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May 16, 1969 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-05-16

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No Danger of Christian-Jewish Ca rol Shwedel to Marry
Faith Absorption, Scholar Says; Barry A. Kline of N.Y.
Differences Noted at Midrasha

"Christianity differs from Juda-
ism not in terms of ethical quali-
ties but in law and gospel. The
Christian lives out of the goodness
of God. The Jew lives under the
demand of God. Jewish commit-
ment is to a particular faith—to
God who has made his covenant
with one people."
Thus, Prof. J. Coert Rylaarsdam
of the University of Chicago, in the
concluding address in the current
Midrasha Institute series of lec-
tures, Monday, gave his views on
"Where Christianity Differs."
Next Monday evening, the par-
ticipants in these seminar lec-
tures and discussions will review
the Issues that were raised in
discussions revolding around the
subjects analyzed by Rabbi
Jacob Agns and Dr. Rylaarsdam.

Dr. Rylaarsdam spoke of simi-
larities and differences between
the two faiths and emphasized that
in Christianity the hope for a Mes-
siah has been fulfilled in the per-
son of Jesus but for Jews it is yet
to be realized, and he punned by
reminding the Jews in the audience
that the son of any Jew there
could yet emerge as a Messiah.
"Christians say the Messiah has
come but Jews say nothing has
changed, there still are wars, de-
vastations, sufferings and the
anointed is yet to arrive," he add-
ed.
In his analyses, Dr. Rylaars-
dam expressed the view that
"Christianity has become pro-
gressively more Jewish, and this
is even more true of the Roman
Catholics than of Protestantism.
The churches are repossessing
the Jewish heritage in the pro-
cess of a new interpretation of
faith. The difference is in terms
of other-worldliness that is being
compromised or Judaized by
Christians."
He claimed similarity for the
Akedah (the Binding of Isaac) and
the Cross. Explaining the Akedah
he said it represented the Jews at

Esther Berman
Invites Enrollment
for Fall Semester

Enrollment for the fall semester
is being accepted at the Esther
Berman Branch, United Hebrew
Schools, the Parent-Teachers Or-
ganization announces.
In conjunction with an advertise- f
ment in The Jewish News this
week, Mrs. Isadore Stein, PTO
president-elect, said that the
branch has not been sold and will
remain open in the fall to service
families still living in the North-
west area.
Joe Corey, PTO president, said
parents may enroll their children
by calling the school, DI 1-3407;
Corey, VE 6-1270; or Mrs. Stein,
DI 1-3238.
• • *
The branch PTO will close the
present school year 9 a.m. May 23
when the Esther Berman graduat-
ing class will be honored at Cong.
Beth Achim (Schaefer building).
Students will participate in the
services, and there will be a spe-
cially prepared kiddush. The com-
munity is invited.
A luncheon honoring teachers
will be held in the student lounge
of the Hebrew High School, 12:30
P.m. May 28. All Esther Berman
parents are invited.
Officers for the school year be-
ginning in September have been
elected, as follows: President,
Mrs. Isadore Stein; vice presi-
dents, Joe Corey and Irving Pentel-
nik; secretary, Mrs. Ralph Levy;
treasurer, Mrs. Abraham Pollack;
and hospitality, Mesdames Alvin
Stillman, Harold Levin and Paul
Kales.
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the disposal of God for the sake of
creation: "the reason Isaac lived
is because Israel must live, bear-
ing the human anguish and suffer-
ing in this world."
The Cross, he said, is the an-
tonym or synonym of the Akedah
and "is the means by which you
leave the old world and enter the
new."
The speaker made the interest-
ing observations that he does not
envision a world religion, that
"the idea of creation and revela-
tion are limited to our two
faiths." He added: "There is no
danger of one absorbing the
other. I do not believe that the
witness of Israel is now or ever
has been removed by Christian-
ity. There will be a separation
between Christianity and Juda-
ism even with the similarities."
Dr. Rylaarsdam commenced his
address by stating that "the rebirth
of the Jewish spirit is epitomized
in the rebirth of Jewish political
sovereignty which has become a
challenge to Christian thinkers
about Jews." Asked to elaborate
on it during the discussion period,
he stated that Christians were
"startled and embarrassed" be-
cause "they thought that "Israel
as a people of God was out of
business and its being around was
a sign of disobedience."
He implied that the legend of the
Wandering Jew (without mention-
ing the term) was the cause of
such thinking and he said he be-
lieved "very few dare speak of
this curse any more."
"No Christian today worthy of
his name would be so explicit as
to be influenced by this curse,
but there still is the subconscious
feeling that has created the
shock over the statehood," He
said. He expressed the hope that
"consciously a new concept will
come to birth."
Commenting on the Vatican
statement on the Jews, Dr. Ryla-
arsdam said that "the exoneration
of deicide does make a difference,
but it does not reinstate the Jew
in his covenantal relationship. All
it says it that not all Jews are
tainted with the sin of the cruci-
fixion. Until the New Testament is
reinterpreted there can't be much
progress."

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Mrs. Leo Shwedel of Frisbee
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her daughter Carol Ellen to Barry
Allen Kline, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sol Kline of Flushing.
The bride-elect, daughter of the
late Mr. Shwedel, attended Michi-
gan State University and is a
graduate of Katherine Gibbs School,
New York. Mr. Kline is a graduate
of MSU.
An Aug. 10 wedding is planned.

LOUIS MENK, vice president
and treasurer and a member of
the board of directors of Albert
Kahn Associates, Inc., Detroit firm
of architects and engineers, has
been elected to the College of Fel-
lows of the American Institute of
Architects, a lifetime honor be-
stowed for outstanding contribu-
tion to the profession. He will be
formally invested during special
ceremonies at the annual conven-
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