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May 26, 1967 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-05-26

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D icorkin-jonasWedding _Marcia Dresner to Wed

Ross-Brooks Vows

Planned for December 11 r.DanLitvin of Israel to Be Spoken Sept. 10

MISS SHIRLEY DWORKIN

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dworkin
of Hartwell Ave. announce the en-
gag,ernent of their daughter Shir-
ley Ann to Lawrence Harry Jonas,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Sol Jonas
of Hartwell Ave., and the late
Florence Jonas.
The bride-elect is a graduate of
Wayne State University's college
of education. Her fiance attends
Wayne State University's college
of business administration.
A December wedding is planned.

Carol Lubin

MISS KATHLEEN ROSS

MISS CAROL LUBIN

Mr. and Mrs. Albert K. Lubin,
of Brooks Lane, Southfield, an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Carol Ruth to Jay II.
Levin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
A. Levin of Pittsburgh.
Miss Lubin is a graduate of the
University of Michigan. Her fiance
is a summa cum laude graduate
of the University of Pittsburgh
where he was elected to Phi Beta
Kappa and received an honorary
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Ile is
working on his doctorate in eco-
nomics at the University of Mich-
igan.
A July 23 wedding is planned.

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Friday, May 26, 1967-33

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Albert Memmi posed many ques- . his destiny into his own hands."
tions in his earlier works. He was
Anxieties caused by mixed mar-
in a quandary over the treatment , riages are discussed by taking into
' Jews received in his native land, consideration the new conditions
TUnisia. He now teaches at the and the possibilities of vast in
' Sorbonne in Paris where he re- creases in intermarriages. Memmi
; ceived his degree in philosophy. is convinced that mixed marriages
The background of his life, his do not provide solution to the
youth, caused him to be skeptical. Jewish problem. He declares that
Perhaps he was even worried. Now, "a Jew who makes a success of
in the maturing work, in "The his marriage to a non-Jew has
Liberation of the Jew," published succeeded in his marriage, but
by Orion Press (125A E. 19th, he has in no way alleviated his
NY3) he is firm, he expresses Jewishness." He makes this inter-
views leading towards not only esting observation:
self-liberation but also in a serious!
"The day will perhaps come
effort to guide and direct young
when mixed marriage will • be
Jews towards a more secure life.
one of the most helpful and
For many of his readers what
beautiful contributions to t h e
he states may sound repetitious.
great communion of peoples of
He reviews the problems that
a single humanity. But, first, or
troubled him when he wrote "Por-
at least at the same time, these
trait of a Jew"—his first chal-
peoples must cease being hostile
lenging work; "The Pillar of Salt"
to one another. The tempting
and "The Colonizer and the Col-
oppression of the strong by the
, mimed." As a sum total, the views
weak must find other outlets .
incorporated in the present volume
Far from being able to resolve
summarize and clarify, present
the present, brutally unjust re-
Ideas with a sense of acquired
lationships of groups among
confidence. pay honor to the State
themselves, mixed marriage re-
of Israel and he asserts that his-
quires a relative quality among
tory has convinced him "that a
groups and an end to oppres-
nation is the only adequate re-
sion. The scorn of the oppressor
sponse to the misfortune of a
and the resentment of the op-
people."
pressed must end before we can
hope
for the majority of mixed
Because he stems from areas
marriages to succeed. For the
where he experienced oppres-
moment,
far from resolving the
sion, he is able to deal factually
conflicts between Jews and non-
' and firmly with the problem of
Jews, far from smoothing out
the Negro. He declares that "like
the differences, far from elimi-
the colonized" the Jew "has to
nating the misfortune of being
fight for his national liberation
a Jew or a Negro, mixed mar-
and create a nation for himself,
riages forces individuals to bear
since history exacts it." He
the weight of the differences and
raises the religious question and
the burden of a more intimate
emphasizing the liberation aim
barrier, even more obsessional
he adds: "Far from marking the
and guilt-ridden, . Instead of
end of the Jewish religion, it is
hoping that mixed marriages
my contention that this libera-
might solve the problems of the
tion, this opening up to the
Jewish
fate, we must solve the
world, might again offer it its
problems of this fate before en-
real opportunity. Like the other
couraging
such marriages."
disciplines, religion will at last
find freedom of expression, a
In the main, Memmi's argu-
ments are not new, his approaches
progressive adaptation to t h e
needs of the modern Jew, with-
review well known situations. It
having
to
limit
itself
to
the
is his unique way of handling the
out
role of watch dog which was
issues that makes his books so
necessary in the dispersion. In
interesting and so valuable.
short, far from declaring war
A regrettable. factor is his as-
on believers and religion, I am
sumption that Judaism is, as Heine
convinced that it will be to their
said, a misfortune. Perhaps his
advantage to lose the exorbitant
views would be altered, his man-
rank they now occupy as some
ner of tackling the problems might
ghostly mummy. It goes without
change, if he were to accept his
saying that the end of the objec-
fate as a blessing.
tive oppression will allow Jewish
believers to benefit from the
Thinkers
same rights as those of the other
There are very few original
religions."
thinkers in the world; the greatest
It is not a new idea: Leon Pin-
sker propagated it before him as part of those who are called
selbst-emanzipacion — self-libera- philosophers have adopted the
tion. Memmi presents it this way: opinions of some who went before
"The oppressed .person must take them.—Dugald Stewart.

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