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January 03, 1975 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-01-03

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12—Friday, January 3, 1975

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

42 Back Intermarriage

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autonomy. It found the most
exciting moments of human
history in the future and not
in the past. It took the risk
of. universalism and open-
ness.
"Above all, the Reform
movement offered Jews an
opportunity to maintain their
integrity by allowing their
ideology to match their be-
havior.
"Today, the ideology of the
Reform movement is scarce-
ly distinguishable from that
of the Conservative move-
ment. It has turned full-circle
and is now marching back-
wards.
"We reject this new tradi-
tionalism. We believe that a
liberal Judaism should af-
firm the positive value of
Jewish identity while main-
taining the freedom of the
individual to determine his
own religious practices.
, "We believe that a liberal

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Judaism should encourage
ceremonial creativity and
should avoid an unimagina-
tive attempt to revive the
ritual patterns of the past.
"We believe that a liberal
Judaism should avoid self-
hate by enabling Jews to ac-
cept without guilt the posi-
tive changes in Jewish life-
style.
"We believe that a liberal
Judaism should prepare Jews
to ,live in an open and uni-
versalistic urban society.
"We believe that a liberal
Judaism should not dhect its
energies in a futile attempt
to win the approval of the
Conservative and Orthodox
rabbinate. It should devote
its energies to offering a
public voice to the liberal
elements of the Jewish com-
munity who find no repre-
sentation in a past-oriented
establishment.
."The uniqueness of Re-
form Judaism is at stake."

(Continued from Page 1)
closer to an understanding
and appreciation of their
heritage," Rabbi Schindler
expected that the new and
modern Bible commentary
would receive wide use in
the UAHC's 715 member
synagogues as well as among
all "people who hold the
Bible sacred."
The commentary, Rabbi
Schindler explained, was de-
signed for use in the syna-
gogue and home as well as
for classroom use among
young people and adults.
The commentary includes
the original Hebrew text, a
new translation, a brief com-
mentary, a discussion of the
theme in a given section, and
a collection of "gleanings"
representing selections and
excerpts f r o m talmudic
sources, scholars' commen-
taries of all denominations,
language studies, r e c e n t
archeological discoveries,
medieval and modern liter-

Tunney to Be Keynote Speaker
at Technion Conference Dinner

NEW YORK—U. S. Demo-
cratic Senator John V. Tun-
ney of California will be the
keynote speaker at a banquet
during the fourth national

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conference of the American
Society for Israel's Technion-
Institute of Technology Jan.
11 in Palm Beach, Fla.
Senator Tunney, a spokes-
man for Israel, served on the
Senate's F or e i g n Affairs
Committee, was an author of
the Water Quality Control
Act, and is an advocate of
national defense and the
space program.
Sir Edwin Leather, gover-
nor-general of Bermuda, and
Lady Leather, will be guests
of honor at the dinner, one
of the highlights of the con-
ference. Sir Edwin, a friend
of the people of Israel, was
appointed as Bermuda's gov-
ernor last year.
Dr. Willem J. Kolff of the
University of Utah in Salt
Lake City, one of the world's
leading medical innovators in
the development of aritficial
hearts, and in the application
of artificial kidneys, will
speak at a seminar on "Med-
ical Engineering at Technion
Today."

ary works, and even citations
from ancient Egyptian dream
books.
Rabbi Plant emphasized
that the "commentary takes
the religious approach, recog-
nizing the touch of the
Divine, but it also takes
cognizance of the latest sci-
entific research."
The author of the Genesis
commentary added: "Our
position is that the Torah is
essentially the repository of
centuries of traditions which
became one tradition and one
book. The commentary rep-
resents the teaching tradition
of Israel."
Rabbi Plaut continued:
"Our commentary disagrees
with traditional interpreters
over divine origin and Mosaic
authorship, but it agrees on
treating the text as a whole,
for it was approached this
way by many generations
and in this way has made its
impact on history. To us, the
Bible is the living textbook
of the Jew and, with differ-
ing emphasis, of the Chris-
tian."
The new commentary,
Rabbi Plaut asserted, "pro-
ceeds from the idea that the
Bible is a prism of our gen-
eration, producing refrac-
tions not seen before. The
modern Jew in search of -his
identity, especially in the
United States and Canada,
should derive great benefit
from a study of this new
commentary."
An example of the con-
temporary approach of the
new commentary is the in-
terpretation offered for the
story of the Tower of Babel.
In his commentary, Rabbi
Plant says the story "sym-
bolized all empire-building,
corruption, arrogance, crav-
ing to erect monuments, de-
sire for fame ..

Israelis Abroad
Urged to Return

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Ab-
sorption Minister Shlomo Ro-
sen and Jewish Agency Ex-
ecutive Chairman Pinhas Sa-
pir have formed a committee
to study "ways to encourage
the return of Israelis living
abroad."
It is believed that there are
some 200,000 Israelis who live
abroad. The committee was
assigned to locating the spe-
cific employment and hous-
ing problems which may face
the returning Israeli. It is
expected to recommend ways
to minimize the bureaucratic
process through which a re-
turning citizen must pass.
Some of the leading absorp-
tion experts staffing the com-
mittee- are Knesseter Adi
Yaffe, chairman; Uzi Narkis,
director general of the Jew-
ish Agency 'Immigration and
Absorption Department; and
the directors general of the
Ministries of Absorption and
Housing. A Jewish Agency
communique said the com-
mittee was open for sugges-
tions. They should be mailed
to Adi Yaffe, P.O.B. 92, Je-
rusalem.

It's a good time to buy now . . . we
must reduce our stock and assist
our suppliers to unload in this

"It meant a turning-away
Pre Inventory January
from what were considered
the primary occupations of
man — agriculture and the
of PLANTS at
tending of flocks. Babel was
an alienation of man from
the simple life, and it is no
accident that the Bible next
Open Daily 10-5, Thursday 'til 9
turns to Abraham, a semi-
and Sundays 12-5
nomad, as the source of all
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future blessing."

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