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November 11, 1966 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-11-11

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16—Friday, November 11, 1966

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Epic Recreated in 'Is Paris Burning?
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Leslie Caron in "Is Paris Burning?" opening at the Music Hall
for a benefit performance Thursday. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo,
Charles Boyer, Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford, Yves Montand, Simone
Signoret and a host of others, the film is being shown on a reserved-
seat basis for all performances the early weeks of its engagement.
The film is based on the international best seller by Larry Collins
and Dominque Lapierre.

Nazi-nunter Wiesenthal Says 1
Austria Harbors Murderers

VIENNA (JTA) — About 1,100
Austrians living as free men in
this country are implicated in the
Nazi wartime mass murders of
European Jews, and about 100 of
them are in the Austrian police
force, Simon Wiesenthal, head of
the Jewish Documentation Center
here, charged in a 30-page report

Talks Get Under Way
for Desalination Project

WASHLNGTON (JTA) — The
first exploratory talk on imple-
mentation of a joint American-
Israeli nuclear desalination pro-
ject took place here Wednesday
when Ephraim Ben Arzi, newly ap-
pointed Israeli desalination co-
ordinator, met here with U.S.
Ambassador-at-large Ellsworth
Bunker.
Bunker was personally desig-
nated by President Lyndon B.
Johnson to evaluate the long-de-
layed undertaking and make
recommendations. The plan was
declared feasible by a joint study
group but a question of financing
remained along with other econ-
omic issues.

Buenos Aires Book Fair
BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A
Jewish Book Fair, held here for
the last six weeks under the spon-
sorship of the Buenos Aires Jewish
community, ended on a successful
note: 16,000 copies of books in He-
brew, Yiddish and Spanish were
sold for a total of $25,000; record-
ings of Jewish music were sold for
$4,000; and Jewish religious ob-
jects worth $2,000 were bought by
the visitors to the fair.

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presented to the Austrian govern-
ment.
He also charged that most of the
Austrian murderers had never
stood trial.
About half of the Six Million
who were murdered during
World War II, perished at the
hands of Nazis in Austria, he
said.
"I would be satisfied if the
Austrian judiciary worked as effi-
ciently as the Germans concern-
ing war crimes," said Wiesenthal,
adding that the prosecuting of Nazi
criminals is particularly inefficient
in Austria.
He demanded that the interior
ministry enlarge its department
that deals with war crimes and
called for a trial by judge rather
than jurors. He also proposed a
new law to exclude former Nazis
and Nazi victims from serving on
such juries.
Wiesenthal said that Austrian
authorities had ignored evidence
supplied by German prosecutors
and the German Central Office for
the Investigation of War Crimes.
Wiesenthal said "A u s t r i a n s
should feel morally obliged to
show the world they do not want
murderers in their midst."

British Chief Rabbi
Warns American Jewry

on Danger of 'Freedom'

BOSTON (JTA) — American
Jewry, like Jewry the world over,
faces the problem of saving Juda-
ism itself, Rabbi Immanuel Jako-
bovits, the newly elected chief
rabbi of the British Common-
wealth, told an audience of 750
here Sunday night, celebrating the
25th anniversary of the Associated
Synagogues of Massachusetts.
"The affluence and freedom
that exists for Jews in this coun-
try," he declared, "is as big a fac-
tor in the decline of Judaism as is
the repression behind the Iron
Curtain. American Jews are more
familiar with the stars of Holly-
wood than with the revered names
of the Bible or with the Jewish
sages.
"We must imbue Jews with a
sense of urgency about main-
taining Judaism, the same sense
of urgency that marked the
Zionist movement that led to the
formation of the State of Israel."
Stressing the primacy of Jewish
education, Rabbi Jakobovits, how-
ever, said he was hopeful of Juda-
ism's future. "I believe," he de-
clared, "we have reached the bot-
tom of the estrangement, and a
resurgence is taking place."
The freedom which Jewish
youth is experiencing on the
American campuses, he said, "is
leading them to a stronger belief
in the credo of their religion."

all of us on Yom Kippur. Still
others claim that the fast was in-
stituted so as to keep the bride
and groom sober and in full
presence of mind so that the cere-

mony would command their full
faculties and complete free will,
since the absence of such free
will which might come about in a
state of intoxication would cast
doubts on the validity of the
marriage.

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and multiply" (Genesis 1:28). This
was the Almighty's blessing to the
Why does a traditional syna- first couple on earth. Carrying the
gogue require a physical parti- two candles down the aisle to the
tion separating the male from canopy would thus be an omen of
the female worshipers?
blessing wishing the couple to have
The synagogue, like the temple children.
of olden times, is the place for
group prayer. Even as early as in
Q.—Why do bride and groom
the days of Moses and the Exodus,
Savannah's Mayor Gives
the women had their own assem- customarily fast on their wed-
ding
day?
Land Tract for Synagogue
bly in offering thanks to the Al-
mighty because, while Moses led
SAVANNAH, Ga. (JTA) —
A.—A number of reasons are
the people of Israel in song, his advanced for this practice. It is Mayor J. Curtis Lewis Jr., an ac-
sister, Miriam led the women of first mentioned in the work of tive member of the local Baptist
Israel in their song (Exodus 15:20).1 Eleazer Rokeach of Worms (Hil- Church, has presented a tract of
The temple in Jerusalem had a chot Berahot 353:78c). In his own land to Cong. Agudath Achim for
special section for women called opinion the fast was a demonstra- its planned new synagogue build-
"Ezrat Nashim." Maimonides in tion of the special attention paid • ing. The mayor made the gift to
his Commentary on the Mishna by the couple to the fulfillment honor an associate of the mayor's.
(Succah. Chapter 5) explains the
of a religious commandment. This firm who has been a member of
establishment of the physical parti-
fast was, then, like the practice of the firm for 50 years.
tion between the men's and worn-
the pietists who would fast before
Benjamin M. Garfunkel, presi-
en's section, as a means of assur-
performing a special command- dent of Cong. Bnai Brith Jacob, a
ingthat the two sexes would not
ment (e.g. like Lulav, etc.) Some fourth-generation, fully observant
gaze upon each other during
Jew, has been elected an alderman
prayer. In his Code, Maimonides claim that the fast of the bride
of the city, •receiving 'the highest
explains the significance of this and groom is representative of
the fact that the people of Israel total of votes among the elected
partition as an assurance that the
fasted upon the occasion of re- aldermen. The aldermen herefore
two sexes would not intermingle
voted that Garfunkel is to serve as
with each other (Beth Habechirah ceiving the Torah at Sinai which Mayor Pro Tem.
is
regarded
as
the
marriage
be-
5:9). Either looking at each other,
or intermingling with each other, tween the Almighty and Israel.
would interfere with the true re- Others say the fast is observed
quirement of deep concentration because one's wedding day is like
For Some
which is mandatory in Jewish the Day of Atonement because it
of the
prayer. Our prayer is supposed to is a day of judgment and the sins
of
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and
groom
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(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)

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