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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-10-26

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Editorial: Battle for Life Never Ends

A cease fire may have ended the war. It does not terminate world Jewry's responsibil-
ities. Thousands of casualties cry out for human tasks in a new era of reconstruction. Israel's
survival was never in doubt, but the damage to life, the security of the embattled nation's
existence, make unprecedented demands upon world Jewry never to end the philanthropic
practical efforts to give our kinsmen strength to resist aggressions, to regain strength never
again to permit the infamy of a Yom Kippur war to be repeated by deluded enemies. The
Israel Emergency Fund must receive our wholehearted and most generous support. Israel Bonds
investment dollars will provide assurance for the Israel government to function uninterruptedly.
Our solidarity must never be impaired. This is the message of the People Israel to the State of
Israel in the present hour of an unending determination to perpetuate the nation's will to live.

THE JEWISH NEWS
IN3

A Weekly Review

V

LX IV, NO. 7

of Jewish Events

17515 W. 9 Mile Rd., Southfield, Mich.

October 26, 1973

Yom Kippur War Is
Over, With Israel
Gaining More Land

Sporadic fighting in what appeared as a tenuous cease fire remained in evidence on all
battle fronts, on the 20th day of the Arab-Israel war, while Israel kept gaining territory and
encircling the Egyptian 20,000-man army on the east bank of the Suez.
Yet, the Yom Kippur War appeared to be ending, with an assurance from Moshe Dayan
that Israel is ready for complete adherence to the truce, provided there also is an end to
attacks from Egyptians and Syrians.
TEL AVIV (JTA)—"I believe that we have reached the end of fighting. Syria has
agreed to a cease fire, and the Egyptian army is in no position to stage a fight. So I believe
that the cease fire is not only formal but factual," Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said Wednes-
day while visiting Israeli forces on the western bank of the Suez Canal.
Dayan said that his impression was that the cease fire has at
last gone into effect though there was sporadic firing here and there.
But the resistance of the Egyptian force on the western side of the
canal, in the southern sector, has ceased and the soldiers gave in. It's
quiet in the region near the town of Suez, he said.
It was a hectic night for Dayan who, together with the United
Nations head of the observers headquarters in Jerusalem, the Fin-
nish general, .Siilasvuo, arranged the new cease fire hour, four hours
after the Security Council passed its second resolution on ending
the fighting in the Middle East.
On Thursday morning, it was announced that U.S. troops had
been put on alert in a show of strength to the Soviet Union, who had
announced they might send troops to enforce the Mideast cease fire.
The Soviets were responding to a request by Egyptian Presi-
dent Anwar Sadat, who asked both President Nixon and Soviet
Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev to send forces to police
the cease fire. Mr. Nixon had rejected the request.
Among the key units in the U.S. and overseas that were put
on alert were three on Michigan bases—at Kincheloe, K. I. Sawyer
GEN. DAYAN
and Selfridge Air Force bases.
It was stressed that this was not a full mobilization of U.S. forces. At the same time,

`A King of Flesh and Blood'

Nobel Prize winner Shmuel Y. Agnon wrote this
poem after Israel's War of Independence in 1948. It is ap-
propriate as a message to the world at this time, and as a
means for world Jewry to mourn the dead and to express
compassion to the thousands of casualties in the Yom Kippur
war that was infamously imposed upon our kinsmen.

By SHMUEL YOSEF (SHAI) AGNON

A king of flesh and blood who goes out to war against his
enemies
Brings forth his force to kill and be killed.
There is doubt whether he loves his soldiers
Or whether he does not love his soldiers,
Whether they are important in his eyes.
Or whether they are not important in his eyes.
And even if they are important in his eyes.
They are no more important than corpses.

But our King.
The King of Kings, the Holy one, Blessed be He,
Desires life, loves peace and pursues peace,
Lovs -Israel His people,
Not because we are greater in number.
For we are the least in number.
And because He loves us and we are few in number,
Each one of us is as important in His eyes as an entire regiment.

Therefore, we pray after the death of each Jew,
Yitgadal v'yitkadash shmay raba,
May the power of the Name be magnified.
And may no lessening of power come to him
Who is blessed and sanctified
In the worlds He has created according to His will.

And if we pray thus for each one who dies;
How much more so for our dear brothers and sisters,
The children of Zion, the slaughtered ones of the land of Israel,
Whose blood was spilled for the glory of His name
And for His people, and for His land, and for His inheritance.

Therefore, our brethren, the whole House of Israel,
Who mourn in this mourning,
We turn our hearts to our Father in Heaven,
The King of Israel and its Redeemer.
And we pray
For ourselves
And for Him:

Yitgadal v'yitkadash shmay raba, b'olma di'vra hirutay
V'yamlikh malkhutay.
That we may be worthy to live and see with our very eyes,
Oseh shalom bimromov, Hu yaaseh shalom aleinu v'al kol
Yisrael,
That He who, is in His mercies, makes peace in the heavens
Will make peace for us
And for all Israel
And let us say
AMEN.

Congress Mobilizes Aid for Israel

Under the leadership of Senator Henry M. Jackson, of
Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, with the cooperation of
Senators Henry M. Jackson, Jacob Javits and Abraham
Ribicoff, and endorsements of two-thirds of the U. S.
Senate, a resolution is pending in the Senate supporting
President Nixon's request that $2,200,000,000 go to
Israel to carry on its labors for defense and reconstruction.
A total of 67 senators co-signed the resolution. Senator
Philip A. Hart of Michigan is one of its signers. More
than 200 members of the House of Representatives are
sponsoring a similar resolution. (Detailed story on Page 5).

(Continued on Page 48)

Rabbi Goren Brings Torah Back
to Mt. Hermon, 'Nearest to Heaven'

Trade Unions Bach Israel, 'Brothers' Meet
Condemn Soviet JULE. Role at Suez Canal

TEL AVIV (JTA)—On Tuesday there was one of the most heroic—
yet bloodiest — battles of this war, the battle on the Mt. Hermon
positions.
On Wednesday the scroll had come back there. And it was none
'V than Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren who brought up the scroll to the
s y - “.gogue.
As the Syrians captured this position
on the first day of their invasion—it was
Yom Kippur — they desecrated the
synagogue which was there. When Rabbi
Goren heard of this—it was he who in-
augurated that synagogue while still
army chief chaplain—he decided to take
the scroll that accompanied him through-
out the wars of Israel. It is the scroll that
was first near the Wailing Wall, that
was first in Bethlehem and Hebron..That
same scroll he brought Wednesday to the
position which is "nearest to heaven"
because of its altitude.
Soldiers who Tuesday fought the Syrian
RABBI GOREN
commando units in this region, on
Wednesday danced and welcomed the scroll back to the synagogue.
The Israelis who retook the Israeli positions are holding the
Syrian Hermon position and the peak of Hermon which provides a
vantage point for observation deep into Syria and Lebanon's Fattah
land as well.

NEW YORK—Following the lead of AFL-CIO President George
Meany, who had wired Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that "in
so critical a moment no nation must be allowed to doubt, even for a
second, where the United States stands" in the Middle East crisis,
scores of international and state trade union bodies expressed their
solidarity with the people of Israel and their labor federation, Hista-
drut.
Meany also condemned the Soviet Union, "which not only sup-
plied the arms for this (Arab) treachery but knew it in advance.'
Leonard Woodcock, president of The United Automobile Work-
ers, issued a statement which "unreservedly condemned the unpro-
voked Egyptian-Syrian military attack suddenly unleashed on
Israeli positions on the morning of Oct. 6, 1973."
The UAW leader expressed "solidarity and support of the state
of Israel, the Histadrut and all Israeli workers.
"This war erupted because certain leaders have fed the fan-
tasies of their followers with vain dreams of a final and total
knockout blow that will wipe the opponent from the face of the
earth. Peace is necessary to Israel to survive. Peace is necessary
to the Arab states if they are to regain any of their lost territories.
Peace is necessary to all of us outside the Middle East, just as it
was in Vietnam."
In his opening address at the convention of the AFL-CIO,
Meany criticized America's "new detente policy."
Meany said: "They call this new policy detente; that's a French
word, in case you didn't know. It means relaxation. You know that
I mean relaxation like in the Middle East. Russian-made tanks
(Continued on Page 3)

PHILADELPHIA — One way to
drive into the enemy's territory
unnoticed is to use his own mili-
tary equipment.
Sen. Henry M. Jackson (D.,
Wash.) said he learned the Israelis
managed their push across the
Suez Canal by driving Syrian tanks
captured earlier.
Some of the tanks and armor
used by the small force of Israelis
were captured in the Six-Day War.
Others were seized on the Syrian
front and driven down. There were
no casualties, and the Israelis,
dressed as Egyptians, went un-
noticed for half a day.
Jackson said his sources in-
formed him that as the Israeli unit
drove freely over pontoon bridges
guarded by Egyptian soldiers, the
latter waved at the Israeli troops,
thinking they were Arabs returning
for refueling.
The senator said he didn't know
how many soldiers or tanks were
involved in the drive.

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