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He who meanly admires mean
things is a snob.
William Makepeace Thackeray .
of America's Most Versatile
By BENJAMIN J. FRIEDMAN
Reflections on my recent trip to
Israel: Just being there was a
thrill, to see what these magnifi-
cent people have created and
achieved in so short a time. How-
ever, certain things do stick out
as special highlights ... Arriving
in Jerusalem on Sabbath eve r:nd
going immediately to the Western
Wall—what a magnificent sight!
The Hasidim dancing and singing
to welcome the Sabbath. The per-
sonal emotion involved in just see-
ing "The Wall." Thousands of peo-
ple praying and welcoming the
Sabbath — nowhere in the world
can one experience such a sense of
belonging . . . Attending Sabbath
services at the Great Synagogue
of Tel Aviv on Sabbath morning.
The entire building is being reno-
vated within and without. Can you
imagine—a synagogue being com-
pletely renovated! A trip to the
city of Gaza, off limits to civilians,
with an entertainment troupe sent
there to entertain the troops. The
young men and women stationed
there were just great. I had dinner
in the mess hall (chicken soup
and gefilte fish were part of the
meal) and spoke at length with
them. I have never seen such de-
votion to duty and country. Later,
I met the commander of the Gaza
area and when he learned my son,
Jerry, was being Bar Mitzva this
spring, he removed his insignias
of rank, as well as the sword pin
he wears, which is emblematic of
his command status, and gave them
to me as a Bar Mitzva gift for
Jerry—one that he will , long cher-
ish . . . I attended, as the guest
of Prime Minister Golda Meir, a
special benefit performance of the
musical "Eesh Chosid Haya,"
which opened this past week in
New York under the title "Only
Fools Are Sad." Don't miss it—it
is truly a delightful musical, based
on Hasidic stories and songs and
performed by six very talented
and beautiful Israeli actors . . .
I met two former students from
Temple Emanu-El, who are now
studying in Israel. Rick Sarason,
son of Ken and Connie Sarason,
is a rabbinical student at Hebrew
Union College, in Jerusalem, and
Nick Martin, son pf the Victor
Martins, now attending ,Hebrew
University and working for the
Israel Foreign Office after -doing
his tour of duty in the Israeli
Army Lastly, the thrill of be
ing able to order, eat. ..and enjoy
a strictly kosher filet mignon - din-
ner—only in Israel.
I visited the Municipal Court in
Tel Aviv to compare it with ours
in Oak, Park. Judges and police-
men are afforded the highest of
respect and I was truly impressed
by the level of competency and jus-
tice as well as the protections af-
forded to all defendants. I was
approached by a young American
who had appeared before me. here
at home, and was in trouble in
Tel Aviv. He asked for my assist-
ance with his problem—however,
I informed him that our jurisdic-
tion didn't quite extended to Tel
Aviv. He was surprised! '
Fridtry, December 3, 1971-27
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Is it okay to have a Bar Mitzvah
in a hot& named for a saint?
If you-wonder if we know
the difference between challa
and holly, fear not. We have a
chef who was making matzo ball
soup before your son was born.
But, of course, parties do not
run on soup alone. So we add
the party-like look of the place,
and service by people who say
"May I help you" and mean it.
They mean it for all kinds of
wonderful events— weddings,
poolside engagement parties,
golden anniversaries, etc.
Call us at 873-3000. And ask
for the Mitzvah Maven.
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