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Sabbath Scriptural Slections
This Sabbath, the 12th day of Nisan, 5733, the following scriptural
selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Levit. 14:1-15:33. Prophetical portion, Mala-
Candle lighting, Friday, 'April 13, 6:53 p.m.
Passover Scriptural Selections
Scriptural portions: Tuesday, Exod. 13:17-15:26. Num. 28:16-25;
Wednesday, Levit. 22:26-23:44, Num. 28:16-25. Prophetical portions:
Tuesday, Joshua 5:2-6:1, 27; Wednesday, II Kings 23:1-9, 21-25.
Hol Hamoed Passover Torah readings: Thursday, Exod. 13:1-16,
Num. 28:19-25; Friday, Exod. 22:24-23:19. Num. 28:19-25.
VOL. LXIII. No. 5
Anril 13, 1973
Kinship With Partisans
This Passover, as we mark the 30th anniversary of the
Warsaw Ghetto Revolt, and as we rejoice in our own free-
doms, we are reminded of an era during which oppressions
failed to stem the hopes of our terrorized fellow Jews.
It was hope and the determined will to live that kept
many alive. The declarations of faith accompanied many acts
of resistance. It is the will to live that has sustained the
victims of Nazism, just as that will causes us to hold fast to
our traditions and to cherish our sacred legacies.
During the darkest hours of the Hitler terror, Jews
prayed and hoped. They sang songs of faith that inspired
courage in many who were doomed to destruction.
There was a famous song: "Zog Nit Keinmol"—"The
Song of the Partisans"—which was composed and set to
music by Hirsh Glik, which was sung in Yiddish and has
been ascribed also in Hebrew and in English.
As an inspiration, it is well that we repeat this song
on Passover. In the words of the partisans:
Oh never say that you have reached the end,
that clouds block out your very light of clay,
For the hour we longed for yet will appear
Our marching feet will thunder, "We are here!"
From snowy plains to lands of palms,
"We are here!" with all our pain and woe,
wherever a drop of our blood was spilled,
There shall our spirits strongly rise again.
Tomorrow's sun will pierce the dark
Past bitterness and foes will fade away
The day for which we yearn will soon appear
When marching feet will thunder, "We are here!"
This song we wrote in bullets and in blood
Sings not of birds swiftly flying free
It is the song our people sang—as one
Amidst the ruined crumbling walls they sang
Their weavons in their hands.
So do not say that you have reached the end
That clouds block out your very light of day
The hour for which you yearn will yet appear
Your footsteps will proclaim, "We are here!"
The Psalmist first uttered the words: "I shall not die
but live, to declare the words of the Lord." That's what the
partisans said. That's what we repeat this Passover as a mark
of faith: as long as there is the will to live, Israel and Jewry
are indestructible. That's the motto on this and all Passovers
in the history of our people.
Perhaps there is need for another message — more to
ourselves than to the world at large whence came the grave
dangers to our existence. There is the frequently repeating
concern over indifference in Jewish ranks and some symp-
toms of abandonment of loyalties by youth. It is to them
more than to outsiders that Passover, its theme, those who
fully imbibed its lessons, turn again. "Thou shalt say it to
your son , . . " is the admonition in the Hagada, and we
say it to our sons:
History teaches us that there is no escaping our heri-
tage. Under tyrants it pursues us, our legacies lend dignity
and honor in the atmosphere of freedom. In time of danger,
when we are under attack, we must be able proudly to bear
the weapons of defense. There is one major weapon: knowl-
edgeability and acquaintance with our history and our tradi-
tions. Possessing that knowledge, nothing can destroy us.
Linking the knowledge with the will to live, we are indestruc-
tible. Let that remain the major message of freedom on
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Passover: Time to Act for Oppressed
A festive atmosphere in Jewish communities everywhere will mark the the great
Festival of Freedom in the coming week.
Not only in free America and the Western countries, and in liberty-inspired Is-
rael, but behind the Iron Curtain and in Moslem countries as well, Passover again gives
courage to those who live in freedom and to our kinsmen who hope for its advent in
the not-too-distant future.
Those of us who are preparing for the joyous sedorim, for family reunions to mark
the observance of the important event on our calender, will be sharing a common link with
others in distant lands who are not as fortunate as we are.
Once again, the addendum to the Hagada—the Matzo of Hope—is dedicated to the
Jews of the Soviet Union whose fate may be partly in our hands as protesters against
persecutions and as the pleaders for justice in their behalf.
There will be a special matzo assigned as part of that prayer as a symbol of our
kinship with our fellow Jews.
This prayer, the special matzo, is not limited to the Jews in Soviet Russia. They
are dedicated also to our fellow Jews in Moslem countries whose fate still hangs in th
As we mark the occasion with a determination not to abandon the less fortunate, the
duty of Jewish communities in the free lands—and particularly in this country—is to let
our voices be heard in their behalf, and at the same time to provide the means that
are so vital in the efforts we exert for the liberation of the unliberated.
We are now engaged in a great effort to be generous, to assure the means nec-
essary for the migrants who seek ways of settling in Israel where freedom awaits them.
It is imperative that prayers be accompanied by action, that we share with our unfortunate
fellow Jews the blessings that are ours materially. •
Passover will be recorded as a festival observed with the greatest of dignity when
we supply V. means necessary for the liberties of the oppressed.
None of us is free unless our fellow men are free. This is true on the home front,
and the need is especially great for the masses who live under oppressive regimes.
This is a time for action, and Passover is an occasion to emphasize our concern for
the terrorized of our people.
Let this Passover again be a time for heroic acts and generous deeds. It is with
our generosity—to the Allied Jewish Campaign and its major beneficiary, the United
Jewish Appeal—that we can emerge as truly free men and women whose concern is for
all who must enjoy liberties on a par with us.
It is in this spirit that we must treat the hope for a Happy Passover.