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May 24, 1974 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-05-24

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Ven‘"?` 1 1her Firs'iSft-Heakb?

interested in her body than
in her soul.
If you picked up the New
The world changes a l t
in a hundred years. So it York Tribune one day in the
beginning of Abraham Lin-
seems, but is it really so?
coln's administration, you
The headlines of today's might have read the follow-
newspapers bring her to ing by Horace Greeley, the
mind. She was a beautiful
southern "gal." Adah in editor: cannot believe that
Hebrew means beautiful and the "We
actress scheduled to ap-
her name was Adah Isaacs
before our citizenry in
pear
Menken.
New York would so shock
She was born in Louisiana and revolt decent people as
in 1835. It wasn't so long to appear with her whole
after Thomas Jefferson had body exposed."
bought Louisiana from Na-
Greeley was the man who
poleon. Jefferson figured that said "Go West, young man,"
at three cents a mile you but in New York everyone
couldn't go far wrong. That seemed to be going to see
was the price Napoleon got Adah at the Broadway Thea-
for it, showing that while ter. She appeared riding on
Napoleon might have been a the stage on a horse, her
great general, he was a rot- nude body lashed to the back
ten businessman.
of a horse.
When Adah Menken was
The show was sold out for
growing to womanhood, weeks in advance for this
Louisiana sent to the U.S. first streaker. A sign on the
Senate Judah P. Benjamin. theater front said there was
A Jew with such a Jewish no free list. It was the time
name, yet Benjamin wasn't of the beginning of the Civil
too interested in Jewish mat- War and a - half dozen gen-
ters. Adah Menken's soul, on erals of the army were
the contrary, was on fire among those who came to
with the cause of her people. see the performances.
But alas, more people were
Actually, she wasn't nude
o ut in flesh colored tights,
b ut that seemed to make no
d ifference and she estab-
l ished another first. She had
h er hair bobbed. She was
May 17 — To Mr. and Mrs. playing a male role in the
Alan Mills, 27430 Arlington, p lay, that of a fighter for
Southfield, a daughter, Carly liberty, so she emulated the
Blythe.
1 ale hair style. It was the e
m
* * *
I y of the emerging woman's
May 11 — To Mr. and r i ghts movements — the day
Mrs. J. Howard Nudell (Lin- f Susan Anthony and the
da Kahldon), 29592 Marshall, "bloomer skirts" and Adah
Southfield, a daughter, Tam- M enken was sympathetic to
my Beth.
t hat cause too and maybe
* * *
s he felt bobbed hair was a
May 4 — To Dr. and Mrs. contribution
i
to it.
But the liberation that ex-
Stuart G. Leff (Danielle
Greene of Cleveland), 20845 pressed itself in her poetry,
Southfield, a and she wrote much poetry,
Winchester,
daughter, Stady - Alexandra. was concerned with the Jew.
* * * • - •- -
Hei. poems were published
May 2 ---= To Mr: and Mrs. mostly in the American Is-
Ronald M. Meyers (Rena F. raelite.
Daitch), 24040 Berkley, Oak •
"Sleep not, 0 Israel," she
Park, a daughter, Melissa called. She cried for the Jew
Dianne.
to regain its lost nationhood:
"Will the Jew never his
vows to Jehovah renew Be-
RABBI LEO
neath his own olive and
vine?"
She saw herself as a herald
Expert Mohel
of this return.
.
Serving tio,pitals and II
She was a much married
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a Jewish musician, Menken,

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and she retained his name
after the divorce. One of her
husbands
o was Heenan, the
heavyweight prize fighting
champion. It is hard to see
how she could find compan-
ionship in him. She seemed
to like literary muscles most-
ly. She knew every prominent
literary figure, Walt Whit-
man, Dickens, Mark Twain;
Swinburne called her "the
delight of the world."
She died in Paris at age
33. Longfellow then visiting
France was one of the last
to see her.
Her maiden name was Adah
Theodore and perhaps, if the
times had been more propi-
tious, she might have been
an earlier Theodor Herzl. At
the time, America's Jewish
population was very small.
Her Jewish appeal could get
hardly more than an echo.
She remains something of
a mystery. Perhaps she felt
this herself, when she gave
instructions that on her
tombstone, only two words
be inscribed, THOU KNOW-
EST.

t abOrlitepays a "For
With Fund to Treat Israeli Soldiers
-

1
The Norwegian response to
He said that were it not
By RALPH SELIGER
In the wake of division for the war and his relation- the Yom Kippur War, as ex-
and distrust sown among ship with the Jewish Labor pressed through enthusiastic
Western countries by the Committee (his country has popular support in well sur-,
politics of Arab-Soviet oil only 1,500 Jews) he would passing the "Let Israel Live -
blackmail, it is refreshing to have known nothing of Jew- fund-raising goal of 1,000,000
describe an enduring rela- ish problems. He detailed kroner, contrasts with the
tionship of international how "labor friends enabled capitulation of Arab policy
us to rescue 9,496 comrades prevailing in Europe.
solidarity.
Lie reserved sharp words
A spirit of fraternal coop- out of Norway," and added,
eration fostered by the Jew- "I don't know how many of criticism in his JLC
ish Labor Committee and lives were saved at that time speech for the failure of most
American labor movement by the help of the JLC, but European trade unionists and
over 30 years ago accrues I do know that not a single labor parties to unequivo-
benefits to this day in a last- life was lost in those rescue cably support Israel at this
time.
ing bond of gratitude to operations."
American labor and a tie of
friendship between Nor-
wegian labor and Israel.
Writings of Inquisition Martyr
With- Norway overrun by
Nazi invaders, Haakon Lie— Published in Paperback Edition
after the war to become
"The Enlightened: t h e and the epilogue traces
secretary general of the Nor-
wegian Labor Party — ar- Writings of Luis de Carvajal, history of the Carvajal fam-
rived in New York seeking El Mozo," translated and ily into the 18th Century.
aid for the Norwegian under- edited by Seymour B. Lieb-
Few men have imagination
ground and labor movement man, has been republished enough for the truth of real-,
in
paperback
by
Windward
in exile.
ity. — Johann Wolfgang Von
The first door he opened Publishing, Inc. (4141 N. Goethe.
in_ the U. S. was that of the Miami , Ave., Miami, Fla.
Jewish Labor Committee, 33127).
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Consisting of letters written
which promptly connected
him with labor and allied by a young Jewish mystic 46—Friday, May 24, 1974
organizations, ready and able who died at the Inquisition
to give him vital assistance: stake in Mexico City, the
the AFL, the CIO, the League book originally was printed
Opticol Co. n
Prescription
for Industrial Democracy, by the University of Miami

By DR. SAMUEL J. FOX the ILGWU, the Amalga- Press in 1967.
mated Clothing Workers, the
(Copyright 1974, JTA, Inc.)
Liebman, adjunct research
:600 1 COOLIDGE- HWY
543-3343
scholar at the Institute of
The Bible (Leviticus: 20:13) Auto Workers.
OAK °ARK
In a recent communication Inter-American Affairs of the
expressly prohibits homosex-
uality and considers this re- to the newspaper managers University of Miami, wrote
CALIFORNIA? WHY NOT
lationship between males as of the Norwegian Labor the introduction and epilogue. 1
TICKETS TO ANYWHERE.
HAMILTON, MILLER, HUDSON &
an abomination. The penalty Press (more . than 40 news-
Young
Luis,
who
was
FAYNE TRAVEL CORP. GALL ME
papers)
its
director
discuss-
prescribed for such a trans-
burned along with his mother, I
gression is death. The rabbis ed in detail their debt owed three sisters and five other I
also forbid • Lesbian prac- "the Jewish Labor • Commit- Jews, wrote 22 letters to his
tices, (Sifra, Leviticus 18:3) tee and Jewish trade unions imprisoned mother and sis- I
basing this on a biblical which first came to our help ters. He also wrote an ethical p
statement. Maimonides ex- with money for the ordering last will and testament which
pressly forbids Lesbianism of equipment."
was his answer to the ac-
The Nazis had left them cusations filed against him WANT TO SELL YOUR HOME.
(Issure Biah 21:8). Generally
speaking, homosexuality is completely stripped of equip- by the inquisitors.
EXCLUSIVE
considered as • an unnatural ment, and only with Ameri-
Luis, who died at 31, corn-
DIETCIIMAXER
act. Some venture to say that can willingness to assist Lie posed his autobiography,
BROKER
when the Bible states that by raising the down payment which is included in the
human-kind was created as for the necessary machinery, book.
- CALL 559-8333
"male and females," it meant could the Norwegian Labor
The introduction by Lieb-
to stipulate that man was Press get back on its feet.
AETNA
REALTY CO.
man
provides
historical
back-
When the Norwegians of-
created to be a heterosexual
24469
Greenfield
Rd.
ground
of
the
16th
Century
being. Hence any form of fered to repay the loans, the Spanish New World colonies,
Southfield
Jewish
Labor
Committee
homosexuality is contrary to
the nature of man and to the "wrote off the entire amount,
role which the Almighty in- referring to how hard hit the
tended for man to play in Labor Press had been."
The letter to the press
this matter.
urged
support for Lie's ef-
Jewish tradition also for-
bids a Jew from engaging in forts on behalf of Israel. It
mentioned a photo featured
hunting as a sport.
in Norwegian and Israeli
Some
contend
that
wound-
Chief Rabbi Kook ing and killing animals for newspapers of Haakon Lie,
on his November visit to Is-
and Nathan Straus sport is a matter of waste- rael,
embracing Golda Meir,
A story worth recalling is fulness. Since the animal is
"weeping
in gratitude that
about the late Chief Rabbi not being killed for food, one
not
all
of
Israel's
friends had
Abraham Isaac Kook (1864- is simply wasting the life of
1935) of pre-Israel Palestine the animal for sheer enter- fallen short."
On Nov. 17, Lie addressed
who appealed to the noted tainment (Pahad Yitzchak,
the
Jewish Labor Commit-
American philanthropist Na- S.V. Tezdah).
than Straus for a donation to
Another reason is given by tee's 40th anniversary con-
JULES and MARY ABRAMS
Rabbi Ezekiel Landau. He vention in New York. Im-
a worthy cause.
Straus consented to help claims that hunting animals mediately following, he visit-
News, Interviews and Beautiful Music
but wondered why the rabbi for sport is a means of being ed Israel and inaugurated a
Every Monday, Wednesday and
"Let
Israel
Live"
fund-
did not turn to other wealthy cruel to animals. Further-
Thursday, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Jews who did very little for more, the hunt itself some- raising drive in Norway
which
resulted
in
the
money
times
endangers
the
life
of
charity.
to set up a special hospital
Rabbi Kook smilingly said, the hunter.
Judaism prohibits m a n division for the treatment of
"There was once a prince
who went hunting. He lost from being cruel to animals badly burned Israeli sol-
his way and noticed an inn by causing them to suffer in diers.
To his audience at the Jew-
in the distance. He hurried any way. Furthermore, Juda-
toward the inn and ordered ism forbids man to endanger ish Labor Committee con-
eggs. After the modest meal his life unnecessarily, just vention, Lie spoke of the
the prince asked him how for the sport of it. The two heroic efforts of the Nor-
much he owed for the eggs. people who are referred to wegian underground, of the
in the Bible as hunters (i.e., help gratefully received from
"$25," said the innkeeper.
"Are eggs so scare here Nimrod and Esau) were the American labor-social
that you charge so high a never held in high esteem in democratic community and
price for them?", asked the Jewish tradition. Animals of Norwegian efforts on be-
prince. "No," replied the inn- may be killed only for food half of Jewish refugees and
keeper. "We have plenty of or other human needs and Israel during and after the
Second World War.
not for sport.
eggs but few princes."

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