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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 Jeiskh News Publishing Co., 17100 %Vest Seven Mile Road, Detroit, Mich. 48235.
8-9364. Subscription $6 a year. Foreign 57.
Second Class Postage Paid at Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

SIDNEY SHMARAK

Business M

Advertising Manager

CHARLOTTE H. DUBIN

City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the sixteenth day of Sivan, 5727, the following Scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, NUM. 13:1-15:41. Prophetical portion, Josh. 2:1.24.

Candle lighting, Friday. June 23. 7.52 p.m.

VOL. LI. No. 14

June 23, 1967

Page Four

The Supreme Duty of the Hour

Despite the billions of dollars that were
poured into Arab countries in the past decade
for armaments that inevitably were assigned
to the forces that aimed to destroy Israel, the
world powers have not learned the lesson of
such futile arming of hate-mongering nations.
The United States had given the United
Arab Republic a billion dollars in aid during
the past decade, but the venom of the Egyp-
tian dictator and his cohorts did not deter the
impractical statesmen from adding fuel to
the arms race which inflamed the Middle
East. From Russia the UAR received at
least a billion and a half dollars' worth of
armaments, some estimates setting the sum
of three billion dollars as the value of the
armaments that came from Russia, but which
the Egyptians were unable to utilize in the
final showdown.
In spite of such outrageous encourage-
ment to dictators — multiplied by aid that
had also been given to Jordan and the other
Arab states — the reverberated talk now is
not about peace but along lines of a renewed
and a continuing war against Israel.
Hatreds spouted at the United Nations.
The fusing of forces that are bent upon creat-
ing a new military alignment to wipe out the
Jewish State and the accompanying hatreds
towards the entire Jewish people — these all
combine to serve as a new warning to Jews
everywhere. What has happened in the coun-
cils of the nations of the world, the venom
that is being spouted, the merging of forces
that would deny the tiny State of Israel to a
life of peace and security amidst the vast
areas occupied by the Arab nations, all add
emphasis to the supreme duty that devolves
upon Jews everywhere.

What has' happened proves that
Israel's chief hope lies in the devotion of
Jew ish kinsmen throughout the world. In the
current crisis some nations, including the
United States, have indicated an interest and
a friendship that emphasizes a relationship
to be cherished and to be immensely thank-
ful for. The world's leading correspondents
have indicated an understanding for which
we are grateful. Many Christians again are
counted among the philo-Semites and the de-
fenders of justice. Nevertheless, in the long
run, it is world Jewry that must stand be-
hind Israel to uphold the hands of the builders
of Zion, to prevent calamity, to help recon-
struct that which has been destroyed and to
encourage all efforts for a durable peace.

The means for such encouragement are
at hand. In the task of reconstruction there
is a sacred duty to provide unprecedented
sums towards the Israel Emergency Fund.
Payments should be made promptly for the
pledges to the Allied Jewish Campaign. As

Bnai Brith Conclave

District No. 6 of Bnai Brith, in which the
Michigan communities play vital roles, as-
sembles here during the coming week in a
critical period in Jewish.history.
The most noteworthy attainment in Jew-
ish life, the emergence of the State of Israel
and the end thereby to Jewish homelessness,
has been challenged by vile enemies, and
world Jewry must rally in Israel's defense.
Rightists again are threatening the good
relations among the many elements in Ameri-
can life who can and must live together in
harmony.
There is the threat of a re-emerging anti-
Semitism.
These matters must be dealt with, and
Bnai Brith is a factor in the struggle for
liberty.
The delegates who will assemble here
have our blessings for successful delibera-
tions in dealing with these vital issues.

additional sources of revenue, it is essential
that Israel Bonds should be purchased in
large quantities to reassure Israel of our
confidence in her economic future.
Paul Zuckerman, as chairman of the Israel
Emergency Fund in Detroit, is performing a
v a l i a n t service, with the aid of a dedi-
cated corps of workers, in raising the neces-
sary special fund. He and his committee
should be given the proper assistance. Those
who have not contributed should do so by
mailing their checks at once to Mr. Zucker
man's committee at 163 Madison. Israel
Bonds should be purchased by contacting the
local office.
These are crucial' days, and the supreme
duty is apparent. Let there be communal
unity in Israel's behalf, thereby upholding
the hands of the modern Maccabees in the
hope that the June 1967, war should be the
last of the struggles into which Israel has
been forced to fight for its very life and that
a lasting peace will emerge from Israel's
neighbors' realization that the time has
arrived to end warfare and to assure amity
for all of the peoples in the Middle East.
There is an urgent need for Israel's de-
fenders to be on the alert all the time, to

make certain that our friends remain as

vigilant as we are. The vast majority in
Congress has declared its concern that Israel's
status should be protected. But they are con-
stantly bombarded with anti-Semitic propa-
ganda—the Arabs' claim to Semitism notwith-
standing. The facts must be presented at
all times so that the libels that are being
disseminated should not take root.
It is well that the ban on travel to Israel
has been removed, so that the volunteers for
civilian endeavor§ may fill serious gaps in
Israel's economy.

There are no political differences now.
All Americans, except for the lunatic fringe
of anti-Semites, not only admire Israel's cour-
age but recognize an entire nation's right

to life and liberty. Let us retain that con-
fidence and reject the vile charges of vote-
getting influences. The struggle is for a
firm resolution of a major world problem,
for the erasing of the destructive influences
that tend to disrupt world peace. Peace be-
tween Israel and the Arabs will mean world
peace. To that end we strive regardless of
interference. To that end we believe we
have the cooperation of the entire civilized
world.

Tucker in Israel

Richard Tucker deserves special acclaim
on the eve of his appearance here for the
concert sponsored by the Hillel Day School.
He was in Israel when the order came
through from the U.S. Embassy advising
Americans to leave. He and Roberta Peters
announced immediately that they would re-
main to complete their scheduled arrange-
ments for a series of concerts with the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra.
An eminent conductor left immediately,
and several days later Artur Rubinstein an-
nounced in Paris that he would be glad to fill
that conductor's uncompleted schedule.
These incidents are reminiscent of the
Sinai Campaign when Prof. Walter Lowder-
milk, who was then doing research at the
Technion in Haifa, was advised to go to
Greece by the U.S. Embassy. "What have I to
do in Greece?" he asked of our government.
"I have nothing to do there. But I have a job
to complete here and I am staying." And Mrs.
Lowdermilk stayed on, with him.
That's what Richard Tucker and Roberta
Peters did three weeks ago. Let's honor him
for his sense of dignity when he appears here

at the concert-June-26. -

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'Anthology of Modern Hebrew
Poetry' Translated in English Text

Lovers of poetry, and especially those whose interest is specifically
Hebrew poets and poetry, will be enhanced by the veritable treasure
they'll find in the two volumes entitled "Anthology of Modern He-
brew Poetry."
Published by the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Litera-
ture and Israel Universities Press, Jerusalem, with Daniel Davey &
Co., Inc. (257 Park S., NY), as American distributors, this collection
is marked by many valuable aspects.
The selections were from the best known Hebrew poets, and the
translators are highly qualified to tackle their assignments.
Prof. Daniel A. Fineman of the Tel Aviv University English
department, evaluated the translations.
Adding to the important collection of verses is the literary
merit of the undertaking, as well as the inherent value in the
biographical sketches of the poets which precede their poems.
The collection starts with 18 poems by Chaim Nahman Bialik. A
two-page biographical essay introduces the reader to the eminent
Hebrew writer. He is appropriately followed by Shaul Tcher-
aikhovsky — his biography and 16 of his poems.
In the first volume, in addition to Bialik and Tchernikhovsky,
the poets whose works have been include are: Yaakov Cahan, Yaakov
Fichman, Avraham Ben-Yitzhak, Yehuda Karni, David Shimoni, Avig-
dor Hameiri, Zalman Shneour, Yaakov Steinberg, I. Z. Rimon, Rachel,
Israel Efros, David Fogel, Esther Raab and Yeshurun Keshet.
In the second volume appear the biographical sketches and
poems of Nri Zvi Greenberg, Avraham Regelson, Yitzhak Lamdan,
Avraham Shlonsky, Yocheved Bat Miriam, Levi Ben-Amitai, Haim
Lenski. Shin Shalom, Avraham Broides, Shimshon Stelzer, Natan Alter-
man, Leah Goldberg and Gavriel Frei].
This is a veritable Who's Who of the greatest of the world's
poets. The group chosen for translations of their poems is, col-
lectively, the literary aristocracy of the Jewish people.
Their translators are skilled bilingually. Joseph Shachter ren-
dered into English the very informative introduction. Translators of
the poems include Robert Friend, A. C. Jacobs, Richard Flantz, Dom
Moraes, Abraham Birman.
Avraham Regelson's "Anent the Man of the Stars" was trans-
lated by the author himself.
The introduction is both an evaluation of the poetry selected by
the two able editors, and of their authors. Their works are analyzed •
and commented upon in relation to the poets' attitudes, their associa-
tion with and reactions to the other poets and the historic events that
influenced them.
The introduction emphasizes that "modern Hebrew poetry marks
the renaissance of the Hebrew nation." It states:
"Previous attempts made during the period of the Haskala (tbe
Jewish Cultural Emancipation) had all proved unsuccessful, and their
failure was due to a variety of causes. The poetry was too self-
imitative to arouse the dormant strains of music in the language,
and consequently it remained pseudo-biblican and unoriginal. More-
over, it was too emulative of other poetry, striving to adopt forms that
were essentially alien to its own spirit, and thus it became pseudo-
classical and barren, unable to reproduce its own past or that of others!
—but it must attest to the mighty spirit that pervaded its past, mir-
roring its cultural and spiritual heritage."
The manner in which this was attained is evidenced in the total
evaluative picture and in the poems themselves, and these two volumes
thus serve a most important purpose in the explanation of the develop-
ment of Hebrew literature, Hebrew poetry and the Israeli renaissance.

ADL Report on Rightists

"America has rejected the false counsel of radical extremism in
the past, always holding true to its best traditions — conservative in
its sense of balance, liberal in its search for justice. For the American
people are neither radicals nor extremists. whether or not they happen
to agree with the prevailing national policies of the moment. In the
long run, Americans will also reject the false counself of the Birchers
and their allies."
This is the firm assertion of Benjamin R. Epstein and Arnold
Forster, Bnai Brith Anti-Defamation League leaders, in their report
on the Birch Society and its allies, republished as a paperback under
the title "The Radical Right" by Random House as a Vintage Book.
The paperback is updated and expanded since the appearance of the
original volume in 1966. .

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