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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-05-30

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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. 48235,1
VE 8-9364. Subscription $7 a year. Foreign $8.

Second Class Postage Paid at Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

CHARLOTTE DUBIN

SIDNEY SHMARAK

City Editor

Advertising Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 14th day of Siren, 5729, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion. Num. 4:21.7:89. Prophetical portion. Judges 13:2-25.

Candle lighting, Friday, May 30. 7:41 p.m.

V01.. I.V. No. 11

Page Four

May 30, 1969

New Left's Tactics Negate Common Decencies

Probers of the New Left have fallen into
the error of believing that its disruptive ac-
tivities are limited to the universities or that
they represent a revolt against the Estab-
lishment.
But the manner in which the new radi-
cal movement has strayed into anti-Semitic
methods of pursuing delusive functions
brands the extremists of our time with an
unfortunate mark of dishonor.
There are typical examples of New Left-
ists' actions on several fronts. There is the
local display of arrogance at Wayne State
University where editors of a student news-
paper have undertaken to conduct a war
against Israel. Israelis and inter alia the Jews.
There'll be a new editor, but one wonders
whether permissiveness will rule over com-
mon sense. if the right that had been granted
by university authorities to students who as-
sumed control over the university's periodical
and are publishing all kinds of propaganda
but fail to provide the news about the uni-
versity itself, will prevail.
Then there is the demonstration of hate
and prejudice in France. where the New
Left's approach to the presidential issue is
by means of fomenting hatred against Israel.

In the light of our historic experiences,
it is not surprising that the chief antagonist
to Israel in France is the Jewish presidential
candidate of the League of Communists
(Alain Krivine) and that the greatest menace
stems from the ultra-radical ranks. Often,
the anti-Semitic virus is condoned by Jews
who are not only uninformed but whose self-
hatred has led them to. the ranks of the
bigots.
In our experience we know that, like
other peoples from whose ranks all elements
have drawn supporters, Jewry has adherents
in both extremes. It is a tragic state of af-
fairs that we have kinsmen in the left and
also in the right, but in both instances we
know that the mass of our people is firm
in its adherence to basic traditions which

conform only to the just and the humane.
Nevertheless, we suffer from the extremes
and we take this into account as we join in
the battle for a just society.

There is a sense of guilt in many French
quarters over the policies that had been
instituted by the former President Charles
de Gaulle in abrogating contracts to sell
planes to Israel. But the small group of
leftists, following a policy that was so com-
mon among Communists in the 1920s and
1930s—a program of action that was resumed
first by Stalin and later by Khrushchev—is
leaning towards prejudices that are purport-
edly in support of oppressed Arabs but are,
actually, a leaning towards anti-Semitism. In
the long run such means of partisanship in
handling the Middle East situation con-
tribute towards a prolongation of a state of
A paean of praise to Israel and the Israelis, and to the Jewish
war, diminish chances for an early peace and
people who re-created Israel, is in "Israel," by Elian-J. Einbert, pub-
harm rather than help the oppressed Arab lished
by Oxford University Press (200 Madison. NY16).
masses who are suffering at the hands of
Translated from the French by Patrick Evans. this beautifully
dictators.
illustrated work is especially unique for the vast number of photo-
Instead of adhering to rules that could graphs, the full-color pictures that are interspersed, as well as a text
lead toward elevating the standards of living that covers an historic era that includes the present-day events, as well
in the Middle East and could support the as the background of Jewish activities that led to the re-establishment
highest goals of all peoples in that area. of Israel.
There are four color plates mid 153 additional illustrations,
the New Left has adopted policies of destruc-
and these portray the kibutziln. Jerusalem. archaeological findings,
tion. They are abusing the basic elements
the carious parts of Israel. the people and events that led Israel's
of common decencies and have invaded the
"return" to sovereignty. the Negev. and. notably. ".4 Mosaic of
ranks of the blacks in our midst, thereby
Peoples" introducing the many elements included in the ingathered
people of Israel.
hurting the friendships between Jews and
Negroes: they have invaded the universities
Finbert's story commences with very ancient times, with Abraham,
and now their policies are part of a political the Patriarchs, the emergence of the faith of the Jewish people.
Campaign in France.
Throughout his work Finbert quotes biblical passages and prophetic
We live in hope—that the people of sayings, and his resort to historic facts is an indication of the knowl-
edge
incorporated in this large volume.
France will see through their tactics, that
It's the past as well as the present that Finbert considers. and
our black fellow citizens will reject destruc-
in tracing the eras that are gone he describes the faith that kept
tive motivations, that the universities will not
the people alive • applicable to "prisoners p
condone the type of propaganda that con-
Thus, he describes "the emblematic force and impact" of Israel,
tinues to be in evidence in captured periodi- and he describes the emerging freedom with acclaim by sta 'ng:
cals. Wayne State University could be among'
"The very act of embarking for Israel and freedom in a ship or
o reject such es ruc iveness. We aircraft bearing the Israeli national emblem was enough to turn the
shall soon see whether good will and corn- miracle into solid. stunning fact. It was their ship, their aircraft. They
mon sense will rule again on the Detroit were among their own people: the word 'Jew' was no longer an accusa-
tion. a disgrace or a secret to be disguised at all costs. They no longer
campus.

Finbert's Impressive 'Israel'
Makes History Read Like Fiction

felt alone, surrounded by strangers. They had laid hands once more on
their ancient past, taken up the torch, resumed a tradition which was
thousands of years old: it was their turn now, and they would recreate
their land and the blue heaven above it: the time had come to kill the
myth of exile and exorcise the nightmares and monsters spawned by
raising activities, under Morris Karbal's gen- hatred."

Vital Causes: Seminary, Yeshiva U., JNF

With the major obligation by our commu-
nity—to the Allied Jewish Campaign and the
Israel Emergency Fund — well adhered to,
there are presently several causes of merit
that justifiably appeal to Detroit Jewry for
substantial support.
Yeshiva University. the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary and the Jewish National Fund
are conducting special functions which de-
serve cooperation.
Yeshiva University has chosen to honor
Judge Lawrence Gubow. and the supporters
of the Orthodox institution will do well to
provide the funds needed for the school that
has made so much progreSs, while, at the
same time, honoring a man of distinction in
our midst.
Scholarship ranks high at Yeshiva Uni-
versity and the advancement made there is a
mark of pride to American Jewry.
*
*

There is serious need to encourage more
of our able young men to enter the rabbinate.
There is a shortage of spiritual leaders, and
there is an even greater need for young Jews
to enter the teaching profession.
The Jewish Theological Seminary serves
both these purposes. Many of its ordained
rabbis enter the educational field. There is
need for rabbis and teachers and all the sup-
port that can possibly be given must be as-
sured for the Conservative seminary and for
the Reform and Orthodox theological schools
as well.
The Theological Seminary currently is en-
gaged in organizing our community in fund-

eral chairmanship. Such a campaign merits
the community's cooperation.

*

*

*

It is in this fashion that Finbert envisions Israel reborn, and
that is how he turns to the prophet's words: "Thou shalt be like a
watered garden .

He writes about "Zion: Her Lovers and Madmen" in describing the
Through the Jewish National Fund. a re-
dreamers of the Zionist movement and the pioneers who helped build
afforestation program in Israel has won the the
redeemed Zion.
admiration of people everywhere.
Portraying the rediscovered Promised Land, he introduces the
The head of the JNF in Jerusalem. Jacob readers
to the glories of the new Israel and to the landmarks that have
Tsur, has made it known, on the occasion of been reconstructed in the course of the realization of the Zionist idea.
the 50th anniversary of tree planting in the
As an emphasis on what has been attained by the Jews in
Holy Land, that 96,000,000 trees were plant-
Israel, Finbert devotes his concluding chapter to "The Birth of
ed on 430.000 dunams of land (107.500 acres).
the New Jew." Here he describes the emerging Israelis, the people
who fought for freedom and won. and he describes the result as
91,000,000 of them since 1948. the year of
living itself, without humiliation or servility." and while portraying
Israel's rebirth.
the rough side he pleads for an understanding of the people who
Of major interest is the revealing fact that
never descend to maneuvering or trickery.
wood for industry is yielded by the older
The French writer caught the spirit of Israel, produced and illus-
JNF forests and that this amount is increas- trated a history that is replete with fact and has written a story that is
ing as trees reach their maturity: that the fascinating enough to read like fiction. But it is reality, and as such
height for maturity is 30 years; that 150,000 Finbert's "Israel" is an invaluable book.
tons of wood have been marketed in the last
15 years, 26,000 tons having been produced
in 1968 alone.
These facts indicate that the JNF serves
Of the many available language travel books, the one prepared as
a valuable purpose not only in afforestation a paperback
pocket book, suitable handily for use in Israel or wherever
and in providing work for thousands em- there are Hebrew-speaking people, the "Say It in Hebrew" little book
ployed by the agency, but also aids industry. published by Dover is among the best.
JNF in Detroit will honor Irwin Cohn
Prepared by Aleeza Cerf Beare, in Hebrew, with easily applied
at the annual dinner, and the occasion will transliterations, this volume is thorough, as complete as one would wish
serve as means of assisting a vital Israel for conversational preparation, and made even more practical by an
)index that enables the student to go promptly to the word or phrase
agency.
There are other causes which need assist- desired.
While one can learn to read Hebrew with proper instruction and
ance supplementary to the Allied Jewish I
Campaign. The Jewish Theological Seminary, j by using the brief lesson in this Dover book, a previous knowledge of
reading rudiments will make it much simpler for those using this
Yeshiva University and the Jewish National the
little book in mastering conversational Hebrew. Its availability is an
Fund have issued the most immediate appeals enrichment for tourists who have the early rudiments of the language
for aid.They deserve PPF. su.P.P.°St- ..... land aim at improving their conversational skills.
. ..........

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