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February 16, 1968 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-02-16

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Hadassah Aids Food Distribution



(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

At Nazareth, with the new Basilica of the Annuncia-
tion tower in the background, priests, nuns, doctors and directors
of Christian institutions gather outside the School of the Sisters
to receive gifts of free food for children. The food, provided by
the United States government, is distributed on its behalf by
Hadassah. Supervision the food distribution is (second from left)
Mrs. Rhoda L. Cohen, chairman of Hadassah's "Food for Freedom"
project in Israel. At the right (facing camera) is Father M. Joseph
Stiassny of Jerusalem, who acted as liaison with the institutions
benefitting from the gift, which went to orphans, school children
and pediatric patients.

Soviets Claiming Yiddish Theater

Gave Solo Leningrad Performance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The So- in Wilno, the old capital of Lithu-
viet Embassy, in an obvious re- ania, who have relatives buried in
sponse to charges that the Yiddish the cemetery had no advance in-
theater in Russia has been sup- formation of its shut down and
pressed, issued a press release were confronted with a fait ac-
here reporting that "the Vilnius compli. Soviet Lithuanian authori-
P eoples Yiddish Theater" has ties published the announcement
again appeared in Leningrad. of their plans for the cemetery site
The release disclosed, however, in a local newspaper which is not
that the players were not profes- circulated outside of the town.
sionals "but amateurs, factory
workers, engineers, school teach- Lubavitch Classic
ers, office clerks and students who
give tip all their spare time to Printed in Italian
NEW YORK — "Tanya" — the
The embassy reported that Faiva book considered to be the basic
Abramovich and a female vocal work of Habad-Lubavitch philos-
quartet sang "Hava Nagila" and ophy—has been published in Ital-
drew an ovation. It said the con- ian, it was announced here by
cert featured the choral work "on Kehot Publication Society, the Lu-
the land of Oryol and Neman," bavitcher publishing house.
rendered in Lithuanian, Yiddish,
The Italian version was pub-
and Russian. Also on the program, lished by the Lubavitcher office
it reported, was "All Men Are in Milan.
Brothers" by I. L. Peretz, Yiddish
"Tanya" was written by Rabbi
folk tunes, dances, freilakbs were
Shneur Zalman of Liadi, founder
of the Habad-Lubavitch move-
The Soviet report said the
ment, and was printed for the
show was "highly professional" first time in its original Hebrew
although performers were non- text on the 20th of Kislev, 5557
professionals who were as- (1796), in Slavita, Russia. It has
sembled to perform as amateurs.
since undergone 58 printings, in
The company director was numerous countries, and has be-
identified as "Leonid Lourie, come the most popular Hasidic
merited art worker of Lithuania." philosophical work.
The report said he "has followed
Tanya has five parts, three of
the directing precepts of his teach- which have already been pub-
er, Solomon Mikhoels." Mikhoels, lished in English.
a famous figure in the Jewish the-
Rabbi Gershon Garelik, direc-
ater, was killed in the Stalin tor of Lubavitcher activities in
Italy, stated that he received in-
No indication was given that the structions from the Lubavitcher
"Vilnius Yiddish Company" gave Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M.
more than a single performance. Schneerson, to proceed with the
The last time the Yiddish players publication of the remaining parts
performed in Leningrad was in of the Tanya in Italian, and that
1966, the embassy said.
work on this project is currently
• • •
well under way.
Kehot also announces the publi-
Kovno Cemetery Picked
cation of a new book on the life
works of Rabbi Shneur Zalman
for Soviet Housing Site
of Liadi, authored by Rabbi Chan-
LONDON (JTA)—A 300-year-old och Glitzenstein, of Jerusalem,
Jewish cemetery near Kovno, published in Hebrew.
capital of the Soviet Lithuanian
Republic, has been taken over by
municipal authorities for use as a Dutch Unions to Build
housing site, it was learned here. Rest Center in Israel
The cemetery is located in the
town of Jonava (Yeneve) and con- trade unions will build a $1,600,000
tains the graves of a number of holiday bungalow camp for their
famous men.
members on a site near Tel Aviv
The confiscation of the burial on which the unions have taken an
ground was done "in a civilized option, it was announced here by
manner," according to eye-witness Sen. A. H. Kloos, president of the
accounts reaching here. The tomb- Socialist Trade Union of the
stones were handled with care and Netherlands. The colony will have
moved to a corner of the site until a capacity of 400 beds. Sen. Kloos
it is decided which of them should was one of a group of Dutch trade
be preserved.
union leaders who visited Israel
But Jews in nearby Kovno and recently.

Phylacteries worn on the head
and on the arm are called "Tefil-
The exact etymology of this
name as applied to the phylacteries
is not known for certain. This
leaves room for speculation
amongst scholars. Indeed, they are
not called Tefillin in the Biblical
literature. Some feel that the name
first appeared during the Babylon-
ian exile. The first to refer to them
by this name are recorded to be
Shamai and Hillel (Mekilta Bo,
Yerushalmi Erubin 10:1). Some
claim that the word Tefillin comes
from a word "Pala" meaning to
separate or to distinguish (Psalm
31:22). In this respect the Tefillin
are worn to make the wearer dis-
tinguished, i.e. to single him out
as one who fears the Almighty.
Some like to consider the word
"Tefillin" as stemming from the
word "Tofal" which means to "ad-
here to" or to "stick to" (Ezekiel
13). In this sense (as Rabbenu
Bachye claims) the Tefillin sym-
bolize that we are "joined to the
Almighty" just as the Tefillin are
joined to our head and arms. Still
others claim that the word "Tefil-
lin" stems from the word "Pallal"
which means to "judge" or "to
argue for" or "to convince" or "to
debate." The idea would then be
tantamount to saying that the
"Tefillin" project the argument
that we are the people of the Al-
1 mighty. They serve to convince all
I who see our Tefillin that we are
I His subjects. by serving as proof
of this.
"Tefillin" of the arm is com-
posed of one box with one scroll
in it while the "Tefillin" placed
on the head is composed of four
different compartments each
with an individual scroll (i.e. 4
scrolls in all).
Basically the Biblical text speaks
of the "Tefillin" on the arm in
the singular (i.e. "a sign") while
it speaks of the "Tefillin" on the
head in the plural (i.e. "frontlets).
Both the "Tefillin" contain the
four passages where the Bible men-1
tins the commandment of "Tefil-
lin." The one placed on the arm
contains one scroll upon which all
four are written consecutively.
while the one placed on the head
contains four individual scrolls
each of which contains one of the
passages. Some commentaries try I
to rationalize this difference by
claiming that of the five human!
senses, the hand has only one (i.e.
the sense of touch) while the head
contains four senses (sight, smell.
taste, vision). The "Tefillin" re-
mind us to be ever aware of the
presence of the Almighty and the
human being can sense His pres-
ence with any one or all of the five
senses, becoming aware that what-
ever he comes in contact with in
the Universe is directly involved
with the Almighty's presence which
is everywhere (Silo Hol Ha-Aretz
K'vodo). Some like to consider the
difference between the head piece
and the arm piece to signify that
while one may have many diver-
sified thoughts in mind his ac-
tions should demonstrate a unity
of purpose.

Youth Leadership Unit
to Study UJA Needs

NEW YORK—Some 39 young
Jewish men and women, commu-
nity leaders in the 15 American
cities which they represent, will
fly to Israel from Kennedy Inter-
national Airport Sunday for a two-
week survey of post-war humani-
tarian needs in that country. -
The mission is sponsored by the
Young Leadership Cabinet of the
nationwide United Jewish Appeal.
The two weeks will be devoted to
an intensive study of the increased
hardships imposed on immigrants
in Israel by the Six-Day War and
the continuing crisis.

Back in 1842 when Tyler was
President and the West was still
to be won, a minstrel man named
Edwin "Pops" Christy gave birth
to a new idea. His spiritual de-
scendents, t h e NEW CHRISTY
MINSTRELS, come to Masonic
Auditorium 8:20 p.m., March 2.

Friday, February 16, 1968 33



Seek Option for Jews on Public School Prayers

MONTREAL (JTA) — Represen-
tatives of the Canadian Jewish
Congress are discussing with the
Portestant School Board of Greater
Montreal a modification of the
school program that would elimin-
ate the present need for Jewish
pupils either to participate in daily
Christian religious exercises or be
officially excused from participa-
Most Jewish children in Mon-
treal attend the public schools
operated by the Protestant School
Board. All public schools in Que-
bec are under either Protestant
or Catholic auspices and are sup-
ported by taxes which Jewish par-
ents must also pay, even when
they choose to send their children
to Jewish day schools.
The required religious exer-
cises in the Protestant schools,
normally held during the first
20 minutes of each school day,
but often less in practice, consist

of the Lord's Prayer and a Prot-
estant hymn. At some grade
levels, selected passages from
the Bible are read in class. The
Jewish pupils seldom use the op-
tion of being excused. I
The plan is to offer the choice of
three courses—Protestant, Newish
and non-theological—to parents at
a few selected Protestant schools
next fall. A Canadian Jewish Con-
gress official said the proposed
courses were not considered "a
substitute for the afternoon Jewish
religious schooling which many
Jewish children receive after pub-
lic school hours" but would pro-
vide "some religious instruction
for the Jewish children who do not
attend the afternoon classes."

Bergman Promoted
to Commonwealth V-P

Reuben T. Bergman, 32870
Robinhood, Birmingham, has been
elected ,a vice president in the
metropolitan division of Bank of
Last Book by Scholar,
the Commonwealth.
Bergman joined the , Common-
Prof. Segal, Published
as a commercial loan officer
JERUSALEM, — The last scien-
tific work or the oldest Bible scho- in 1965. He earned a bachelor of
degree in economics from
lar in Israel, Hebrew University
Professor Emeritus Moses Hirsch Columbia University in 1954 and a
(Zvi) Segal, who died early in master's in business administration
January at age 91, was published from Harvard Business School in
by the Magness Press of the He- 1956. In addition to his bank duties,
he is an adjunct assistant professor
brew University this week.
The book, a fresh examination of business administration at the
of the composition and authorship University of Michigan. He is mar-
of the Pentateuch, is entitled "The ried and has three children.
Pentateuch, its Composition and
Contents and other Biblical Stu-
dies." Despite his failing health,
Prof. Segal took a close interest in
the work connected with the pub-
"Music at Its Best
lication of the book, proofreading
for Your Guests"
and supervising various details
coucerned with its preparation for
the press.
Prof. Segal, who was a tutor in
Bible and Semitic languages at
Oxford University before settling
Distinctive Styling for
in Israel, laid the foundations for
Dining and Dancing
the teaching of Bible at the Hebrew
Featuring Hammond Organ
University which he joined in 1925,
soon after its opening. By the time
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he retired in 1949, he had trained
large numbers of students. some
of whom have bere biblical
scholars and teacher of Bible in
institutions of higher\learning
throughout Israel.


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Sapir in Washington
Talks With Economists
About Trade Woes

Finance Minister Pinchas Sapir
met with leading U. S. economic
officials on questions arising from
the U. S. balance of payments
problem and other matters.
It was learned that Sapir dis-
cussed financial issues and plans
in light of the developing U. S.
economic situation against the
background of Israel's needs. He
stressed Israel's desire to co-oper-
ate to promote stability in the de-
veloping financial scene.
Sapir called on President Harold
Linder of the U. S. Export-Import
Bank: Director William Gaud of
the U, S. Agency for International
Development, and U. S. Secretary
of Treasury Henry Fowler.
The Israel finance minister was
accompanied by Ambassador Av-
raham Harman, Economic Minis-
ter Shimon Alexandroni• and Dr.
Shlomo Sitton, economic counsel-
lor of the embassy.

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