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July 26, 1974 - Image 45

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-07-26

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Love, Violence in Hurwitz Novel World Leaders Honor Dr. Nussbaum's Memory

Rachel Vigodny is an Is-
raeli law student, politically
and passionately involved in
her country's cause. David
Koloff is a Boston student,
equally zealous in his belief
in nonviolence.
Their love affair — begin-
ning in America and ending
in Israel—is the subject of
:.Ken Hurwitz's latest novel,
"The Line of David" (W. W.
Norton and Co.).
1
Hurwitz satirically a n d
\, brilliantly describes David's
inY^lvement with the Boston
- rground — full of drop-
I Duos and drug users, where
_ nothing is forbidden.
As Rachel slowly makes
David aware of his heritage
and obligations as a Jew,
David is torn between - his

belief in nonviolence and the
total, nationalistic commit-
ment that Rachel's love de-
mands. To him Rachel rep-
resents a fierce, Old Testa-
ment . zeal . that . measures
only right and wrong, and
scorns compromise.
"Born a Jew, kill an Arab.
Born an Arab, kill a Jew,"
David despairs.
David and Rachel first
meet on a street corner, as
he tries to prevent a fight
between her father and a
teen-ager distributing anti-
Zionist propaganda.
The turning point in the
novel takes place in Israel
when David follows Rachel
on a mission into guerrilla
territory. David, facing an
armed Arab, discovers what
he fears most — his own
capacity for violence.
The timid reader must be
cautioned; the author de-
scribes the events in this
story using a bold, uninhib-
ited style—with little left to
the imagination.
Hurwitz graduated from
Harvard University in 1970.
His first book, "Marching
Nowhere," describes t h e
author's own fight to organ-
ize a national protest to
dramatize the 'antiwar feel-
ing in the nation.
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Messages of condolences
from national and world
leaders, and added expres-
sions of sympathy from local
Zionist groups, paid tribute
to the memory of Dr. Max
Nussbaum, famous Zionist
leader, who died July 19 in
Hollywood, Calif. He was 64.
Rabbi Nussbaum had been
active until very recently. He
presided at a public session
of the Zionist Organization
of America, in New York,
four years ago, and it was
on his motion that the elec-
tion to the presidency of Dr.
Joseph Sternstein was de-
clared unanimous.
" Rabbi Nussbaum, spiritual
leader for 32 years of Tem-
ple Israel in Hollywood,
achieved fame for officiating
at the conversions and mar-
riages of a number of celeb-
rities, including Elizabeth
Taylor.
Rabbi Nussbaum and his
wife had just returned from
a trip to Israel and Europe

Why Ilayim'?

The evident meaning of
the name "Hayim" is "life."
But as a proper name it is
not mentioned in the Bible
or even in the Talmud.
Some feel that this name
originated in the Middle
Ages in Spain as a parallel
to .a Spanish name "Jaime-
which was transliterated into
the Hebrew as "Hayyeemee."
This in turn is said to have
been derived from Latin
names like Jacobus or some-
times Jacomus. These Latin
names are derived from the
Hebrew biblical name 'Jacob.
In the 13th and 14th cen-
turies, the name Jaime
seemed to have been quite
popular among non-Jews in
Spain because it was a name
of a popular king. The Jews,
seeing how popular this name
was among non-Jews and at
the same time noticing how
similar its pronunciation was
to the word hayim seemed to
have .adopted the name.
Some say that the name was
given to a gravely ill person
as an omen for life. After a
while, a number of people
acquired this name under
such circumstances. Since
Jews name their children
after predecessors in the
family, the name hayim was
thus popularized.

"Tzeischem L'Sholom"

(Farewell)

" In behalf of the Board of Directors, members and friends of Con-
gregation Mishkan Israel, Nusach H'Ari, Lubavitcher Center we extend
a sincere "Tzeischem L'Sholom" (farewell) to

'

MOSHE and MALKA DORFMAN

upon their settling in Eretz Yisroel. We wish them much hatzlocho
and good health in their new home.

You have been very devoted members of our Shul and we will
miss you greatly.

MOSHE POLTER
President

agar

BETZALEL GOTTLIEB
Rabbi

where he had attended a
number of Zionist and Jew-
ish conferences and was to
have reported to his congre-
gation on his meetings.
Death was due to heart at-
tack.
A former president of the
Zionist Organization of Amer-
ica and chairman of its na-
tional executive committee,
Rabbi Nussbaum was a na-
tional vice president of the
American Zionist Federation
and of the American Jewish
Congress. a member of the
board of directors of the
United Jewish Appeal, an
honorary vice chairman of
the Jewish National Fund
and a member of the exec-
utive committee of the Cen-
tral Conference of American
Rabbis.
He was on the board of
governors of the Israel Bond
Organization, the UJA's Rab-
binical Advisory Council and
the administrative board of
the Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Nussbaum also was
a member of the American
Jewish Committee executive
committee. Joint Distribution
Committee's national coun-
cil, regional board of the
National Conference of Chris-
tians and Jews and the World
Union of General Zionists
Executives.
Rabbi Nussbaum had

U.S. Asked to Use
Food as Leverage
to Lower Oil Prices

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, July 26, 1974-45

ORT to Assist
Venezuela Poor

DR. MAX NUSSBAUM

served as chairman of the
American Zionist Council and
the World Jewish Congress-
American section and had
been a member of the Zion-
ist Actions Committee since
1960.
He was a prolific writer
and the author of several
philosophical books, includ-
ing "Yehuda Halevi's (Philos-
ophy of Nationalism" (1933),
"Kantianism and Marxism in
the Social Philosophy of Max
Adler" (1934), "Nachman
Krochmol, the Philosopher of
Israel's Eternity" (1942-43)
and "Eretz Yisrael, Galut
and Chutz La'Aretz in Their
Historic Settings" (1952).
Born in Suczava, Austria,
he came to the United States
in 1940. He was ordained at
the Breslau Theological Sem-
inary in 1934 and was a Zi-
onist leader in Germany un-
til 1938, when he fled from
the Nazi regime.

NEW YORK — The Zion-
ist Organization of America
called on the agricultural
committees of the House and
Senate to use America's
dominant poSition in food
production as leverage in in-
d u c i n g the oil-producing
nations to lower their prices. Classifieds Get Quick Results
The latest price rise of oil
has created a serious crisis
making it impossible to pur-
chase the production and
supply of fertilizers in de-
veloping countries, especially
India, Bangladesh, Pakistan,
Sri Lanka and Ghana.
This aggravates the al-
ready serious food shortages
in these developing lands,
and skyrockets the prices of
existing food products, the
ZOA statement said.

CARACAS — The Bernard
Van Leer Foundation of the
H a g u e, Netherlands, has
made a grant of DFI 600,000
(approximately $235,000) for
a one-year pilot program to
provide creative education
classes in the poor districts
of Caracas and other de-
pressed urban areas of Vene-
zuela.
The agreement — signed
by Foundation Director Dr.
Willem Welling and Vene-
zuelan Minister of Education
Dr. Luis Manuel Penalver —
stipulates that ORT will
assume responsibility for the
actual project operation.
The program is geared to
provide creative education to
children age 4-6.
ORT, which introduced
creative education into the
Jewish schools of Caracas in
December 1971, will make
use of that experience in
setting up the program. It
was in large part because of
its ongoing program in
Caracas Jewish schools that
ORT was chosen as the op-
erating agency for this new
program.

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