anti-idolistic value-constellations; cation and science. It is significant Togolese authorities turned them Egyptians relent.
without establishng human rela- that Ghana went to Israel for the down flat. The Israeli stayed, and
tions on earth motivated by love design of this stamp. The well the Arabs, predictably, did not
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and guided by justice; there will known Israeli stamp designer M. make good on their threat.
be no escape from Attilas, Shamir of Tel Aviv was commis-
For the past two years Israel has
Hitlers and Stalins of tomorrow." sioned to create the design which not only designed, but also printed
There follows a warning against not only shows a striking portrait Togo's stamps. This is done at the
the menace of idolism and a pat- of the great Jewish physicist and printing plant of the Government
tern for action in Dr. Kratzen- Nobel Prize winner, but also the Printer in Jerusalem. Whenever
stein's additional admonition:
formula for his epoch - making high Togolese government officials
Pray for world peace, deliver Relativity Theory — E=MC 2 . Fur- visit Israel, they visit this plant,
lectures on every conceivable thermore, he incorporated the in- and frequently push the button
subject-matter, accumulate know- ternational symbol of atomic pow- starting the presses on some new
ledge, disseminate information all er, to indicate Einstein's vital con- issue. The president and vice-pres-
over this globe of ours, gain ever- tribution to this field of scientific ident of Togo have been official
deepening technical and scientific discovery. As the stamp measures visitors in Israel, and have visited
proficiency, prolong man's life ex- 134"x 1" there is enough room for all the significant religious and
pectancy, break all records, travel these artistic components. Contain- historic sites of the Holy Land,
in space as you now drive along ing three colors (blue. violet and besides modern settlements and
the well-known roads of your home- nprple) the stamp was strikingly constructions and have always in-
town; in vain! The well-trained printed in England by the world's eluded in this itinerary a visit to
savage is the worst of all savages. leading photogravure stamp print- the stamp printing plant.
Recently, Togo's Minister of
The gas chambers of Germany ers. Harrison & Sons.
may soon be remembered as
Ghana's Einstein stamp was that Posts, Samuel Aquereburu, was the
rather petty attempts to destroy African country's first stamp fea- official guest of his opposite num-
the most precious phenomenon turing a non-African, outside of ber, Israel's Minister Sasson. As a
within cosmic creation: life. Why s t amps of Queen Elizabeth and deeply religious man, the African
did the economic, political, social Prince Philip. Ghana is, of course, Minister was particularly inter-
and theological revolutions of the well known for its old and lasting ested in biblical sites. He conferred
past puff senselessly away? Be- ties with Israel. Soon after her in- with Israeli stamp designers and
cause they shattered everything dependence Ghana turned to Israel was intrigued by the hyper-modern
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except idolism, the guillotine of for technical assistance in many printing equipment of the Govern-
mankind. Indeed, this is the Age fields, such as shipping, construc- ment Printer in Jerusalem. After
of Idolism."
tion, agriculture, etc. It was the a week of sightseeing and official
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Dr. Kratzenstein's interesting success of this co-operation which functions, he was so inspired by
book reviews "man-made catas- set the pattern for Israel's contri-

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trophes in which he also warns bution throughout the African con- progress, that he decided to devote
. that "idols or deteriorated mental tinent which has, incidentally, also a special stamp issue to the Togo-
units are 'the radical defects' helped cement many political lese-Israeli friendship. Before en-
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from which not only European friendships. The Ghanaian Einstein planing at Lud Airport, he an-
culture but the human race has stamp, designed in Israel, is there- nounced this intention to his hosts,
suffered from time immemorial." fore a fitting means of carrying the headed by Israel's Minister Sasson.
Devoting the second portion of message of a unique friendship to A few months later the issue ap-
peared and was at .once widely
his book to a series of essays under all corners of the world.
Another stamp story of African- noted, because never before had
the title "The Age of Israel," he
presents "the great challenge," Israeli friendship comes from such stamps been issued by any
documenting the "Adonay-Bound Ghana's neighbor to the West, tiny nation. The five stamps based on
Existence," and in explanation of Togo. This West African nation, three designs were designed by 0.
Torah, mitzvot, teffilot, he empha- which at one time was a German Alder of Holon, Israel, and show
colony and later a French trustee- one design uniting the coats-of-
"The Israel-type man learns ship, has the benefit of Israeli as- arms of Israel and Togo; another
to give much care to the struc- sistance in various fields. For ex- design shows the ruins. of the Cap-
ture of every day. He learns to ample, officers of the "Gadna" ernaum Synagogue of the Second
Century C.E.; a third design fea-
work, eat, read, study, cultivate organization in Israel are training tures the Church on the Mount of
love and friendship, celebrate Togolese youth in military camps;
Shabbat, festivals and holidays agricultural experts are helping the Beatitudes.
The honor to Israel expressed in
for the joy of anti-idolistic living. Togo's farmers; the magnificent these stamps did not fail to register
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Le Benin Hotel in Lome was for a
long time managed by Israeli hotel with the Arab states. In fact, Egypt
experts. Togo's President Nicolas attempted to return Togolese let-
TO—Friday, March 11, 1966

Arab Refauees

p hilately -- From Israel to Africa
* * *

Jews Depicted in Commemoratives


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