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December 05, 1969 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-12-05

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Orthodox No Longer Have Consensus
on Vietnam War, Says UOJCA Head

CHICAGO (JTA) — The presi-
dent of the Union of Orthodox
Jewish Congregations of America.
Rabbi Joseph Karasick, declared
here that "It is no longer possible
to speak of a consensus of the Or-
thodox Jewish community concern-
ing Vietnam." The statement was
a departure from the previously
solid support by the Orthodox Un-
ion for the Vietnam policies of
former President Lyndon B. John-
son and of the Nixon administra-
tion.

Rabbi Karasick told the Na-
t
tional Leadership Conference of
the Orthodox' Union that ''All
American Orthodox Jews are vig-
orous opponents of Communism, in
all its variations and disguises. All
of us therefore want to stop the
tide of Communist aggression from
engulding another country. On this
there is complete unanimity" in
the Orthodox community. However,
he added, "we are split on whether
the war in Vietnam can succeed
in accomplishing this and whether
this war does not offset all possi-
ble gains by weakening the unity
of the American people."

Rabbi Karasick also accused the
Israel government of "endangering
the unity" of its people by per-
mitting Sabbath television and
called on Orthodox synagogues "to
set aside a minimum of 20 per cent
of their budgets for Jewish educa-
tion. youth work. and students af-
fairs."
Dr. Bernard Lander, a New
York sociologist suggested here
that a network of Jewish institu-
tions of higher learning be formed

in order to promote "meaningful
and creative Jewish survival. He
cited statistics showing a turning
away from Jewish values by Jew-
ish college students. Ile said 10
per cent or Protestant students at
Sarah Lawrence College have re-
jected their faith, while more than
55 per cent of Jewish-raised stu-
dents have become apostates. The
Jewish apostasy rate, he said, is
49 per cent at Williams College.
25 per cent at Yale University and
37 per cent at predominantly Jew-
ish Brandeis University.

Another sociologist. Dr. Jerry
llochbaum of Yeshiva University.
saw a relationship between the
"turning off" of Jewish youth and
a lack of Orthodox Jewish involve-
ment in community action. He
urged that social action commit-
tees be formed in all Orthodox Sy-
nagogues, with the Orthodox Un-
ion's communal relations commis-
sion enlarged to include all ele-
ments of national Orthodox life.)
At its convention in Greenfield
Park, N. J., Agudath Israel' of
America overwhelmingly adopt-
ed a resolution expressing sup-
port for President Nixon's "in-
tensive efforts to achieve an hon-
orable peace in Vietnam."
The resolution declared that
"Orthodox Jews overwhelmingly
have fullest confidence that the
American government is leaving
no stone unturned in a sincere
quest to end the war in Viet-
nam and to bring a just and
lasting peace to that war torn
region,"
The resolution was adopted, with

Sayings of Baal Shem-Tov (Besht),
Founder of Hasidic Movement

False humility can be illustrated "
by this story: "A man was learned,
gifted and charitable, but was
afflicted with the blemish of pride.
He was told that if he learned
huniility he would become a per-
fect man. He acted upon this coun-
sel, and studied humility until
apparently he had learned it by
heart. On day a man failed to
show him deference. Then the man
of supposed humility turned to him
and said: 'You fool! Do you now
know that since I have learned
- humility, I am a man of perfect
character?' "
* * *

No true said would be able to
see wickedness in others. The real

Nobel Laureate Luria
Lured to TV by Spiro

BOSTON—S.L. Luria, this year's
Nobel prize winner in medicine,
was so roused by Vice President
Spiro Agnew's comments about
TV commentators that he left the
Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology long enough to go out and
purchase his first TV set.
The scholar wrote to the Boston
Globe: "I look forward to watch-
ing TV network news from now
on, and get my fill of those 'dis-
tortions' that aroused Mr. Agnew's
bile so much."

Nixon Germ Renunciation
Praised by Reform Leader

In a telegram to the White House,
Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath,
president of the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations, commend-
ed President Nixon "for renounc-
ing germ warfare and assuring an
already tortured world that the
United States of America never
will resort to bacteriological wea-
ponry."
Rabbi Eisendrath said that Pres-
ident Nixon's "moral and unilat-
eral act" was "especially gratify-
ing" to the UAHC in light of a
resolution passed at the organiza-
'tion's recent biennial assembly
calling for a reordering of national
priorities and an end to chemical
and biologic weapons of war.

Zaddik would not know if men
and women are guilty of offenses.
He could not, therefore, under
these circumstances serve as an
example to others, and could not
teach the people. It is for this rea-
son that there is no man on earth
who does not sin. The sin makes
the Zaddik humane and enables
him to guide others."
* * *

Mind is the foundation of man.
If the foundation is solid, the
building is secure. By the same
token, if a man's mind is filled with
holy thoughts, his actions will be
sound. But if his mind is occupied
with selfish thoughts, even his good
actions are unsound, being built on
a weak foundation.
* *
*

It is so natural for a gifted man
to attain pride that he scarcely
is aware of it. It is only when
he strives to humble himself in his
intercourse with people that he
realizes how full of pride he has
been. It is like a man who travels
in a stagecoach and falls asleep.
The driver has to ascend a hill;
after he reaches the summit, there
is a long stretch of smooth road.
When the man awakes and is told
he is now on a hill, he can hardly
believe it. Only when the descent
is made, does he realize how high
he had been.
* * *

If the vision of a beautiful
woman come suddenly to a man's
eyes, or if he perceive any other
fair and lovely thing, he should
unhesitatingly ask himself: Whence
comes this beauty except from the
divine force which permeats the
world? Consequently the origin of
this beauty is divine, and why
should I be attacted by the part?
Better for me to be drawn after
the All, the Source of every partial
beauty! If a man taste something
good and sweet, let the taster con-
ceive that it is from the heavenly
sweetness that the sweet quality
is derived. Such perception of
beauty then is an experience of the
Eternal, blessed be He. . . . Fur-
ther if he hear some amusing story
and he derive pleasure from it, let
him bethink himself that this is an
emanation from the realm of Love.

only two dissenting votes. after the
convention w as told that "the pre-
ponderance of Jewish names asso- ;
elated with the anti-Vietnam activ-
ities do an untold harm to the Jew-
ish people in this country."
The convention was told that
"Orthodox Jews who are tradition- .
ally committed to a deep patriotic
sense of royalty to the government.
must counteract the effects of the
damage that the moratorium and
the militants are doing to the Jew-
ish image."
In other actions. the 1,000 dele-
gates attending the parley en-
dorsed a call to Orthodox Jews
throughout the world to adopt a
"new militant posture of Orthodox
self-assertion." Rabbi Moshe She-
rer. who was re-elected executive
nreQident, declared that "a new
Torah offensive, utilizing all the
tools of modern communication me-
dia, can enable classic Judaism to
win its due recognition as the only
viable "orce in Jewish life which
can assure the continuity of Juda-
ism."
The convention, which closed
last night, decided to extend the
organization's efforts to obtain fed-
eral and state aid for yeshivas and
to "insist upon the state and fed-
eral governments accepting the
burden of financing the secular
courses provided at the non-public
schools."
Meanwhile. the American Jewish
Congress. in a resolution adopted
by its governing council, called for
"an immediate and total with-
drawal of American troops from
Vietnam" beginning with "a ces-
sation of all offensive military op-
erations." The resolution charged
that there had been "no real prog-
ress" toward peace despite the lim-
ited reduction in the American
military commitment and despite
the "rhetoric of hope."

Sabras 44 Pct. in Israel

JERUSALEM (ZINNS)—The Is-

rael-born Sabra now constitutes 44

Per cent of the Jewish population

of Israel. according to the latest
edition of the statistical yearbook
which has just been published in
Jerusalem.

The two major population
threads, of. Western and Eastern
origin. have now reached a state
of parity, according to the year-
book. They both number somewhat
over 1.100,000 persons in a Jewish
population that has now reached a
figure of 2,478,000.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
8—Friday, December 5, 1969

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