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January 12, 1968 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-01-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
improved Contact 6-Friday, Jemmy 12, 196$
With Distant Jews Archaeology's Proof of Correctness
Goal of Journey
of Biblical Tradition Told by Albright

NEW YORK - Contact will be
renewed with some small and lone-
ly Jewish communities in the Far
East when one of the top leaders
of the World Jewish Congress, Dr.
Max Nussbaum, chairman of the
American section
of the Congress,
will visit Japan,
Hong Kong, Thai-
land, India and
Iran this month
in the course of
an extended leave
from his pulpit
in California.
The Jewries of
Japan, India,
Iran and Hong
Kong are affiliat-
ed with the Word
Jewish Congress,
but contacts are
sparse as a result
. Nussbaum of the distances.
The Jews in Japan are mostly for-
eigners, Americans in the main.
In the subcontinent of India there
is too little contact even between
local groups, for instance between
the Bene Israel and the sophisti-
cated Jews of New Delhi, some of
whom occupy top positions in the
Indian civil service.
Similar difficulties due to local
conditions exist in most of these
distant outposts of Jewish life.
Dr. Nussbaum's visit, as rep-
resentative of the World Jewish
Congress and its American sec-
tor, is expected to provide an
Important step toward an in-
gathering of these remote groups
into the world Jewish Congress
family, and to give new inspira-
tion to them.
After his Far East journey, Dr.
Nussbaum will spend three to four
months in Israel, participate in the
World Zionist Congress and in the
summer meeting of the World Jew-
ish Congress' global executive in
Geneva. He will also visit some
European Jewish communities, in-
cluding those of Greece and Ro-
mania.
During Dr. Nussbaum's absence
from the United States, Jacob
Katzman, genera/ secretary of Far-
band, will be acting chairman of
the WJC American section.

Israel Billed 3.3 Million
to Pay Families of Liberty
Crewman Killed in June

WASHINGTON (JTA) - The
United States government has sent
Israel a bill for $3,300,000 for com-
pensation to the families of 34
crewman killed June 8 on the USS
Liberty, off the Sinai coast. Is-
raeli planes and torpedo boats had
attacked the ship during the June
war. Robert McCloskey, the State
Department press officer, said that
the bill was sent to Israel on Dec.
29. After the incident, the Israeli
government expressed regrets, and
said it would make amends.

Aussie Jewish Schools
Have Enrollment of 3,600

MELBOURNE, (JTA) - T h e
United Jewish Board of Education
reported here that 450 students are
learning Hebrew at the board's
nine Hebrew centers, and a tote/
of 3,600 are receiving religious in-
structions at Jewish schools.
The report which covers the
years 1966 and 1967 says that the
Hebrew curriculum stresses the
spoken language without neglecting
ritual observances. Some of the
centers have special Bar Mitzva
classes.
The board, in addition, maintains
a mobile Hebrew library and offers
corespondence courses in modern
Hebrew.

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"Thanks to archaeology we have
proof of the correctness of biblical
traditions," Dr. William F. Al-
bright told a capacity audience
at the Shaarey Zedek, Tuesday
evening, in the first of the series
of lectures sponsored by the syna-
gogue.
Prof. Albright, eminent biblical
scholar, who for 30 years headed
the Semitics department of Johns
Hopkins University and for a num-
ber of 'years lived in pre-Israel
Palestine where he was engaged
in archaeological studies, dealt
with archaeology as a science, de-
scribing to the audience of more
than 900 the value of the carbon
dating tests, commending the use-
fulness of computers for philology,
declaring that the Dead Sea Scrolls
and the recent discoveries by Prof.
Yigal Yadin went a long way in
unearthing documents and in prov-
ing biblical verities. He said that
the scrolls that were unearthed in
the Qumran Caves definitely be-
long to the era of 300-250 BCE and
the first century CE.

"We can now say with abso-
lute confidence that the litera-
ture of the Hebrew Bible extends
from the early Second Millenium
down to the 6th Century BCE,"
Dr. Albright said. Based on the
recent archaeological findings,
he added, Homer was relatively
late compared with the Hebrew
lyrical poets. He expressed the
view that the Wisdom Literature
of Israel is very ancient, going
back 700 or 809 years before
Abraham.

Paying tribute to Israel, the emi-
nent scholar said "there was never
a time when Israelites were sav-
ages, barbarians or primitive. They
were not ignorant, were ready to
take advantage of opportunity and
this is what made them great."
Commenting on the lex talionis-
the biblical eye for an eye punish-
ment-he condoned it as an estab-
lished principle which, he said,
"was the first enunciation of equal-
ity in criminal law." He explained
that most laws then were vendett
law "but Hebrew law doesn't tol-
erate that." He emphasized that
"the Bible is an instrument of
empirical logic."
Prof. Albright commenced his
lecture by expressing sorrow at
having missed in the audience
two great scholars - the late
Rabbi Morris Adler and Prof.
Abram Spiro. With reference to
the latter about whom he spoke
several times during the lecture,
he called attention to Prof. Spi-
ro's discovery of the Samaritan
origin of Stefan in Acts in the
New Testament and welcomed
the analysis of that discovery as
it was reported in The Jewish
News (May 12, 1967) review of
the Doubleday Anchor Bible vol-
ume of Acts. He commended Dr.
Spiro's research and said the late

Absence of Jews Noted
in New Ukrainian Court

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON - Although Jews com-
prise more than 2 per cent of the
population of the Ukrainian So-
cialist Republic, there are no Jews
on the membership list of the new
Ukrainian Supreme Court, accord-
ing to reports which reached here
Wednesday. The court is elected
by the Supreme Soviet of the Re-
public which normally takes into
consideration the ethnic balance of
the population when naming new
members.
The absence of Jews from the
list indicates that they were de-
liberately barred from considera-
tion when the elections took place.
Of the 840,314 Jews in the Ukraine
(according to the 1959 census),
there is no lack of qualified jurists.
But there is not a single Jew on
the new court which consists of a
president, first deputy president,
two deputies to the president, 38
judges and 75 people's assessors.

NOW IN PROGRESS

HENRY the HATTER

75th Annual
Clearance Sale

Wayne State University profes-
sor left volumes of unpublished
manuscripts.
Dr. Albright was introduced by
Rabbi Irwin Groner. Avern Cohn,
chairman of the meeting, wel-
comed the gathering to the first
of the series of adult study group
lectures of the Shaarey Zedek cul-
tural commission and announced
the entire series which will con-
tinue for six weeks.
During his Detroit visit, Dr.
Albright was the guest of the
Wayne State University faculty at
a luncheon Wednesday and ad-
dressed two assembly meetings of
Shaarey Zedek students Wednes-
day afternoon and evening.

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