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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial
Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit, Mich. 48235.
VE 8-9364. Subscription $6 a year. Foreign $7.
Second Class Postage Paid at Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

SIDNEY SHMARAK

Advertising Manager

CHARLOTTE HYAMS

City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the sixth day of Kislev, 5727, the following Scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Petateuchal portion, Gen. 28:10-32:3. Prophetical portion, Hosea 12:13-14:10.

Licht benshen, Friday, Nov. 18, 4:50 p.m.

VOL. L. No. 13

Page Four

November 18, 1966

Thanksgiving--Our Bounties and Human Rights

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,
And to sing praises unto Thy name, 0 Most High;
To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning,
And Thy faithfulness in - the night seasons,
With an instrument of ten strings,-.and with the
psaltery;
With a solemn sound upon the harp.
—Psalm 92:2-4.

A century ago, President Abraham Lin-
coln, expressing gratitude for the blessings of
this land — which then was but a fraction of
the vastness of the Republic of our time —
had this to say:
"We have been the recipients of the
choicest bounties of Heaven. We have
grown in numbers, wealth and power as
no other nation has ever grown. But we
have forgotten God. We have forgotten
the gracious hand which preserved us in
peace and multiplied and enriched and
strengthened us, and we have vainly im-
agined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts,
that all these blessings were produced by
some superior wisdom and virtue of our
own. Intoxicated with unbroken success,
we have become too self-sufficient to feel
the necessity of redeeming and preserving
grace, too proud to pray to the God that
made us."
This could well apply to our time. We

have so much to be grateful for, yet we are
faced with complexities that result from
declining faith, from excessive pride, from
forgetfulness about the vast bounties that
make those of us who are in this blessed land
so fortunate in respect to the citizenship we
enjoy.
We are confronted by many issues. No
longer do we emerge from one war, but we
are drawn into another. We must always be
cognizant of dangers from without, while
aiming to eliminate the afflictions in our
midst.
However, if we view the situation as it af-
fects all of us, as a people, we have cause to be
thankful. We need to mix our gratitude with
a resolve to retain faith, to cure the ills that
afflict us. In the midst of it all, however, we
have cause to be thankful for the blessings
that go with our heritage, with our American
bounties, with our human rights which no
one can take from us as long as we are
vigilant in their defense, with our right to
speak our minds and to be Free Men, as
enunciated in the basic principles of this
Republic.
With an appreciation for what we have
been blessed with, we are about to welcome
the great American holiday of Thanksgiving.

Russia's Reluctant NNyet' and Arab 'Unity'

Russia's 104th "Nyet" which vetoed a
Therefore the need for vigilance re-
very mild resolution of rebuke to Syria for mains, Israel is compelled to fortify itself
the series of incursions into Israel has been against attack and the brewing troubles of
interpreted as a reluctant act. Nevertheless the Middle East are far from ended.
it was part of an established USSR policy to
Meanwhile the mounting tensions and
retain an influence among the Arabs and to the increased number of infiltrations and
harass the United States as much as possible. acts of sabotage do not add to hope for a
In reality, the resolution that was in- possible end to the conflicts. Israel is com-
troduced by Argentina, Japan, New Zealand, pelled to continue its defensive role and to
the Netherlands, Nigeria and Uganda—and build up its military machine in order to
received the support of the United States, protect its borders and its people. The Arab
France, Great Britain and Uruguay—was in- potentates refuse to modify their appeals to
tended as a slap—no matter how undeserv- hatred which, alone, unite all of the Moslem
ing—at Israel as well as Syria.
states. There is little if any hope for amity
The importance of the sponsorship of between Jews and Arabs for years to come.
that resolution , which Israel was willing to
If an all-out war can be avoided, if Israel
accept, was that two African states, Nigeria will adhere to the policy it adopted in the cur-
and Uganda, co-sponsored it. That in itself in- rent struggle of refraining from counter at-
dicated that there is an understanding among tacks, there will be increased possibilities of
Asian-African groups of the true situation in coming to terms for a lasting truce. In the
the Middle East and of Israel's role as the interim the dangers remain great, and the
underdog.
Arab-Jewish problem appears to be unsolv-
Now Israel is faced with new dangers. able.
In addition to the PLO—the Palestine Lib-.
eration Organization—a new anti-Israel un-
derground group reportedly has begun to
function under the name "Organization of Detroiters' pioneering efforts have set
Heroes of the Return"—OHR—whose Arabic the pace for many movements of great merit.
name is Monazzama Aktal al Audat. These Our citizens have supported educational and
groups and the El Fatah which has caused health institutions and have given encourage-
so much trouble in Israel represent elements ment as well as financial aid to other note-
who are out to destroy Israel and whose worthy causes.
activities must be curtailed. It is to be
Chief among the institutions which count
hoped that Israel will not be forced into the Detroit Jewish community among the
counteraction which could well lead to an- chief supporters is the City of Hope, located
other war.
in Duarte, Calif. For many years, the Detroit
Meanwhile it is well to understand that Businessmen's Council of City of Hope has
El Fatah activities are banned in three Arab labored ardently in behalf of the famed Cali-
countries — Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. fornia research center. The assistance that
While the Syrian chief of state, on the an- has come from Detroit has set the pace for
niversary of the Balfour Declaration, venom- new projects.
ously attacked the United States as well as
City of Hope has to its record the encour-
Israel, he also assailed his own kinsmen. agement of young scientists to pursue a car-
While he spoke of coordinating efforts of eer of research. The work that has been con-
"Arab revolutionary forces in this decisive ducted at the California institution in search-
battle against imperialism and Zionism," he ing for cures for major ills has elevated the
said the war would sweep in its way "traitors health agency to a position of high stature.
and reactionary rulers," and in the latter For a number of years, patients from
group he listed King Hussein of Jordan, King Detroit benefited from City of Hope medical
Faisal of Saudi Arabia and President Habib services. In the last few years the funds that
Bourguiba of Tunisia. This may offer little have come from here have provided for the
consolation to Israel and to Jewry; neverthe- type of services that are vital to so important
less it does point to a lack of unity which an institution. The current fund-raising event
could well emerge again as unity as long as attests anew to the deep interest in the City
the element to be hated is Israel and the of Hope in our community, and the backers
Israelis. of this agency must be commended.

Aid for City of Hope

JPS, Harper Produce Impressive
Encyclopedic Book 'Eternal Light'

Many a gift problem has been solved by the joint effort of the
Jewish Publication Society and Harper & Row with the publication
of "The Eternal Light," a beautifully designed work, possession of
which will be treasured in all Jewish homes.
Appropriately subtitled "a heritage album mirroring 4,000 years
of Jewish inspiration and wisdom, this volume, impressively illus-
trated with many full .page photos, incorporates the wisdom of the
ages, expressions by wise men of ancient and modern times, inter-
pretive readings that draw upon Bible, Talmud, the prayer book, the
writings perpetuated in many classics, including some selections from
non-Jewish authors.

Inscribed to Jean and .Leon Herrita, a preface by Charles L.
Wallis, general editor of Harper Album Series, states that "The
Eternal Light or Perpetual Lamp (Ner Tamid) epitomizes the
glow and radiance of the faith of our fathers" and adds:
"Not only before the Ark but also within the mind and spirit
has the flame of faith and truth and righteousness burned con-
tinually and brightly, bringing the promise of hope to troubled
minds and the assurance of divine guidance to questioning hearts.
"Even as a single ray of light makes less dark the deepest
night, so, too, courageous, comforting and uplifting words of
inspiration and wisdom are beacon lights pointing to the dawn
of peace and happiness.
"Within the pages of this album are the enlightening words
of great and gifted men of faith and conviction who speak from
the long span of the spiritual history of Israel and from our
day, too, for God has abundantly blessed our generation also
with men of wise counsel and salubrious thought. From their
lamps we may kindle our lamps, and by the light of their words
we may more confidently and hopefully follow our individual
paths.
"This album, reflecting the joys, challenges, and responsi-
bilities of Jewish living, is a harvest gleaned from fields in which
many hands, those from lay circles and the rabbinate alike, have
made generous contributions and offered sound advice and edi•
torial acumen. Quotations from the pens of non-Jewish writers
have on occasion been included when such words reflect the
influence of the mind and heart of Israel on world literature or
when such thoughts represent universal human concerns and
aspirations."
This is a summary that, even in its enthusiasm, will be found
incomplete when viewing the total volume. The material compiled,
the practical division of contents into a vast variety of subjects that
cover every aspect of human experience, lend this work its signifi-
cance.
Even in the listing of the contents thefe is a uniqueness. Thdy
work starts with the description of Beauty from Genesis 1:14-15, 1
—concluding with: "And God saw that it was good." The reference
to it from the contents quotes Moses Mendelssohn: "Each conception
of spiritual beauty is a glimpse at God."
Beauty is followed by Bible, and in the list of contents there is
an appended line from Dr. Julius Mark: "The pages of the Bible are
God's love letters."
Thus, down the line, there are selections from the wisdom of
the ages—all ages—on such subjects as Friendship, Charity, God,
Faith, Destiny, Children, Compassion, Courage, Holy Days, Holy Land,
Peace, Heaven, Learning, Synagogue, Thankfulness, Sabbath and a
score of others.
Talmud, Bible, our great teachers, leaders in American, world
and Jewish life are represented in the quotations.
In the Freedom section, for example, appear such names as
Woodrow Wilson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Waldo Frank, Union Prayer
Book, Thomas Jefferson, Heinrich Heine, Abba Hillel Silver, Rabin-
dranath Tagore, Maurice Eisendrath, Ira Eisenstein, Adlai Stevenson,
George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Martin
Buber, Felix Frankfurter, Bernard Baruch, Sabbath Prayer Book,
Sholem Asch.
And so on, down the line, in every section, there is lore and
folklore, guidance for every member of the. family, a treasury of
information that will enrich every household.

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