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°Sabbath Scriptural Selections 7- ''' - ';
'This Sabbath, the thlid, day- of Nisan, 5732, the Joffe t - hing scriptural . selections
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Candle lighting, Friday, Marc 17, 6:23 p.m.

VOL. LXI. No. I

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Mar ch -1T,

Family Readiness for Passover Se

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So little time remains for preparation for Israel, is truly a miraculous -event - It ,is their
the Passover sedmim that an admonition is Courage that matches the determined will of
in order to families in Our community to . Jews everywhere not tobe deprived of the
make their arrangements immediately, in right to acknowledge their people's legacies.
order that the Hagada should not be treated
If the tasks in behalf of Russian- Jewry
as a mystery when observers of the great are to be imbedded in a sincere Diaspora
festival gather to recite again the story of acknowledgement of Jewish kinships, the
the Exodus. If that story, is to be applied Jewries of the World must show it in their
properly to our time, if the mere printing own devotions. But the observanCe of Pass-
of numerous new. Hagadic versions,.including over is not a philanthropy: it is an inseriarable
those geared toward emphasis on tbe.current mark of continuity in our:links- With'historY
need for a "Let My People Go" outcry to Pthe that' can not be' broken. -We :keep, repeating
world, are to be genuine inspirations for an " when we read the Hagada: -
understanding of one of the richest. chapters
"In every generation, every. Jew must
in Jewish history, there is an obligation to
regard himself as though personally,
study in advance,- to rehearse with the chil-
were brought out of Egypt ..."
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dren, to let them lead where possible and
That is how we view the past in its
for all to share in the recounting of an
-to
the
present
Avith
-'eniphaSis-
on
the
historic event.
fact that if one generation is saved it marks I
Passover's seder has become an occasion freedom for future generations
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for reunion of families, for the strengthening
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And the freedoms - We- share must be
of kinships, for friends merging into a single interpreted as obligations.-never -tc.abaticlon
community to relate the glory of an ancient those who are part of our larger family. -.
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episode which has its counterpart in our time.
To make the PassoVer sedez -, thergloriout
Progressive efforts to
The festival is so applicable to the great function
on our calendar, we must treat it . the reading of Hebrew popularize Hebrew writings and to eneourage
literature- gained much ground in a volume-
effort to provide.-the craved-for home for with knowledge and understanding. To -pass
published as part of the Bantam foreign languages
Russian Jews who keep saying, in the Hebrew on hat, glory to an identified -family, we
publications.'
t
"Modern
Hebrew
Stories," the
that has become so dear for many of them, must-be prepared to share.The role -of
•duallangUage paperback
rea.
d-
will thrill Hebrew readers :as 'well 'as ,students at Hebrew' because
shlakh et ami—Let My People Go! -Like the ers of history with the Children: -Then
- It the translations appear on parallel pages with the Hebrew, -
miracle of Old, what has happened .in Russia, becomes
applicable to all generationi: In `that
Dr. Ezra Spicehandler of:the-Jerusalem 'diiision 'Of Hebrew Union
where Jews have shown courage to say that spirit the Passover spirit will be retained'
College edited this • volume and the authors - whose ,- stories :were
they wish to reunite with their people in as a major power for perpetuity.
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selected : for inclusion.. in this book are these .eminentTviriterS::

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Samuel Joseph Agnon. - "Another Face"; Hayint Hazaz,
"Hid
den Puddle"; S. -,Ylzhar, "The Etiztaw- ay";- AharonyMegged,
- "in
the . ttie"; Yehuda "The Times My Father, Died"; Nis
"Shmeel"; Aharon Applefeld, "Kitty";" and. Avraham
B. Yehoshua, "The Continuous Silence of -a Poet-" -
took to raise a fund to link the name of this
There are no. nekudos--vowels--in the Hebrew, and It is clear
man of courage with his alma mater, the that the texts are intended for those who have mastered the language
- translations, by Israel Shen, - Dr;Spicehan dler, Yose
University of Michigan. The programs con- But the splendid
ducted at Ann Arbor this week, in the process Schachter, Daniel Spicehandler, Daniel Krauskopff, .Tiria Zandbank
and Mikan Arad, enable the Hebrew reader in turn to master the
of setting up - the U. of M. Wallenberg Archi- English.
the same time, the bilingual nature of the -hook make
tectural Lecture Series, represented a com- it suitable At for
separate reading of both the English and Hebrew texts
munity's response to recognition of an his- by the respective
linguists.
toric humanitarian effort that called for
Add to the value of this compilation the fact that each of the
courageous deeds by a man who knew his authors' brief biographical sketch precedes his story,
there is the
duty to his fellow men regardless of their practical application of infcrmation about the storyteller
with an
faith or nationality backgrounds.
acquaintance
with his work.
.
The Wallenberg tributes serve as a partial
Bantam Books publishers, appended to this book a note explaining
vindication of the lethargy that existed dur- that "Modern Hebrew Studies' follows the Priglish order of pages,
ing World War II. More Wallenbergs would from left to right. Consequently, the Hebrew - is. given in reverse of
have meant the rescue of hundreds of thou- the
a usual order so that it parallels'. the English." - The - publishers
sands—perhaps millions!—of additional lives. lso state: -
"This unique - hook has hien designed to reward the casual
The recognition of an act of courage in
reader and the language student Alm. When you open it, -your
World War II serves symbolically to admon-
eye will light upon two 'different languages. On - the light-hand
ish people never to permit genocide; to be on
page you will • find the authentic- T(0)re* - text of- a great short
the alert that a Holocaust shall never occur
story by a representative modern Hebrew author:- on the left-you
again and to shout for justice whenever there
will read a faithful English translation, -so - -designed that- each
is the danger of an emerging injustice. The
paragraph of the Hebrew text faces its. English rendition."-
name of Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg must al-
T his emphasizes the point that
at the uniqueness of --the --book serves
ways serve as a reminder of man's obligation In ost valuably in advancing interest
in Hebrew-literature and in pro-
to man—never to condone inhumanity of vi ding excellent reading in English . for
lovers -`of good narrative
man to man.

Wallenberg: Hero in Rescue Ranks

Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was one of the
great heroes of World War II. A volunteer in
the ranks of rescuers of victims of Nazism,
he undertook an assignment that called for
great courage. It was known to the War
Refugee Board that calamities faced the Jews
of Hungary, that there was to be a mass
expulsion of Jews from Hungary and that the
victims were to be taken to extermination
camps. The young Swedish man was said to
have responded to the call for service with
the assertion that if he could save the life of
a single Jew he was ready to undertake the
assignment.
He went to Hungary and manufactured
Swedish passports. He distributed them to
victims, often personally escorting them into
apartment houses he secured in the name of
the Swedish government, and he literally
stopped the deportations with his daring
demands in behalf of people he had never
known but had begun to claim as his coun-
trymen in order to save them from the gas

chambers.
Thanks to the sense of duty toward a

classmate, Detroit architect Sol King under-

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.characteristics of the authora.whose works were utilized for
this paperbackare described in the '-foreword by Dr. Spicehandler,
who describes the reles all of the storytellers play in Israel's life and
I the Hebrew literature that has emerged" with statehood—as well as
the writers who -had-already contributed greatly - towards the advance-
ment of Hebre* literature before statehood: Dr. Spieehandler tam-
Former Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. 'rnents
on. the'aPprOach_to Hebrew in earlier; periods as the "Leshon
Goldberg and Columbia University Law Pro- hakodesh—the
holy tongue of, a religious tradition," _which marked
which . a encumbered
fessor Richard N. Gardner have renewed the
Be -
caaupsreoieHeTrleew
d not
w t -y set -be
e1
bPOtthe'lille
spoken
lan gu age
srnd
lictViddB
ish.
and
appeal for ratification of the Genocide Con-
was the vernacular,. the task of the writer was difficult. HebreW, - Dr.
vention by the U. S. Senate. Will our
legis- Spicehandler notes; becaine it' sgaken language "after the
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rise of the
lators, motivated by 'a 'prejudiced position Zionist settlement in Palestine.," lie adds that "the nevi literattirnthat
taken by the American :Bar .AtiatiOn, re= emerged Strugglect for almost n , century Jo evolve a flexibleidiom."

Genocide Convention Must Be Ratifie

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The 75 nations—including the Soviet Un-
ion—whose confirmations of the United Na-
tions Genocide Convention attested to the
seriousness of the international._ commitment
to outlaw mass murders of peoples, have thus
far failed to influence similar action by the
United States. Our country was the first, un-
der President Truman, to endorse . the Geno-
cide Convention. Yet, the . _11. -.S.- Senate has - main in the -y
- o f.:the. fri g htenedand
j
consistently refused to ratify, an :important bigoted :nations? We- haVe
posed,,this q uestion to inclic:lie- theoLi tli an e es t :tr iC s l itte 7f
rise'of i ttb
e r fir -w
esent.-If e o s Is tiIihicli
c .noed
w-
decision.
yearly, for nearly-two decades.:Let's.hope4e teiye 'ai :.in:indicatiogn of the firm position of Hebrew literature= as a
But the Senate Foreign Relations Coin- shall soon hear of`a firth - adherence'' to 'high , creiti4 41Ictor in Israel's life: = --- -- -.- "-: -.. '-- -----
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mittee has already approved such action; and humanitarian _principles: by :a: positive sena,:- -`wh A viich ulary at the end of the Book intended tiC'aisist readers
ose Hebrew - -knowledge is .:bit _the' intermediateAevel,"...is another
it is distressing to know that we are hesitant tonal act to end the Genocide Convention
Ungallant asset for the bilingual student" of the Jewish short' story
in a great humanitarian duty:-
dilemma in this country. here
presented together with its English counterpart.

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