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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-11-23

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850 Jewish Books Described in JWB Annual

NEW YORK Almost 850
books of Jewish interest pub-
lished during 1972-73 in the
United States, Israel and
Great Britain are annotated
in Volume 31 of "Jewish
Book Annual," just issued by
the National Jewish Welfare
Board under the direction of
its Jewish Book Council.
The annual is a 212-page
yearbook of Jewish literary
creativity, printed in Eng-
lish, Hebrew and Yiddish.
In addition to the bibliog-
raphies, there are 14 articles
dealing with various aspects
of Jewish literature all over
the world.
The books and a brief de-
scription of each are divided
into seven bibliographies
which deal with the following
categories: American Jewish
non-fiction (334); American
Jewish fiction (52); Jewish
juveniles (33); American He-
brew books (76); Yiddish
books (102); Anglo-Jewish
books (134), and selected
books published in Israel
(116).
The books, according to
Dr. Al Alan Steinbach, editor
of the yearbook, "are a
barometer by which Jewish
activity in the field of letters
is measured."
The bibliographers include:
Dina Abramowicz, librarian,
YIVO Institute for Jewish
Research, New York; Dr.
Fannie Chipman, parent edu-
cation consultant, Board of
Jewish Education, New York;
Dr. Elizabeth E. Eppler,
archivist, World Jewish Con-
gress, London; Dr. I. Ed-
ward Kiev, librarian, Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Insti-
tute of Religion, New York;

Harold U. Ribalow, literary
critic and author, and Rabbi
Theodore Wiener, supervisor,
Hebraic Language Unit, Li-
brary of Congress, Washing-
ton, D.C.
Many American Jewish
artists and sculptors w e r e
also authors of literary
works, and these are the sub-
ject of an article in the year-
book by Dr. Alfred Werner,
art editor, Encyclopedia
Judaica. The artists and
sculptors are Raphael Soyer,
Jo Davidson, Maurice Sterne,
Saul Raskin, Jacob Epstein
and William Zorach.
The literary heritage of
Kurdish Jews, who used to
live in the Kurdistan terri-
tory which is part of Iraq,
Turkey and Iran and who
now live in Israel, is the
theme of an article by Dr.
Walter J. Fischel, professor
of Semitic languages, Uni-
versity of California at Berke-
ley. The Kurdish Jews are
the only ones who have pre-
served Aramaic as a living
language.
The artistry of Giorgio Bas-
sani, Italian Jewish novelist
and short story writer who
was an anti-Fascist under-
ground activist, is described
in an article by Harold U.
Ribalow.

Other articles include: "On
Maurice Samuel" by Zalman Sha-
zar, Israel's former president;
"The Yiddish Press and Yiddish
Literature" by Moshe Starkman,
Yiddish journalist and essayist;
"About Translation from the Yid-
dish" by Joseph Leftwich, au-
thor; "Jewish Encyclopedias of
the Last 15 Years" by Professor
Herbert C. Zafren, director of li-
braries, Hebrew Union College-
Jewish Institute of Religion;
"Jewish Literary Anniversaries,
1974" by Rabbi Theodore Wiener;
"University Presses in Israel" by
G. Kressel, author of more than
40 books on Zionism, Israel and

Stephen Wise Street in Israel

By RABBI SAMUEL SILVER

(A Seven Arts Feature)

done to honor the memory
of an incomparable spokes-
man for world Jewry who
for more than a half century
was the voice of Jewish ideal-
ism and the tribunal plead-
ing with the nations of the
world to allow a resurrected
Judea ,to come to pass.

A recent story reported
that efforts are being made
to urge upon the state of
Israel to memorialize the
late, great Rabbi Stephen S.
Wise as we near the centen-
ary of his birth in 1874.
The column elicited a love-
Indeed, instead of the mili-
ly letter and photos from tary tararam being planned
Rabbi and Mrs. David Green- to celebrate the 25th birth-
berg, of Fresno, Calif.
day of the Jewish State, a
A street in Jerusalem, near panorama of the great crea-
Hebrew University, was in- tive personalities produced
deed named Rehov Shmuel by Judaism would be desir-
Wise (Stephen Wise Street) able.
back in 1962, report the
I agree that the "fighting
Greenbergs.
Jew" is an admirable phen-
At that time, we learn, amenon, but "the thinking
the successor to Stephen Jew" or "the articulate Jew"
Wise, the late Dr. Nelson might well be extolled.
Glueck, and the late Moshe
Instead of a procession of
Sharett, were among the dig- missiles and heavy arms,
nitaries who helped dedicate wouldn't it be nice to have
Wise Street.
a series of floats glorifying
It is good to know that Herzl and Einstein, Salk and
this happened, but I'm sure Sabin, Agnon and Maurice
the Greenbergs will agree Samuel, Rabbis Wise and
that even more ought to be A. H. Silver, et al?

Maimonides on Superstitions

You must beware of shar-
ing the error of those who
write amulets. Whatever you
hear •from them, or read in
their works, especially with
reference to the names which
they form by combination, is
utterly senseless. They call
these combinations shemot
("names") and believes that
their pronunciation de-
mands sanctification and pur-
ification, and that by using
them one is able to work
miracles. Rational persons
ought not to listen to such
men, nor in any way be-
lieve their assertions. —
Guide I, 61.
Whoever whispers a charm
over a wound by quoting a
verse from Scripture, or

reads a Scriptural verse over
an infant that it be not ter-
rified, or places a., scroll of
the Torah or phylacteries on
a child so that it should
sleep—all such persons are
not alone in the category of
diviners and soothsayers, but
they are also to be included
in the class of those who
deny the Torah. The words
of Torah are intended to heal
the soul, not the body.—Yad,
Akum XI, 12.

Prudence
It is always the part of
prudence to face every
claimant and pay every just
demand on your time, your
talents, or your heart. —
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Hebrew literature; "Jacob Fried-
man: 1910-1972" by Dr. Yudel
Mark, editor-in-chief, "The Great
Dictionary of the Yiddish Lan-
guage"; "Simon Halkin—Man of
Letters: On the Occasion of His
75th Birthday" by Dr. Jacob Ka-
bakoff, professor of Hebrew, Leh-
man College of the City Univers-
ity of New York; "A. M. Klein
(1909-1972): A Memorial Tribute"
by Dr. A Alan Steinbach; "Hay-
yim Hazaz: 1898-1973" by Dr.
Elaine I. Morris, education coor-
dinator of the Melton Research
Center of the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America; and The
Norman Asher and Helen Asher
Library of the Spertus College
of Judaica in Chicago" by Sam-
uel M. Aksler, libarian.

Seymour Kushner,
Engineer, Age 53

Seymour A. Kushner, co-
founder and co-owner since
1959 of the Tel-X Corp., pro-
totype engineers,, died Tues-
day at age 53.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Kush-
nerner lived at 3352 Bloom-
field Shore, Orchard Lake.

S4—Friday, Nov. 23, 1973

Sadie Spevakow Dead, 7

Sadie Spevakow, one of the
Detroit Jewish community's
best known communal lead-
ers, died Tuesday in Borman
Hall. Mrs. Spevakow, 72, had
been ailing for some time.

Services will be held 12:30
He leaves his wife, Etta;
a son, John; a daughter,
Judy; his mother, Mrs.
Philip Vogelman,
Morris (Fannie) Kushner;
two
brothers,
Victor
of
Sher-
Copies of "Jewish Book An-
Silk Industrialist
nual are available at $6.00 man Oaks, Calif., and Shel-
NEW YORK—Philip A. Vo-
each from the Jewish Book don of Cincinnati; and a
gelman, president and chair-
Council, JWB, 15 East 26th sister, Mrs. Douglas (Jean-
man of the Onondaga Silk Co.
ette) Mann.
St., New York, N.Y. 10010.
here and leader of - testile in-
dustry drives for the United
SNOTTY
Jewish Appeal and Israel
VA.. Walter by Berndt Bonds, died Sunday at age
80.

Book Tells All
So says the
About Love-
So Who Asked?

What can be said about
romance and marriage that
Dr. Kinsey, Masters and
Johnson, the O'Neills and
others of their ilk have not
already said or studied?
David Gerstein, an 84-year-
old Tucson resident, has
found a new route in his
"Romance and Marriage"
(Tucson Typographic Serv-
ice). In his book, he relates
his topic to several unrelated
facets of American life, in-
cluding government, sexual
promiscuity and survival of
the Jews. What is even more
annoying is his continuous
use of cliche and sexist com-
ments.
His gems include "It's a
woman's function to create
a romantic atmosphere for
love," "If a woman works
after marriage there is a
danger of separation" and
this beauty, which would
bring down the wrath of cen-
turies of the women's
struggle for liberation:
"America has not improved
since woman. became the
equal of the man; on the
contrary the country grew
morally weaker."
He quotes often from the
Talmud, Mishna and the
Bible to support his views,
but a trip into today's real
world is suggested.
The rest of the book cen-
ters around everything you
always knew about romance
and marriage and didn't
have to ask; there is every-
thing old and nothing new.
In a cover letter sent with
the book, Gerstein said that
his book is "of a light philo-
sophical nature" and "I
don't look for profit." He
didn't have to say that; he
probably won't find it.
—Heidi Press

Sapphire on Roof

Excerpted from the Jewish
Publication Society's "Legends of
Jerusalem" by Zvi Vilnay.

Arab lore describes the
greatness and splendor of
King Solomon's Temple. The
building, was vast; it was so
high that as its shadow fell
to the east it reached Jericho,
and on hot, sunny days wo-
men of this town found shel-
ter in its shade.
Another tale pictures this
shadow as being even bigger
and reaching to Beit-Haram,
in the eastern Jordan valley
at the foot of the mountains
of Moab.
On the roof of the Temple
was set an enormous sap-
phire — yacut in Arabic —
which glittered in the night
and shone over great dist-
ances, even to the mountains
of Gilead beyond the Jordan.
"The women of Gilead
were wont to spin their wool
at night by the bright light
from the sapphire of the
Temple."

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Mr. Vogelman was a found-
er of the Albert Einstein Col-
lege of Medicine at Yeshiva
University, a vice president
of the Daughters of Jacob
Geriatric Center and a mem-
ber of the advisory board of
the Anti-Defamation League.

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NI

An immigrant from Poland
at the age of 14, Mr. Vogel-
man was an innovator in the
silk business for 60 years and
head of Onondaga for 50
years. He was elected to the
Textile Hall of Fame and re-
ceived many honors. He was
credited with introducing fab-
ric prints based on the works
of well-known artists.

p.m. today at Kaufr.
Chapel.

Although Mrs. Speval
was a Phi Beta Kappa gr
uate in music, having
ceived a degree from
cliffe College, she devc
more than 50 years to
teer social service in Detr
Detroit.
She was past president
Shaarey Zedek Sisterhr
American Jewish Cony'
women's divisior and
Michigan bran( of
league of Conservative sy
gogue sisterhoods. She 1
long associated with
Jewish Community Coun
Hadassah, United Hebi
Schools Woman's Auxil:
League of Jewish Won.
Organization and the J1
ish Home for Aged. She
active in the Jewish Natio
Fund, of which her late
band Nathan was treasu
for many years, and way
leader of Detroit alumnae
Radcliffe.

A native of Boston,
leaves two daughters, NI
Selwyn (Joan) Friedlar
of Harrisburg, Pa., and 1
Marshall (Marcia) Dolnich
Chicago; a brother, Jose
and three sisters, Julia,
and Sophie Hoffman, all
Boston; and five grande
dren.

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