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November 27, 1970 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-11-27

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Friday, Ilinreetbor 27, 1970-13 Rabbi Criticizes Practice

Israeli Leader Traces Causes
for Rootless, Restless Youths

JTA News Editor


of Unveiling Ceremonies


GLENCOE, Ill. (JTA) — A Re-
form rabbi, expressing surprise at


the growing custom of public un-

garments and exchange them for veilings of headstones "in an era
shoddy clothing and bare feet. when many rituals seem to be
(Copyright 1970, JTA, Inc.)
Why? Because the material goods fading," has criticized the practice
Dr. Jacob Vainstein woke early. without spiritual enrichment is as one which "is not part of Jew-
Intensive Instruction for All Ages
He had an appointment with me itself a form of poverty and an ish law or practice" as a public
for an interview at 8 a.m.
absence of life meaning." •
ceremony. The criticism was made
Even at that relatively early
Rabbi Vainstein, who was born by Rabbi Harold Kudan, associate
hour, callers were already phon- in Russia 54 years ago, came to rabbi of the North Shore Congre-
23650 Woodward (Nr. 91/4 Mile)
ing him to say Shalom and make England as a child where he later gation Israel here.

appointments to meet with him or became a rabbi and left England
to invite him to speak at gather- in 1948 when the state of Israel
ings to discuss the school which was born. Between 1955 and 1964
is named after the late Chaim he served as a rabbi in South
Moshe Shapiro who was the Is- Africa. In 1964 he returned to
raeli minicter of interior and head Israel and for the next few weeks
of the National Religious Party. he will be meeting with young peo-
I managed to reach him. Rabbi ple and religious leaders in New
Vainstein stood in the hallway, York, Boston, Los Angeles, Cleve-
smiling as I emerged from the land, Montreal and Toronto. The
elevator. A tall, elegant and grace- rabbi, who is in this country as
ful' man with a wispish beard, he the guest of the Union of Orthodox
waved his hand toward his room. Jewish Congregations, will address
"I'm sorry we can't have break- their convention in Washington on
fast in the hotel," he said with a Nov. 25.
He was the founder in 1951 of
slight trace of British accent. "I
took a room here because I was the department of Torah educa-
told there was a kosher kitchen, tion of the Jewish Agency in Is-
but," he shrugged, "the kitchen, rael and is a member of the
it turns out, has been closed for World Executive of the Religious
Zionist movement. During his stay
some time."
Rabbi Vainstein spoke ani- in the United States, Rabbi Vain-
matedly about his two major stein said he was able to discern
concerns—Ramot Shapira and a growing trend among Jewish
youth. The rabbi, who Is the youth to identify with Judaic
chairman of the Religions Coun- values.
"I find there is a growing real-
cil of Jerusalem and chairman
of the Public Council of Ramot ization among many Jewish youths
Shapira, began to discuss the —many of them non-religious-
condition of Jewish youth in the that there can be no Jewish fu-
ture without a clear understanding
Jewish youth, he observed, are of our Jewish historic past and
rootless, restless and without an- continuity of Jewish traditional
chor but looking for values that values and behavior which has
are elusive, evasive and ephemeral. been the main strength of Jewish
"Too many are ready to blame our survival throughout our existence."
Many of these youths, who were
youth for rejecting Judaism and
searching for non-Judaic values, enticed by the New Left, are be-
or values such as those offered ginning to realize the new found
by the New Left that are hostile life styles are illusory, he stated.
The fault, he said, is not with
to Judaism," he said. "But too
few are willing to understand the youth, but lies with the "Jew-
leaders who have not rec-
what it is that drives some of our
ognized the need for Jewish edu-
youth to these ailen ideas."
The reasons, he noted, are basi-
cally two-fold. The parents of ditions. Rabbi Vainstein noted
PLEASANT RIDGE 11'399-4331
these alienated youth have sur- that education should be more
rendered to assimilationist values than imparting kowledge. "It
and trends and, while not reject-
ing Jewishness outright, have tem- whole way of life."
Rabbi Vainstein related that he
pered it with non-Jewish customs.
receive a letter from "some leftist
Another reason, Rabbi Vainstein
members" of a klutz who wrote
suggested, for the alienation from
and hostility toward Jewishness, that they had been reading some
of his books on Jewish religion
is that frequently Judaism is pre- and had been inspired to greater
sented solely as ritual.
study. The letter expressed the
"But Judaism is more than hope that he would "klieb nahes"
ritual," he said. "It is a life (receive joy) from this venture.
style." Neither the assimilationist He smiled as he held the letter
Jew nor the ritualist Jew offer
in his hands and said: "Ich klieb
the kind of inspiration that would
provide Jewish youth with the naches."
kind of Judaism that is meaningful
and vital.
The young are searching for
an answer to the social problems ish welfare agency is joining with
and ills. Judaism, seen in all its Protestant and Catholic groups in
You deserve to live "royally" at least
ramifications can provide these an experimental door-to-door ef-
once ... with a sense of well-being and
answers and life style. But it fort to recruit foster parents for
security you've never known before ...
has to be presented as a life entity an estimated 3,000 neglected and
with a panoramic view of the world below
that is passionate, full-bodied and abandoned children in the New
and the glimmering lights miles away.
relevant," he declared.
York metropolitan area. The par-
Charter House. is an exciting place,
Rabbi Vainstein said be con- ticipating groups are the Federa-
no matter what your age or marital status:
demned the violence of young tion of Jewish Phliantropies, the
Near shopping, theaters, restaurants,
people. He was asked if he be- Federation of Protestant Welfare
expressways. You relax by the pool or on
lieved that the phrase used by Agencies and the Catholic Chari-
your private balcony.
many Jewish spokesmen—"self- ties of the New York Archdiocese.
hating Jews"—was an apt descrip-
Charter House living is gracious,
The Jewish phase of the project
tion of Jewish youth who oppose is being undertaken by two Feder-
but not pretentious. Laundry and storage

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Foster Homes Sought

"By all means," be answered.
When young people are search-
ing for answers and values and
life skies and find themselves
rootless, they begin to hate what
they imagine to be the source
of their rootlessness and aim-
lemmas. The baked is trans-
ferred from their parents and
their parents' materialistic
values to a baked of Jewhilmess
which they identify with these
values mod, theses, to them-
. seivea. -row net result is self-
bake," be said.
Itabbi Vainstein noted that many
at the radical youth are the off-
spring of upper income park
who have showered their children
with all the material comforts at
their disposal. "yet. it does no
and at all," he smiled. "These
gismo people reject the materialis-
tic values, cut of their opulent

Zionism, Israel and


ation agencies, the Jewish Child
Care Association and the Louise
Wise Services. The innovative re-
cruitment program was initiated
by the Protestant group which
contacted the JCCA and suggested
a multi-faith program, which Prot-
estant officials said they believed
would be more effective than sep-
arate special efforts by individual

Israeli Envoy at UN
Attacked on NY Subway

tai Rosenne, second highest-rank-
ing member of Israel's delegation
to the UN, was mugged, robbed
and suffered personal injuries in
an attack in the New York sub-
He was hospitalized for a few

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