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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Associa-
tion. Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 665, Southfield, Mich. 48075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $10 a year.

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

CHARLOTTE DUBIN

City Editor

Business Manager

Editor and Publisher

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Advertising Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath the 19th day of Iyar, 5734, the following scriptural selections will be
read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 21:1-24:23. Prophetical portion, Ezekiel 44:15-51.

Candle lighting, Friday, May 10, 8:22 p.m.

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VOL. LXV. No. 9

May 10, 1974

Gloomy Prospects for Israel

At best, the situation— in the Middle East
is filled with gloom for Israel.
In a struggle for survival, in a battle for
life, yield to pessimism must be rejected;
Jews especially, holding fast to the will to
live, must retain optimism.
Nevertheless, it is obligatory to be so
thoroughly realistic that even when viewing
one's own representatives on the world arena,
while judging even the best of friends, their
methods of approaching the very vital issues
should be understood and judged pragmati-
cally. It is urgent that the people Israel—the
Jews in the world and their kinsmen who
concern them in the state at war—should
not be caught unprepared for self-defense in
the event the crises escalate into greater
tragedies.

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The nations of the world are involved in
the entire conflict that has developed into a
challenge to the international community.
All the more reason for Israel and her part-
ners, in the struggle not to permit another
holocaust, to be aware of the dangers that
loom on the horizon. In the event of intru ,
sions by Israel's enemies to compel an en-
forced peace, in which the actors seeking
unity of purpose in the Middle East will not
be the Jews and the Arabs but the Soviet
union, the animus-inspiring French and Brit-
ish, the propagators of Jewish extinction in
their Holy - Land, then the danger is another
holocaust.
If it has not been emphasized suffici-
ently until now it is necessary to repeat the
warning: Whatever delays existed in effect-
ing an end to warfare in the Middle East
were due to Soviet pressures upon the Arab
countries to continue warfare against Israel.
The attempts to minimize every approach to
negotiations between Israelis and Arabs—di-
rectly, face-to-face, or through intermediaries
but in proximities that do not separate the
contending negotiators—are traceable to the
Kremlin.
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There is a reason for these obstructions.
Russia wants a role in the Middle East. The
USSR wishes to dominate the situation, and
the Arabs are encouraging it. Anwar Sadat
speaks of rejecting Russian aid in the future,*
but his intentions could well be interpreted
as an aim to get both the American dollars
and the Russian rubles, as well as Russian
MIGs and U. S. jets.
Is Secretary of State .Henry A. Kissinger
yielding to these pressures? Is he engineer-
ing for Israel a status of a ghetto, a position
akin to the Jewish communal roles under
Czarist and Polish oppressions, which could
lead to Irsael's helplessness? Is the American
role vis-a-vis Israel deteriorating into one of
defenselessness that could well lead to a new
era of homelessness for millions' of Jews?
The American position is at stake. Rus-
sia's influence, the gains the USSR is certain
to make for her naval power with the reopen-
ing of the Suez Canal, the flirting with the.
Kremlin in the Arab lands — these do not
spell glory for America. But Russia seems to
be making gains. The blinded in American
diplomatic ranks, the unschooled in the gov-
ernment, have made so much of detente that
people have been led to believe that unless
the Kissinger policy is pursued this nation
will be in distress. A distinguished American

academician, a former speech writer for Pres-
ident Truman, having become a Russian au-
thority, recently debated with Prof. Hans
Morgenthau on the question of detente. Prof.
Marshall Shulman, the native Detroiter, sup-
ported detente. Senator Henry Jackson, dis-
agreeing, propagating caution in dealing with
the Russian menace, has more vital informa-
tion upon which to base his suspicion of the
entire detente myth. Prof. Morgenthau sees
through it as a menace to this nation. Yale
Sterling Professor of Law Eugene V. Rostow,
undersecretary of state under President John-
son from 1966 to 1968, took issue on the de-
tente question and, defining it in terms of
the United Nations Charter, gave his warning:
President Nixon, suffocating in the coils
of Watergate, keeps telling us that he has
replaced the cold war with detente, sub-
stituted negation for confrontation, and
achieved "a generation of peace." This is
a grievous breach of political ethics.
We confront two implacable facts: the
Soviet military build-up is continuing" at an
b
ominous rate, and Soviet political policy
is
more and more obviously fixed in a mood
of muscular imperialism.
It is possible to claim, as Prof. Shulman
does, that American trade concessions and
credits could help persuade the Russians
to accept the rules of "detente." We experi-
mented with that thesis through our recent
investment credits to the Soviet Union and
our generous sales of wheat. We were re-
paid by the October war in the Middle East
and by Soviet policy in Indochina. The con-
tention recalls Lenin's comment that "when
the time comes to hang the capitalist re-
gimes, they will compete with each .other
to sell us the rope."
Is there need for additional warning
against the mounting demoniacal role of the
Russian tacticians?
While viewing the dangers to Israel, the
menacing situation affecting U. S. foreign
relations must, also, be taken into considera-
tion. The Rostow warning, Senator Jackson's
admonitions ior concern in dealing with the
USSR and with the Arabs, must not be ig-
nored. Senator Jackson has pleaded with Dr.
Kissinger to assure demilitarization of the
Suez area. Unless that is achieved, Israel may,
again be placed in a helpless position and,
what is even worse, the American role in the
Middle East will be doomed.
These are not idle thoughts. They emanate
from a situation created by destroyers of
justice, by people who would drag mankind
back to medievalism, by bigots who would
revive the vilest forms of anti-Semitism. What
has happened is, indeed, anti-Semitism, even
if the Arabs themselves are Semites. A dan-
ger to Israel's existence becomes more tragic
when her cousins are among the destroyers
of freedom for a small nation living among
more than a hundred million oil-rich, hate-in-
spired, saber-rattling enemies.
The dangers are not imaginary. The lack of
compassion for Israel is apparent. Diplomacy
once again is opportunistically unconcerned
with the humanitarian aspects of an oppres-
sive situation. Can't the ostriches among
statesmen see that a calamity for Israel may
spell even greater calamities for all mankind?
When will the rulers who are blinded by
prejudice recognize the need for justice for
the maligned Jew as an inspiration for de-
cency for all humanity?

Noteworthy Psychotherapeutic
Study of a Deaf Girl in 'Doris'

A deeply moving story about a disfigured deaf child who was cured
by psychotherapeutic methods and was able to adjust to life mentally
and emotionally is told in a new Wayne State University volume,
"Doris," by Dr. Aron R. Bodenheimer.
Now director of the department of psychiatry and psychotherapy at
the H. Sheba Medical Center of the University of Tel Aviv Medical
School in Israel, Prof. Bodenheimer formerly was head of services for
the deaf in the Zurich University Hospital. His book, originally written in
German, has been translated by Prof. Harold A. Basilius.
"Doris" describes the dramatic changes in the girl who was born
deaf and disfigured.
Coupled with the story are the young girl's drawings, and Dr.
Bodenheimer describes her behavior, how her dreams were inter-
preted, her illustrations evaluated.
New methods of psychotherapeutic approaches in treating such
cases are defined by the eminent authority.
"Doris" is a significant work for doctors treating similar cases,
and it is written in popular style to be appreciated by lay readers. The
aspects of the cure, the story of the girl's conduct, the revolutionary
results make "Doris" a significant contribution to medical science.
The scholarly translation by an eminent linguist—Dr. Basilius is a
former member of the faculty of Wayne State University—add to the
merits of this book.

UAHC 'Individualized Learning
Kit' Helpful for Young, Adults

Another distinct contribution to Jewish studies has been made by
the Union of American Hebrew Congregations with the publication
of an "Individualized Learning Kit" which provides study material on
a variety of subjects. The manner in which this program has been
introduced offers a way of acquiring knowledge, thereby eliminating
boredom by the children.
Edited by Rabbi Stuart A. Gertman, this series includes the fol-
lowing brochures:
"Biblical Issues and Personalities" by Mamie G. Gamoran, "Post-
Biblical Personalities" by Alan D. Bennett, "Israel in Our Lives" by
Helen Fine, "The Jewish Life Cycle" by Roberta Cooper and "Jewish
Social Values" by Cynthia and Richard Morin.
While aimed as supplementary school texts, the values of these
informative texts lies also in their applicability for adult studies.,
If -the aim is to avoid boredom by school pupils, the introduction
these studies in the homes would add to collective knowledge to bt.
shared by parents and children.
These texts are excellently prepared. While the series is titled
"Teacher's Guide," the kit could also be considered as a "Parental
Guide." Used for adult studies, these texts can go a long way in
eliminating a lack of knowledge among adults as well.

Legends About Angels

Legends dealing with angels, demons and spirits were discussed
in "Fallen Angels in Jewish, Christian and Mohammedan Literature,"
by Dr. Leo Jung. First published in 1926, the text was from an essay
in the Jewish Quarterly Review. The volume has been reprinted by Ktay.
In his foreword to the volume, in 1926, by the then editor of Jewish
Quarterly Review, the late Dr. Cyrus Adler, the following view regard-
ing this work was expressed:
"This is the first exhaustive study of the subject and the book con-
tains some important excursions into bypaths of the main topic. Much
light has been shed upon the Lucifer legends and new matter for the
date and composition of the Zohar is brought forward. It is clearly
shown that the Church Fathers •borrowed not only the material but
also the very method of the Agada. Theologians will find much in
these pages to throw light upon such matters as the origin of sin, dual-
ism and monotheism and the popular notions of the Satan in the
Hebrew Bible as compared with the devil in the New Testament will
have to be revised."

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