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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-10-04

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THE JEWISH NEWS

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

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $10 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Business Manager

Advertising Manager

Sabbath Hol-HaMoed Sukkot Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 19th day of Tishri, 5735, the following scriptulral selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portions, Exod. 33:12-34:26, Num. 29:23-28. Prophetical portion,
Ezekiel 38:18-39:16.
Hol HaMoed Sukkot Torah reading, Sunday, Num. 29:26-24, Hoshana Rabbah
reading, Monday, Num. 29:26-24.
Scriptural Selections for Concluding Days of Sukkot
Pentateuchal portions: Tuesday, Shemini Atzeret, Deut. 14:22-16:17, Num. 29:35-
30:1; Wednesday, Simhat Torah, Deut. 33:1-34:12, Gen. 1:1-2:3, Num. 29:35-30.
Prophetical Portions: Tuesday, I Kings 8:54-56; Wednesday, Joshua 1:1-18.

Candle Lighting, Friday, October 4, 6:51 p.m.

VOL. LXVI. No. 4

Page Four

October 4, 1974

High Level Research at Sinai Hospital

Sinai Hospital's extensive research pro-
grams add immensely to the pride the Greater
-Detroit Jewish community acquires in the
agencies affiliated with the Jewish Welfare
Federation.
While the hospital arose as a medical need
for the community and, in the years when
there were prejudices against medical men
in providing facilities for practicing physi-'
cians and interns, the new interests have
earned for the Jewish-sponsored hospital un-
usual prestige.
Of most immediate significance is the
serious effort to find means of relieving
problems of glaucoma sufferers. The Ruby
laser developed by Dr. Hugh Beckman, and
the ophthalmological research activities Dr,.
Beckman conducts at Sinai together with the
head of that department, Dr. Saul Sugar, the
initial achievements already recorded at Sinai
ophthalmologically — these are meritorious
tasks of immense credit to the physicians in-
volved and the hospital that provides facilities
for such research.

Notably, 'the achievements of Dr. Piero
P. Foa, the research director at Sinai, merit
more than local interest. As winner of the
Hektoen Gold Medal, the most prestigious
medical award given him at the American
Medical Association's most recent convention
in Chicago, was an indication of the outstand-
ing labors he performed at his department's
original work in hormone •glucagon diabetes
studies.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Dr.
Foa's labors merited federal recognition and
government aid to his experimental activities
in the form of a $512,669 grant from the
National Institute of Health in addition to
other federal assistance and from the Jewish
Welfare Federation and Sinai Women's Guild.
The ideas expressed by Dr. Foa, and the
labors of the researchers at Sinai, indicate an
idealism that must react beneficially to the
people serviced and eventually to all who must
be aided medically. It is this type of program
that elevates the status of the community's
Sinai ,Hospital.

Calendars as Preventatives of Obstacles

The month that was filled with holy days
and holidays on the Jewish calendar again
introduced the perennial problem affecting
absenteeism by Jewish students from public
schools and universities. Affected also are
employes in both private enterprises and
government offices.
Universities throughout the country have
proven a readiness to cooperate with observ-
ing students who have missed classes or were
absent from scheduled exams. Michigan State
University and Wayne State University
treated issues that arose during Rosh Hashana

and Yom Kippur with the greatest respect.
There were, however, exceptions to the
rule, especially in some high schools where
teachers showed either a lack of understand-
ing or of cooperation, or both, and embarrass-
ments have been created.
The blame in instances of obstruction lies
with communal agencies who owe a responsi-
bility to provide Jewish calendars to schools,
universities, government and private agen-
cies, so that 'difficulties may be avoided for
observing students and 'workers.

Splintering on Intermarriage

Formation of a splinter group of Reform added obstacles to the difficult tasks to assure
rabbis places new emphasis on one of the identification of young Jews with their co-
most serious problems affeding world Jewry religionists and their communities. Breaking
— that of the reported spread of mixed of the many other practices, such as kashrut,
marriages.
the 'Sabbath, regular synagogue attendance
The new group, organized under the lead- and others become minor compared with the
ership of a professor at the Reform theologi- family aspect involved in mixed marriages
cal school, makes no secret of the major fac- which almost certainly point to mean that
tor that has divided the 'Reform rabbis ideo- children of such marriages will be lost to the
logically. It is primarily on whether the recent Jewish community.
decision of the Central Conference of Ameri-
'Conservative and Orthodox rabbis do not
can Rabbis virtually forbidding its members condone mixed marriages under any circum-
to officiate at mixed marriages should be ac- stances, and one 'Conservative rabbi who de-
cepted or could be expected to be respected fected from such obligations has already been
by all of them. Apparently the splinter group, expelled from the ranks of his rabbinical as-
which predicts that it will enroll more than sembly. The Reform rabbinical attitude re-
200 of the 1,000 membership of the CCAR, mains the most serious on this question.
anticipates a good response to its campaign
It cannot be said, under any circum-
for extreme concessions to negations that are stances, that mixed marriages are more pre-
threatening established Jewish traditions. The valent in Reform than in other religious
20 members of the splinter group' already Jewish ranks. It is in the rabbinate that the
have support in many cities. Only one Reform issue is most vital. This gives prominence to
rabbi in the Greater Detroit area is known the splintering of the Reform rabbinic ranks,
to be rejecting any form of mixed or inter- and only a positive attitude among laymen,'
marriage and will not officiate at such a cere- who can exert their influence, might avert
mony unless the non-Jewish partner in the massive defection from a most demanding
marriage converts.
principle of assuring Jewish family unity un-
The newly developing situation introduces divided religiously in Jewish ranks. ,

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Defensive Literature

Propaganda Against Israel
Counteracted in Liebman Book

Basic facts and figures about Jews and Arabs, the armaments for
the embattled state of Israel as compared with the overwhelming
military supplies from Russia for the Arab states, the issue relating to
the Palestinians, the refugee and other problems—the vital truths
necessary in the struggle for Israel's defense are provided in an in-
formative 150-page brochure, "The Middle East—A Return to Facts,"
by Prof. Seymour Liebman.
Prejudiced views on Israel's status require hard facts to counteract
the damages that are done to the cause of justice in the Middle East.
Therefore, the realities regarding Jerusalem, the whence Jews never
departed; the !historic role of the Holy Land as the homeland that has
never been abandoned and a score of other matters are importantly
presented in this volume by Prof. Liebman.
This extensive study, published by the American Zionist Federation,
also takes into account the role of the United Nations Security Council.
It exposes "extraordinarily virulent anti-Israel and extremely pro-Arab"
attitudes pursued through the years.
Russia's changed attitude, from the original supporters of Jewish
statehood tp one of collaboration in the Arab scheme aimed at Israel's
destruction receives due consideration in this important study.
The extent of Arab terrorism, the pressures from oil interests and
the religious fanaticismg are exposed in the process of providing an
understanding of the issues that affect the Middle East struggles.
Israel's difficulties with the African nations, for which many in-
dustrial assistance projects have been sponsored by Israel, are ex-
plained to indicate the unfortunate developments that stem from
pressures by Moslems upon nations that are predominantly Islamic.
For an understanding of the Arab threats, -there are glossaries of
Arab terms and other data to keep the reader informed on the status
of Arab anti-Israelism.
Exceptionally usable data is provided in the series of appendices
that contain historic background on the Middle East situation.
For protective and Israeli defensive purposes by Zionists and others
who wish to counteract anti-Israel propaganda, the Liebman volume
serves a most valuable purpose.

Scriptural Readings Defined

'The Essential Torah'

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg of Fall River, Mass., provides guides
for Torah and prophetic teachings in "The Essential Torah" (Block"
All of the weekly Torah portions read on the Sabbaths, and
selections from the Prophets are defined and the major commen-
taries are utilized in the thorough explanatory text.
For the synagogue attendant and the students of Torah and
Prophets the author has thus made available a most comprehensive
text that assures thoroughness in knowledge about scriptural lore.
The explanatory sections about the commentators who are exten-
sively quoted add impressively to the texts.
While this work is of inestimable value to those who seek under-
standing of the scriptural readings at Sabbath services, this volume
lends itself for use in schools as a textbook with inspiring messages
for all learners, the young and their elders.
There is a faithfulness in achieving completeness in treating each
of the chapters under consideration.
Furthermore, the- manner in which the author treats the biblical
personalities enhances the results of this resume of the weekly Bible
readings and their Haftaras.

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