Jews Become Carpenters--on Sukkot
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
to do great things. But his son, his want of dignity, but according
Sukkot is a harvest festival Henry Morgenthau Jr., w h o to the Talmud, there seemed to
It takes you back to the time when eclipsed his father politically, have been no letters to the papers
the Jews were all farmers. It's thought differently. He didn't go then.
getting to be that way again. Most into building skyscrapers. He
It was in tune with the Sukkot
every prominent Jew today is a studied farming, although he ended spirit.
farmer, Moshe Dayan is a farmer up as Secretary of the Treasury.
The crops were in. The taxes
by profession. He introduced a The good Jew knows that better
new tomato in Israel and for a than either bungalows or sky- were low. The rent for the sukka
time was minister of agriculture. scrapers is the sukka. Jews must was low, too. The people, of course,
didn't have any television and
Yigal Mon, who is spoken of as build sukkas.
a future prime minister, grows
The Americans, in their early could not see any stars of the
bananas. Gold Meir is a poultry days, lived in a sukka. They called stage, but through the pine
expert. The story was told not so it a log cabin. It is the pride of branches of the sukka, they could
long back how Levi Eshkol, while American history. It served the see the stars in the heavens above.
driving, saw a farm over-filled same purpose for America as the
with weeds. Ile stopped his car sukka did for Israel.
Prof Accused of Lying
and spoke to the owner about it. For many years, you had to be
"But I have no tractor," said the born in a log cabin to be elected About Past in Germany
farmer. President of the United States.
BONN (JTA) — Fridrich Karl
"You don't need a tractor," In the presidential campaign of Vialon, former state secretary of
'William Henry Harrison, they ac- the ministry of economic aid, has
said Eshkol. "Give me a hoe."
The farmer gave Eshkol the tually carried log cabins in the been charged with perjury and is
hoe and the prime minister went political processions,
expected to be put on trial. Vialon
Lincoln teas born in a sukka- swore under oath during a Nazi
to work and soon had the area
I mean a log cabin. So was Andrew I trial that he knew nothing of the
cleared of weeds.
"You know," said the farmer Jackson. Daniel Webster bemoaned killing of Jews. It has since been
to Eshkol, "I think you ought to the fact that he had not been born discovered that he gave orders to
have my job and I should have in a log cabin, but he boasted that assemble Jews from ghettos and
his older brother had been. Maybe concentration camps. Vialon is a
It's almost 2,000 years since the his older brother might have been professor at the University of Saar-
Jews were all farmers, but it elected President if he had run, bruecken.
seems, once you learn a thing, you but Daniel ran and ran and never
was elected. His speeches
'Even God Likes a Winner'
Jews are not only all farmers! good, but he didn't have the log
A recent Life magazine article,
but all are carpenters, too. At Sul:- cabin requirement. It was as though
"Mark Spitz Aims at the Olympics,"
kot time, every Jew becomes too he had not gone to Harvard.
tells this story:
valuable, and you don't see many
One of the Talmudic rabbis said
sukkas, but not so many years that one who had not seen Jeru-
"Mark Spitz was 10 years old and
back, about the middle of Septem- salem at Sukkot time never saw already showing phenomenal prom-
ber, almost every Jew turned car- real joyfulness. It was at Sukkot i4 as a swimmer when a conflict
penter and built his sukka.
time, if I recall correctly, that arose between his afternoon work-
The elder Henry Morgenthau Rabbi Gamaliel made it a practice outs and the requirements of the
was a big real estate man and to "show off" his prowess as a Hebrew school he attended in Sac-
once, addressing a college class, juggler, entertaining the public. I ramento. Mark's father went to the
he said to the students: "Don't be suppose today, if a man of his rabbi and explained where he
bungalows, be skyscrapers." stature should do that, there would stood. 'Rabbi,' said Arnold Spitz,
He was trying to inspire them be letters to the papers protesting 'even God likes a winner.'"
8—Friday, October 20, 1967
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
2nd Nazi on Trial Commits Suicide
BONN (JTA)—One of 14 ex-Nazi
policemen standing trial at Wup-
pertal for the massacre of 2,000
Jews in the Bialystok ghetto, in
1941, hanged himself in his cell
last weekend, after fellow de-
fendents gave incriminating testi-
mony against him.
The man, Heinrich Schneider,
53, was the second defendent to
take his life of a group that ori-
ginally. numbered 24 members of
the notorious police batallion 309.
He had been a lieutenant in the
batallion at the time of the atro-
cities and, after the war, served as
a police officer in Cologne. Schneid-
er was arrested twice in 1963 and
1966, but subsequently was released
on bail. His re-arrest was ordered
following Saturday's testimony,
Members of the battalion are
accused of having forced Jews
into the Bialystok synagogue on
TEL AVIV (ZINS)—There has June 27, 1941, drenching the build-
been a bitter struggle between Mo- ing with gasoline and igniting it
she Kol, minister for tourism, who with hand grenades. An estimated
favors charter flights to Israel, and 2,000 Jews were burned alive. Of
Moshe Carmel, minister of commu- the original 24 defendents, one
nications, who opposes such a plan. previously committed suicide and
According to a decision by the nine died of other causes,
government, charter flights will
now be permitted but with one
proviso: this privilege will be ac-
corded to Christians only.
The Israeli press posed the fol-
lowing query: In the United States
there reside 6,000,000 Jews and
because of high travel costs only
a small number of them have
visited Israel. Why should not the
American Jews with modest means
benefit from the same privilege
that is being granted to Christian
pilgrims? Why are Christian pil-
grims considered more important
than American Jews who cannot
afford luxury-class flights?
Israel Flight Privileges
Valid for Christians Only
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