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March 23, 1973 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-03-23

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Carl Glick
Heads Hias

NEW YORK—Carl Glick,
investment banker, was elec-
ted president of United Hias
Service, the worldwide Jew-
ish migration agency, by the
organization's board of direc-
tors.
Partner of David J. Greene
and Co., a member firm of
the New York Stock Ex-
change, Glick is a member of
the board of governors and
campaign cabinet of the Uni-
_ged Jewish Appeal of Greater
New York and -a member of
the campaign cabinet of the
United Jewish Appeal, Inc.
He succeeds Harold Fried-
man, who was elected chair-
man of the executive commit-
tee.

March 17 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Dennis King (Haven
Ellman), 10415 Elgin, Hunt-
ington Woods, a daughter,
Stacey Lynn.

March 12 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Leonard Koltonow (Bar-
bara Anbender), 25999 Frank-
lin Pte., Southfield, a daugh-
ter, Erica.
• * *
March 11 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Allan Greenstein (Don-
na Rader), former Detroit-
ers of Fort Lauderdale, a
daughter, Kerry Faith.
* * *
March 9 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Howard Malley (Wendy
M anson), 17,07 Gardenia,
Royal Oak, a daughter, An-
drea Lynn.
* * *
March 5—To Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Freeman (Lois Ment-
zel), 19325 Archdale, a son,
Howard Seth.
* * .*
Feb. 27 — To. Dr. and Mrs.
Maurice A. Davidson (Ro-
berta Wohlman), 5356 West
Bloomfield Lake, West
_Bloomfield, a son, Joshua
Sandor.
* * *
To Mr. and Mrs.. Jay L.
Waldman (Nancy Kosit),
16130 Mt. Vernon, Southfield,
an adopted daughter, Melissa
Faith.

B a sic ally Christologi-
6al, "The Threshing Floor,"
By Fr. John F. X. Sheehan,
S.J., in which he offers "an
interpretation of the Old
Testament," is a most im-
pressive and informative
work. Presenting the views of
an eminent Catholic theolo-
gian on major works in the
Bible, the author creates add-
ed interest in evaluating
Scriptures.
Published by Paulist Press,
this volume covers a vast
field and draws upon the
most authoritative sources in
formulating views on Bible
texts.
Interestingly, on the dedi-
catory page Fr. Sheehan
quotes Psalm 1:12: "Blest is
the man . . . who studies
Torah night and day."
Of added interest is the
comment by J. Coert Ry-
laarsdam, in a foreward to
the book, that while Fr. Shee-
han's study "is in no sense a
confessional apology . . . it
does show how the Old Test-
ament functions for a modern
man of faith." Rylaarsdam
adds: "The 'spirit of Catho-
licism' pervades this book;
it is there as a distinctive
cultural 'style' that will
strike ..the . sensitive . non-
Roman as both winsome and
intelligible."
He may have meant the
Jewish reader who will be
inpressed by the understand-
ing displayed by Fr. Sheehan
of the Jewish backgrounds of
the subjects he covered.
Rut touching upon several
of the thenies, as in the chap--
ter "Reality and the Book of
Ruth," the author touches
upon the "feeling for histori-

cy and the reality content of
Christianity." In this chap-
ter he comments on the "fer-
tility cult." He points out
that "most of the Old Testa-
ment as we have it rejects
the essential of fertility cult,"
and he concludes:
"Four basic elements in the
story point up the possibility
of fertility cult origin: Beth-
lehem, grain harvest, thresh-
ing floor and the sexual union
of Ruth and Boaz. But what-
ever the origin of the story,
the form in which we have it
has come to play an immense
role in later Judeo-Christian-
ity, pointing the way toward
a real universalism for Yah-
weh who was to become God
of Heaven (in Ezra/Nehe-
miah) and ultimately, Lord of
the quick and the dead."
The Christian viewpoint,
while clothed in utter friend-
ship for Jewry and the Bible
which is treated as Old Test-
ament, becomes apparent
when the author speaks of
the Old Testament as the
promise and the New Testa-
ment as fulfillment.
The difference that is emi-
nent and unavoidable in the
two beliefs becomes appar-
ent also in the chapter "Two
Views of Messianism" which
acknowledges the old, the
original idea of an "anoint-
ed one" and then draws upon
the "suffering servant" Old
Testament passages (Is. 49:
1-6, 50: 4-9, 52:13-53, 12) as
having "become a portion of
the Christian view of the
Messiah." The interpreta-
tions of the Isaiah passages
have long been disputed by
Jewish scholars, and the

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Sheehan view is definitely
Christological.
Nevertheless, the views of
the eminent Christian are in-
teresting, and those on the
Psalms are especially im-
pressive. For instance, he
states: "So powerful are the
psalms, that even the man
who misunderstands their ori-
gin can read them with deep
profit."
Fr. Sheehan does take into
account the Jewish intrepre-
tation of the reference in
Isaiah (7:14) to "a maiden
will bear a child," which for
orthodox Christians means
"virgin" but Jews interpret
the "almah" and "betulah"
as young woman.
Rev. Sheehan wrote in-
terestingly in his comments
on the Book of Job.
The impassioned love for
the Bible, both testaments,
and his 'admiration for the
devotionalism of the Jew, is
thus presented in his con-
cluding paragraphs in "The
Threshing Floor":
..."The role of the Jew as
scholar flows also from the
steadily expanding legal
code. The pious Jew, as any
pious religionist, wanted to
make the will of the Divinity
more and more applicable to
the here and now. This re-
quired a steadily widening
body of legal studies so that
applications, more and more
specific, could be made. This
demanded the assembling of
a large corps of scholars.

One four-year-old Jewish boy
understood this very well.
Barely able to read, he tod-
dled into his father's study
one afternoon to find him
pouring over undeciphered
texts. "I shall help you.," he
said, "I too am Jewish!"
One sometimes reads that
Judaism prideS itself as be-
ing a religion without asceti-
cism.
But then laws always
makes demands on men. This
is so whether the law is
relatively simple and stark,
as the law of Sinai, or wheth-
er it is complex and detailed
as the massive code which
has flowed from Sinai
throughout the law history
of Judeo-Christianity. But
law is demanding. Some may
not realize how this enhances
the dignity of man, but it
does! Even when man falls
far short of the law and is
laden with guilt as a result
he has the image of law's
perfection ahead of him.
Even when a man's .actions
are terribly imperfect, law
stands before him as a re-
minder of • that perfection
toward which man is called
to strive. If it is ever out of
reach, it is nonetheless ever
in sight. As one of the sages
put it, "It is not on your pow-
er to accomplish the task,
still it is not your right to de-
sist from the attempt."
Very scholarly, with an 'ap-
proach marked by great re-
spect for the Hebraic back-
ground of the Scriptures, and
with the author's devotion to
his own faith, the Sheehan
Wit and Morals
book is certain to receive a
good welcome in Jewish
in Kolakowski's
theological circles. As a
marked Christian viewpoint,
Bible Discourses
this text will serve to add to
Leszek Kolakowski, a dis- an understanding of the
sident Wars a w University Catholic approach to Bible
scholar who left Poland in studies.
1968, d r a w s upon biblical
characters to introduce his
dialectical reasoning, in a
two - volume - in - one work,
"The Key to Heaven" and
"Conversations With the
Devil," published 'by Grove
Press.
In more than a score of
brief items, in which he
dabbles in stories about Bible
characters, he entertains with
witty stories while moraliz-
ing about current experiences
in relation to. past dicta. -

:

BRUSSELS (JTA) — The
Belgian Senate's foreign af-
fairs commission v o t e d
against the proposed con-
struction of an Israeli aero-
nautical factory near Liege
because it was opposed to
any project which would re-
inforce the military potential
of parties in the Mid East
conflict.

New Architect Society
JERUSALEM — Israel's
850 architects have broken
away from the Engineers
and Architects Association,
and have formed their own
union. The new body was or-
ganized because the archi-
tects felt that the old associ-
ation had disregarded their
needs. The new group held
its foundation convention
March 6.

In diagnosing the diseasillo
called humanity . . poet
present the most mark'd in-
dications.—Walt Whitman.

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rise in net operating income
from 1972 to $1,153,863, or
$1.31 per share, from $1,094,-
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of securities during the year
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Cohen, a one-man Knesset
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Haolam Hazeh editor 'Uri
Avneri, said the movement
would not promote violence
in its struggle to wipe out
discrimination and the social
gap. Panther leader Saadia
Murciano, a 22-year-old Jeru-
salem Panther, will serve as
the new movement's chair-

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