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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the ninth day of Sivan, 5733, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Num. 4:21-7:89. Prophetical portion, Judges 13:2-25.
BY HENRY LEONARD
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Candle lighting, Friday, June 8, 8:51 p.m.
LXIII. No. 13
June 8, 1973
New Danger Codes in Spreading Anti-Semitism
Whatever confidence may have existed
that anti-Semitism has declined began to
vanish with two manifestations that have
caused great distress in our communities.
One is the emergence of a Black anti-Sem-
itism which has as many Black-White as
Black-Jewish implications. The other is the
result of Arab-USSR propaganda which has
misled even the reactionary lunatic fringe
into an escalation of anti-Jewish activities.
An American Jewish Committee world-
wide survey of anti-Semitic trends once again
has established that attacks on Israel and
Zionism have become code words for Jew-
baiting by a broad range of Jews from the
extreme right to the New Left, and this
increased hate mongering emphasizes the
newly developing prejudices that have spread
on a worldwide basis.
Most serious in the warnings regarding
the increased anti-Semitic trends is the "high-
ly sophsiticated Arab propaganda apparatus"
in evidence in Europe and Latin America and
its effects have been evident also in this
The reported survey noted the following
anti-Semitic trends in major world commu-
Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe—Condi-
tions for the Jews in Russia are worse than they
have been at any time in the 20 years since Stalin..
Overt and covert anti-Semitism abound, anti-Semi-
tic publications are frequent, and anti-Zionist and
anti-Semitic propaganda is blatant. Jews have
been pushed out of most positions of importance
in the government, and though the
Jews with higher education is still large, Jewish
students are finding it more difficult to get into
better schools. Obstacles are constantly being
placed in the path of Jewish emigration. In the
Communist states of Eastern Europe, there is a
mixed pattern, with anti-Semitism worst in Czecho-
Bicentennial and U. S. Jewry
Plans for the American Revolution Bicen-
tennial celebration have hit serious snags.
Congress has not appropriated necessary
funds. Involved citizens have become skepti-
cal over prospects for success because of
Watergate and the President's involvements
which have, perhaps only temporarily, obvi-
ated definite action for proper observance of
the historic occasion.
Yet, there is reason to believe that the
concerns of individual citizens and of respon-
sible organizations may yet force either na-
tionwide observances or will inspire suffici-
ent localized sentiments to make the event
worthy of its seriousness.
Advance planning already undertaken by
movements like the American Jewish Histori-
cal Society provide such encouragement. In
spite of the lethargy in the nation's capital,
paying no attention to the existing indiffer-
nce, the Jewish historians have already ar-
ranged for four special issues of the AJHS
q uarterly to be devoted to the Jewish role in
:he making of America.
Exhibits are planned on a nationwide scale
Ind lectures already are being provided to
seal with the Bicentennial and its signif-
Citizens alone can assure good citizenship,
md the tasks undertaken by private groups
nay also induce the American Revolution
3icentennial Commission, and its affiliated
groups, to speed efforts for the 200th anni-
Tersary of the birth of this Republic. Then
congress, too, will surely cooperate and the
'resident may again view the approaching
elebration as a highlight of his second term
slovakia and Poland. and the conditions of Jews
relatively good in Yugoslavia, Hungary, Bulgaria,
Arab countries—In some moderate, pro-West-
ern Arab countries such as Morocco and Tunisia,
the security of Jews has been protected by the
authorities, while in other countries, such as Syria
and Iraq, persecution and murder of the tiny Jew-
ish remnant continues. Middle-class Jews have
been particularly hurt by oppressive economic
measures in Egypt, Syria and Iraq. More than
800,000 Jews have left their homes in Arab lands
over the past two decades; today, fewer than
50,000 Jews remain in Arab countries.
Western Europe—An upsurge of anti-Semitic
incidents in Italy, combined with the resurgence
of the neo-Fascist movement, has shaken the Jew-
ish community there. In France, strong Arab
propaganda efforts and New Left hostility to
Israel have tarnished the image of Jews among
some young people. However, the country has a
new, strong law against group defamation and
group slander. which has already been applied
against an editor who reprinted an anti-Semitic
article. In Germany, the far right anti-Semitic
organizations that flourished a few years ago have
disintegrated and New Left influence has also
slipped. though Arab organizations are quite ac-
tive. There is also an active pro-Arab propaganda
effort in Great Britain, although most British
Jews feel quite secure, as do most Dutch Jews.
South Africa—There are frequent reminders
that anti-Semitism has a longer tradition than
hospitality to Jews in South Africa. Jews are able
to assert their Jewish identity without hindrance
but they cannot, without serious risk, take an
active part in the struggle against apartheid.
Latin America—Jews in Argentina, Brazil,
Chile and Mexico, where the bulk of the continent's
Jews live, are concerned about a flood of anti-
Israel propaganda, fomented by Arab League of-
fices, that the Jews fear could stir a new wave of
anti-Jewish feeling. Since 1964, there have been
many synagogue bombings and other anti-Semitic
acts in Argentina, coincidental with increased
Arab propaganda activities. In Brazil, where there
has been a remarkable economic upsurge, or-
ganized anti-Semitism is not a problem. In Chile,
political unrest has led to the departure of about
20 per cent of Chile's Jews in past two years but
President Salvador Allende has spoken out strong-
ly against anti-Semitic Arab propaganda. In Mex-
ico, an intense Arab propaganda effort has been
aided by the activities of both Soviet Russia nd
These are evidences not to be ignored
so that there should be an avoidance of com-
placence. Smugness and overconfidence have
been our greatest deterrence in dealing with
bigotry and bigots. Since the growing hatreds
have developed in the Black community, and
because a major cause for hatred and antag-
onism is our being in the White category,
an understanding of the issue so that it may
be properly confronted would mean also a
service toward the general community that,
suffers from Black-White conflicts. Insofar
as the larger problem — that of the Arab-
Communist inspired anti-Semitism — our
alertness is vital in the best interests of our
kinship with Israel.
There is also the very grave issue involv-
ing the security of the surviving Jewish com-
munities in Moslem countries. The handful
of some 400 Jews in Iraq, the few thousands
left in Syria and Algeria—all represent a chal-
lenge of immense dimensions.
The developing situations are not to be
brushed off lightly as if they were passing
phases in our lives. To call them "unfashion-
able" is to be blind to realities. The renewing
hatreds may carry with them grave dangers
to the future of our children, if they should
continue unabated. Therefore the serious at-
tention to be given to them is the obligatory
factor in the present schedule of affairs that
should dominate our program of serious Jew-
"Then it is agreed that above all else ... our new
Rabbi should play golf in the low 70's!"
'Faith and Reason,' Notable
Works by Eminent Theologian:.
Judaism, the quartely magazine of the American Jewish Congress
is one of the major scholarly publications appearing in this country.
Dr. Robert Gordis is editor, and Ruth B. Waxman is managing editor.
Under their joint editorship, important essays appearing in that
magazine have been gathered into a single volume, "Faith and Reason,"
published by Ktay. Its contents affirm the mark left in cultural ranks
by noted authors who have dealt with major Jewish issues.
It is noteworthy that the emphasis in this volume is on Jewish
theological subjects—with Jewish religious thought through the ages
and in contemporary theology. "Dedicated to keeping Jewish faith
alive in the hearts of men," as Dr. Gordis states in his introductory
essay, the editors have incorporated in these collected works the _views
of most distinguished authorities.
Typical examples of interpretive articles are those by the late
Prof. Joseph Klausner (`'Christian and Jewish Ethics"), the thought,
of the late Dr. Abraham J. Heschel ("The Divine Pathos"), D-
Gordis' "Temptation of Job." the views of an eminent Christian theo-
logian, the late Dr. Paul Tillich who wrote on the subject "Is There
a Judeo-Christian Tradition?" and a score of other essays by notables.
Leading scholars in all fields of Jewish thought are represented
in this impressive work. An example of contemporary thought is the
essay "Israel and God: Reflections on Their Encounter" by Dr. Eman-
uel Rackman, a leader in the Orthodox ranks.
Then there are such significant participants as Dr. Emil L. Facker
heim, with his article on "An Outline of Modern Jewish Theology."
Included here are the works of Steven S. Schwartzschild, Jacob J
Petuchowski, Zvi E. Kuzweil, Arthur A. Cohen, Eliezer Berkovits,
Maurice S. Friedman, Marvin Fox, Richard L. Rubenstein, Will
Herberg and other outstanding scholars.
"Faith and Reason" is a notable work, the views of great scholars
serving as a guide for lay readers as well as students of theology.
Newest 'Bazak Israel Guide'
Contains Latest Information
"Bazak Israel Guide" for 1973-74 again earns major commendation
as an all-inclusive source book for travelers to Israel. Because it n
reissued annually, its up-to-the-minute-of-publication data gains desery
Published by Harper and Row, the new guidebook was prepared by
Avraham Levi. Israel Minister of Tourism Moshe Kol, who has spurred
the Israel tourist trade more than any other Israel cabinet minister in
Israel's history, adds to the guide's interest with an introductiks.
evaluating Israel's importance as a world tourist attraction.
Kol presents the interesting facts—that the estimated tote anbet
of tourists from 1948 through 1972 was 5,000,000, that there were 49,900
tourists in 1955 and the number grew to 656,800 in 1971 and there ma:.
be a million this year.
The guide book commences with a description of the land, its
people, its topography and provides a brief Jewish historical back-
ground that has merit in studying, and visiting, the Holy Land. Thert.
are outlines also of the national Israeli institutions, of the funds that
assist in Israel's upbuilding; explanations of the kibutz, the country':.
economy and its industries.
Then come the practical factors in tourism—the information needeL
regarding entry regulations, the country's currency, the accommoda
tions, the hotels and the restaurants, maps for tourists' acquaintance
with the various areas.
It is important, of course, that the tourist should know the cost
and the manner of acqu;ring the daily needs, the purchases to be mad/
the barber's and beauty shops' roles, the entertainment in leisure
Numerous multicolored photographs of Israeli areas add to at
appreciation of the bearty of the land.
There is a totality to the "Bazak Israel Guide" that makes it so
very valuable for travel in Israel, for accomplishing the major tourist
tasks and for attaining an understanding of the land and its people,'