16—Friday, July 9, 1971
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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Volume Filled With
Lots of Nonsense
Swiss Aid JDC F eeding Program
After reading the first few pages
of Martin Marcus' "The Power of
Yiddish Thinking" it becomes ap-
parent that this Doubleday-pub-
lished book offers little if any in-
struction in Yiddish, and there is
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, JTA
doubt about the thinking process.
1 It is not only because the appar-
(Copyright 19'71, JTA Inc.)
ently well-meaning author mis-
JERUSALEM—Anyone who wishes to visualize a world Jewish spells "mishegas," but when he
parliament in creation should have attended the Founding Assembly makes another misspelled word,
of the reconstituted Jewish Agency for Israel.
"sechel," a Yiddish term, he sug-
More than 300 "founding fathers," from Jewish communities in gests that perhaps he needs a les-
37 lands came to this historic conclave which marked a milestone son himself in Yiddish verbiage
in Jewish unity. It was a most impressive four-day gathering of repre before writing about the language.
sentatives of all elements in world Jewry. The largest delegation—
He takes the cake with his
almost a third of all the delegates—came from the United States., Its transliteration of the word "Kalike"
influence was strongly felt in all plenary sessions, and especially in into "Chalyicher" which he pro-
the working committee where plans were laid for wide activities of nounces "Chal yih cher" and in-
the reconstituted agency.
deed translates properly as "a
It was for the first time in the history of the Jewish Agency I cripple."
The publishers' blurb plays up
that leaders of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds in the United
his word "Cockamehmeh" which
States were taken into full partnership into the governing bodies of
he pronounces as "Koh kuh may,
the Jewish Agency which have hitherto been composed of Zionists
meh" and translates as "foolish,'
only. The reconstituted Jewish Agency is now built on a 50-50
basis, with Zionists constituting only 50 per cent of the leadership, junky, ill-conceived." The pub-
lishers, too, needed guidance. What
the remainder composed of Jewish leaders from various countries—
Yiddishist would accept such non-
primarily the United States—who have never been affiliated with
the Zionist movement but who have the interests of Israel close to
And as to Marcus' philosophy
A strong demarcation line between the Jewish Agency and the about thinking? There are better
World Zionist movement was introduced at the Founding Assembly in interpretations of "chutzpah" than
a document signed by the delegates and presented in solemn ceremony one finds in this allegedly thought-
at the first plenary session. No longer will anyone be under the impres- provoking book. The author could
sion that the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization are have done with a lot less nonsense
the same institution. Each of the two bodies will now have separate and better acquaintanCe with Yid-
leadership, separate functions, and a separate budget. Each of them dish• —P.S.
will conduct its activities independently. The budget of the World
Zionist Executive will henceforth have to be covered from Zionist 1st Volume of Hasidic
The reconstituted Jewish Agency, under the agreement signed Encyclopedia Printed
by each of the participating delegates to the Founding Assembly, now
The first of a multi-volume
becomes a central body of the entire world Jewry—Zionists and non- Hasidic encyclopedia has been
Zionists—with American non-Zionists, under the leadership of Max
published by Kehot Publication
Fisher, noted American Jewish figure and president of the Council Society, the Lubavitcher publish-
of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, having a strong say in the ing house.
shaping of policies of the Agency and in the making of its decisions.
The encyclopedia, the first of its
NEW DIMENSIONS: The Israel government — and Israelis in kind, will explain the terms and
general-welcome the change in the Jewish Agency. They especially references found in Chabad-Luba-
welcome the fact that the American Jewish communities will now vitch Hasidic philosophy. Upon
become active partners in the policy-making organs of the agency. completion the encyclopedia will
There is a feeling of great affection for Max Fisher in Israel, comprise more than a dozen vol-
and his becoming the chairman of the council of the reconstituted umes.
Jewish Agency—the highest governing body between the annual
The encyclopedia is published
Assemblies—is looked upon by the Israelis as a great gain. The chair-
in Hebrew and is being compiled
man of the reconstituted Jewish Agency is Louis Pincus, the able
by a special staff of Chabad
Israeli leader well known in the United States and throughout the
scholars. Its name in the original
Hebrew text is "Sefer Ho Aroch-
New dimensions will now be added to the work of the Jewish
Agency, including programs which embrace the strengthening of
The first volume contains a
education in Israeli institutions of higher learning, health and welfare
services, care and training of youth. Immigration, absorption of 10,000 word essay by the present
immigrants, housing of immigrants will, of course, remain the basic world leader of the movement, the
functions of the agency. But various other concerns will also become Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Mena-
now the obligations of the reconstituted Agency. This will of course chem M. Schneerson, on the es-
sence of Chabad Hasidut, the sig-
be reflected in the Agency's budget.
The proposed agency budget for the fiscal year presented to the nificance of the philosophy and how
Founding. Assembly shows that the agency will be in need of more it enlightens and inspires the
than $572,000,000 in 1971-72 as compared with less than $362,000,000 thinking of the Jew.
The book is available at Hebrew
of the previous year. The difference will have to come chiefly from
contributors in the United States through the United Jewish Appeal. book stores, or by writing to:
It was interesting to note at the deliberations which took place Kehot Publications, 770 Eastern
in the committees of the Founding Assembly that the initiative to Parkway, Brooklyn 11213.
reorganize the Jewish Agency and to give the non-Zionists a stronger
voice in its decisions, came from Zionist leadership in Israel. This, it Unique Book Collection
was believed, will stimulate greater involvement in the agency activi-
ties on the part of Jews in the United States, England, France and Added to Klau Library
CINCINNATI -- The Klau Li-
other countries who are far from considering themselves as Zionists
but who are eager to come to the aid of Israel in helping to solve the brary of Hebrew Union College —
country's human needs, to bring in as many immigrants as possible, Jewish Institute of Religion one
of the top-ranking Judaica and
and to provide for their absorption in the best possible way.
SOVIET SHADOW: The Founding Assembly did not forget the Hebraica collections in the world,
Jews in the Soviet Union. This was made dramatically clear at the has been enhanced by the Re-
very opening session of the assembly.
sponsa collection of Dr. Solomon
A page was left blank in the book of the signatories of the agree- B. Freehof, rabbi emeritus of
ment which the "founding fathers" signed at the gathering as an Rodef Shalom Congregation in
historic document recording and approving the establishment of the Pittsburgh. It was donated by the
reconstituted Jewish Agency. This was done deliberately in the hope eminent scholar to his alma mater
that the day may come when Soviet Jewry will be free to join the which ordained him in 1915.
Responsa are answers by rab-
Assembly as the Jewish community of the 38th country participating
in the Jewish Agency.
binic authorities to queries on
In the light of anticipated immigration, the assembly also dis- doubtful matters of Jewish law,.
cussed the problem of immigrant housing. More and more new build- ranging from the 6th Century until
ings are now being erected throughout Israel to house immigrant today. The responsa literature pre-
families arriving from Russia and other countries; but the housing serves these answers.
shortage remains acute. The reconstituted Jewish Agency will seek
this fiscal year about $200,000,000 — almost twice as much -as last
year—to cope with the immigrant housing problem.
The Founding Assembly will go into Jewish history as a gathering
which strengthened the link between Jews d . O. the free world and
your , heart is —
Israel. While recognizing the fact that not all Jews in the United
States and other countries are Zionists in the sense of belonging
to the organized Zionist movement, the asembly at the time paved
the way for the obliteration of the differences between Zionists and
Sign up for
non-Zionists in the work on behalf of Israel. It welded them together
for practical programs which can only help to strengthen Israel, and
this is especially appreciated by the Israel government and by all
... and Me'
U.S. SAVINGS BONDS,
NEW YORK—Switzerland is do-
nating 363,800 pounds of milk
and cheese to the Joint Distribu-
tion Committee for use in feeding
programs in Europe, Israel and
the Moslem countries, it was an-
nounced by Samuel L. Haber, JDC
executive vice chairman.
As in previous years, Switzer-
land also will pay the major part
of the packing and transportation
costs. Haber noted. This, added
to the value of the milk products,
brings the total Swiss contirbu
tion to the equivalent of $276,000,
Haber said the Swiss gift is a
welcome addition to JDC's feed-
The milk and cheese will be dis-
tributed in Israel, Morocco, Tun-
isia, Yugoslavia and Iran, where
JDC-supported feeding programs
reach nearly 50,000 people ; mainly
the aged, students, school children
and welfare clients, Haber said.
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according to a Central Bureau of
Statistics report Wednesday.
As of the end of May 1971, the
population for the West Bank and
the Gaza Strip was 991,000.
The East Jerusalem population
has increased from 65,000 in 1967
to 72,000, the report said.
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