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April 11, 1969 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-04-11

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Expert on Russian Jewry Disputes
Montreal Rabbi's Report on Visit
Levin a

NEW YORK (JTA)—An expert munity Council of Montreal, "can Rabbi Yehuda Leib
on the subject of Soviet Jewry has only confuse and mislead the Jew- from Moscow where he visited
branded as "misinformation" ish community and the general short time after Rabbi Levin's
Rabbi
statements made by Rabbi Isaac public, and can lead to a neutral- 75th birthday celebration. he was
L. Hechtman of Montreal about ization and paralysis of action and flechtman has claimed
subsequently rei-
the circumstances of the Soviet protest—which are the only known misquoted, but
of those
way of moving the Soviet author- terated at least some
Jewish community.
assertions at a public meeting
Dr. Moshe Decter of New York, ities even slightly."
Montreal.
in
Dr. Decter, scholar and author
who heads an organization known
A prime source of his informa-
as Jewish Minorities Research, on the subject of Eastern Euro•
Rabbi Hechtman said, was
tion.
said that statements made by pean Jewry, was replying to
who he identifi-
Rabbi Hechtman, executive direc- statements Rabbi Hechtman Michail Kundicof.
ed
as
chief adviser on religious
tor of the Vaad Hair, Jewish Com- made to the press in Montreal
following his return last month i affairs to the Soviet Council of
Ministers. Dr. Decter said that in
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' Rabbi Hechtman denied that he
said he had seen 20,000 Jews out-
side the Moscow synagogue on
• Purim, claiming he was not in the
city at the time. He did not how-
ever deny saying that he had been
given information that 20,000 were
present. And, says Dr. Decter, a
creditable American on-the-scene
observer reported there were no
more than 30 Jews singing and
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Ilr. Decter challenged the rab-
bi to verify his assertion that the
Soviet government has made
sufficient flour available to Jew-
ish bakeries for the production
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by Novosti, the Soviet news and
propaganda agency.

nually in Moscow. The rabbi af-
firms his statement about wed-
dings but denies that he said any-
thing about Bar Mitzvas "since

(they) do not take place in Mos-
cow."

A total of four such events in
week, says Dr. Decter, is
about as many "as is found in
many substantial synagogues." He
quotes Rabbi Levin of Moscow as
having that there were no such
events in the synagoue because
"Our young people aren't interest-
ed."
Citing Rabbi Hechtman's state-
ment that there are three moha-
lim in Moscow, Dr. Decter said
that there may "indeed be such
trained people there, but circum-
cisions are prohibited. Why does
Rabbi Hechtman imply that the
mohalim are permitted to perform
their functions?"
Disputing Rabbi Hechtmann's
statement that there are seven or
eight students in the Moscow yes-
hiva, Dr. Decter pointed out that
Rabbi Arthur Schneider of New
York would not, if this were the
case, have taken recent action to
have one Russian boy be given
permission to study in Budapest
for the Russian rabbinate.
The rabbi disputed the report
that he had said Jews abroad must
help their Soviet brethren by
meeting the Communist regime
halfway and avoiding public pro-
tests and violent demonstrations
against it. But on. Mardi 29, he
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