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The Detroit Jewish News, 1972-03-03

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Incorporating - The Detroit Jewish' Chronicle= commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

... Member American Assoefttion of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Assad.
shun Published every- Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile. Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 4807E
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices.
Subscription $8 a year. Foreign $9


Editor and Publisher


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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 18th day of Adar, 5732, the following scriptural selections
mill be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portions, Erod. 30:11-34:35, Num. 19:1-22. Prophetical portion,

Ezekiel 36:1638.

Candle lighting, Friday, March 3. 6:06 p.m.

VOL. LX, No. 25 -

Page Four

March 3, 1972

Hebrew in Southfield High School

Southfield's Board of Education has the duty of Jews to learn Hebrew• in order
earned the gratitude of the Jewish community to understand the prayers that are usually
and the appreciation of •linguists for the ac-
tion taken in approving a course in modern recited without knowledge of their _meaning.
There is the Bible—a factor never to be
Hebrew, to be introduced in the Southfield
forgotten. Study of Holy Scriptures in the
High School in September.
There are several factors involved in the original is a duty not to be overlooked by
advocacy of a Hebrew course in our high those for whom scholarship must assume
schools, which was expressed by us editorial- great depth, originality, getting at the source
ly on July 9, 1971. In the first place, there and attaining fullest acquisition of related
is the great need of continuing emphasis on facts. Modern Hebrew can accomplish the
language studies as a vital part of a• com- task described in the aims outlined by- the
plete educational a p p r o a ch in our high Southfield High School Board of Education
schools. There has been a lessening of such —attainment of a speaking as well as
emphases. Not so many years ago, the study writing knowledge of the ancient tongue that
been revived in the Zionist ideology—and Laqueur Shows_ East Europea
of Latin was compulsory in some schools, has
Greek was considered a necessity by others at the-- same time make it possible for
and in the- oldest universities in Amerita logians and students of Bible, Prophets, Tal- Support for Israel in 1967
Hebrew was a study of love among scholars. mud, Mishna, to attain a knowledge that will
Walter Laqueur, currently director• of the - Tel Aviv University
Also, there was-a time when German was make the scriptural writings understandable.
. Dr. Meriyn Lakin, president of the Institute of Contemporary History, presents an important analysis of
compulsory for medical students, and French
postwar period, its economic and cultural treads, the- political and
was craved for since travel abroad nearly Southfield Board_of Education, - expressed-en- the
always included Paris. Hebrew had been vital thusiasm over the unanimous action of his social developments of the past two -decades, in `5Europe Since Hitler."
First published as "The Rebirth of Europe" by Holt, Rinehart and
for theological students and a school of higher board in introducing a Modern Hebrew I Winston,
in 1970, it has just been reissued as a Pelican paperback by
learning was not worth its salt if it did not course. As a cultural attainment, all South- Penguin Books.
teach classical Hebrew. Now we have a new field residents have cause to rejoice over
Dr. Laqueur views Europe as possessing "a surprising capacity
need—the teaching of modern Hebrew so such an action. Now we await similar action for survival," as a continent that had been considered dead for a
that the tens .upon tens of thousands of vis- by the Oak Park Board of Education,, which thousand years. His contention is:
itors to Israel may have a smattering of knowl- has already indicated a deep interest in the
"The age of European political predontiaanee has ended but
edge of the language, so that the tongue proposal.
no other center has so far wrenched from Europe the torch of
In a wider sense the Europ an age - has
spoken by the builders of a high-ranking so-
e only begun."
With the educational boards acting favor-
Russia's role is taken into serious consideration, and Dr. Laqueur
ciety in the Middle East may be reached lin- ably in the matter, the obligation now rests
comments on the Six-Day War. He makes the interesting observation
guistically by friends everywhere, and •so
a long:requested that
there WEE support for Isriel in Eastern Europe Hestates:
that the link in the American-Israel friend- g upon a the students to make
'The extent Soviet
responsibility for the. Syrian war scare in
ship may be strengthened.
_ - fnr-Meb fery " arid Je wish
n studies. And it will May 1967 which of triggered
the war between Israel and the Arab
For Jews there_is-the specianilip - eai=of be well for parents not only_ to encourage states has not been clearly off
established; it is doubtful whether the
being able-=t with kinsmen abroad: their children to enroll in such courses, but Soviet Union would have been able to prevent the war even if it
in many countries, where Yiddish is no themselves to pursue such studies: it is often wanted to. Nor could it, according to the rules of the
game, give direct
longer the medium of expression there is good for parent to meet child on equal military support in 1967 to its* allies in the Arab world,
America did not intervene in the conflict. The war which ended in a
developing a Hebraist spirit; and there is ground.



defeat for Egypt and Syria did not weaken the Soviet position in the
Middle East, but it had repercussions in eastern Europe which were
undesirable from the Soviet point of view. Mosemes one-sided support
for the Arab governments was not popular with all European Com-
munists. The leading west European Communist parties supported the
Soviet line without much enthusiasm, and as a result relations between
them and the left in their countries even became strained. Even in
eastern Etirope there was some support for Israel and -a great deal of
Schadenfrende that the Soviet Union had suffered a defeat by proxy,

Self-Immolation by a Jewish Hater of Israel

How can one hate his people to such a
degree as to finance 'distribution, in the
form of a full-page advertisement in the
New York Times, misrepresentation of facts
regarding Israel and American Jewry? That's
what Alfred Lilienthal did last week. He
gave the impression that there was an allo-
cation of $3,500 per capita of American funds
to every Israeli. He included in charity funds

Beth Din Tradition

Dedication of a new building of Detroit's
Vaad Harabonim—the Council of Orthodox
Rabbis--draws attention to the inclusion in
it of the Fischer Rabbinical Court Chamber
as a memorial to Rabbi Moses Fischer. This
"Court Chamber" is to be, in effect, s'a con-
tinuation Of a Beth Din, an arbitration trib-
unal, to settle religious disputes.
A Beth Din functioned in Detroit many
years ago under auspices of the Jewish Com-
munity Council, and it performed valuable
services in matters that could have brought
strictly internal Jewish issues into public dis-
pute. A continuing Council arbitration com-
mittee perpetuates these obligations. Through
a Jewish tribunal .there is an avoidance of
washing our linens in public when some re-
grettable incidents oecur.
It is to the credit. of the Council of Rabbis
that such a vital Jewish tradition should be
pursued and perpetuated.
Several prominent Detroit families have
established valuable functions in the new -
headquarters of the local Orthodox rabbi-
nate, and the Beth Din as well as - the Talmud
study room deserve specitd,etteution in the
acclaim to be given them at =the rabbis' 'an-
nual dinner next we ek
- orn:q 1

the investments in Israel Bonds. He linked
the fantastically vitriolic analyses with the
sums repaid to the United States by Israel
and the large amounts of our philanthropic
funds that went to rescue Jews from Nazism
and to rehabilitate those who survived Hitler-


and this by an adversary that had been consistently underrated. Worse
Yet, the Israeli victory gave a great uplift to the latent mood of revolt
in Czechoslovakia and Poland. It constituted an additional link in the
chain of misfortunes that befell the Soviet Union on the international
scene in 1957-67."

the Hitler experience apparently
means nothing to Lilienthal. He is concerned
only with destroying Israel. We do not know
whether he is a temple-Jew or whether the
mere mention of Israel in relation to him 'Heroes. of Israel' — Two Women
turns him off the human side of his heritage.
The fact is that never before has anything 11 Men Among Builders of Zion
as misleading and as vituperative been pub-
lished anywhere, even in those Arab news-
Israel is synonymous with pioneering—and with courage. That
papers in which there was -resort to the out- is why
the builders of Zion can be interlinked easily with bravery
and with determination.
rageous ritual murder charge against Jews.
In a sense, what Lilienthal did was in
Morris Rosenbaum has compiled an interesting series of sketches
itself a ritual murder libel against his own about the men—and two women--who are foremost among the creative
Zionist elements. In "Heroes of Israel," published by Fleet Press, he
people. It was a resort to such hatred , that has
we will be greatly surprised if the. Arabs and written 13 stories--one about the historic background of Israel
about the land to which its people has made its return as re-
themselves -won't be shocked out of their
and the others about the heroes. -
wits by the outrage committed in the Jump- builders,
Golda Meir and Humid) Senesh are the two women in the
ing of unrelated figuies is if Jews were - be-
group. The men, who are wen-depicted, include:
Theodor Herzl,
ing handed out vast billions of Americas
Chaim Welzmann, David Ben-Gnrion, Joseph Trumpeldor, Dieser
funds illegally, dishonestly, immorally. -
Ben Yehuda, Hannah-Mickey Marcus, Ylgael Yadin, Yigal Anon,
Moshe Dayanr and Shmuel Want - Avon:
The criticism of the New York Miles may
be justified. We had - similar experiences in archeologists
There is a cross-section of heroes among these statesmen, writers,
and warriors.
dealing with letter writers to a load newspa-
Each of the biographical sketches is accompanied by a photograph
per•which published anything submitted by of the
hero or heroine,
although be did not devote a special chap-
Arab lie-spreaders without checking on the ter to him, the author and
has included a piece,
Abbe Ehan and
truth of the submitted copy. But the culprit also his photograph.
is a Jew—one of three• we know . of who had`
In the initial story about "The Land of Israel," ROsenbaunt gives
Served as moirim—worse than informers be- an account-of Ahad HaAin and Baron. Edmond de Rothschild, and be
cause they were not tellincthe truth—and bas not failed to refer to Sir Moods Haim igoltatiare, to Max Norden, to
who - were exprissing self-hatred' ,with - such Henrietta Siold, Moshe Sharett,"Itsludi Basa-Zyt;
VIliclimir Zvi Jabotin-
animosity for their own kinsmen that sel- sky, Itzhak Rabin and others—thesiimbinchis story complete Insofar
clom;11.-ewer, is such fantastic" moral self-
"Heroes of Israel" is a merikeloos -wank end adults swill benefit
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