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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-12-06

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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 23rd day of Kislev, the following scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Gen. 37:1-40:23. Prophetical portion, Amos 2:6-3:8.
Pentateuchal selections for the first five days of Hanuka: Monday, Num. 7:1-17;
Tuesday, Num. 7:18-23; Wednesday, Num. 7:24-35; Thursday, NUM. 7:30-41; Friday,
Num. 7:36-47.

Candle lighting, Friday, Dec. 6, 4:43

VOL. LXVI No. 13

Page Four


December 6, 1974

A Cruse More Powerful Than Millions of Barrels

Commencing Sunday evening, little can-
dles that give the impression of weakness
will be _ lit in millions of Jewish homes
throughout the world.
Starting with a single little candle, grow-
ing into eight on the final night of the Hanu-
ka festival, the mere flicker of lights will
send forth a unified message to mankind: you
tried to extinguish us; the aim was the de-
struction of the people lighting them; you
have failed; you have been defied; the defi-
ance is resolved anew on the Feast of Lights
in the year 5735.
This is not boasting. It is a declaration of
faith and a reminder to the enemies of the
Jewish people that the target of attack re-
mains indestructible.
It is not boasting. -It is a reaffirmation of
the will and the determination to live.
This is not the first Hanuka during whose
celebration it becomes necessary to resist the
butcher's knife, the deitroyer's weapons, the
enmities that stemmed from religious bigo-
tries and the canards of beasts who betrayed
the basic idea that man was made in the im-
age of God. Having been revived brutally,
with the approval of misnamed civilized na-
tions, the defiance takes on new forms, and
the Jew who refuses to be damned into a
role of wanderer convicted to homelessness
reiterates Arcefully: that Israel lives!

This is an unusual Hanuka. Twenty Arab
nations have united to destroy Israel; oil hun-
gry mankind shouts an amen to new geno-
cidal trAnds, and little Israel replies: even
if all mankind combines to destroy the little
land and its heritage, it won't accomplish its
intentions. The people Israel remains undy-
ing in spirit and resolve!
It' is the shame of mankind, the pooling
of brutal forces in an effort to re-create the
Holocaust, that is contrasted with Israel's role
in an age that threatens the decencies of hu-
The occurrences at the United Nations
have stamped the current era with shameful-
ness and disgrace. The spirit of Hanuka
points the accusing finger at the brutalities
that have emerged from the cesspool into
which the international society has been
As one of the five surviving members of the Mossad -le Aliyah Bet,
In Jewish homes the small cruse of oil the organization of the so called illegal immigrants who escaped
defies the barrels of- liquid filled with wealth British restrictions to settle in the Jewish -homeland, Ruth Kluger
that threatens the security of all the peoples reconstructs the message of the great rescue movement in her ad-.
of the earth who are endangered as much as dresses on her current speaking tour in this country. Her message
the handful of the world's Jewish people. The was heard here agaiii during the Jewish Book Fair.
little candle flickers alone in defiance of the
Ruth Kluger's story was written with the aid of Peggy Mann in
brutalities, out of its meager light must again
bodk, "The Last Escape". It became a best seller when
emerge a world restored to decency with a
published in hard cover by Doubleday. .
regained sense of justice. A living Israel's It first
promises to be a best seller again hi its
destiny must lead to all mankind being res- paperbacked
edition just published by Pin-
cued from bestiality. That's Hanuka's message nacle Books.
to mankind today.

President of Israel Commends
Ruth Kluger's 'Last Escape'

UN's Future Hangs in the Balance

A reconvened Congress may take into
serious consideration the support this govern-
ment gives to the United Nations under exist-
ing circumstances.
If hijackers are to be the influential force
behind the new statesmanship that dominates
the world organizations, there will be just
cause to question the justification of continu-
ing to back a force that is motivated by de-
structive aspirations.
When the so-called international parlia-
ment condoned legislation aimed at the obli-
teration of one of its members, a civilized
society must wash its hands of the proposed
cruelties. -
A great ideal has been besmirched and a
noble forum has become a cause for derision
It is no wonder that the New York Daily
News should have written editorially:
"Isn't it about time we told the UN to
pack up and take its circus elsewhere? It
is nothing but an obnoxious public nuis-
ance. And it is an increasingly expensive
one now that the Assembly is providing a
forum for terrorists and murderers who
add millions to the security bill American
taxpayers must foot."
The tragedy is that the UN has ceased
being a forum for discussion of the world's
needs. It has been turned into a mockery and
in the process men who have turned into
beasts have proclaimed a right to destroy
their partners in the world organization.
The ugly situation has even created a mood
so gloomy that a columnist as friendly to Is-
rael as Joseph Alsop should have warned
that "the destruction of Israel is quite imag-
The threats to Israel stem in large meas-
ure from the stench at the United Nations.

Nevertheless,- there is an aleiting of forces
in truly liberal ranks to prevent calamity and
to -assure retention of decency. The resent-
ments that have arisen over the perversions
both at the UN in New York and the UN
meetings in Paris have indicated that the in-
tended destruction of Israel will prove to be
another desert mirage in spite of the Arabs'
oil wealth and energy threats.
Meanwhile, there is the Jewish people to
contend with. "I shall not die but live," re-
mains the indestructible slogan of the un-'
dying people.

Council Intact

Unity in American Jewry's religious ranks
remains intact thanks to the good judgement
of level headed leadership.
At the convention of Orthodox rabbis in
Florida last week, an effort by some of the
participants to withdraw from the Synagogue
Council of America was defeated in response
to appeals that cooperative activities with
Conservative and Reform congregations
should not be abandoned.
There are, indeed, many differences of
opinion. TheSe, however, do not justify break-
ing the ranks at any time, let alone in the
present critical period in Jewish life.
A Sanhedrin could solve all existing prob-
lems, but on that score, too, there is Orthodox
American Jewry can be grateful for the
wisdom of those who prevented a split in
Jewish ranks.

In 1939, Ruth Kluger, a beautiful 25-
year-old redhead, went to Romania as the
only woman in a secret network of 10
Palestinian Jews whose goal was to smuggle _
Jews out of Europe, through the British
blockade, and into Palestine. Few people
believed in the fateful power" of Hitler at
that time. Ruth, one of those who feared
for the Jews, did everything she could
possibly do to awaken them.

With incredible courage and ingenuity,
Ruth Kluger
Ruth succeeded in a mission composed of
impossibilities; a secret mission of saving lives, yet a mission re-
garded as illegal by every government in the world. Under the daily
threat of imprisonment, even death, Ruth helped launch the most
extraordinary and the largest secret rescue movement of all time.
She dealt with a fascinating assortment of characters ranging from
drunken knife-wielding "pirates," to a lascivious 300-pound Greek
shop owner, to the famous and infamous King Carol II of Romania
. . . and she sacrificed the one passionate love of her lifetime for
the sake of her mission.

"The Last Escape" is the result of 1,000 hours of taped memories
of Ruth Kluger, plus numerous interviews with Israeli leaders who
contributed information and verified Ruth's memories. Israeli leaders
have declared that the state of Israel would never have existed with-
out the illegal immigration movement. When the state was declared
in 1948, there were only 600,000 Jewish men, women and children
in Israel. They had to defend their new homeland against the cc
bined armies of seven Arab nations. Of these 600,000 people, 2C'
of them were "illegals" 'brought into the country through the ei
of the Mossad.

Receiving widest attention from readers of all faiths, the Ruth
Kluger story as related by Peggy Mann in "The Last Escape" was
given highest commendation by President Ephraim Katzir of Israel
who wrote to Miss Kluger as follows:

"From the moment I started reading it I couldn't put it aside • . .
You were right in transmitting to our young generation a document
of historic value which throws into relief the dedication, the enter-
prising spirit and the judiciousness of the members of the `Mossad.'
No less than that, your book shows the harshness of heart of the
nations toward the fate of the European Jews at the time of the
Second World War, during the Holocaust and afterwards, and it
clearly reveals the weakness of many Zionist leaders in those fright-
ful days that came over us. Even from this point of view the book
should be read by all those who are interested in the history of the
Jewish people—its past and its future destiny."

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