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211.-Riday, Saptombor 118, 1971('

Kabalism Defined

In a translation from the Ger-
man by Ralph Manheim, Schocken
Books has issued as paperback
the important work by Prof., Ger-
shorn G. Scholem, "On the Kab-
ala and Its Symbolism."
Kabalistic literature, mysticism
and the meaning of Torah in view-
ing the mystics, the Golem and the
myths surrounding it and the re-
lated factors in Kabala are review-
ed here by the man who may well
be today the outstanding interpre-
ter of the movement which is de-
fined by the author: "The Kabala,
literally 'tradition,' the tradition
of things divine," as "the sum of
Jewish mysticism."
There is an explanation for

religious authority in the Kabala
movement and Prof. Scholem
states: "In Rabbinical Judaism,
from which Kabalistic mysticism
developed, a number of different
revelations were recognized as
authentic and each in its own
way authoritative, namely, the
revelations of Moses, of the Pro-
phets, of the Holy Spirit (which
spoke In the authors of the
Psalms and other parts of the

'No Fatherland!,_-7__
Neo-Nazism Clue
in First Novel

Hans He11}put Kirst, the novelist
whose background gives him first
knowledge about the last war—he
served in the German army in
France, Poland and Russia from
1933 to 1945—is able to write au-
thoritatively on the matters involv-
ing suspicion of an emergence of
neo-Nazism.
His new novel, "No Fatherland,"
translated from the German by J.
Maxwell Brownjohn, published by
Coward-McCann, is so filled with
action that it becomes a most dra-
matic description of the intrigues
exposed by the author.
The hero, Karl Wander, a jour-
nalist, re engaged in a task of ex-
ploring the Bonn army administra-
tion. The plot becomes very
involved, there is a suicide, a mur-
der, suspicion of theft of valuable
documents, a heritage.
Wander -is shown to be an ex-
treme idealist who does not realize
that while he was searching for the
truth he became a tool of the plot-
ters. He lands in jail as the story
closes and as it becomes evident
that he was fooled while he was
sincerely searching to expose the
crimes and to prevent what could
have been a neo-Nazi plot—as one
researcher in the story—Jerome-
whose analyses appear at the end
of every chapter and whose find-
ings define the entire mooted plot
in this story—finally concludes in
an evaluation that proves correct.
"No Fatherland" does not spe-
cifically point to neo-Nazism but it
is detectable in the suggested
struggle for power. The story is
powerful and is an interesting ob-
servation on life in Germany.—P.S.

Seminarian to Ask Cmncil
for Ghetto Assistance

OP Chorus Seeking Voices for Its New Season

WIE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Only 2 Kosher Butchers

Reported in San Francisco

The Oak Park Civic Chorus,
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — San under the auspices of the city of
Francisco had two kosher restau- Oak Park, is beginning its third
Bible), of the receivers of the rants 15 years ago but has none
'Heavenly Voice' (bath kol, be- now, and its eight kosher butcher season. The city's sponsorship has
lieved to have been audible in shops of 1935 have dwindled to two, made available the facilities of the
the Talmudic era), and • finally according to Rabbi Meyer Frankel, Oak Park Auditorium for concerts
'the revelation of the Prophet supervisor for the board of kash- and rehearsals, which are held In
Elijah.• . . . The principle re- rut in the greater Bay area.
Oak Park High School every Mon-
mained in force: each generation
He also told the Jewish Bulletin day evening.
can claim only a certain level of that the amount of meat and poul-
Charles Weiner, director, has
experience. But mystics could try being slaughtered for kosher
still make a place for their ex- consumption had dropped consid-
perience within the traditional erably in recent years.
framework, provided they defin-
He was asked whether young
ed it in accordance with this pebple keep kosher homes after
descending scale of values."
they are married and replied that

by

Prof. Scholem

Messianic beliefs, the Sabbatian
and other movements are taken
into consideration in the study of
mysticism and the Torah aspects
are studied and their relation to
the mystic teachings noted.
Myths and symbols similarly
come under review and the idea
of the Golem is given special con-
sideration. The historian's as well
as the psychologist's roles are in-
troduced in this analysis and the
author admonishes that the Golem
has been interpreted as a symbol
of the soul or of the Jewish peo-
ple," with both theories giving
rise to "meaningful reflections."
The artificiality of the Golem, the
danger of Golem-making, the myths
and the fanaticisms related to it
are incorporated in a most fas-
cinating description of the entire
subject.
-Prof. Scholem's study also de-
scribes of the ritual of the Kabal-
ists, adding to the totality of the
scholarly outline about an historic
movements of mysticism in Juda-
ism.

recently there had been "an influx
of young marrieds from Eastern
cities" and "a few more kosher
homes in San Francisco."
A spokesman for a slaughtering
firm said that in 1963, 100 cattle
per week were koshered locally,
but only 30 are now koshered
weekly.

been a member of the Detroit Con-
cert Band and a teacher of music
at Cass Technical High School.
The musical selections vary from
songs of other lands and Broadway
show tunes to classical selections,
spirituals and popular music.
The chorus of 45 voices has room
for additional singers.
For information, call Marion
Bates, 398-0915.

Canadian

130 Physicists of 18 Lands
Meet at Rehovot Parley

REHOVOT—A number of recent
discoveries in atomic and nuclear
physics were presented at the six-
day International Conference on
Hyperfine Interactions Detected
by Nuclear Radiation, which con-
cluded last week
The conference, in which 130
delegates from 18 countries par-
ticipated, was the second to be
held on the subject; the first took
place three years ago in Califor-
nia. Prof. Gvirol Goldring, the
Weizmann Institute physicist who
served as chairman of the organ-
izing committee, stated that the
meeting concentrated on research,
now in a dynamic stage, on inter-
actions between the nucleus and
Between Kiddush
the electrons in the atomic shell.
and Havdala
This research will lead, Prof.
By MILTON STEINBERG
Goldring believes, to a new era in
In "Basic Judaism"
the study of specific nuclear and
Whatever the case with the Sab- atomic phenomena.
bath in other religions, there is not
the least suggestion of "blueness"
about it in its original, Jewish in-
carnation. On the contrary, it is
very much a day of joy and light-
ness of heart. In the synagogue it
is marked by hymns and elabo-
rated worship; in the home by the
donning of one's best and gayest
clothes, by the kindling of candles
at its inception in the sunset hours,
by the Kidush, and inaugural pray-
er of benediction intoned over a
wine cup, by festive meals and
table songs, by relaxation, conver-
sation, and informal study, and at
its very conclusion by the gavda-
lah, a picturesque ceremonal of
division wherein the gladsome and
sacred day is sent away with the
savor of wine, the fragrance of
sweet spices and the light of a
candle.
Beautiful in itself, the beauty of
the Jewish Sabbath has been en-
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ONCE A YEAR ERA' E
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folklore; its envisagment, for ex-
ample, as a fairy and chaste bride
descending on the rays of the set-
ting sun to her faithful one; the
legend of the two angels who ac-
company each householder on its
eve as he wends his way home-
ward from the synagogue: the con-

ception that for Its duration every

devout Jew is possessed of an
WASHINGTON (JTA)—A student additional soul—an extra measure,
rabbi who spent the summer work- so to speak, of spirituality; and all
ing in a ghetto plans to recom- the other poetic notions, quaint or
mend to the Jewish Community majestic, romantic or edifying,
Council here that it work with or- with which the myth-making capa-
ganizations combating the ghetto'S city of a highly imaginative people
drug problem and that programs have enveloped a deeply loved
be organized of community serv- institution.
ices to be performed in the ghetto
A delight and medicament to the
by Jewish youth groups.
observant Jew, the Sabbath is also
Steven Mellinger of New York, something more; it has ever been
one of five students of the Hebrew a restorative of the vigor of Juda-
Union College-Jewish Institute of ism and the Jewish group—so po-
Religion who worked in the slums tent a restorative that there is
of urban centers this summer in literal vitality to the epigram of
the fourth year of the rabbinic Ahad HaAm, modern philosopher
internship in urban affairs, inter- of Judaism: "More than Israel has
viewed black and white merchants, kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has
ghetto residents and members of kept Israel."

local merchants associations to
establish how much they knew
Yes
about the ghetto community, how
The tepid yes of a remarkable
they felt about ghetto business and man is worth more than all the
resident populations and what applause of the vulgar.—Baltasar
could be done to improve ghetto Gracian.
conditions.
See also Affirmation, Yes or No.
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