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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the fifth day of Sivan, 5728, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Num. 1:1-4:20. Prophetical portion, Hosea 2:1-22.
Candle lighting, Friday, May 31, 8:42 p.m.
VOL. LIII. No. 11
May 31, 1968
Shavuot 'Zman Matan Toratend
Shavuot is the "Zman Matan Toratenu,"
the sacred festival that marks the Giving of
the Law to Moses on Sinai. It is the holiday
that commemorates the biblical festival of the
first fruits. It is the occasion to recall the
Revelation on Sinai — the presentation to
Israel, and through Israel to mankind, of the
This is the festival that marks consecra-
tion of youth to the ideals of the parents and
it coincides with the graduations, the com-
mencements, the confirmations in synagogues
This is the period of hope, of our aspira-
tion that the children will pursue the ideals of
Yet, in our time, it is marred by indiffer-
ence, by the temporariness of youths' role in
the ranks of the elders who are holding fast
to traditions and to the heritage of the faith.
Too many of the young consider com-
mencement as conclusion, and often the corn-
munity has to wait for historic developments
to reawaken interest in Jewry and Judaism
on the part of the children who are so vital to
us in the continuity of our labors of uphold-
ing the legacies that are ours.
Recognition of this truth need not be
interpreted as despair. The imperishability of
-Israel has been established by historic experi-
ence, and Israel's glories are never totally
dimmed. But the conditions of our time, the
acts that are viewed as revolts which are often
so senseless, react also somewhat negatively
in our own ranks, and as we observe the
festival of the great traditions of the Decalo-
gue, of the rabbinic teachings which have
established an effective ethical set of codes,
we pray for strength in our ranks in support
of the ideals that are inherent in the Shavuot
Shavuot remains the occasion for reaf-
firmation of Israel's adherence to faith, of our
people's role in the loyalty to the great ethical
values inherent in our inherited traditions.
The festival is the occasion to inspire
youth to hold fast to the legacy that sustains
us. It is the time to inspire in our youth a
desire to continue Jewish studies.
It is, in great measure, a time to
strengthen the family ties which are so vital
in establishing the highest standards of living.
Shavuot, as the symbol of adherence to
the Law and the strengthening of our cultural
values, remains one of the great festivals on
our calendar, and it is as such that we usher
in this festival in our holiday spirit with
faith and confidence in the future.
Guide to Education: Kerber's
Collection of Quotable Quotes
Prof. August Kerber, chairman of the Wayne State University
college of education, has drawn upon so many sources to compile
his "Quotable Quotes on Education," published by WSU Press, that
this work at once commends itself to all who seek guidance in cultural
Talmudic lore, views of eminent rabbinic and lay scholars, definite
expression by famous educators—the most representative of the world's
authorities are included among those chosen for quotations in this
thorough accumulation of views on education.
. Among Dr. Kerber's selections on learning and scholarship, from
the Talmud, are these:
"A scholar should not take up his abode in a town in which
there is not, among other requisites of civilization, an elementary
"The rivalry of scholars advances learning.
tained in the advancement of Hebrew studies
"A scholar is greater than a prophet.
and related Center activities.
there is no bread, there is no learning, and if there is no
Outlining the proposed schedule of activi-
learning, there is no bread.
ties in Israel for the Detroit Ulpan students,
"As a little wood can set light to a great tree, so young pupils
the Jewish Center emphasizes the following:
sharpen the wits of great scholars.
"Learn a little here and a little there, and you will increase
"The course utilizes the Habet Ushma Visual
Method of language instruction. This is a He-
brew adaptation of the famous St. Cloud method
Prof. Kerber turned to Sefer Hasidim for a comment on parent-
originally developed in behalf of UNESCO. The children relationship, using the following:
Hebrew adaptation was developed over a
"Who trains his son in good deeds from childhood on, trains him
four-year period by language specialists at the to be a good pilot, who knows how to steer his ship to port."
Technion University in Israel. The Jewish
There is this interesting selection on education in general from
Community Center has had considerable experi- the writings of Herbert George Wells (1966-1946):
ence with this method in its current program
"The Jewish religion, because it was a literature-sustained
involving more than 200 adults and some 50
religion, led to the first efforts to provide elementary education
teen-agers. Experience thus far indicates that
for all the children in the community."
the St. Cloud method is not only superior to the
traditional granunar-centered language instruc-
On the subject of curriculum, the noted Jewish scholar, Joseph
tion but also to the more modern audio-lingual Jastrow (1863-1944) is quoted: "The psychologist has been slander-
ously defined as a man who tells you what everybody knows in lan-
It is encouraging to know that for the guage nobody can understand." And on the same subject Thomas
wrote: "I have never thought a boy should undertake abstruse
coming year the Center is -planning "to en- Jefferson
difficult sciences, such as mathematics in general, till 15 years of
sure continuity and prevent loss of skills" or
age at soonest. Before that time, they are best employed in learning
by providing an opportunity for all partici- the languages, which is merely a matter of memory."
pants in the Ulpan to attend weekly group
Perhaps it is time in this era of revolt to quote the selection in
sessions with the same staff" and continue this book, on the question of curriculum, from Samuel Johnson who
use of the highly-acclaimed language-labora- wrote: "Every man has a physical right to think as he pleases, or it
cannot be discovered how he thinks. But, sire, no member of a
In this fashion, the Detroit Center's role society has a right to teach any doctrine contrary to what the society
as a participant in Jewry's cultural advance- holds to be true." And Johnson also is quoted as follows: "It is re-
Persians, by an ancient writer, that the sum of their
ment is definitely assured and the Jewish ported of the
consisted in teaching their youth to ride, to shoot with a
community has cause to share in the pride education
bow, and to speak truth."
of achievement by a dedicated group of
Mark Twain is quoted at length and so are so many scholars,
writers and public figures that the list represents the thinking
of people best equipped to discuss education.
There is a note from the Apocrypha: "Consider that I labored not
for myself, but for all them that seek learning."
On the question of colleges Sir Max Beerholm (1872-1956) wrote:
"I was a modest, good-humored boy; it is Oxford that made me in-
tions have yet to learn how to communicate to sufferable."
Israelis and to young Americans, that Israel
From the Midrash is excerpted the tribute to those who
teach and those who learn: "Teachers and school children are
still is being discussed on the basis of "to be
society's- most beautiful ornaments."
or not to be" and that "tree planting had
nothing to do with the Israeli victory last
Isaac Goldberg, Samuel Gompers, Heinrich Heine, Jacob Braude,
Harold Joseph Laski, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Andre Maurois, David Sarnoff, Dr. Stephen Samuel Wise were chosen
If it is true, as Dr. Teller contends, that as
contributors of guidelines on education by Prof, Kerber.
Jewish Center's Role in Education
Detroit's Jewish Community Center has
rendered such valuable service to our com-
munity in the advancement of Hebrew learn-
ing that its newest project deserves added
commendation. In its efforts to encourage
advanced Hebrew studies in Israel by those
who have had proper introduction to the
subject in the elementary courses, the De-
troit Center has gained recognition national-
ly and in Israel.
A Youth Ulpan in Israel at the Haifa
Technion will commence, for a 10-week
period, in June, and the enrollees who are
enthusiastically undertaking to pursue their
studies in the Israel environment are giving
evidence of a deep interest that links the
community with the Center.
The new Jewish Center project, which
is expected to be continued in the years to
come, assures a significant role for the De-
troit movement in the national educational
efforts and gives Detroit's Center special
status in cultural matters.
This fact is especially significant in view
of the conclusions that were reached in re-
cent surveys that Jewish centers are not
contributing sufficiently to the cultural life
of Jewish communities. When these views
were publicized, it was our privilege to in-
dicate that Detroit is an exception to the
expressed opinions and that our Jewish Cen-
ter emphasizes the Jewish cultural needs.
This becomes apparent in the progress at-
Public Relations vis-a-vis Israel and the U.S
A warning that the base of support for
Israel in the United States may be limited as
a result of alienation of Negro Americans
from the American Jewish community was
sounded by Dr. Judd Teller, head of the
American-Histadrut Cultural Exchange Insti-
tute, who urges that Jewish organizations
should face the issue by enlisting wider sup-
port for Israel throught the establishment
of better relationships with the Negro
The disturbing factor in Dr. Teller's bit of
advice is his assertion that Jewish organiza-
one segment of American Jewry was influ-
Speaking about teachers, Dr. Wise said: "The business of the
enced by the Six-Day War—the rabbinate—
American teacher is to liberate American citizens to think apart
then it is time to probe further into the
and to act together."
validity of public relations vis-a-vis Israel. We
the several sections into which this book is divided there
seem to have weakened in that area, and the is one devoted
sooner there is correction in this regard the
The collection denotes good judgment, and the editor's labors
better for Israel and for American Jewry.
certainly justify the publishing of such a splendid work.