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May 06, 1966 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-05-06

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The Ba'al Shem Toy — The Boy Who Whistled

No H4c/,, HC.)LY DAY'S STORY /5 MORE-
SEAUTIFUL THA.V THE ONE TOLD ABOUT

ONE YOM KIPPUR EVE.

THE BA'AL SHE,h4 TOY-- "THE //ASTER
OF THE GOOD ,v4A7E - -- 4 SA/NTLY
RABE/ WHO Z/VE.0 200 YEARS AGO.

MEANTIME ...

EpERYONE KNEW THAT KOL N/DRE
WA 5' TO BE CHANTED 3 T/M.ES

THEN HE HAD AN IDEA .
HIS SHEPHERD'S 14/11/STLE/

PI17- THAT AWAY ./ CAN'T

WHISTLE /N A HOLY

PLACE

BUT HE WANTED TO TELL COD
OF HIS SORROWFUL LIFE. YET, NO
SOUND PASSEL, H/g L/P5.



.4

LITTLE 80Y, BORN MUTE, HAD COME

TO HEAR THE YOM K/PPuR PRAYERS.

THEY WANTED TO THROW THE BOY OW:
THEN THE SAW. SHEA4 TOV SPOKE .

16,644 Jewish Children
Enroll in Protestant
Schools in Montreal

Barmore Succeded
by NY Consul,
Avraham Avidar

MONTREAL (JTA) — There are
16,644 Jewish children enrolled in
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Consul
the Greater Montreal public
schools under the jurisdiction of Avraham Avidar of New York will
replace Consul-General Jacob Bar-
the Protestant School Board, ac- more at Chicago, it was announced
cording to statistics disclosed by Monday by the Israel Foreign Min-
Louis Rosenberg, research director istry.
The appointment was accom-
for the Canadian Jewish Congress.
panied by announcements of two
The figures show that 9,745 Jew- promotions. Issachar Ben-Yaacov,
ish children are enrolled in the consul in Philadelphia, and Gideon-
Protestant elementary schools, Saguy, consul in San Francisc:
making up 22 percent of the total were raised formally to the rant,.
student population in those in- of consul-general. Atlanta's Consul-
stitutions; and 6,899 Jewish chil- Shimon Yalon will leave his post,
dren are among the total of 20,073 to be succeeded by Consul-General
high school students in Greater Zeev Boneh.
Montreal. The overall percentage
of Jewish children in both elemen-
tary and high schools here is 25.9. ,

1133/AIROINS

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This cartoon is reproduced from "A Picture Parade of Jewish History" by Morris Epstein,
published by Shengold Publishers, New York by special arrangement with the authors and publishers.

Dr. Epstein's accompanying ex-
planatory essay on the Ba'al Shem
Toy follows:
Two and a half centuries ago
Polish Jews led an unhappy life.
Lonely and scattered, they had
suffered much persecution.
At that time there came into
the world a great .man who was
to bring joy to his people. Israel,
the son of Eliezer, was born in
1700. Later he became known as
the Ba'al Shem Tov ("master of
the good name") or Besht, an ab-
breviation formed from the first
letters of his title.
His Parents died when he was
still a little child, and the good
people of his village took care of
the orphan and sent him to the
heder. But Israel • was different
from the other children. He loved
nature and would often leave his
lessons to wander in the nearby
woods.
At 20, Israel married, and he
and his wife made their home in
a town at the foot of the
Carpathian Mountains, where the
Besht wandered among the poor
peasants and learned to use plants
and herbs to make simple medi-
cines.
His thoughts were always of the
Creator. He saw God everywhere
and felt His presence in every-
thing. He told the poor of his peo-

ple that if they served God with
joy, their lives would be joyous.
Sadness and weeping, he said,
hurt the soul of a man.
The Besht traveled from town
to town and the people loved him,
for he shared their sorrow and
brought light into dreary lives.
Followers flocked to him and thus
began the movement knoWn as
Hassidism, for his disciples were
the "Hassidism" — the pious.
The Besht came to a wounded
people. In the terrible Chmielnicki
massacres 600,000 Jews had been
murdered and over 700 commu-
nities wiped out. Bewildered peo-
ple hungered for a plain and
simple faith which they could

Auschwitz Survivor Calls
`Deputy' Moral Challenge'

Religious Party Members
Demand Jurist Resign
for Marrying Divorcee

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—A group of Isra-
eli Rabbis associated with the Na-
tional Religious Party demanded
Wednesday the resignation of Isr-
aeli Supreme Court Justice Haim
Cohn for marrying a divorced
widow in New York City last
March.
Noting that, under Jewish reli-
gious law, Justice Cohn, as a
descendant of the priestly clan, is
forbidden frcm marrying a divor-
cee, the Rabbis called the mar-
riage a "flagrant circumvention"
of law governing personal status
recognized by parlament and ap-
plied to all Jewish citizens of Isr-
ael.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
38—Friday, May 6, 1966

I

"The Deputy" play
ROME
should not be considered as a work
of history or a judgment of Pope
Pius XII, but as a . moral chal-
lenge for all consciences, an Ausch-
witz survivor told a newspaper in-
terviewer in Slovakia.
Alfred Wetzler, 48, is one of the
few .persons ever to escape from
the Auschwitz extermination
camp. He and a campmate, Ru-
dolf Vrba, fled from the camp in
April 1944 and returned to their
native Slovakia. Their description
of the Auschwitz horrors made
the Jewish community realize for
the first time the fate of the de-
portees to Nazi-controlled Poland.
The play, by Rolf Hochhuth,
had its premiere recently in the
national theater in Bratislava.
Asked his opinion of the p lay by
a correspondent of the Commun-
ist Pravda of Bratislava, Wetz-
ler replied:
"I am glad 'The Deputy' has
been produced because it presents
a great moral problem. In this
drama there is no question of past
history, there is no question of
judging Pope Pius XII, his actions
or omissions, but there is the ques-
tion of a moral problem valid
even today.
"Everyone should examine his
own conscience and ask what he
is ready to do to defend moral
values. 'The Deputy should not be
considered as a historical work or
even as a work of art, but as a ,
moral lesson."

understand and follow.
He had a way of teaching which
was clear and he illustrated his
lessons with little stories. He said
that the most important thing was
to believe and trust in God. Second
in importance was the joy of
prayer, which was greater than
learning, for prayer brought man
close to God. Even a simple woods-
man or farmer could reach God
with a heartfelt prayer.
The Besht loved Jews, all of
them together and each one in-
dividually. He would allow no
harsh word to be uttered about
anyone. All men are dear to God,
he said.
The Hassidic movement spread
quickly through the Ukraine, Pol-
and, Galicia, Lithuania — in fact,
throughout Eastern Europe. The
Besht died in 1760. His _disciples
became the leaders of Hassidism
and thousands came to them to
benefit from their wisdom and
learning.
Hassidism was a vital Jewish
movement created by a magnetic
Jewish personality whose teachings
still live in the world of Jewish
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