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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-11-22

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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial
Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit, Mich. 48233,
VE 8-9364. Subscription $7 a year. FweIgn $8.
Second Class Postage Paid at Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor

and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

SIDNEY SHMARAK

Advertising Manager

CHARLOTTE DUBIN

City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the second day of Kislev, 5729, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Gen. 25:19-28:9. Prophetical portion, Malachi 1:1-2:7.

Candle lighting, Friday, Nov. 22, 4:47 p.m.

VOL. LIV. No. 10

Page Four

November 22, 1968

Tourism as an Imperative Aid to Israel

Threats to Israel's existence have never,
even under the trying conditions-, interfered
with the progress the Jewish state has made
or with the plans for economic, social and
cultural advancement aimed at assuring the
safety of a people that is registering such
great success in elevating the standards of
settlers who have come to rebuild Zion from
more than 70 countries.
Industry has grown in Israel, and the
Israel Bond drives deserve recognition and
increased support, as a means towards in-
creasing peace possibilities by assuring econ-
omic security for the people of Israel.
The priority we must give to the United
Jewish Appeal (Detroit's major Allied Jewish
Campaign beneficiary) is a self-evident ob-
ligation: its funds are vital for the settle-
ment of so many thousands of additional
escapees from persecutions, especially from
Moslem countries!
Ranking high among the cooperative ef-
forts between Diaspora and Israeli Jewries
is the role of tourism. It is among the vital

factors in Israel's income from abroad, and
it is even more important as the link be-
tween Israel and the Jewries of the world.
The tens of thousands of Jews who have
visited Israel have brought a deeper under-
standing of the partnership in which all Jews
are engaged through Israel. The tens of
thousands of Christians who come to Israel
as tourists assist in the vital dialogue that
has made ecumenism real through a knowl-
edge of existing conditions in Jewish ranks.
The need for expansion of tourism is be-
coming more vital as time proceeds. The
flow of visitors to the Land of Israel has
enabled the expansion of many industrial
undertakings, the building of more hotels,
the establishment of better restaurants, the
creation of a vocation for guides..

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Heine in Prose Translations ;
'Sabbath Princess' Applauded

Tourism must continue as a major element
in our interest in Israel. It is encouraging
to know that it has grown to such vast pro-
portions and has retained the deepest inter-
est among Jews and people of many other
faiths.

Detroit Jewry's Aid to Israel's Universities

In a matter of weeks, our community
again will be confronted by the major philan-
thropic appeal—in behalf of the United Jew-
ish Appeal and the Israel Emergency Fund
—to be addressed to our people jointly with
the request for generous -support of our local
needs. As time progresses, we become more
keenly aware of the genuineness of the re-
peated request for emergency funds in
Israel's defense. The urgency of existing
conditions is so great that we must provide
the means for Israel's security, and the forth-
coming drive must be viewed in all serious-
ness as an obligation to be honored and
respected.

While recognizing that we will soon be
approached for this great campaign, it is
encouraging to know that Detroit Jewry does
not ignore supplementary duties, especially
those that involve the cultural needs of our
people. We have serious duties to schools
in our community, but we recognize that in
viewing the situation in Israel we must con-
tribute on as large a scale as possible sums
that will assure for Israelis a status of high
priority culturally. Unless Israel advances
intellectually, makes progress scientifically,
and retains the role of a Jewish commun-
ity's spirituality, we may be swallowed into
an environment of ignorance.

The assistance Detroiters give to Israel's
great institutions of learning is, therefore,
cause for gratification.
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*

Israel's great school in Jerusalem, the
Hebrew University, needs our support and
will, we hope, receive its due share in De-
troit. There are indications of an interest
in its behalf in many local quarters, and
there is reason to believe that the pioneer-
ing university in Israel will be fully sup-
ported here, by generous individuals and the
community at large.
*
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*
Tel Aviv University has not yet made
its inroads here but it, too, will no doubt
be remembered; just as the new Israeli uni-
versities in Haifa and Beersheba will not
be ignored.

The Weizmann Institute of Science has a
small but dedicated group of Detroit sup-
porters. The boost it received recently
through the Walter Reuther Chair in Peace-
ful Uses of Atomic Energy gave an indication

of the interest in that great research center
among non-Jews. Now there is a movement
of similar aid for the Weizmann Institute in
Jewish ranks and that, too, no doubt will
succeed here.
The Technion, the Israeli technological
university in Haifa, the most advanced of
its kind in the entire Middle East and one
that has been likened to America's great
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hav-
ing been called "the MIT of the Middle
East," has a long tradition of assistance here.
The interest in the Technion dates back to
the time when the late Dr. Shmarya Levin
came here, more than 50 years ago, to enlist
support for the then fledgling technological
school.
Now Technion has a strong local move-
ment, into which have been enrolled leading
HEINRICH HEINE
engineers and technicians. They have under-
taken a project for a Detroit building on the
Heinrich Heine's "Prinzessin Sabbath"—"The Sabbath Princess"—
Haifa campus, and it is good to know that is rated by Dr. Peter Branscombe as "perhaps the most beautiful of
this task as succeeding.
Heine's tributes to the religion of his fathers which was for him the
source of such ambivalent feelings."
*
*
This view is expressed by Branscombe in his introductory essay in
Now last of the schools of higher learn- "Heine,"
which contains selected verses from Heine's work. The Pen-
ing in Israel whose aspirations and needs guin Book contains Branscombe's prose translations of the verses that
have created a deep interest in Detroit is Bar- appear in this paperback edition in their original German.
Ilan University in Ramat Gan.
In his introduction Branscombe provides a biographical sketch of
Heine, tells about his Jewish .background, his entrance into the Pro-
Having enrolled in support of Bar-Ilan testant
church in 1825 when he changed his name from Harry to Hein-
from its very inception some 14 years rich, and
the explanation for his abandonment
his Jewish faith is:
ago, under the inspired leadership of the "Prudence rather than conviction lay behind the of conversion—medicine
Stollman family, with the assistance of alone of the higher professions was at that time open to non-baptised
Orthodox leaders whose hands have been Jews." And Heine had just earned his doctor of law degree and he
and continue to be upheld in this task by needed access to the bar.
all elements in Detroit Jewry, Detroiters
For German students Branscombe's "Heine" will prove especially
have financed important buildings on that valuable because the translations of the many selections from Heine's
poems
are in prose and thus provide an excellent introduction to Lan-
campus. They have been so generous that
Bar-Ilan may well be called the offspring of guage study. The evaluation of Heine's Jewish background is interest-
Detroit Jewish philanthropic activity. Scores ing but the historic value could have been more complete had there
an indication of the manner in which Heine and his works were
of Detroit Jews, who have enrolled in ef- been
outlawed by the Nazis.
forts in behalf of Bar-Ilan University, have
truly given birth to a great spiritual-cultural
undertaking which has gained support from
many other communities and is now one
First published in 1907 as "Tales and Maxims From the Midrash,"
of the recognized priorities in the field of the noteworthy book by Samuel Rapaport has been reissued by Ktav
higher learning in Israel.
Publishing Co. under the title "A Treasury of the Midrash."

'A Treasury of the Midrash'

Recognized by the Regents of the State
of New York, Bar-Ilan University has become
an acknowledged factor linked to this coun-
try in the academic status thus granted it.
Bar-Ilan's achievements will be fully ac-
counted for at the dinner here on Dec. 4
which is certain once again to be an event
that will cement Detroit Jewry's devotions to
higher culture with the attainments in Israel.

This illuminating work, which commences with an explanatory in-
troduction about the Midrash, contains a vast collection of material on
a variety of subjects drawn from midrashic works.
Not only the tales, and the numerous proverbs that were
gathered by the author, but more especially the- definitive part of
the book, the instructive way in which a –highly informed author
introduces the Midrash in its various asPectS, elevates this creative
effort into a valuable source of knowledge.
Even the best informed students of the" Talnind and the Midrash,
the latter as applied to both Halakha and Aggada, will have much to
learn from a work that should be widely we/comed . as an important
part of every good Jewish library.

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