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March 18, 1966 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-03-18

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Historian Dr. Samuel Sandmel Karen Ratner Engaged Ex-U. of D. Dentist, Dr. Samuel Lewis,
to Donald Albert Nord to Help Set Up Hebrew U. Department
to Speak in Midrasha Series



"The Jewish Sources of the New
Testament" will be discussed by
Dr. Samuel Sandmel, provost of
the Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Reli-
gion, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday at the
Esther B e r man
Building, United
Hebrew Schools.
This will be
the third in the
series of Mina
and Theo dore
Bargman Memo-
rial Lectures,
held annually
under the auspi-
ces of the Mid-
rasha, College of
Jewish Studies.
Theme of this
year's series is
"The World of
the Pharisees."
Sandmel
Dr. Sandmel, who is professor of
Bible and Hellenistic literature at
the Cincinnati seminary, is a spe-
cialist in the New Testament and
its relation to Judaism.
A graduate of the Hebrew
Union College, where he was
ordained in 1937, Dr. Samuel
was appointed to the faculty of
his alma m at e r in 1952, and
named provost in 1957. Earlier,
he had been Hillel professor of
Jewish literature and thought at
Vanderbilt University and direc-
tor of the Hillel Foundaton at
Yale University. He served for
nearly four years in World War
H as a Navy chaplain.
A native of Dayton, he obtained
his BA from the University of
Missouri and his PhD from Yale.
He was president of the Society
of Biblical Literature and Exegesis,
and was a Danforth lecturer in the
arts program of the American As-
sociation of Colleges. He is the au-
thor of numerous articles in sci-
entific journals and encyclopedias,
such as the Brittanica and the In-
terpreter's Bible Dictionary, and
is a member of the editorial boards
of the Hebrew Union College An-
nual and of the Journal of Biblical
Literature.
Awarded the President's Fellow-
ship by Brown University, he
wrote "A Jewish Understanding of
the New Testament," "Philo's
Place in Judaism," "Genius of
Paul," "The Hebrew Scriptures,"
"We Jews and Jesus," "Christian-
ity in the West: A Critique," and
is working on "Herod the Great."
* * *

Prof. Holtz Stresses
Need to Teach Jewish
Values to Youth

Don't be shocked at what "hap-
pens" to your college-bound stu-
dents, a university professor
warned, if you send them away
from home without a knowledge
of Jewish value-concepts. As-
similation takes its toll in many
ways, and the Intermarriage Dan-
ger is only one of them.
Dr. Avraham Holtz, assistant
professor of modern Hebrew
literature at the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary, was responding to
a query after his lecture Wednes-
day night at the Midrasha In-
stitute. His topic was "The Intel-
lectual Outlook of the Makers of
the Talmud."
Dr. Holtz referred to the 11-
century-long rabbinic period-
5th Century BCE through the
6th Century—as "the formative
period of that complex known
as Judaism." The four "value-
concepts" stressed by the rabbis
of that era were, he said, Torah,
Israel, Midaat-rahamim ("love")
and Midaat ha-din ("justice").
These value-concepts cannot be
simply defined, Dr. Holtz pointed
out, but must be taught through
action (halakhah) and speech
(haggadah).
Yet, "Jewish society . . . in
America no longer transmits or
inculcates rabbinic value-concepts
. . . When the majority of our

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
32—Friday, March 18, 1966

college youth remains unaware
of such basic rabbinic concepts
as . • . derek erez (`etiquette')
.. . berakah (`blessing'), and are
ignorant of the conceptual con-
tent and emphases in the Keriat
Shema . . . we are in need of a
fundamental reorientation in ed-
ucation."
Dr. Holtz shied away from
defining Hebrew terms like those
above. He insisted that the rabbis
expressed these value-concepts in
Hebrew, and they can be trans-
mitted in their true meaning only
in that language. "We'd better
begin to talk like Jews," he said,
"or else, we'd better start using
a pareveh language."
* * *
Dr. Gerson Cohen opened the
series with a talk on "The Early
Pharisaic Creed" March 10. Dr.
Cohen, professor of history at
Columbia University and the Jew-
ish Theological Seminary, is cur-
rently working on a book on the
history of Pharisaic ideas.
In his lecture, Dr. Cohen pointed
out the trinity of monotheistic
principles laid forth by the Phari-
sees in the 1st and 2nd centuries
before Christ and called their
effect on the history of ideas
"profound."
The three principles, which, •set
forth, marked a major revision in
the old pattern of God worship,
were Creation, Revelation and Re-
demption. Time and again, Dr.
Cohen said, there are instances of
this revision. He cited the Shema,
Rosh Hashanah service (Malhuyot,
Zihronot, Shofarot) and the three-
part Grace After Meals as ex-
amples of the recurring "trinity"
theme.
The Nazarenes (Christians)
later reformulated the Shema in
their own terms, Dr. Cohen said:
the Father image as Creator;
the Son as Revealer; and the
Holy Ghost as Messiah, or Re-
deemer. Yet, as Louis LaMed
pointed out in introducing the
speaker, the image of the Phari-
sees has been "grossly distorted
. .. in the New Testament. Noth-
ing is being done to correct this
distortion even in these ecumeni-
cal days."
The Pharisees' revision, with its
trinity refrain, was no coincidence,
Dr. Cohen said. Their insistance
on the three principles was their
way of battling the Hellenistic
skeptics who challenged Judaism
after Alexander the Great's con-
quest of Palestine.
LaMed called their work of in-
terpreting the written law accord-
ing to the spirit of the times, "the
foundation for Judaism as we
know it today."

Essays on Religious
Unity Preach Amity

Retired Kalamazoo dentist Dr.
Samuel J. Lewis has been invited
to help establish an orthodontic
department in the school of den-
tistry at Hebrew University.
He is being sent to Israel under
the sponsorship of Alpha Omega
dental fraternity, which is con-
ducting a testimonial dinner for
Dr. Lewis April 24 at a meeting
of the American Orthodontic As-
sociation at the Americana Hotel.
A dentist for 57 years, Dr. Lewis
taught orthodontics at the Univer-
sity of Detroit from 1931 to 1949,
and in the past summers has lec-

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MISS KAREN RATNER

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Ratner of
Burt Rd. announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Karen
Rochelle to Donald Albert Nord,
son of Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Nord
of Pinehurst Ave.
Mr. Nord is a senior at Michigan
State University.

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This Week's Radio and
Television Programs

MESSAGE OF ISRAEL
Time: 6 a.m. Sunday
Station: WXYZ
Feature: Rabbi Paul M. Stein-
berg, professor of human relations
and education and dean of the
New York School of the Hebrew
Union College, will speak on
"Caring."
* * *
DIRECTIONS '66
Time: 1 p.m. Sunday
Station: Channel 7
Feature: "The Eleventh Man"
is the third episode of a four-part
dramatic series, "Then and Now,"
dealing with the morality of war,
examining the difference between
a murder incident to a bar-room
brawl and killings on the battle-
field.
* * *
ETERNAL LIGHT
Time: 10 p.m. Sunday
Station: WWJ
Feature: "The Travels of Benja-
min II," part two, will be present-
ed. It is a dramatic rendition from
the diary, "Three Years in Amer-
ica" by Israel Joseph Benjamin,
19th Century world traveler.
(Postponed from last week.)
* * *
HIGHLIGHTS
Time: 9:15 a.m. Sunday
Station: WJBK
and
Time: 9:45 a.m. Sunday
Station: Channel 2
Feature: "Tzedakah — Reaching
Around the World" will close this
series depicting the work of the
Jewish Welfare Federation and its
Allied Jewish Campaign. Host, Hy-
man Safran, president of Federa-
tion, will be joined by Mrs. Arthur
Rice, chairman of the Women's
Division; Sol Eisenberg and Irwin
Green, general chairmen of the
Campaign.
* * *
HEAR OUR VOICE
Time 11:30 p.m. Sunday
Station: WCAR
Feature: "Cantor Frederick
Lechner" will be heard in a series
of renditions, "Likras Shabbos"—
To Welcome the Sabbath. Cantor
of New York's Central Synagogue,
he will be joined by the synagogue
choir.

"The Star and the Cross: Essays
on Jewish - Christian Relations."
edited by Mother Katherine Har-
grove, R.S.C.J., has been issued
by the Bruce Publishing Co. of
Milwaukee.
Bringing together a series of
essays written by prominent Chris-
tian and Jewish authors, the book
is arranged in three major parts,
Unity, Tension and Toward a
Deeper Unity.
Among the authors whose essays
comprise the book's engaging
dialogue are Rabbi Marc H. Tan-
enbaum, director, interreligious
a f fairs department, American
Jewish Committee; Dr. Joseph
Lichten, d i r e c t o r, intercultural
affairs, Anti-Defamation League,
Bnai Brith; Guenter Lewy, author
of the controversial "Pope Pius
XII"; James O'Gara, editor
Commonweal; Msgr. John M.
Oesterreicher, director of Judeo-
Christian studies, Seton Hall Uni- Parents Group Sets Talk
versity; Jules Isaac, French on 'Meaning of Passover'
Parents Without Partners will
scholar and author; Emil L. Fack-
enheim, Robert Hayt and Rabbi hear a discussion of "The Meaning
of Passover" by Rabbi Noah M.
Arthur Gilbert.
Gamze of Downtown Synagogue
8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jewish
Like a draught of snow-cooled
Center.
water in the time of harvest
Nominal charge for nonmem-
Is a faithful messenger to those
bers. For information, call Bernice
who send him.
— Proverbs Robbins, KE 8-0038.

Jessel and Barmore
at Bond Dinner Fete

George Jessel and Jacob Bar-
more, consul-general of Israel for
the Midwest, will head the pro-
gram at the champagne dinner-
dance, to be host-
ed by Shaarit
co - sponsored by
Haplaytah a n d
the United Jew-
ish Social Club,
April 2, at Shaa-
rey Zedek.
T h e program
is being arranged
through the cour-
tesy of the De-
troit Israel Bond
Committee.
Eric Rosenow
and his Contin-
entals will • fur-
nish the music.
Joe Goldschmid
is the dinner Jessel
chairman. For reservations call the
Board office, DI 1-5707.

tured at the University of St.
Louis.
In Israel, he will arrange stud-
ies for both students and practi-
tioners at Hebrew University,
Dr. Ino Sciaky, dean of the
school, announced. Dr. Lewis
will lecture four of the six weeks
he plans to stay in Israel.
In the interest of orthodontics,
a Dr. Samuel Lewis Fund, benefit-
ing the Jerusalem dental school,
has been established by the Alpha
Omega Fraternity and the Ameri-
can Friends of the Hebrew Uni-
versity.
Detroiters interested in honor-
ing Dr. Lewis may send contribu-
tion to Dr. Leonard Sidlow, 203
Northland Medical Building,
Southfield. Dr. Sidlow is national
chairman of the Hebrew Universi-
ty School of Dentistry drive for
furtherance of orthodontics in Is-
rael.

Israel's 1965 Tourists
A total of 296,000 tourists visited
Israel during 1905. This repre-
sented an 18 per cent increase
over the previous year's total.

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