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November 08, 1968 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-11-08

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32—Friday, November 8, 1968

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

LETTER BOX

Explains 2 Versions
of Deuteronomy Text

Editor, The Jewish News:
In the Old Testament (Deut. 6:5),
it's written "V'ahavta . . . l'vavha,
uv'hawl nafsheha uv'hawl m'oh-
deha"—And thou shalt love . . .
with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy might. The
same version is given in the New
Testament in the Gospel of Mat-
thew 22:13, but not in the Gospel
of Luke 10:27. In Luke, there is an
additional phrase after the words
. . . "with all thy might," ie. "and
with all thy conscience" (uv'hawl
m'ohdeha).
This misled some exegetes in a
belief that perhaps there has ex-
isted a Tora with a different text
than Deuteronomy 6:5, and in
order to prove the erroneous con-
tention of those exegetes I wrote
to Dr. Simon Cohen of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion of Cincinnati for his opin-
ion.
In his lengthy reply, Dr. Cohen

wrote that the reason for the
extra clause in Luke was due to
growths and changes in the Sep-
tuagint, the first Greek transla-
tion of the Bible. In it, we find
several doublets, ie. two render-
ings of the same phase in He-
brew. This indicates that the
Septuagint was extensively an-
notated and that eventually both
readings were included in the
Greek text. Thus, one person
rendered as "thy might" and the
other as "thy conscience."
The gospel of Luke was compiled
by Christians who did not know
Hebrew and who followed the Sep-
tuagint in their quotations from the
Old Testament. The gospel of Mat-
thew, on the other hand, was done
by men who knew Hebrew. For
this reason, in the parallel passage
in Matthew 22:37 there is no extra
clause.
From this we conclude that there
is no such thing as a different He-
brew text of Deut. 6:5.
AARON A. KUTNICK


Fred Sweet Named
to AJCampaign Post

Fred P. Sweet, Detroit business-
man, has joined the staff of the
Jewish Welfare Federation as a
division direc-
tor for the Allied
Jewish Cam-
paign, William
Avrunin, execu-
tive vice presi-
dent announced.
Sweet, 16951
Maryland, South-
field, has been
associated with
Telenews organ-
Sweet
ization for t h e
past 25 years and most recently
was Detroit general manager for
the Michigan Newsreel Division of
Telenews.
Former vice president of the
Mayor's Committee to Keep De-
troit Beautiful and a committee
chairman for the TB and Health
Society and Armed Forces Week,
Sweet is a board member of Down-
town Synagogue and of the Variety
Club of Detroit.

Israel Action Day
Volunteers Mobilized

An Author Complains

A nnouncements

Oct. 27—To Mr. and Mrs. Jackson
Warner (Karen Cole of Detroit),
of Los Angeles, twin daughters,
Melanie Dena and Melissa Sue.
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Oct. 26 — To Mr. and Mrs. Ben
Cutler (Arlene Frank), 22922 Pont-
chartrain, Sotuhfield, a son, Jeffrey
Elliot.

Oct. 22—To M r. and Mrs. Arnold
Gluck (Barbara Tenebaum), 25505
Greenfield, Southfield, a daughter,
Carrie Lynn.

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Oct. 21—To Mr. and Mrs. Alvin
S. Nodler (Adele Levin), 25515
Lincoln Terrace, Oak Park, a son,
Harold Scott.
• t r.
Oct. 19—To Mr. and Mrs. Alan
Miller (Paula Tendler), former
Detroiters of Los Angeles, a son,
Gregory Jason.

Oct. 17—To Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
Maza (Sandy Aronoff), 13441 Dart-
mouth, Oak Park, a son, Marc
Alan.
* s *
Oct. 11—To Mr. and Mrs. David
Blatt (Hedy Bowman), 2200 Berk-
ley, Berkley, a son, Daniel Benja-
min.



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Oct. 10—To Dr. and Mrs. Sidney
H. Weber (Ann Gottlieb), 8601
Hendrie, Huntington Woods, a son,
Matthew Robert.

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Sunday has been proclaimed
Israel Action Day, with scores of
volunteers mobilized for cash col-
lection of High Holy Day Israel
Bond pledges.
Dr. and Mrs. Louis L. Kazdan
are co-chairmen of the cash collec-
tion effort.
Volunteers will meet at Cong.
Bnai David, 10 a.m. Sunday.
Before going out to collect on
the unpaid pledges, they will be
addressed by Dr. Kazdan and
Louis E. Levitan, who will report
on Israel's grave situation and on
the immediate need for cash to
help Israel's economic develop-
ment.
The Israel Bond office, 8522 W.
McNichols, will be open Sunday
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the
convenience of those paying on
their pledges. For information call
the officer, DI 1-5707.

Warns Mixed Couples About Jewish Wedding

NEWARK (JTA)—The Board of
Rabbis of Essex County, N. J.,
has warned couples in mixed
marriages not to be "deluded into
the false assumption that they
have been married according to
the Jewish rite" even if their wed-
ding was a religious ceremony per-
formed by a rabbi.
The warning was contained in a
statement signed by 24 rabbis
which appeared as an advertise-
ment in the Jewish News of New-
ark. It noted that "mixed marri
age is a growing fact in American-
Jewish life" and that some fami-
lies desire a "face-saving solution"
by seeking out a rabbi who will
officiate at such a ceremony.
"No rabbinic body, Orthodox,
Conservative or Reform, either in
the past or present, has ever ap-
proved of a rabbi officiating at a
mixed marriage," the statement
said.
"The very blessing essential to
a Jewish marriage ceremony, in-
cluding the formula, "Thou art
consecrated to me according to the
law of Moses and Israel,' make the
ceremony of mixed marriage an
act of hypocrisy . . . Let not our

people, and particularly our young
people, be misled by the perform-
ance of such 'Jewish religious
ceremonies.' "

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that one does not become angry
with a self-conscious soul who
lacks a sense of humor.
As for "crude English," this is
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a most maligning and misleading
headline. The stories are written
in dialect, the dialect I heard as
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which is sadly lacking in too many
of us. If some dolt had the inde-
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only reply would be: "This is the
way I talk. So go do me some-
thing!" She was not ashamed of
her dialect nor were any of the
people I grew up with. -
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to laugh at themselves. It is a
saving grace that has helped them
keep alive through the tortures of
the centuries. It is no more coin-
cidence that so many of our top
comedians and our outstanding
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