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April 21, 1967 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-04-21

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Judaism's Role as Ethical, Moral Force Must Be Taught,
Dramatic Story o f Count Tolstoy, :American Jewish Committee Head Slawson Says
NEW YORK (JTA) — Citing a the ages of 13 or 14. We must strating, especially to our youth,
, need
Other New ChiIdr en's Narratives
for "strengthening Jewish look carefully into the methods now I that our tradition is relevant to

18—Friday, April 21, 1967


) the major ethical and moral issues
self-understanding," Dr. John Slaw- being used in Jewish education for
Count Leo Tolstoy defied the
ture out of the experiences of a
of the day — that the past can
son, executive vice president of the children and adults, and also into
Czars. He approved of civil dis-
young boy and his companions.
be used productively for the fu-
American Jewish Committee, Sun- the performance of the synagogue.
•obedien•e. lie was the great writer
In "The Secret of the Missing
day called for fresh thinking and
and propagator of peace who
Boat," translated from the
hold action to make Judaism as
fought against serfdom. who "main-
French by John Buchanan-
"intellectually attractive, emotion-
tained that to abolish the econo-
Brown, Berna introduced a lot of
ally satisfying and esthetically en-
mic bases for oppression and in- i action. The young boatman on
We Are Pleased To Announce
as it has been in the
the salvaged yacht gets into
equality the peasants must control
much difficulty, he is beaten up,
the land they work."
the boat is recovered, all ends
In expressing his views in a
The famous Russian writer's
well. In the interim there is so
paper entitled "Toward a Corn-
rule as a man of peace and as a
Has Joined Our Organization.
much action that the story be-
munity Program for Jewish Iden-
philosopher is excellently describ-
comes an endless drama motivat-
tity." Dr. Slawson says: "We must
ed in an impressive biography for
ed by a theme of great interest
discover ways of transmitting to
teenagers. "The Count Who Wished
to young readers. The fine illus-
American Jewry the deep. enrich-
He Were a Peasant—A Life of
trations are by Barry Wilkonson.
ing quality of Judaism: its universal
Leo Tolstoy." by Morris Philipson,
"When I Was Jersey" by Janis value, its role as a moral and
published as a Pantheon Books
force, its commitment to
Portrait by the Random House Plysted Wood, illustrations ,by
12140 Jos. Campau at Carpenter
Sheila Greenwald, is the story of human compassion and social jus-
It is a magnificent work which the boy nicknamed Jersey who lice. its spiritual meaning and its
portrays Tolstoy the Christian who . wanted to he a Jersey cow when overriding concern with bettering
emerges as a universalist and the he grows up, and the theme re- the human condition in the here
Cars in Stock — 891-1600
author emphasizes that "the es- volves around the mystery of a and now."
Pointing out that among Ameri-
sence of Tolstoy's religious insight youngster having such desires. The
can Jews, "the ethical and es-
is that salvation—finding life worth developing theme takes the San
pecially the cultural aspects of
Hying--lies in seeking not one's Francisco family to New Jersey.
play a much larger role
personal welfare but social wel-
than traditional observance," Dr.
fare. and a man's family is his characters, some animals, astro-
Slawson expresses the belief that
most important social experience." nauts, and related activities in a
, modern travelogue. This whole-
"far more than among other
Truly historic incidents are
some story could well be applied
f a i t h s, religious commitment
With Passover Greetings to
recorded in this noteworthy ' to activities by other youngsters.
tends to stress ethnic and cul-
book, linking Tolstoy with the
Its reality makes it all the more
associations; religious af-
world interest he and his ideas
intriguing as a well told narrative.
Our Community . . .
filiation is often more an ex-
pression of group belongingness
For much younger readers there
Ile was not accepted by all, he
drew criticism. but his ideas were is the story of a friendship be-
The concept of peopiehood in a
debated and the heritage he left tween a kitten and a raccoon.
We express continued hope of
religious and cultural sense is
has affected thinking in Russia and Under the title "Thistle," Era Zis-
felt to be central."
elsewhere and has elevated him tel has authored a fine story, ac-1
In order to deepen understand-
freedom for all peoples.
to the highest ranks of world companied by pictures taken by !
herself. It's a splendid little book ing of Jewish tradition. Dr. Slaw-
for youngest readers and for those son continues, "we must somehow
piolio.on states in his biography to whom stories still have to be dxorcise the painful memories of
that - all his life long Tolstoy knew read—and the action portrayed as- outdated educational procedures
that an idea is only as good as the sures re-reading and therefore a which overshadow the lives of too
actions that express it. He tried to , lasting place on a child's book- many American Jews. We must
at according to his beliefs." The shelf.
continue Jewish education beyond
biography proves the point. The
a:itlior performed magnificently in
the life of a great man.

remains I
o Ph-Kew!. A few weeks ago, in
his Founder's Day address at Dela-
se are Valley College of Science and
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The head not have enough money to provide
.A:2ri, ilium., Doylestown, Pa., Fred of an academic study group which adequate welfare standards for
I. Rosenbloom referred to the Rus- has been surveying Israel's levels I many of its welfare cases.
si;,n count. Delaware Valley Col- of welfare payments charged here
lege is the outgrowth of the Na- Sunday that the government's min-
tional Farm School that was found- istry of social welfare does not
ed in the last decade of the last pay enough in welfare to Jewish
century by the late Rabbi Joseph immigrants from the Middle East
Krauskopf. In his address, Rosen-, and North Africa, by its limita-
bloom said that Rabbi Krauskopf tions on the official "welfare line,"
v‘;,.. obsessed with the idea of pro-
The accusation was voiced by
pa ,2ating a return to agricie.tural Dr. Israel Katz, director of the
pur•iiits by Jews and "the busy Paul Baerwald School of Social
rabbi found time as early as 1894 Work at Hebrew University, who
to make a special trip to Russia to has been heading a committee
study efforts that were then being studying the "welfare line" for
made to the same end in the Jew- 3'2 years. He said the government
ish Agricultural School at Odessa has now officially dissolved his
Prosaic miles of streets stretch all around
and elsewhere under the inspira- committee but that the study would
tion of Count Leo Tolstoy. to whom be continued and would be finished
Astir with restless, hurried life, and spanned
he went for guidance. Krauskopf soon.
became in this way so well-recog-
According to Dr. Katz, an esti-
By arches that with thund'rous trains resound,
nized an authority on agricultural
mated 300,000 to 400,000 Israelis
matters that he was appointed one
live on standards "below the
And throbbing wires that galvanize the land ...
of the special relief commissioners
poverty line," while the govern-
sent by our government to Cuba in
ment sets that figure at 75,000
In modern prose all poetry seems drowned.
to 100,000. By setting different
1898 . . .").


Woody Pontiac

; Israel Accused of Paying
g Too Little
in Aid to Oriental Immigrants

Ar gins gnsurance Ar gency

An Ancient People

Celebrates Its Birth"

Other New Books:

There is a new series of Ran-
i:bin House and Pantheon books
for young readers worthy of spe-
cial notice.
Especially noteworthy is the
novel of prehistoric times. "The
Quest for Fire," by J. H. Rosny
(Joseph-Henri Boex), published
posthumously. Rosny had left a
number of works and "The Quest
of Fire" had been translated • into
11 languages. The present is the
first of the translations in English.
With exceptionally impressive
illustrations, this story is about a
terrifying struggle between man
and man and man and beast in the
early times of the survival of the
fittest. It is like a search for the
light that preceded civilized times
and in a sense the developments
in this struggle, in this quest for

Yet in ten thousand homes this April night
An ancient people celebrates its birth
To Freedom, with a reverential mirth,
With customs quaint and many a hoary rite,
Waiting until, its tarnished glories blight,
Its God shall be the God of all the earth.

welfare standards for urban and
rural residents, be charged, the
government discriminates against
Oriental Jews and Arabs, who
live mostly in rural areas.
He discounted at "Myths" the
government claims that Israel does

London, Ont., Police Stop
Neo-Nazi Pamisidetoers

TORONTO (JTA) — Police stop-
ped four members of a Toronto-
based neo•Nazi group from band-
ing out leaflets bearing swastikas
because they did not have a city
license to distribute pamphlets. It
was the second time that the party
distributed leaflets in downtown .
London, Ont., a city of more than
100,000 in Western Ontario.
John Beattie, self-styled leader,
said they will seek a license for
future pamphlet distribution. It
fire, is like an introduction to costs $10 at city hall. Beattie said
modernity, like a beginning of London has been singled out by
changing times when man advanc- the party as a future stronghold
of pasty activity. There will be
ed to high rungs of civilization.
In another Pantheon book, more leaflets and demonstrations,
he said, in the next three or four
Paul Menu takes his readers on
weeks aimed at the city's youth.
a boat ride and creates adven-


A Happy Passover

074e. Stallmans


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