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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 23rd day of Kislev, 5732, the following scriptural selections will be read in our
synagogues: Pentateuchal portion, Gen. 37:1-40:23. Prophetical portion, Amos 2:8-3:8. Hanuka Torah read-
ings: Monday, Num. 7:1-17: Tuesday, Nuns. 7:18-29; Wednesday, Num. 7:24-35; Thursday, Num. 7:30-41; Fri-
day, Num. 7:36-47.
Candle lighting. Friday, Dee. 10, 4:43 p.m.
December 10, 1971
VOL. LX. No. 13
Hanuka as a Festival of Joy and Honor
But the lesson of Hanuka is not for the
Jewish people alone. It is for the world. It is
a lesson for the Arabs. Just as we admonish
anti-Semites on Purim not to forget Haman
and to remember that the bigots have never
triumphed over Jewry, so, on Hanuka, we
say to those who would deprive our people of
the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness, that there is a lesson for them
from the MaCcabean age.
That lesson was emphasized in the Isra-
elis' war of independence in 1948. It as-
sumed significance in two other wars. It gains
importance in the determined will of the
Jewish people to live and to make the sover-
eign state of Israel a symbol of that inde-
structible quality of an embattled people.
Why can't Israel's neighbors understand
this undeniable fact? Why do they fool their
oppressed populations when there could be so
much honor and dignity for all if neighbors
lived together in peace?
The neighbors say no, Israel says "I shall
not die but live to declare the works of the
Lord." The spirit of the Maccabees empha-
sizes this ideal. It lives in the hearts of a
people determined to carry the banners of
its heritage with honor and with courage.
There will be light and jollity in Jewish
homes in celebration of a festival that marks
a great historic event for our people. Hanuka
is linked with our own experiences in an age
of trials and tribulations. Youth who rejoice
over the triumphs of the Maccabees of old
can and should equate the occurrences that
date back two millenia with the occurrences
two and three decades ago.
The previous generation was threatened
with extinction as a result of a holocaust that
was engineered by beasts. As in earlier times
when life was cheap and there were whole-
sale murders of those with whom the con-
querors of Judea of old differed, there was
an effort to exterminate the Jewish people.
Resistance often was impossible, but the will
to survive could not be annihilated.
Out of that era had grown the new Mac-
cabean valor. Israel was restored, and the
resultant attainment of sovereignty called for
an heroic stand to defy those who begrudged
Jewry the right to a homeland.
The experience of the New Israel is well
known. Its state-builders d e f ended their
rights gloriously. - the Israel of today is a
result of the new Maccabean valor. Thus the
Hanuka of old is perpetuated in a new spirit.
Keep Record Straight on Arms for Israel
Very few members of Congress - have been misled by claims that Israel's strength
balances that of the Arabs. They know better. That is why support for Israel is so over-
whelming-the Senate having voted for the Jacksod amendment- 82 to 14.
To avoid misrepresentations-due in the main from assurances that little Israel can
beat all of the big Arab powers in spite of the great odds against them-it is necessary
that the facts be given unequivocally.
Near East Report, the Washington news letter on American policy in the Near East,
has given details of comparative strength. We reproduce it here as a warning -to those who
become complacent, so that demands for all-out aid for Israel should not subside. Unless
Israel is kept strong, anything can happen on the shores of the Mediterranean, and if
Israel's security ever is sacrificed, woe unto all of us-and to the entire world that may
then be in throes of another international calamity.
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In his consideration of WC role of wisdom in the life and thought
of 'ancient Israel, he deals with piety, with the legacies of Israel,
and he gives major consideration to 'Wisdom in Revolt," in chapters in
which he outlines the significance of the Books of Job and Kohelet.
His view on the role of Wisdom in the Bible is summarized in a
statement that "wisdom is germane to life," and he declares:
"To all spokesmen of wisdom man is not merely the animal
which in one aspect he is. He is other and more than .a political
entity, a warrior willing or unwilling, an economic integer.
He is . a person who feels and thinks and can believe. His life
values are not to be measured in the marketplace. He is a being
who can learn to live well and worthily, and can find in living a
more than ephemeral happiness. He may choose to live for some-
thing beyond himself which is greater and better and, as Job
found, more true and wonderful and gracious than anything he
This evidences the inspiration that encouraged the writing of this
book and the enthusiasm and knowledge engendered by a noted
Christian scholar who asserts with regard to his
theme and the Bible Wisdom:
"The dominant theme of these sacred writings
is the age-long dialogue between Yahweh, Israel's
covenant God, and this people which he had
chosen to hear his call, obey his commandments
and serve his purpose on earth."
Imbedded here are the interpretations of per-
sonal devotions and the analyses of religious and
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oral instructions derived from the wisdom , de-
lineated in the scholarly reviews of scriptural
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About stories that were told for entertainment
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-he points to such in his review of Bible readings
-Dr. Scott says that there is more than that to
such tales. "They were cultural instruments," he
states, "forming and confirming the values and
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purposes of those who listened. They. memorialized
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heroes, antiheroes and events of continuing sig-
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nificance. "They belonged to a living tradition
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whose highlights were tales of Abraham's migra-
tion to the land of promise, of Jacob's dream of
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a stairway between earth and heaven, and of a
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miraculous deliverance - under Moses at the Sea
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There is the lesson in Job, and Dr. Scott com-
ments: "It is not surprising that the wisdom
teachers drew on the inherited gift of lively nar-
Professor Emeritus R. B. Y. Scott of Princeton University has
authored a most fascinating book, "The Way of Wisdom in the Old
Testament," in which he outlines the wealth of Wisdom Literature.
In this Macmillan-published book, Dr. Scott reviews the historical
background of the Old Testament stories he outlines in a stimulating
Already having previously edited a book on "Proverbs and Ec-
clesiastes," he emerges authoritative in his definitions of prophecy
and wisdom, in his comments on similes and metaphors, in the stories
he quotes and his commentaries.
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Dr. Scott's 'The Ways of Wisdom
Inspired by Bible Literature
ration for purposes of instruction, as in the
schematized folk tale in Job 1-2."
The Book of Job is defined as "a work of
majestic poetry that lays bare the agony of a
As in relation to Job, so, also, the other com-
mentaries and evaluations in this work provide
basic background for more extended studies-
and Dr. Scott's "The Way of Wisdom" certainly
encourages acquisition of additional inspiration
from the guidance he provides in a most informa-