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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-09-05

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32—Friday, September 5, 1969

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Judy Krasnick Engaged
Dr. Louis Jacobs' Newest Works Deal to Mr. Lowell Seyburn
With 'Faith,' Life of Hasidic Leader

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staunchly defended the claims of
Faith can be reasoned and de-
justice and has advocated the
bated, argued over and disputed,
freedom of the individual as a
challenged and serve as the cause
God - created personality in other
for puzzlement. In the probing and
spheres of life. Precisely because
critique to it by the eminent Brit-
Judaism is a freedom-loving and
ish scholar and theologian. Rabbi
just faith, it continues to protest
Louis Jacobs, it emerges as a
against every form of slavery, in-
sound powerful factor in Jewish
cluding the denial of basic human
life.
rights in totalitarian systems."
In his volume entitled - Faith,"
published by Basic Books, Dr. Ja-
At the, outset. dealing. with "The
cobs describes not only the nature Nature of Faith." Rabbi Jacobs
and meaning of faith but also the apparently refers to the Detroit
ways to faith, the objections to humanist rabbi (Sherwin Wine)
it and the tensions related to it when he writes: "In the Jewish
and the trust that leads to an Chronicle of Dec. 11. 1964, it is re-
affirmation of it.
ported that an American Rabbi de-
It is the Jewish way and its -dared himself to be an atheist but
vitality that receives special em- of the 'sophisticated' theoretical
phasis and Dr. Jacobs asserts: kind. 'Personal Comment' of the
"Judaism is rich enough to em- same issue remarked that by con-
brace the contraries of human tinuing to serve as a rabbi the
existence. Just as the tensions American evidently believed in or-
around the basic issue of faith ganized religion even though he did
can enrich the life of faith so. not believe in God. This is a good
too, the tensions around the sec- illustration of the way in which
ondary beliefs need not be feared the term 'belief' can be used in
but should be welcomed as op- two different ways. When it is said
portunities for creative faith in of the rabbi that he did not believe
in God. the meaning is that he did
action."
not believe that God exists. But
For theologians. Dr. Jacobs' when it is said that he believed
study is especially important be-
in organized religion, the meaning
cause he takes into account the can hardly be that he believed or-
Christian as well as the Jewish ganized religion exists, since this
view and he emphasizes that: .
is self-evident. The meaning is
"No Jewish writer on faith can that he had confidence in organ-
afford to ignore the many extreme- ; ized religion, that he saw value in
ly able and valuable discussions it, even without God. He believed

of faith by non-Jews, or apologize
for considering them. The God in
whom Jews believe is King of the
Universe. The great themes of faith
are universal, the concern of 311
Theists. Nevertheless, the Chris-
od, insof ar
one can speak of a concept of
God, is at variance with the Jew-
ish. The insights provided by dis-
tinguished Jewish thinkers are
vital for the Jew and may fre-
quently also be of help to non-
Jewish theists. Maimonides, as
Aquinas, is God-intoxicated and it
is unforgivable to imply that Is-
rael, which brought God to man-
kind, has nothing more to offer
on the fundamental principle of
theistic faith."
Freudian theories, Marxism
and atheism in relation to faith
are reviewed and analyzed and
Rabbi Jacobs expresses the be-
liefs that: "Faith is a virtue
when applied to one's own life. It
is wrong to have it on behalf of
ethers. There is yet something
of value in atheism, for even the
believer has to be a small doubt-
er when called upon to alleviate
human suffering." And at this
point he adds: "Judaism has

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MISS JUDY KRASNICK

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Krasnick
of Elgin, Ill. announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Judy to
Lowell Seyburn, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Sidney Seyburn of Parkside
Rd.
Miss Krasnick has a BS degree
from the University of Michigan,
where she was a member of Phi
Sigma Sigma Sorority. Mr. Sey-
burn, a graduate of U-M. is a stu-
dent in the University of Michi-
gan Law School.
A fall wedding is planned.

New Book Urges

Impartial Agency

in it."
for Peace Action
Whatever the reaction of the De-
The establishment of an impar-
troiter will be, the fact that Dr. tial
arbitration agency comprised
Jacobs does not hesitate to discuss of internationally
men of
atheism while dealing with faith law, religion and respected
peace, and free
and the thoroughness with which from the pressures
of
politics,
he probes the subject in other , being urged to salvage the role is
of
faiths, adds significantly to the the United Nations in the preserva-
work he has produced. We have
tion
of
peace.
here a valued theological subject
as well as an approach to the , The proposal, to create a "United
High Commission of
philosophical, in a practical fash- Nations
in a new
ionthat will make his work recom- Peace," is presented
"War on War" (Shengold)
mendable to all students of re- I book,
by
Yeshiva
University's
historian
ligion, ministers of the faith and
Dr. Isaac Lewin. Dr. Lewin, pro-
laymen alike.
fessor of history at the Bernard
*
Revel Graduate School, has since
Dr. Louis Jacobs, whose literary 1948 represented the Agudas Israel
activities have gained him as much World Organiaztion, an internation-
fame as his controversial role as a al religious movement which has
rabbi in Great Britain, authored consultative status with the Eco-
another important work recently, nomic and Social Council of the
also published by Basic Books. In United Nations.
Dr. Lewin contends the UN in
the earlier work, Rabbi Jacobs.
under the title "Seeker of Unity." general and the Security Council
dealt with the life and works of in particular are little more than
political debating societies and that
Aaron of Starosselje.
on four occasions — in 1950, 1956,
This work is a thorough analysis
1966 and 1967, the Security Council
of the activities of a noted leader
could do nothing to bring peace to
of the Hasidic Habad movement.
Korea, Vietnam and the Middle
Rabbi Aaron ben Moses Ha-Levi
East. Twice, he adds, in 1968 the
Horowitz (1766-1828) whose views
Security Council failed to solve the
are defined and paraphrased,
international crises resulting from
whose life is depicted, whose mys-
the "Pueblo incident" and Czecho-
ticism is a subject for deep interest

Cabinet Body Undecided Arabic at Jewish College
CLEVELAND (JTA)—The Cleve-
on Masada Bone Burial land
College of Jewish Studies will

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—A special cabinet
committee set up to decide whether
human bones found at the ancient
Jewish stronghold of Masada
should be given a heroes burial
on the Mount of Olives was dead-
locked Wednesday and the re-
burial, scheduled to take place
Wednesday, has been postponed.
The ceremonial interment was or-
dered by Israeli religious authori-
ties on the assumption that the
bones were the remains of Jewish
defenders who fled Jerusalem 2,800
years ago and held off the Roman
legions at Masada until all per-
ished.
But Prof. Yigal Yadin, the He-
brew University archaeologist who
discovered the remains, said there
was no proof that all of the
skeletons belonged to the Masada
defenders or that they dated from
the same period. He suggested that
they be reburied without fanfare.
The cabinet committee is headed
by Minister of Justice Yaacov S.
Shapiro and consists of Minister
of Posts Israel Yeshayahu, Minis-
ter for Religious Affairs Zerach
Wahrhaftig, Minister of Tourism
Moshe Kol and Minister Without
Portfolio Menahem Begin. The
vote on the matter was tied, and
Shapiro refused to cast the decid-
ing vote.

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for all who are both influenced
Dr. Lewin argues that even great
by Hasidism and who seek knowl-
powers would find it useful to re-
edge about the movement.
sort to an impartial body for an
Rabbi Jacobs' review of the evaluation in case of a conflict
events affecting the era of Rabbi because "the calamity of war and
Aaron Horowitz of Starosselje and the uncertainty of its outcome
the Hasidic sect he led provide makes it preferable to submit to
splendid material for a deeper un- arbitration than to continue with
derstanding of a movement that hostilities."
gains added interest in our time.

The hero of this biographical Largest Group in Aliya
study, his opponents, the times and , History Leaves for Israel
NEW YORK—A record-breaking
the moods, are compiled into a
work that enriches Jewish history number of American and Canadian
and literature in Dr. Jacobs' •Jews left on the S.S. Anna Maria
and S.S. Amerikanis to settle in
"Seeker of Unity."
Israel. According to figures re-
leased by Col. Nahum Golan, new-
ly appointed director of the Israel
Aliya Center. 286 immigrants left
on the S.S. Anna Maria on Aug. 18
Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. West and were followed by an additional
heimer of Cincinnati announce the 113 settlers on the Amerikanis
engagement of their daughter Sal- which left Aug. 29.
The total, 399, consisted of 43
lie Ellen to Wayne Alan Harner,
son of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Harner families numbering 351 persons
of Avon, N. Y. Miss Westheimer and 48 individuals. The occupations
and Mr. Harner attend Ithaca Col- of the settlers varied greatly; there
lege and are entering their senior were 101 professionals, 36 skilled
year. Miss Westheimer is the ' and semi-skilled workers and 14
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ir- businessmen.
win Westheimer of Cincinnati and
of Dr. Benjamin D. Welling and I Israel will spend 95 per cent of
the late Mrs. Elsa F. Welling of its total revenue on defense and
Detroit. A June wedding is planned. , security this year.

introduce a course in the basic
elements of Arabic this semester.
The course will be given by Mrs.
Nili Sharon, a native Israeli and
graduate of Bar-Ilan University.

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