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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-09-27

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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 12th day of Tishri, 5735, the following scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Deut, 32:1-52. Prophetical portion, Samuel 22:1-51.
Sukkot Scriptural Selections
Pentateuchal portions: Tuesday and Wednesday, Levit. 22:26-23:44: Num. 29:12-15.
Prophetical portions: Tuesday, Zechariah 14:1-32; Wednesday, I Kings 8:2-21.
Hol Ha-moed Sukkot Torah readings: Thursday, Num. 28:17-25; Friday, Num.

Candle lighting, Friday, Sept. 27, 7:03 p.m.

VOL. LXVI. No. 3

, Page Four

September 27, 1974

Support for Campaign Leaders

Selection of campaign leaders is not a
routine matter. Those chosen to direct fund-
raising tasks like the Allied Jewish Campaign-
Israel Emergency Fund are men—and women
— who emerge from the ranks, who are
steeped in knowledge of the needs involved,
who have had their training as volunteer so-
licitors, who have gone to the masses of our
people to instruct them on the communal
responsibilities and to enlist their support for
the causes involved.
The most successful of all philanthropic
efforts, conducted last year under the co-
chairmanship of William Davidson and Lewis
Grossman, is to be continued this year under
the guidance of Arthur -Howard and Richard
Sloan, in the hope that the triumph of 1974
will be repeated in 1975.
The welcome to leadership that must come
from all their fellow workers must be accom-
panied by a supporting community that is
expected to indicate to Messrs. Howard and

Sloan and their 'campaign organization that
they will not 'be let down, that they will 'rave
as much , cooperation as captains are provided
by their teams.
This community is a great team in a seri-
ous effort to guarantee retention of strength
by existing local and national causes and se-
curity for Israel, the Israeli citizens and the
many thousands who join them as fellow citi-
zens when they arrive as emigres from lands
with little or no security for them. As Paul
Zuckerman, general chairman of the United
Jewish Appeal, major beneficiary of the De-
troit campaign, emphasizes in a renewed ded-
ication to a serious cause, Jewry's duties are
not inspired 'by threats of war alone, by blood
and tears, but by the inspiration that comes
from Jewry's obligations to fellow men. In'
this context the new Allied Jewish Campaign
leadership should and must receive the com-
munity's total support in what it is hoped
will be another 'great philanthropic year.

The Sukka Securely Perpetuated

A sukka is a tent. People who go camp- from the tent to strange customs or to an
ing, or who are touring, or who traveled indifference akin to it. Therefore, the inspira-
through the deserts in olden times, 'had their tion that comes from the unquestioned ex-
tents. For the festival of Sukkot, one of the istence, of the sukka, from the firmest in
three occasions for pilgrimagei by Jews to the ranks who uphold it, and from the spirit
worship at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, of Israel, give renewed sterngth to Sukkot.
the sukka is one of the major symbols.
Yet one must think seriously of the condi=
It had become a symbol for Jews through tions of the times when greeting the arrival
the 'generations. Their very homes were as of Sukkot. Israelis go to their tents with
frail as the tents indicative of Sukkot. They
could never be considered permanent. They weapons. Worshipers are going to services
were always under threat and often under like frontiersmen under attack, in need of
protection from brutalities.
Now there is a permanence in the sukka
Since only 'selfprotection is workable,
as it is symbolized in the festival's observance worshipers in the modern sukka are an em-
in Israel, and because of Israel there are battled people. This is the saddening factor of
greater measures of confidence in the sur- a great festival. But it is not devoid of hope,
vival of the frailest of all Jewish symbols.
since all of the people's existence is based on
Yet, even today, security can not be taken hope and confidence. It is in such a spirit
for granted. Dangers are 'mounting in the that Sukkot again is being 'welcomed — with
Diaspora that even those who traditionally hopes for peace and a determination that the
visited the sukka may have become strang- gun is not to replace the ethrog, that the
ers to it. Diversions have tempted the ob- •sukka, frail as it is, shall remain a power
servers to indifference. There is a straying for life and secure survival.

Ugliness of Racial Hatreds

A honeymoon of civil rights enforcements
That study showed an increase in preju-
and 'a period of improved racial relations was dice, a' rise in antagonism and a decline in
disgraced by a number of ugly events that
were reminiscent of the dark years that were cooperative tasks.
marred by hatreds between whites and blacks
Regrettably, a Detroit spokesman ex-
in this country.
pressed contrary sentiments. They are of the
The riots in Newark, N.J., and the mob opinion that there is an evidence of improve-
psychology that emerged in Boston, Mass., ments, that there are advances and that the
over the school busing regulations did not community is progressing towards greater co-
operativeness. This is an 'assumption rather
add glory to Americanism. .
These occurrences compel a review of the than a proof. The studies and the evidences
study that was conducted by the University indicate that much is yet to be attained to
give rise to progress on human relations,
of Michigan.
Added to these experiences was the shock-
The experiences in Southfield, Newark
ing display of hate signs in the midst of our and Boston have earned the repudiation of
own community, with the smearing of hate ugliness. If Americans are to live together,
signs over .a house in Southfield that was rioting, 'stone-throwing at bused school chil-
shown to prospective black purchasers.
dren, name-calling of people who trade with
These occurrences compel a new look at blacks and sell their homes to them will not
the figures that were released 'by the Uni- lead to peaceful fellowship. Ugliness such as
versity of Michigan as a result of a study had been evidenced as a mar on race relations
conducted by its research tenter.
must be prevented at all costs.


Noted Scholars Essays

Buber's 'Pointing the Way':
Collection of Notable Essays

Schocken Books made available, in a new paperback series,
notable essays by the late Dr. Martin Buber.
"Pointing the Way" is the appropriate title of this volume which
contains Prof. ,Buber's views on books and men, "politics, community
and peace," science and the state,
education- and the world, and a score
of other related and timely subjects.
Written between 1909 and 1954,
this collection, originally approved
for publication in 1957, the articles,
as Dr. Buber stated in his preface
written in Jerusalem, retain -their
Discussion of the religious-spiritual-
philosophic dedication of Franz Ro-
senzweig is among the essays. Also
included in the collection is Dr.
Buber's discussion of "Goethe's C )n-
cept of Humanity.•
Of special interest are the essays
devoted to Gandhi and included is the
famous letter to Gandhi in 1939. Gandhi
had given German JeWs advice to
resort to "soul-force" to protect their
position and he utilized his article in
his newspaper to attack Zionism and
the Palestinian Jewish settlement.
Gandhi failed to recognize the danger of Nazism to Jewry and to
the world', and by today's standards his "advice" to Jews to comply and
to bow to the Nazis could be viewed as inhuman.
Buber, in hig letter submitted that Jewish ideals reject force. He
defined the Jewish craving for peace by stating:
"From time immemorial 'we have proclaimed the teaching
justice and peace; we have taught and we have learned that peace is
the aim of all the world and that justice is the, way to attain it. Thus
we cannot desire to use force. No one who counts himself in the ranks
of Israel can desire to use force."
Nevertheless, he indicated that there are times when it becomes
necessary for people to defend themselves, and he emphasized:
"We believe that a man must sometimes use force to save himself
or even more his children."
Dr. Buber was at the time an active member of Ichud, the 'move-
ment in which Juda Magnes, Hebrew University president, ancl Henri-
etta Szold, Hadassah founder, were associated. In his letter, Buber
emphasized the desire for cooperation with the Arabs, but he also
indicated that settlement was as just for Jews as for Arabs, since the
Arabs themselves gained the right to settle by conquest.
The emphasis Dr. Buber plated on education, as indicated in "Edu-
cation and the World-View," and in other essays, multiplies the interest
in these collected essays.
Thus, the great authority on mysticism, on Hasidism and the
Kabala, also is the eminent pragmatist.
These sentiments are indicative of the scare and more of other
essays that enrich 'human values and guide men to high goals in the
Buber essays. Thus, another Schocken paperback serves as an enrich-
ment for those who have come to accept Martin Buber as a guide and
a teacher of higher values in life.

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