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November 01, 1974 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-11-01

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 1, 1974-37

It's Time for
A Chang



State Representative

67th District

High Diplomat
Sent to C h icago


of 'Israel's top diplomats,
Ehud Avriel, has been ap-
pointed consul-general to
Chicago and is due to take
up the post shortly.
-Officials said his appoint-
ment was the first of a series
intended to boost the strength
and status of Israel's repre-
sentation to major American
Jewish communities. Both
Premier Yitzhak Rabin and
Defense Minister Yigal Allon
have spoken of their desire
to upgrade the levels and sta-
tus of the consulates-general
in major U. S. cities.
Avriel's last ambassador-
ship was to Italy in the late
1960s. Most recently he has
served as special adviser to
the foreign minister. He en-
tered the foreign service in
1948, having been a key fig-
ure earlier in the "Bricha"
illegal immigration, and in
major arms purchases from
Czechoslovakia during the
War of Independence.
He has served as minister
to Prague, Budapest and Bu-
charest, and later as ambas-
sador to Liberia and the

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Important Egyptian Talmud to Be Published

Ginze Talmud Bavli, 276
fragments from the Cairo
Genizah in the Saltykov-
Shechedrin Library in Lenin-
grad, will be published for
the first time by the end of
the year.
The monumental book, of
inestimable importance to
Hebraica and Talmudic
scholars the world over, is
the work of Dr. Abraham I.
Katsh, president of The
Dropsie University 'here and
a world-renowned Hebraic
scholar and author. It will
represent the first of two
volumes that will include all
of the Talmud as gathered
from the fragments from the
Cairo Genizah, and will be
published by Rubin Mass.
The new "Ginze Talmud
Bavli" will be . a companion
piece to Dr. Katsh's earlier
"Ginze Mishna: 159 Frag-
ments from the Cairo Geni-
zah in the Leningrad Li-
Late in the last century, al-
m o s t 250,000 fragmented
documents were unearthed
in a concealed chamber at
the Forstat (old Cairo) Syna-
gogue in Egypt. The Tal-
mudic fragments were
among 1,200 documents ac-

- .

Shown is one of the fragments from the Cairo Genizah
that dates back to the 7th Century, that will be included
in the "Ginze Talmud Bavli." The new version of the
Talmud is of special interest because of significant vari-
ants pertaining to legal and ritual matters.

q u i r e d by Archimandrite
Antonin Kapustin, a Russian
monk and archaeologist, who
served in the Holy Land in
1865 until his death in 1894.
Dr. Katch received official
permission from the U.S.S.R.
.government to microfilm the
fragments from. the Lenin-
grad Library and the _mate-

rial beta m.e available to
Western scholars for the first
The material in the "Ginze
Talmud" contains many var-
iants f r o m the generally
available Talmudic texts,
said Dr. Katsh, and this ver-
sion from the Cairo Genizah
"will have to be reckoned
Alt 4 *
with in the future Talmudic
wee *to 410
Ak's .410
scholarship." He pointed out
that the Cairo Genizah frag-
ments are very close to the
original sources because they
have never been subjected to
the censorship and error that
came with the introduction
of printing.
The Genizah material, Dr.
Katsh added, "appears to
have been written at a very
early period, when the Tal-
mud was st u d i e d by oral
transmission, and not from a
written book." Many pas-
sages in printed texts today
are absent in the fragments,
indicating that they are later
There are significant vari-
ants pertaining to legal and
ritual matters. Some help to
clarify obscure or difficult
passages in the Bible, Dr.
Katsh said, and others reflect
the conditions under which
Jews lived:
Dropsie University Names
Israeli Biblical Scholar
Director of Libraries
Top two choices,
Genesee Bar Association
Yehuda Komlosh, a Biblical
The Flint Journal
South Oakland County Bar Association scholar, author and educator,
Michigan State Building and
Detroit Free Press
has been named director of
Observer and
Detroit News
libraries at The Dropsie Uni-
Eccentric Newspapers
Lansing State Journal
The Oakland Press
Polish American Congress'
Macomb Daily
Formerly of Bar-Ilan Uni-
Top two choices,
Rated "Best Qdalified,"
versity in Israel, where he
Michigan Conference of Teamsters
Michi g an State Bar poll
Oakland County Lawyers
was professor of biblical
Michigan State AFL - CIO
United Transportation Union
literature since 1969, Dr.
Rated "Preferred and Well Qualified,"
Michigan Federation of Teachers
Komlosh will be in complete
Oakland County Citizens League
charge of all university li-
brary facilities and archives.
"Bronson only
'Danhof only
Paid for by the Committee to Re-elect Judges Bronson and Danhof
Dropsie is the only non-
theological, nonsectarian in-





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Non-Partisan Judicial Ballot— Regular Term 2nd District

The following groups are determined to Keep the Court Effective.
They have endorsed Judge Bronson and Judge Danhof.

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stitution of its kind in the
United States devoted to the
study of Hebrew, biblical and
Middle East languages and
cultures, and higher Jewish
The Dropsie Library has
the third largest collection of
Judaica and Hebraica in the
U.S., including publications
on biblical and rabinnic
learning, the Semitic lan-
guages, Jewish history, As-
syriology a n d Egytology.
Special sections have also
been developed in the fields
of Jewish educations, Israel
and the modern Middle East.
Dr. Komlosh, who was pre-
viously a visiting professor
in biblical literature and the
Aramaic language at Drop-
sie, is the author of many
scholarly publications. He
originally went to Israel from
Hungary, where he was a
member of the faculty at the
Jewish Theological Seminary
in Budapest.


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