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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath. the twentieth day of Adar II. 5727, the following Scriptural selections
will be read in Our .9,1/agog/les:
Pentateuch& portions, Ler. 9:1 - 11:47, NUM. 19:122. Prophetical portion, Ezek.


Candle Lighting.

VOL. LI . No. Z

Friday, 'larch 31. 6:39 p m.

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March 31, 1967

Go to the Laymen, Ye Political Sluggards

Predominant confusion over the Vietnam
issue has created a situation so saddening
that it has divided Americans, it has created
bitterness, and discussions over the advisabil-
ity to end the bombing. as against established
escalation policies, are marked by stinging
scorn and harshness that is leading to hatreds
in our internal affairs.
Philip M. Klutznick's proposals made at
a Bnai Brith meeting last week pinpoint the
basic needs in dramatic difference of opinion
which -has split our population. While advice
to President Johnson, the State Department
and the military leaders is fraught with handi-
caps occasioned by the need to be cautious
when dealing with a wartime situation. and
with matters of security, the eminent Jewish
leader who played an important role as a
member of the United States mission to
the United Nations nevertheless indicated a
possible approach to means of ending the war.
Klutznick has suggested the conven-
ing of a "limited-size", conference of high-
level civilian admihistrators as well as leaders
of both parties represented in Congress to
consider a "common agreement on foreign
policy," and he commented: "A President
who has frequently demonstrated his extra-
ordinary skill in bringing persons who hold
differing views in a common conclusion
could inspire this effort and give it hope
for success."
We are inclined to agree with this ap-
proach. In a matter involving our national
security and our country's honor, there should
be an elimination of political aspirations and
the avoidance of any capitalization on per-
sonal aspirations by any member of our gov-
ernment, or any responsible American.
When, therefore, Klutznick spoke of
participation of high-level civilian adminis-
trators in dealing with the problems involv-
ing Vietnatn, he touched upon a vital, even

if it is a challenging, idea. By involving lay
leaders in viewing the conditions which have
created our war crisis, there could be a good
chance to reach a fair solution to a major
problem. That is why we join with
Klutznick and say: go to the laymen, ye poli-
tical sluggards.
But with all the emphasis on the need to
call in civilians to cooperate in providing a
solution to the aggravated Vietnam situation,
there is this to be taken into account: All the
current protests give the impression that there
is a villain in the White House, that the
escalation is a one-sided policy that fails to
take into account the human factors in the
struggle between North and South Vietnam.
This is an injustice. There are aggravations
that stem from all fronts, and perhaps the
overwhelming protests and pressures are not
altogether helpful.
The exchange of letters between the
White House and Hanoi, revealing the ada-
mant position of the North Vietnam rulers,
indicates that there is need for continuing
efforts to arive at a solution as speedily as
possible. Perhaps the approach of another
presidential campaign will contribute towards
the hastening of action. But that in itself does
not justify the taunting that comes from
certain political aspirants.
Indeed, all who can be of service in this
crisis should be welcomed to aid in contrib-
uting towards a quest for peace. But we'll
never attain anything by resorting to name-
calling. And while we would like to see the
President act more speedily in the matter —
if that is at all possible — there is injustice
in resort to abuse.
All who can assist should and will aid in
speeding peace. Let the laymen share in that
duty with the military. Let's not wait for the
1968 political campaign to assure an end to
the war.

The Composite Canvas of Social Services

In the midst of a major campaign for
basic causes which keep a community alive,
one wonders how much appreciation there
is for the vast canvas portraying the social
services rendered through functioning move-
ments. In the current Allied Jewish Cam-
paign the community is asked to take into
account so many causes that the totality of
welfare action may become confusing. Per-
haps the many activities are taken too much
for granted. Since every conceivable need is
accounted for in the drive's objectives, per-
haps the view from the outside is dimmed
by the continuity which makes the existing
agencies appear as if they were routine func-
tions in the people's everyday life.
That is why it is so vital that there should
be repeated review of the objectives of a
campaign which yearly calls for increased
giving and for undeviating dedication by an
appreciating constituency.
The canvas that unfolds in the Allied
Jewish Campaign is a composite one. It in-
cludes every conceivable function that is vital
to a people's existence. It places emphasis on
the health and welfare of those being served,
on the spiritual and cultural obligations in
the training of children, on the many inter-
related causes on a national scale which deal
with civic-protective obligations and with ed-
ucational values which give emphasis to the
roles of all who are involved in the collective
efforts of a community.
It is the taking for granted of the services
rendered by an organized community that can

harm the causes and the people they serve
more than anything else. Such an attitude
contributes to indifference and 'undermines
the functions of agencies that are vital to a
people's existence.
In the course of striving to raise the vast
sums that are so urgently needed, it is equally
important that the education of the prospec-
tive contributors should not be ignored. There
is need for constant review of the aims of
a campaign and of explanation and evalua-
tion of objectives.
We are now engaged in a great drive for
local, national and overseas causes. In addi-
tion to those enumerated, there is that press-
ing need not to abandon Israel, to assist tens
of thousands of dispossessed Jews in estab-
lishing permanent and secure homes in
These causes will not benefit from al-
legiance unless their functions are fully
understood. Commencing with the children,
carrying the educational processes into all
areas, the community must be properly ad-
vised on the aims of a great drive. There
is as much need for self-education, by becom-
ing more intimately linked with the many
causes, as through campaign propaganda. By
means of proper educational processes we
can elevate our communal standards, lead-
ing towards an understanding constituency
whose loyalties will assure impregnability
for existing movements whose social welfare
objectives make for a people's highly, digni-
fied existence.





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'God, Man and Atomic War'

Dresner Urges Spiritual Society
in Exposing Nuclear Threat

Dangers that stem from atomic warfare, the contention that "the
radical nature of the nuclear threat is such that military and defense
means alone cannot prevent atomic war, only a change in man him-
self," motivate the impressive work by Rabbi Samuel II. Dresner of
Springfield, Mass., ''God. Man and Atomic War," published by Living
Books ( (11 W. 42nd, NY36).

There is a challenge in Rabbi Dresner's assertion that: "Deep at
the root of the unrest which pervades our time, manifesting itself in
rising juvenile crimes, family breakdown, the collapse of sex mores,
political cynicism and a fun morality, is the growing sense of human
helplessness, as though we were drifting inexorably toward oblivion
and carrying with us, bit by bit, the landmarks of culture and civiliza-
tion." The theme of Rabbi Dresner's study may, therefore, be said
to be summed up in his declarations, after quoting Isaiah about the
breaking of swords into ploughshares, that:

"It is the task of the Biblical faiths, as well as those of the
Far East, to shatter the present illusions and quicken the ancient
vision by preaching the obsolescence of sovereign nations in a
world which is joined by the threat of death, and by teaching the
spiritual oneness of man under the oneness of God as the only
enduring ground for political unity.
"The Biblical faiths can stretch out their arms in brother-
hood to all religions. The impending destruction of mankind
should be the ever-present issue before the world's religions,
mobilizing their strength in a global effort to preserve man. A
world congress of religion dedicated to the survival of human
life could be a step in awakening the conscience of the nations to
its common danger . . . Jew, Protestant, Catholic, Moslem, Hindu,
whatever their differences, passionately agree upon one thing:
the necessity of halting mankind's reckless road to ruin."

Rabbi Dresner draws upon scores of sources to point to the
threatening clouds that go with nuclear dangers, to reach the con-
clusions aimed at inspiring renewed faith on a worldwide basis, in
order to forestall the menacing trends which could bring about an
atomic holocaust.

"Religious leaders could create an international body whose task
it would be to awaken the human race to the terror which lies ahead
and to urge, on a spiritual basis, that change of heart and mind which
might provide a lasting basis to a nuclear test ban agreement, dis-
armament, renunciation of national sovereignty, and that new world
which must arise out of the present crisis, if we are to survive!"

Rabbi Dresner contends that:
"The machinery for instant death for all mankind is now
in man's hands.
"There is no defense.
"Only the creation of a new society can prevent the use of
the bomb and outlaw war.
"A new society requires a new man who can only become
so by revering God and walking in His ways."
In this fashion, Rabbi Dresner makes an interesting plea for a
redeemed society and for a demonstration of "faith in the power of

As a postscript, however, he speaks glowingly of the Moral Re.
armament movement, whose conferenpe he attended at Mackinac
Island. He praises this movement as "an exemplary brotherhood of

workers" and one wonders whether the rabbi-author is aware that
Moral Rearmament had failed to repudiate Hitlerism?

(The Penguin Encyclopedia states specifically about Moral
Rearmament: "It refrained from denouncing Hitler's policies").
Thus, while Rabbi Dresner's analytical work is certain to arouse
discussion and inspire discussion on a vital subject, it still needs
elaboration, and the author would do well to think twice about the

merits of the Moral Rearmament objectives.

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