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Barbara W. 1Tuchman's 'Bible and Sword':
Assumes Major Role in Zionist History

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, June 28, 1968-35

Israeli Divorces Are Running High

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The min- had helped them find housing
with interest free loans provided
dreamers,
and
those
who
today
tionally
interesting
review
of
Barbara W. Tuchman, already
istry for religious affairs reported
by the Wolfson Foundation.
advocate
Aliyah
will
find
paral-
biblical interests, of Bible tran-
noted for her brilliant analyses of
Wednesday that divorces are run
lelisms in an age when there
slations, of the links, as phrased
world affairs, has produced a
should have been mass move- ning at a rate of 10 percent of
by Matthew Arnold, of "the
great work in her "Bible and
ments,
but the idea of Zion marriages among Israel's Jewish
English
and
history
of
us
MUSIC
genius
Sword" in which she presents a
Redeemed
was a mere dream population. The rabbinate regis-
thorough review of "England and
to the genius and history of the
(Just Great)
until the Herzlian and post-Herz- tered 18,200 marriages and 1,960
Hebrew people."
Palestine from the Bronze Age to
MAURY
LITTLE
divorces last year. Civil marriage
lian times.
Incidental to these studies also
Balfour."
AND THE TOWNSMEN
and
divorce
are
prohibited
in
Is-
is Mrs. 'Tuchman's interesting
This outstanding study, pub-
Herzl's difficulties, the strug-
KE 4-5980
account of Hebrew scholarship
lished by Funk and Wagnalls (380
gles for power among the na- rael.
in England, and these factors
Madison, N.Y. 17), is a major
tions that sought footholds in the
In another area, the ministry
serve a valuable purpose in the
work. It is of special merit for
Middle east, the obstacles en- announced that it had found
defining of one of the most fas-
our time, since it not only presents
countered by Chaim Weizmann pulpits for 19 new immigrant
cinating subjects related to
a history of British interests in
—these and scores of other de- rabbis during the past year and
biblical influences and the ori-
Palestine and the Middle East but
tails have been reconstructed in
gins of British devotions to sub-
also covers the interests that af-
the excellently written work Interior Ministry Reports
jects related to Palestine and
fected the occurrences in that area
that emerges as such a brilliant 60% More Civilian Permits
Weddings, Bar Mitzvas
the fables that arose regarding
of the world involving other world
Group Portraits
collection of data in the Tuch- For Carrying Weapons
earliest British links with the
powers. It deals with the French
356-8819
man history.
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Min-
early Christians. There is the
concern and France's aspirations
The Arab interests are not ig-
fable that Joseph of Arimathea nored, and it becomes apparent istry of Interior announced today
in Syria and Lebanon and the
was the personified founder of that there was a short period dur- that the number of permits issued
power struggles in that sphere
"Merging Traffic"
the
British church, of British ing which Arab leaders indeed ap- to civilians for carrying weapons
which became a battleground for
Accelerated
has increased 60 percent over
pilgrimages, the share in the proved of Zionist aims.
several nations.
Rock and Roll Sounds
1967. The issuance of gun permits
Available for Parties
Crusaders' treks, the activities
Its significance also lies in
The historical analyses, among has normally increased by about
Bar Mitzvas, Socials, Etc.
of Richard I.
the serious attention it gives to
Call
them the review of the role that 10 percent per annum. The wea-
the role of the Russians, to
The pilgrims who are linked in was played in British history by pons involved are mainly pistols
JEFF
DEMBS
356-8547
Czarist aspirations to gain en- this story were also represented Disraeli and scores of other Bri- and shotguns for hunting, the Min-
trance into the Mediterranean by scholars tracing the paths of tish leaders, turn "Bible and istry said. Israel has no gun con-
and to gain access to warm history, and the eventual aim for Sword" into a work that holds the trol law. Permits are issued more
water routes. This element in political control provides a history reader's attention as much as a or less freely to anyone who has
A BEAUTIFUL
her historical review dates back filled with action that kept Bri- most dramatic novel. This work served in the armed forces—this
to Catherine -the Great, the tain deeply involved in the area— is, indeed, novelized history.
includes a large portion of the
Czarina's drive for -"a warm- until the end of its rule with the
Because of Britain's historic country's adult population. Per-
water port on the Black Sea," emergence of Israel. The mis-
AND
interest in Palestine and its ac- mits are denied only when police
and we have an account in this sionary activities had their sig-
tivities as the mandatory power or security objections are raised.
FURNITURE
CLEANING
immensely valuable book of a nificance, and there were vision-
.hat placed so many obstacles
200-year-old Russian aspiration aries — Lord Shaftesbury chief
Satisfaction
guaranteed.
on the Zionist road, Mrs. Tuch-
that seems to be gaining head- among them—who made the ii.ea
Mothproofing free. Wail-
man's postscript also deserves
way in our time with the USSR of Israel's redemption one of
to-wall carpet cleaning.
special attention. She offers an
advances in the Mediterranean their chief aims in their political
interesting conclusion based on
Five cents a square foot,
and the gains the Soviets have careers.
martin j. uzeil
a challenging question, by stat-
minimum $15.
made in their dealings with the
.photographer
It is natural, in the course of
ing: "Does Israel exist today be-
Arabs.
542-4735
so- thorough a review, that the
cause of the British or in spite
341.9787
The entire subject dealt with role of Sir Moses Montefiore, who
of the British? As in the Ameri-
by Mrs> Tuchman inevitably em- was among the first Jewish not-
can colonies, England had laid
erges also as an evaluative study ables to commence an interest in
WE RENT AND SELL
the foundations of a state and
chief topic under discussion con- Jewish resettlement of Palestine,
then resisted the logical develop-
cerns itself with the strivings of should receive considerable at-
ment of what she had begun un-
British notables for the fulfilment tention. Equally appropriate is the
til the original bond frayed out
Including the New Double Breasted Tuxedo
of Prophecy leading to the restora- attention given by Mrs. Tuchman
in bitterness and strife. The
tion of the Jews to their ancient to the impassioned preachments
answer to the question must be
ALSO i:EATURING A FINE SELECTION OF
homeland. The earliest advocates of Benjamin Disraeli whose "Al-
neither one thing nor the other,
of this idea were motivated by roy" and "Tancred" could be con-
but partly both—one of those
religious learnings, and in the main sidered among the earliest "Zion-
unsatisfactory truths with which
"AT THE LOWEST PRICES IN TOWN"
such hopes and aspirations were ist novels."
history so often defeats its in-
based on the unattainable goal
Mrs. Tuchman's lengthy ac•
terpreters."
first of seeing Jews converted to
count of the activities of Shaftes-
In the course of Mrs. Tuchman's
Christianity. The early dreamers
bury (Anthony Ashley) is linked interpretations, we have a valu-
7651 W. McNICHOLS at Santa Barbara
of the idea which eventually de-
with the interest in the redemp- able historical record, replete with
UN 4-7408
veloped into reality as a result of
tion of the Holy Land by Moses data relating both to the British
the Zionist program were thor-
Montefiore who was quoted as and to the Jewish people. As Niewat=telow,••• ■■■ •••• ■•■•■••••■ ,„Ote ■ onertwometalle ■ t%/1•1%,••• ■ •••• ■■••■
oughly convinced in the need for
saying that "Palestine must be- stated, "Bible and Sword" is a
Jewish national revival. But their
long to the Jews and Jerusalem major work, enriching Zionist his-
approach was Christological. Some
is destined to be the seat of the tory, offering valuable data much
were proselytizers, but the re-
Jewish Empire," and who, as a of which has relevance to our own
ART WEINENGER
sults they attained were either nil
practical man, qualified his view time. Its emphasis on the inter-
Formerly of
or at best very negligible.
by stating: "Begin in the first ests of Russia and the other world
In numerous instances, con-
instance with the building of powers and its comments on
fidence of Christians in Jewish
houses in Jerusalem, begin at Jewish concerns link present with
interest in Palestine's upbuild-
once."
past in this great book. It is one
Now a Partner in
ing was based on the mythical
And with regard to the interests of the very best histories of the
availability of large funds from of Ashley (Shaftesbury) and Mon- Zionist idea produced in this de-
Jewish capitalists. But the Jew- tefiore, the author of "Bible and cade.
P. S.
ish capitalists were antagonistic Sword" indicates:
Servicing Color - Antennas - Stereo
to the idea and it was to take gen-
Josephus Flavius
"Conversion, Ashley's motivat-
Deluxe
Color
Antenna,
erations for the Jewish masses ing idea, he (Montefiore) would
Flavius Josephus is considered
Rotor—Completely Installed
to awaken to the practicality of probably have regarded, like the to be the most authoritative his-
the idea that developed into learned counsel, as lunatic. Yet torian of the Jews in the 1st Cen-
532-9020
19721 W. SEVEN MILE
political Zionism. Mrs. Tuchman otherwise they were not far apart. tury, the period in which the Sec-
does not omit any of these facts The 'Jerusalem' engraved on Ash- ond Temple was destroyed. ,
from her splendid compilation of ley's ring appeared on Monte-
historic data.
fiore's carriage crest in Hebrew
Describing the two British mo- letters of gold. Both believed that
tives originating from Britain's the Jews, once they felt the soil
role in the restoration of Israel, of Palestine beneath their feet,
Mrs. Tuchman explains at the out- would again become agriculturists,
set that one was "a debt of con- restore the vine and the fig tree,
science owed to the people of the and reclaim their homeland from
Bible," the other "the strategy decay. Both were, in a sense,
of empire."
Zionist-before-the-fact, and to be a
Dealing with the first, we have Zionist in the 1830s was something
in "Bible and Sword" an excep- like being an antifascist in the
1930s — 'premature.' Ashley was
right for the wrong reason; Monte-
fiore was right but too soon."
156 Guest Roomei—Sauna—TV
(The Montefiore carriage in
which he rode in Jerusalem is now
on display at the reconstructed
Montefiore Windmill, a short dis-
Every Thursday 6-10
tance from the Jerusalem King
FRANKENMUTH
David Hotel).
Family Style Chicken
One gets a pretty good idea
ALL SALES FINAL
EVERY SUNDAY
of the Herzlian era and the sub-
sequent activities which led to
the Balfour Declaration in the
Banquet Space up to 1,000
Tuchman book. There is also an
Located in Mimco Bldg., 24200 Telegraph
excellent account of the eras of
COCKTAIL HOUR
between 9 and 10 Mile Roads, Southfield
Dining & Dancing—Breakfast,
stress and suffering which led
9 to 9 Thurs
Lunch & Dinner Served Daly
to the development of Zionism.
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Phone
358-1360
Bus
The reader is introduced to the
9 to 4 Sot.
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Airport
hesitancy of Jews to go to Pales-
1901 Southfield at Dix
tine during the periods of the

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