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October 20, 1967 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-10-20

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
10—Friday, October 20, 1967

NY. - Planning
Plannin
Simhat Tora Event
for Soviet Brethren

NEW YORK---On the first night
after Simhat Tora. New York
Jewry will show its support for
their brave co-religionists in the
Soviet Union by holding a Simhat
Tora celebration in front of the
Park East 5;vnagogue, opposite the
Soviet Mission to the United Na-
tions.

The program. co-sponsored by
the New York Coordinating Com-
mittee for Soviet Jewry of the
New York Jewish Community Re-
lations Council and the New York
Board of Rabbis, with 35 cooperat-
ing organizations, will include
singing and dancing in the streets.
a torch-light procession accompany-
ing the disp'av of the Scrolls, a
talk by. Elie Wiese!, author who
attended Jewish services in Mos-
cow last year: and performance
by Shlomo Carlehach. Ilebrew folk
singer.

Last year. the street lights went
out in Miscow during the Simhat
Tora celebration. Torches were
then improvised by the young peo-
ple. who would not he deterred.

"The demonstrations by the
Jewish youth of Moscow. Leningrad
and Kiev—in spite of religious and
cultural starvation by the govern-
ment—contradict the Soviet claim
that they 'don't care' about being
Jewish," said Rabbi Jacob Gold-
berg. coordinating committee chair-
man.

Israel Not Asked to Games

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Israel
Lawn Tennis Association cabled a
protest to the chairman of the
Asian Tennis Federation in Manila
against the refusal of Malaya to
grant visas permitting an Israeli
team to enter the second Asian
junior tennis championships at
Kuala Lampur Oct. 21.

Did Jesus Plan His Own Crucifixion? Author of *Passover Plot' Says Yes

By PAUL MASSERMAN
In "The Passover Plot" by Dr.
Hugh J. Schonfeld (Bantam
Books), the author relates that
Jesus of Nazareth planned his
own crucifixion in order to estab-
lish himself as the Messiah. This
is a paperback edition of the 'best
seller first published about a year
ago, which "shocked" the Chris-
tian world.
Dr. Schonfeld, an eminent Brit-
ish Jewish scholar, uses material
from the ' - Dead Sea (Scrolls" and
other documents to back up his
theory. The book relates that
'Jesus planned to be given a drug
while on the•cross that would make
him appear' dead. Then friends
could claim :the body, revive him
and fulfill the prophecies that a

Messiah would be resurrected from
the dead.: ,.

• According to the Gospels,
given vinegar on a
sponge while he was on the
Cross. The author holds that this
was a sleep4ndueing drug, not
vinegar. -
Just before he was taken off the
cross, however, a Roman centurion
pierced Jesus' body with a lance.
Jesus was still alive when taken
off the cross. but the wound proved
fatal and Jesus only regained con-
sciousness for a few minutes. When
Mary Magdalen came to the empty
tomb on Sunday morning, she was
met by a "messenger" in a white
robe, who told her to tell the Dis-
ciples that JOsus would meet them

Jesus was

in Galilee. The followers later see

a stranger on the shores of the
Sea of Galilee, and the "beloved
Disciple," first to believe that
Jesus had risen, exclaims "This is
the Master." This is enough for
Peter and the others.
- There
was no deliberate un-
truth in the witness of the follow-
ers of Jesus to his resurrection,"
writes the author, "There was noth.
ing to tell their) what had become
of the body ... Neither had there
been any "fraud" on the part of
Jesus himself. He had planned in
faith for his physical recover
Y. In

a manner he had not foreseen, re- ' he was the Messiah "must be sought ' not because the Jews hounded him
surrection had come to him, and in the times in which he lived thither and did him death, but be-
surely this was for the best, for On his own showing he was not cause - he was persuaded that as
there would have been no future sent except to rescue the lost sheep the Messiah, he must journey to
for a Messiah who returned tern- of Israel. He identified himself Jerusalem in order to be rejected
porarRy to this troubled world with the fulfillment of the Mes- and to die."
"The ruling passion of his life
possibly, - crippled in mind and sianic Hope . . . No one could
be more sure of his vocation than was the coming of the Kingdom
body."
was Jesus and not even the threat of God. For him it had its Hebrew
Jesus had planned to be cru-
of imminent death by the horrible meaning, the time when war and
cified on Friday, according to
torture of crucifixation could make hatred would be banished and the
Dr. Schonfeld, because he knew
him deny his messiahship .. He earth shall be full o" the knowl-
that the body would be taken
believed
it to be incumbent on him edge of the Lord as the waters
down before the ushering in of
to fulfill the messianic predictions. cover the sea."
the Sabbath, and thus the stay
a • •
" 'Jesus acted as he did because
on the cross would be short, an
Schonfeld was in Detroit Oct.
experience that could be sur- , he was consciously fulfilling a ne-
3 to promote his controversial
cessity imposed upon him by God
vived.
book, the latest of several works:
The author claims that the mo- through the demands of the Old
"The Secrets of the Dead Sea
tives of Jesus and his belief that Testament. Ile died in Jerusalem
Scrolls," "Jesus: A Biography"
-The Authentic New Testament."
Dr. Schonfeld suggested in an in-
terview here that the reason Jews
did not accept Jesus as the Mes-
siah was that "they believed—as
New York the final shipment Nazis, and later in several post- Jesus believed himself—that the
,
war
waves
of
emigration.
Only
Kingdom of God would follow al-
to Isroel of Sifrei Tora from Ro-
about 100,000 Jews remain in Ro- mo • immediately. It didn't, and
mania arrived at the Vienna office
Jewish 1 - this is the evidence that Jesus
man i a
of the Joint Distribution Committee lion of some 500,000.
could not have been the Messiah."
earlier this m on t h, it was an-
The first shipment of slightly
He said the Christians took to
nounced by Louis Broido, JDC more than 1,000 scrolls arrived in attacking the Jews as the guilty
chairman. This brings to 2,958 the August, 1966. The second shipment, ones who crucified Christ because
total number of scrolls received close to 1,100 scrolls, arrived in they (the Christians) wished to
during the past 15 months, Broido November. Many of the scrolls gain the favor of the Romans .
said.
required repairs, some extensive, "If the c h u r c h had read the
The Sifrei Tora are being crated some were found to be beyond Gospels carefully, it would never
for reshipment to Israel where they repair. The Ministry of Religious have suggested the Jews were
will be examined and prepared for Affairs called in a n umber of responsible because we are told
distribution, first to congregations scribes to make the necessary re- that the authorities arrested Jesus
of newcomers from Romania and pairs and distribution of the holy secretly in order that the people
then to other congregations. The scrolls are ex pee te d to begin should not know — because they
distribution will be preceded by a shortly.
feared an uprising on the part of
special religious ceremony in Israel
the people."
sponsored jointly by the Romanian EM Hashofet Manufactures
Christian scholars have known
Jewish community, the Israel Minis- Electrical Parts, Neon Lights
many of these facts for years, said
try of Religious Affairs and the
Using Israel Bond funds to intro- Dr. Schonfeld; he merely put them
JDC.
duce diversity into its economic into a language the reader could
Early in 1965, Chief Rabbi, life, Kibutz Ein Hashofet is now understand.
Moses Rosen, of Romania, and the manufacturing electrical fitting.:
late Charles H. Jordan, JDC execu- and lamp components. The main
A COCKTAIL
WHEN YOU
tive vice-chairman, opened discus- product will be a new noiseless and
sions on the transfer of some 3,000 non-flickering neon light which re-
surplus Sifrei Tora to Israel. The sists heat and moisture and doe "
scrolls had remained behind as con- not cause radio interference.
gregations in Romania dwindled or
111,1V•01 • CI TROiT USA .1
Dave Mayor was the coach of
disappeared, first in the deporta-
tions followin
g th
e invasion b the the Pan-Am weightlifting team.

Shipment of Romanian Sifrei Tora
Arrives in Vienna En Route to Israel

A.

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Beth Yehudah Schools

Annual Dinner

Celebrating 53rd Anniversary of this

great institution of learning

IRWIN I. COHN

DAVID J. COHEN

SUNDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 12

at C0130 HALL

Guest Speaker:

RABBI MORDECHAI GIFTER

DAVID GOLDBERG

REUBIN DUBRINSKY

Dean of Rabbinical College of Telshe

Wyckliffe, Ohio

FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 353-6750

F

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DANIEL LAVEN

HONORARY CHAIRMEN

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and
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High School.
and
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Hamedrash

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For Girls
and Teacher's
Seminary

Nursery and
Kindergarten
Afternoon
Talmud Torah

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