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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the fourth day of Shevat, 5731, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our Synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Exod. 10:1-13:16. Prophetical portion, Jeremiah 46:13-28.
Candle lighting. Friday, Jan. 29, 524 p.m.
VOL. LVIII. No. 211
January 29, 1971
Cease Fire Deadline and Hope for Peace
Regrettably, most of the reports that ema-
With the crucial date Of Feb. 5 approach-
ing, it is understandable why there should be nate from many quarters are mainly specula-
so many tensions, created by concern over tive, and some are tinged with such distor-
the extension of the cease fire on the Israeli- tions that they only aggravate rather than
Egyptian border. There a y many indications enlighten the reading public. Most of these
that, in spite of threats from Cairo, the war speculative commentaries and alleged revela-
will not be renewed next Friday, and that tions lead to further splits in the ranks of
remains the hope that the standstill in mili- warring factions which could be brought to
tary activities will not be interrupted at this the peace table more easily if it were not for
time, thus giving Dr. Gunnar Jarring suffi- outside influences that disturb the good will
cient time to negotiate for an end to the that could be developed under normal condi-
it is evident that Russia presents the
There is no doubt about Israel benefiting
from an interruption in the fighting. Many major obstacle to peace in the Middle East.
there cause to believe that if the United
lives have been saved since the cease fire was'
instituted. The Egyptians • are not ignoring States, Great Britain and France were to be
the truth in a situation which also ended for united in the matter of assuring the security
the period of limited tranquility the loss of of Israel that the Kremlin animosity might
lives and the destruction of property. Why be lessened? But like the evil-doers in the
not believe, therefore, that all elements in communications spheres the Big Four, except
the struggle will be as anxious for peace as for the United States, also represents an evil
influence that does not encourage peace but
is marked by divisions and by selfish inter-
Both Jordan and Lebanon are undoubted- ests.
ly equally concerned that there should be an
The basis for hope, therefore, is primarily
early peace. Either one would surely sign a
peace pact with Israel if it could be the sec- in the moderation that has begun to emerge
ond to do so. To be the first would mean from Israel and the determined will of Dr.
Jarring to carry his mission to a successful
conclusion. With better help than has been
With these facts in view, accepting the anticipated, in view of the three antagonists
truth that Syria and Iraq are intransigent,
to Israel in the ranks of the Big Four, and
realizing that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia would with the cooperation that comes so readily
not, if they can help it, jeopardize their vast from Israel, hope persists and may not fade.
oil riches in a spreading war in the Middle Past the Feb. 5 deadline in the cease fire we
East, the situation may be viewed as contain-
may begin to see greater encouragement to
ing at least a modicum of hope for a peaceful the beginning of a new era of amity in the
Russian Jewry's Plight: Matter of Saving Livdt
- Intercession in defense of Russian Jewry
longer a matter of guess work or of
doubts. There is sufficient evidence to 'prove
that many thousands insist upon leaving the
USSR, the overwhelming majority having
Israel as their aim.
ness in Israel's position in the matter, there
is no secret about these demands.
Quotations in New Thesaurus
There are more than 16,000 entries in "The International Thesaurus
of Quotations" which Thomas Y. Crowell Co. has issued as a com-
panion volume to Roget's International Thesaurus, and the vast cover-
age, the inclusion of excerpts from the Bible and the classics of all
ages together with the very modern sayings make this work stand
The fact that there are 1,087 claisifications is in itself an indication
of the immensity of this work. A glance at the notables and the major
sources quoted gives the reader a special view of a great task per-
formed with skill. In addition to the Bible, the Talmud and Apocrypha
are utilized for noteworthy statements.
Benjamin Disraeli, Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, George Eliot,
Sir Max Beerbohm, Martin Buber, Leon Blum, Daniel J. Boorstin,
Irving Berlin, Maxwell Bodenhcim, Mark Twain, Henri Bergson, Max
Lerner, Bernard Berenson, Ilya Ehrenburg, Heinrich Heine, Sidney
,Hook, Harold Laski, Moses Hadas, Walter Lippmann, Norman Mailer,
Lionel Trilling, Karl Shapiro and the hundreds of others—all part of
a great collection.
Yiddish and Hebrew proverbs receive due attention, and there
is such an impressive collection of them that this volume gains
immensely in significance.
Under Boasting there is a Jewish proverb: "Do not make yourself
so big, you are not so small."
"When a rogue kisses you, count your teeth," is one of the utiliz-
ed Hebrew proverbs. Other Hebrew proverbs: "Pride is the mask of
one's cwn faults" and "Do not speak of secret matters in a field that
is full of little hills."
The Yiddish proverbs are in the scores. Here are a few samples:
"If all palled in one direction, the world would keel over."
"If you can't bite, don't show your teeth."
"A lock is meant only for honest men."
"God will provide—if only God would provide until he provides."
The Yiddish proverbs are credited to Hanan J. Ayalti.
There is a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Journals on
Racial Prejudice: "Who makes and keeps the Jew or the Negro
base, who but you, who exclude them from the rights which others
A section on Jews has these lines from George Bernard Shaw's
"Saint Joan": "The Jews generally give value. They make you pay;
but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want some-
thing for nothing are invariably Christians."
Interestingly, the section on Jews quotes from Shakespeare and
Karl Marx and also from Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and
this from Martin Buber's "Paths to Utopia:"
"To the Christian the Jew is the incomprehensibly obdurate
man, who-declines to see what has happened, and to the Jew the
Christian is the incomprehensibly daring man, who affirms in an
unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished."
Jean-Paul Sartre is represented with the following from the "Anti-
Semite and Jew:" "If a Jew is fascinated by Christians it is not be-
cause of their virtues, which he values little, but because they repre-
sent anonymity, humanity without race."
Several excerpts from the Babylonian Talmud -add merit to the
Because these facts are •so well estab-
lished it is deplorable that, except for a few
isolated knowledgeable newspapermen, many
journalists act as if a new myth had been
The facts have been corroborated. Not uncovered. Some react to this business, espe-
only those who are being harassed, arrested, cially in view of the Russian hard line posi-
deprived of their jobs, but very many more tion not only against its Jewish citizens who
expressed displeasure over the denial to them seek exit visas but especially against Israel,
of their cultural rights as a minority that as if it were a political game. In the same
insists upon opportunities to observe the fashion in which they often are collaborators
faiths of their fathers, the language of their in the distortions about Israel, manufactured
heritage, the traditions and the literary lega- in Arab guerrilla hangouts, they fall prey to
cies for which they crave as their rightful misinformation about Russian Jewry. •
That is why it is so vital that there should
Russian Jewry's courageous stand in de- be no silence at any time, that there must be
manding these rights is not a new position. expressions of protest against indignities, de-
It has been made known for years but the mands for justice when basic cultural rights
procrastination in acting in their behalf has are denied, insistence that those who wish
resulted in the necessity to explain the de- to leave their homeland because they find
veloping situation to the world at large.
themselves oppressed there should be granted
selections, Also, the sources, the full list of persons quoted, assist
Now, as a result of demonstrations, due exit visas.
the reader in gaining full knowledge about the Wisdom gathered
to demands that have been made to Russian
It's a clear picture. It must not be _ into this one large volume.
embassies everywhere, because of the firm- smudged with corrupted facts.
From the Talmud we have such gems as:
"Greater is he who enjoys the fruits of his labor than be who
Responsibility in Attaining Knowledgeability
Inevitable changes that take place in fate of Russian or other Jewries---those be-
Jewish life keep placing responsibilities upon hind the Iron Curtain and the oppressed
those who are charged with the duties of under the crescent.
carrying on the tasks that involve the con-
So many distortions creep into the press,
tinuity m our historic experience.
so often do enemies of Israel and Jewry
An accepted duty is the major one—that appear on public platforms to harass us, that
of assuring a cultural standard of highest if' we do not train people with knowledge to
rank, one that will provide knowledgeability present the truth we will be in serious diffi-
among those who lead and those who follow culty.
Admittedly, we face such difficulties be-
In this regard it is vital that priority be cause our educational system is weakening
given to the training of constituents who will rather than gaining strength. Therefore, the
be able to tackle problems involving Jewish needs as well as the shortcomings must be
aspirations, whether it involves Israel, or the studied more seriously, now than ever before.
"Every man who does not teach his son a trade, it it.es though
he teaches him to rob."
"Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree,
but it is like a shadow of a bird in flight."
"Four things impair the strength of men: sin, journeying, fasting
"I have learned much from my teachers, and from my colleagues
more than from my teachers, and from my students more than
There ' are four Minds In the bed of a divorced man who marries
a divorced woman."
The.timeliness of the volume, its use of most recent writings, is
indicated by the following from Susan Sontag's "Notes on Camp:" .
"The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral
seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony."
• Thus we have embodied in this "International Thesaurus of Quota-
tion" the immense collection of sayings in which writers from all ages
are included and the modern share Well with the ancients. The wisdom
of the ages thus is embodied here in a skillful editing job.