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April 21, 1967 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-04-21

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Israel Literateurs View American Jewish Literature

HAVE A DELICIOUS

Maruschewitz
PASSOVER

Dignitaries were prominent among the viewers of the exhibit of American Judaica arranged by

the Jewish Book Council of the National Jewish Welfare Board and featured at the International Book
Fair held in Jerusalem's Convention Hall. Shown in left photo are Zalman Shazar (second left),

president of Israel and a distinguished Hebrew writer, Mrs. Shazar and Sol Liptzin, past president of

Produced under strict Rabbinical supervision Certificate on request

the Jewish Book Council. S. J. Agnon (left in other photo), co-winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize
for literature who will visit the United States in May, is shown with Liptzin. The American Judaica

exhibit consisted of 135 books in English, Hebrew and Yiddish by American authors recently published
in the United States and dealing with the Bible, Judaism, Jewish history, literary criticism, biography,

Israel, music, art, sociology, fiction, poetry, belles lettres and rabbinic works.

l~ tin Olbraeltes Classic Stortes Justice Douglas Cites
Judiciary
NEW YORK (JTA) — Israel's
tua IL% European Communities lIsrael's

,9 cauct u rvz, Cantata-

SCHAFER'S OF PHILADELPHIA

ASSORTED CHOCOLATES, FRUITS & NUTS,
MARSHMALLOWS, ALL NUTS, CHOCOLATE
PEPPERMINTS, DARK ALMOND BARK.

Ivan Olbracht was an eminent was published in 1913. He wrote judiciary was described by Supreme
Czech-Jewish writer who knew and about Carpathian Ukraine before Court Justice William 0. Douglas
understood the sentiments of Jew- it became a part of the USSR. I as "an oasis in a world not yet
itt e d to
t a rule of law at a
comm
ry, who was steeped in Jewish
Crown Publishers (419 Park S., dinner sponsored by the American
traditional devotion and whose NY16), by publishing "The Bitter Friends of the Hebrew University.
stories reflected the sentiments of and the Sweet, Tales From the
Justice Douglas hailed Israel's
Old Country," render a distinct independent judiciary which, he
a sensitive and skilled writer.
He died in 1952 at the age of service in recapturing the spirit said, distinguished it from "most
TO but even when he had aged he inherent in his works,
of the other courts in the dreary
proved his skill at writing im-
Ably translated by Iris Urwin,
reaches of the Middle East and
pressive stories for young and old.
this volume contains two short
Asia where the tenure of judges
His first collection of short stories
stories, "Julie and the Miracle"
rests largely on the whim or
and "The Affair of the Mikva,"
caprice of a dictator or military
and a 160-page novel, "The Sor-
clique or a political party."
rowful Eyes of Hannah Kar-
Guest of honor at the dinner was
ajich." In the three stories, which K i n g s County Surrogate Court
appeared in Czechoslovakia un-
Judge Edward S. Silver who re-
der the title "Golet v undoli," the
ceived the Hebrew University's
author incorporated episodes re-
Solomon Bublick Award.

Spanish Author
Reviews Jewish
Philosophic Role

Dover Publications have issued
a Best-selling Spanish history of
Western philosophy in an English
translation, in a paperback. "His-
tory of Philosophy" by Dr. Julian
Marias. translated by Stanley Ap-
pelbaum and Clarence .C. Strow-
bridge, contains many references.
to Jewish philosophic thought and
to Jewish philosophers.
The distinguished author,' who
has been a visiting professor at
American universities and who has
personally supervised the trans-
lation of this immense work from
the Spanish. points out that "Ara-
bic and Jewish influences are
brought to hoar intensively on
Scholasticism (the movement that

arose in the 12th century) and.
with them. the influence of Ari-
stotle, whose influence was un-
known until then."
Discussing metaphysics, Dr.
Marias reviews the philosophic
views of Spinoza and tells
briefly about Spinoza's contact
with Jewish sources. He includes
. a biographical note about Martin
Buber, comments on the philo-
sophy of Maimonides and de-

votes a special chapter to "Jew-
ish Philosophy." In this section
he analyzes the work of Ibn
Gabirol — Avicebron — as well
as Judah Ilalevy and Moses ben
Mainion Maimonides.
"The importance of Arabic and
Jewish philosophy." Dr. Marias
states. "is great: however, this is
due more to their influence on
Christian Scholasticism than to
their inherent interest. The Arabic
and Jewish achievements in the
fields of metaphysics and theology
cannot be compared with those of
medieval Christians. Yet the Ara-
bic and Jewislt thinkers had one
great advantage which allowed
them to gain a century on the
Christians: their knowledge of
Aristotle's works."
---
Introducer of Waltzes
Mark Hassler, a 19th century
American-Jewish musician and
conductor, is credited with having
introduced the waltzes of Johann
Strauss - in the United States.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

lating to life in Eastern Europe,
to ideals of Orthodox Jewry, to McKeesport Daily News
the experiences of communities Buys !$10,000 in Bonds
now extinct but which played
The McKeesport Daily News,
great roles in Jewish history,
leading Western Pennsylvania
The novelette is an especially newsp4per, bought $10,000 in

impressive work. It is a love story
—the tale relating to piety, the
'love affair of a young couple and
the objection to the young man's
unorthodox views. There are dra-
matic elements in the opposition
to the determined youth who comes
for the girl he desires to be his
bride, who is met with hostility
by an entire community. who must
draw a gun to get the maiden.
Police had to be called, there were
interrogations, but the man got
the girl. There is a "far-away
dreaminess" in the recollections of
the woman who had chosen to go
with No Karajich. The portrayal
of the village where a fanati-
cism was being enforced, the
strong,-willed young man, the bat-
tle of ideas—they combine to make
a most interesting novelette.
The first of the stories describes
a husiness relationship — the rent-
ing of a horse to non-Jewish trav-
elers. There is an anti-Semitic
tinge to the story. but its main
effect is to prove how people can
get together, how a service can
be rendered and can bring appre-
ciation and profit.
"The Affair of the Mikva" re-

constructs laws and traditions,

deals with facts and fancies,
with the superstitions as well as
the devotions. There was the
need to keep the mikva filled,
and at one point it had to be
with milk because the water dis-
appeared. It is the process of
purification that creates strife,
only to i end in restoration of
good will among the Polana resi-
dents where the action takes
place. -
Olbracht succeeded in recon-
structing the spirit of a bygone
age. Ile was skilful in delineating
the affairs of the small Eastern
European communities. Ile has
mastered that art and his stories
echo with the spirit of communi-
ties , where piety and devotion
ruled against all odds.

Friday, April 21, 1967

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State Of Israel Bonds, it was re-
ported:by Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz,
vice preS'ident of the Israel Bond
Organization. It is the second time
in the past three years that the
McKeesport newspaper has pur-
chased $10,000 in Israel Bonds.
The purchase was announced by
William Cox, Jr., president of the
McKeesport Daily News, and ;
Thorns D. Mansfield, publisher,
on the occasion of a local Israel
Bond ;dinner in honor of Cox's1
brothel Robert, leading business-
man #nd owner of radio station
WMC/4 in McKeesport.

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