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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-12-19

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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20. 1951

Member American Associaton of Englsh-Jewish Newspapers. Michigan Press Association. National Editorial Association
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield. Mich. 48075.
Phone 356-8400
Subscription $7 a year. Foreign $8.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
Editor and Publisher



CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

CHARLOTTE

DUBIN

City Editor

Business Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 11th day of Tecet. 5730, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Gen. -1-1:18-47:27. Prophetical portion, Ezekiel 37:15-28.

Candle lighting. Friday, December 19, 4:43 p.m.

VOL. LV1. No. 14

December 19, 1969

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Effects of Season's Religious Influences

leaders in the Long Island Council that they
Inevitably, at this season of the year, the
mobilized to help alleviate community ten-
Jewish communities are confronted with the
sions arising from religious issues. But a solu-
serious problem of the injection of religious
tion
is not easily attainable because the over-
teachings in public school programs. The
whelming majority that comes to the public
great appeal of Christmas, the Christian pre-
schools is imbued with a specific religious
dominance, the displays, even if they have
feeling, and expects certain practices to be
the strict commercial appeal, make them-
selves felt effectively. As a result, the Jewish adhered to. Supreme Court decisions are not
easily enforceable, and when efforts are made
minority often seeks a way out by celebrating
to overcome the prejudices, there emerge
Hanuka, at times by attempting also to inject
counter-actions that often lead to increased
the Maccabean spirit in school celebrations,
prejudices rather than to a decline in bias
and for those who aim to avert the intrusion
and to an adherence to the hoped-for feeling
of religious influences in the-: schools both
observances represent harm to the basic idea of good will.
There is no doubt that just as Christians
of separation of church and state. That is why
the Long Island, N.Y. clergymen, represent- come into public arenas with their devotions
ing all faiths, have gone on record recom-
so, also. must we have a strong feeling stem-
ming from the home among the Jewish chil-
mending that "no religious celebrations be
dren. Those who confront contrary religious
held in the public schools during the Christ-
influences will be able to face them only if
mas-Hanuka season, the Easter-Passover sea-
the home habits are as strong as those of the
son or other religious holidays."
Guidelines set up by the Long Island In-
majority.
Of course, religious teachings must be
terfaith Council have been sent to 110 school
districts declaring that "it is the responsibil- eliminated from our schools, and from all
public functions, if the basic American idea
ity of the public schools to teach mutual
understanding, brotherhood and respect for Nif the separation of .religion from the state's
practices is to be adhered to. But the strong-
group differences—racial and religious," but
est instrument for retention of Jewish loyal-
that "such teaching should be objective,
should avoid any doctrinal impact and avoid ties must commence even before the child
enrolls in school and during his entire experi-
any implications that religious doctrines from
which holidays flow have the support of state ence in the home and in his specific Jewish
school. Therein lies a home and a community
authority."
It is to the credit of the many religious responsibility.

Terrorism and the Peace Deterrents

Terrorism has only one end: destruction;
and the terrorists' gains usually are the losses
they themselves or their people suffer. Terror
is not war: it is an offshoot of hate that pre-
vents an end to war. This is the tragedy of
the present Middle East situation: that those
who resort to terror, those who encourage
it—like the cohorts of the destructive ele-
ments in this country—are not anxious for
peace, they will not confer with their "ene-
mies" who happen to be cousins in kinship,
they have only one thing in view: a new
genocide.
It is in the light of the genocide aim that
it becomes difficult to understand the Chris-
tians who abandon faith in Scriptures and in
history and permit Israel's enemies to propa-
gate the illogical idea that it is Zionism and
not Judaism, Zionists and not Jews, who are
linked with Eretz Israel-. The prophetic role
of Israel. the historic links defy it. But geno-
cide utilizes every means of misleading
people to deny the very basis of insepara-

bility of People Israel from State of Israel.
The more tragic factor in the present
situation is the encouragement that goes to
the terrorists from the United Nations.
Too many chances for peace were muffed
by the UN itself. As time elapses, Israel is
compelled to protect every avenue for her
people's security. Daily attacks on terrorists'
hangouts are the causes for an endless war
that would never have escalated if the cease-
fire agreements had been adhered to. But it
really began when the armistice pledges of
1948 were continually broken, and now
there is no question about the endlessness of
the war that could terminate with negotia-
tions.
Instead, war is propagated wherever an
Arab finds a platform—whether it is in Lon-
don, Washington, Cairo. Beirut or on the
campus of Wayne State University. Under
such circumstances, how can the reiterated
efforts of Secretary of State William Rogers,
Lord Caradon or any other world diplomat
possibly gain a hearing?

.

Hillel Foundations' Progressive Advances

Serious views taken by Hillel Founda-
tions on the troubled minds of our university
students is leading toward programs which
promise to link the youth in our colleges
to the sources in our traditions that em-
phasize the obligations to social needs and
to communal duties.
The decisions of the important branch
of Bnai Brith to make a thorough study
of conscientious objection, to the draft, to
governmental duties relating to the pres-
ent war situation, must be viewed as an in-
troduction to studies which must indicate
that our interests are not imprisoned in
isolation, that there is a universalism in Jew-
ish teachings which demands devotion to
the needs of the larger community and to
our being linked with our neighbors and
fellow citizens with obligations to elevate the
status of all citizens and to take into account

sentiments which appear to be rebellious but
which are, in reality, the right to an expres-
sion of views within the realm of a demo-
cratic society.
When some of our youth charged that
Jews were too parochial, too disinterested in
civil rights, too isolated from the trends of
the time, they were speaking without knowl-
edge of the obligations inherent in Jewish
teachings, in our traditional duties to con-
sider mankind's needs without prejudice, to
labor in behalf of the downtrodden regard-
less of their religion or race.
New trends in Hillel ranks seem to prom-
ise an approach, by way of understanding
to be reached cooperatively and through
studies, that these values will emerge anew
in their fullest realization and understanding.
Nothing is lost in a society that is determin-
ed to arrive at truth through knowledge.

Urgent Israel-Diaspora Links
Emphasized in Book by Louvish

Israel's history, the struggle for survival, the aim to establish
modernity in a neglected part of the world, the basic need to solidify
Israel-Diaspora relationship—these are given emphasis in an impres-
sive work by a writer whose background indicates his right to the claim
of being an authority on the Zionist-Jewish State matters.
In "Challenge of Israel," published by Ktav, Misha Louvish, who
has held important posts with the Israel government press offices and
other Israeli official posts and who is a noted translator from the
Hebrew, provides a portrait of Jewish national revival—and the strug-
gle for survival—in an impressive literary style.
"Variants and cross-currents" in Israel's existence are outlined by
the author in his description of the differing views over handling the
Arab problem and the territorial issues. He faces them realistically,
presenting all views, describing the challenges and the needs, empha-
sizing that without negotiable means through direct talks there is little
hope for change. Israel, under trying conditions, must seek solutions to
guarantee her security, he declares.
Israel's influence upon Diaspora Jewry is defined by the author and
affirming that a bulwark against the danger of extinction of the Jew is
the synagogue, Louvish also asserts that "Judaism cannot be divorced
from the ties of the Jew to his people and its ancestral homeland." He
therefore places great emphasis on the need to strengthen the ties of

world Jewry with Israel. The plea for such unity is contained in

Louvish's concluding words, thus:
"Today, Israel is not a Zionist Utopia, where all Jewish problems
have been solved and nothing is left to do but to sit back and enjoy the
fruits of perfection. It is the growing point of Jewry; a pilot plant for
Jewish culture; the center in which the Jewish destiny is being worked
out through a process of stress and strain, trial and error. It has
achieved much and still has much to achieve. Its future is inextricably
bound up with the future of the more than four-fifths of Jewry who live
abroad—mainly in the Western democracies. Neither can solve its
problems without the other.
"Without its ties with the Diaspora, Israel is a small Middle East
nation, not yet economically sound or militarily secure. But it has as
much to give as to get. It can show Jews everywhere an example of a
Jewry that enjoys not only civic and political liberty and tolerance but
spiritual and national freedom and independence; it offers those who
desire it the opportunity to build a logically consistent Jewish life for
themselves and their families.
"Together, Israel and the Diaspora can go far to realize in the
modern world the potentialities of 4,000 years of history, and enable
the Jewish people to make its maximum contribution to the progress
of mankind."

Story of Israel's Stamps

Sabra Books and Funk and Wagnalls jointly published a book of
such great delight that philatelists will list it among its guides in ad-
vancing one of the most interesting hobbies.
In "The Story of Israel Stamps," Maxim and Gabriel Shamir
reproduce 98 types of stamps, starting with the Theodor Herzl emblem
through the "Freedom From Hunger" commemorative.

An explanatory story is like a paean to the glories that have been
attained by Israel. The authors rightfully point out that the test of a

country's progress is not alone in the immigrants it invited, as is the

case of a pioneering land like Israel, but in being able to absorb them
fully. Part of the absorption is, of course, the creation of all the media

necessary for a national life. The post office is vital, and the manner in
which the stamp is produced indicates skill and imagination,

Israel's stamps combine history with the procedural life. In
Israel's case it is past linked with present, looking to the future.
Therefore the personalities symbolize all these factors. The Indus-
trial accomplishments are represented. The schools are remem-
bered. The children play their role.

Indeed, in Israel's stamps are mirrored all of life in the land, and
nothing is overlooked: the holiday stamps depict religion and faith,
music is denoted, world events are presented, the stamp "Cooperation"
did not overlook Russia's role, and the Russian term Sotrnnichestvo for
Cooperation is included in the original.
The authors are instructive in their approach, and in the appendix
to their book, "About the Stamps," they briefly list the history of each,
the meaning, the names of the lithographers and designers.
"In a "Shalom" introduction to the volume, Israel Consul General
Rehaveam Amir especially commends the volume to the youth for
whom it was especially intended.- llders also will delight in this work.

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