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August 25, 1967 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-08-25

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Weekly Quiz

By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX

(Copyright 1967, JTA

Inc.)

Why do some Jews lay the
tombstones flat down over the
grave instead of placing it in
an upright position over the
head of the grave?

This is the traditional Sephardic
(oriental Jewish) custom. Zunz
Geshite U n d Literatur,
393) feels that this is a residue
of the ancient custom of erecting
a super-structure over the grave.
Some feel that it is an expression
of deviation from what seems to
have developed as a non-Jewish
custom of erecting the tombstone
in an upright position. It might
perhaps be said that laying the
tombstone flat over the grave has
the effect of covering the entire
grave and thus serves as a practi-
cal means of prohibiting anyone
from stepping on the grave. Fur-
thermore an upright tombstone
would appear to look like a statue
to which Jewish tradition is averse.

(Zur

*

Why do some people throw
salt in front of the bride and
groom at a wedding?

Eleazor Rokeach of Worms (Se-

fer Horakeah haGadol, 353) men-

text of the German pietists attri-
buted to Rabbi Judah Hasid.
Some explain the reason for this
practice to be an indication that
we have concern for our holy books
of prayer, scripture and learning
and that if one had been dropped
it was not because of our lack of
concern or contempt for it; but
rather because of a sheer accident.
Some consider a holy book sym'
bolic of the human being himself.
We kiss the dropped volume as a
display of our affection for holi-
ness and as a symbol of hope that
the Almighty will guard us from
falling—and, if we do fall, will
raise us tenderly from our fall
with His eternal love. It is to be
noticed that some people will kiss
a prayer book or a Bible just be-
fore they lay it down after con-
cluding their particular use of it
for the moment. Again, this be-
comes a symbol that the book is
being laid down not because it is
being discarded but only until we
will use it again. We thus never
"throw away" our sacred books,
but only lay them down tenderly
until we use them again.

Beth El to Observe
an Anniversary

tions this custom and explains that
it is done as a symbol that the
bond between bride and groom
be everlasting. He bases it on the
Temple Beth El will observe
Biblical passage that associates Wednesday the 100th anniversary
salt with the concept of perman- of the dedication of its Washing-
ence, i.e. "It is an everlasting ton Blvd. building.
The temple site, where Stouffer's
covenant of salt before the Lord
Restaurant now stands at the
unto thee" (Numbers 18:19).
corner of the boulevard and Clif-
Why do some people kiss a ford, was dedicated in the pres-
Hebrew Book of holy character ence of ,a capacity crowd, among
whom was the special weekend
if it has been dropped?
This custom is first mentioned guest, Rabbi Isaac M. Wise, from
in the Sefer Hasidium, a medieval Cincinnati.

Boulder, Colorado,
Gets First Synagogue

A procession from the Rivard
St. synagogue to the new temple
consisted of 13 girls dressed in
white, carrying bouquets; the
five oldest members of the temple
who were bearing Tora scrolls;
Rabbi Elias Eppstein, spiritual
leader of the temple who also
was great-grandfather of Morris
Abram, national president of the
American Jewish Committee; Dr.
Wise; and officers and trustees
of the congregation.

BOULDER, Colo, (JTA)—Brick-
laying ceremonies were held here
for 39 Jewish families for what
will be this city's first synagogue.
Financial support for the struc-
ture was obtained through the
symbolic sale of bricks to mem-
bers of the congregation.
The Jewish community consists
At that time, the Detroit Jewish
of a very few long-time residents
and a sizeable number who arrived community numbered some 500,
in
a general population of 60,000.
within the past few years, For
many years Jewish families wor- Most of the Jewish community was
shipped in homes of the members of German origin, and the only
or in rented quarters. With the other synagogue in existence was
coming of the High Holy Days, Shaarey Zedek at Congress and
services will be held in the syna- St. Antoine.
The Washington Blvd.-Clifford
gogue for the first time—although
it is presently only about 60 per structure was purchased for $17,000
from
Tabernacle Baptist Church,
cent complete.
and the congregation spent an-
other $10,000 for furnishings.
Rabbi Wise delivered the dedi-
cation address and spoke again at
Sabbath services Saturday morn-
ing. President was David J. Work-
urn, and president of the school
board was Bernhard Prell, who of-
ficiated at the classroom dedica-
tion Sunday.

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NEW YORK (JTA)—Rabbi Dr.
Moses D. Tendler, an orthodox
rabbi who is spiritual leader of a
congregation, teaches Talmud at
the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theo-
logical Seminary of Yeshiva Uni-
versity, and is acknowledged bac-
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In addition to teaching both
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"Eight Lights: The Story of
Hanuka," by William F. Rosen-
blum and Robert J. Rosenblum,
published by Doubleday, unfolds
as the memories of eight individ-
uals recall the witnessing of the
miracle of the burning lamp which
had only enough fuel for one day
and one night, yet stayed aflame
for eight days and nights.
This is the first book treating
the festival of Hanukah as an ob-
servance fraught with universal
meaning. Through the reflections
of a rabbi who recalls the Hit-
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"Eight Lights" stresses anew how
priceless liberty is and how it has
to be fought for in every age.
Magnificent paintings and draw-
ings by Shraga Weil, one of mod-
ern Israel's finest artists, illustrate
this dramatic retelling of the story
of Hanuka.
William F. Rosenblum, rabbi-for-
life of Temple Israel, New York,
wrote this book in collaboration
with his son, Robert J. Rosenblum,
a professional writer, to clarify
the often-misunderstood basic
ideas of Hanuka for modern Jews
and non-Jews alike.

Friday, August 25, 1967 15

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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all time was the 6-foot-tall Robert
Earl Hughes of Fish Hook, Ill. He
was an 11-lb. baby and weighed

378 lbs. at the age of 10. His great-
est recorded weight was 1,069 lbs.
early in 1958. He died in Benville,
Ind., July 10, 1958.

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Daylight Time to Effect
Slihot, Morning Prayer

Rabbi Leizer Levin, President of
the Council of Orthodox Rabbis
announced that due to the intro-
duction of Eastern Daylight Sav-
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30 at 1 a.m. and that when the days
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time when it will be permissible
to daven in the morning, will be an
hour later than in previous years.

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