By RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
this, of course, comes our English
The name Zalman is generally name, Leo or Leon.
considered to be a form of the
"Hirsch" is the Jewish word for
Hebrew "Shlomo" (Peace). Some
authorities contend that m any a "deer." In the Bible the Hebrew
Naphtali was associated with
names were corrupted by non-Jews
in Germany who would sometimes a deer w h en the son of Jacob,
Naphtali, was described by
sometimes use such versions as a
means of ridiculing the Hebrew his father as a "hind let loose"
names -or degrading the individual (Genesis 49:21). As is the case with
who bore such names. Apparently, Judah, Napthtali became a combina-
in many cases, this form remained tion name in some places in the
and was used — perhaps as a form , "Naphtali Hirsch" (i.e.
sign that the Jewish people bore Naphtali, the deer). In some cases,
their shame "in honor." It is also the Naphtali was dropped and what
likely that, having been accus- remained was "Hirsch" (deer). In
tomed to being called such names, some cases this was corrupted into
the name became accepted by later the name "Herz."
generations who never associated
the name with the earlier shame
by which it had originally been
the name with the earlier shame by
which it had originally been intend-
Ralph McGill will be the next
ed. Obviously, our name "Solomon,"
by which the name "Shalomo" is speaker in the Bnai Moshe lecture
translated, must have come into
McGill, publisher of the Atlanta
the English language through the
and nationally syn-
German corruption of the name
"Shlomo" into the form of Zal- dicated newspaper columnist, will
man. There may even be a pos- speak on: "Captives of Our En-
sibility that our usage of the term vironment."
This will be the final event in
"Shlomo-Zalnick," as referring to
one who seems to have poor dex- the congregation's 1967 lecture
"Pathways Through Modern
terity and is rather helpless, may
come from the original German Thought" which has been carried
the joint auspices of
association of "Shlomo" with the
ridiculous name of "Zalman" as a the Bnai Moshe auxiliaries.
number of individual
means of embarrasiing a Jew they
came across with the name 'Shlo- tickets will be available to mem-
mo." T h u s Shlomo-Zalnik" is bers of the community by calling
just a further form of "Shlomo the congregation office, LI 8-9000,
Zalman." Later the expression, said lecture committee chairman
"Shlomo-Zalnick," was considered Norbert Reinstein.
to be a contraction of the Hebrew
expression for one who had "no Dr. Drachler to Address
luck" (Shelo-Mazal), until it be- Vaad Public Assembly
came shortened into the well known
Dr. Norman Drachler, superin-
tendent of the Detroit Public
Schools, will address a public as-
Names like "Leib" and "Leibl" sembly of all Orthodox congrega-
were originally associated with the tions in the metropolitan area 8:30
name Judah. Because Judah in the p.m. Oct. 11 at the Vaad Hara-
Bible was associated with a lion bonim Center.
The public is invited.
(Genesis 49:10 - "Judah is a lion's
David J. Cohen, chairman of
whelp."), we hear a man whose
name is "Judah" called "Yehudah Merkaz, will preside. Dr. Drachler
Leib" (i.e. Judah, the Lion). Later will speak on "General Education"
sometimes, the Judah was dropped and Rabbi Leizer Levin, Vaad
and what remained was the "Leib" president, will address the audience
or its diminutive "Leibl." From I on "Jewish Education."
Nelly Sachs Poems to Be Published in English on Oct. 9
A collection of Nelly Sachs' No-
bel Prize-winning poetry will ap-
pear for the first time in the Eng-
lish language on Oct. 9, when Far-
rar, Straus & Giroux will publish
"0 the Chimneys" selected poems
and the verse play "Eli."
The poetry has been translated
by Michael Hamburger, Ruth and
Matthew Mead, and Michael Roloff,
the play by • Christopher Holme.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger, the
German poet and critic, has writ-
ten an introduction to the book.
"0 the Chimneys" contains near-
theme as the murder of her
people only because she had re-
course to her Jewish tradition. As
Enzensberger states in his intro-
duction to "0 the Chimneys": "In
her Stockholm refuge, Nelly Sachs
experienced the genocide of the
S'tars;" and the complete text of final solution more closely than
"Eli," a mystery play of the suf- we who lived near the death camps,
ferings of Israel.
and her book remains the only
ly half of Nelly Sachs' verse. The
book includes in its entirety one
of her most important poem se-
quences, "Glowing Enigmas, I, II,
and III;" poems from six other col-
lections, including "In the Habita-
tions of Death" and "Eclipse of the
When Miss Sachs fled to Sweden poetic testimony that can hold its
from Berlin in 1940, she was able own beside the dumbfounding hor-
to come to terms with so momen- ror of the documentary reports."
Friday, September 29, 1967-15
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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