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January 24, 1975 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-01-24

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;rit Mila of Soviet Emigre Child
reminds Reader of Classic Tale

it to the Odessa prosecutor's
office.
The prosecutor Orlov de-
cided to put an end to such
transgressions. Acting swift-
ly, he had the little "snipper"
Naftala Gerchik and the 62-
year-old Br a n a Brutman
brought to court which al-
ready had been filled with
eager spectators. The first
rows were occupied by "Gal-
ician saddiks, with their
beaver caps on their knees.
They had made the journey
to be present where, it said
in the Warsaw papers, the
Jewish religion was on trial."
The prosecutor charged the
mohel with the additional of-
fense of exposing children to
infections. But the mohel re-
plied that the prosecutor's
father suffered no ill affects,
nor did the prosecutor when
the mohel performed the
same rite on him 30 years
before. A distrubance ensued
in the court and the presid-
ing judge declared a recess.
The proceedings, neverthe-
less, soon resumed. But the
outcome of the case, the au-
thor evidently left to the
imagination of the readers.
It should be noted that
Ovsey, discovering this many trials of this sort took
veyre" (sin) on his return place in the land of the So-
ome, without delay reported viets, especially during the
Yevsektsia's reign of terror.
ALLEN A. WARSEN

ditor, The Jewish News,
While reading the drama-
account of the "brit-mila"
four-year-old Dimitry Ka-
ivchinsky (Jewish News,
1. 17) I was reminded of
aac Babel's classic story
Karl-Yankel" ("The Col-
‘cted Stories," Criterion
43oks New York).
Like most stories this too
is its heroes and villains.
he 'heroes are Brana Brut-
and Naftala Gerchik.
It was the ambition of
rutman, mother-in-
theist Ovsey Belot-
y, to transmit to her
, should she have
she knew about the
Shem Tov, the sage she
'mired most.
Ovsey, however, would not
wen allow his newly born
hild to be circumcised. Nev-
Tlieless, while Ovsey was
way on an official mission,
.rana surreptitiously took
ter four-month-old grandson
Naftala ,Gerchik, the "fore-
kin-clipper," who in the
resence of 10 old men, "as-
siduous attenders at the Has-
4c synagogue," performed
he "brit-mila" (circumci-

ti

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, January 24,1975-39

LETTER BOX

New [ban Book Due in Fall

Petrodollars vs. M.E. Peace

Editor, The Jewish News:
The Kissinger announce-
ment Dec. 22, that negotia-
tions between Israel and the
PLO can take place after
the PLO recognizes there
must be an Israel — without
saying within which borders
—may not be as encouraging
as it sounds.
The U.S. Government, anx-
ious to sell goods to oil-rich
Arab nations to get petro-
dollars floating back into our
country to help the balance
of payments, is encouraging
Israel and the PLO to nego-
tiate even if Israel's current

territory must be reduced to
a fraction of what it is now.
The U.S. Department of
Commerce has sent many
trade missions to the Arab
countries to encourage pur-
chases, but what chance is
there that the Arabs will buy
goods in large quantities
from •us unless they are as-
sured there will be no war
and the 'PLO makes satis-
factory peace arrangements
with Israel?
PHELPS PHELPS
Former U.S. Ambassador to
the Dominican Republic and
Governor of U.S. Samoa

U.S. Foreign Policy Challenged

Random House will publish
"The Fading Dream: A Study
in the New Diplomacy 1945-
1974," by Abba Eban, in Fall
of 1975. Eban, a member of
the Israel Parliament and of
the governing body of the
Labor Party, was foreign
minister of Israel from 1966-
1974 and has been active in
international politics since
Israel's establishment.
"The Fading Dream" will
deal with the history, techni-
ques and results of parlia-
mentary diplomacy in the
past 25 years, with special
reference to the United Na-
tions system, and why it has
failed.
Eban discusses multilateral
diplomacy, the peacekeeping
efforts of the United Nations
and its role in decolonization

and economic development.
Eban has also contracted
with Random House and
Weidenfeld a n d Nicolson
(London) for the publication
of his book "Recollections"
in which he narrates his own
participation in Israel's strug-
gle since 1947.

Blessing Over Food

By H. N. BIALIK

Translated by Jesse Sampter

Blest be God
Who did create
Porridge with milk,
A whole full plate;
And after porridge
Also an orange.
Oh, thanks to Him
From whom they came!
Blessed be He
And blest His name!

plies and economic support ?Yowl/IMINEASKOMOWSKASZOKAWNIIIKANIKAIDOSUC
Editor, The Jewish News:
The National Committee on not be tied to territorial con-
American Foreign Policy re- cessions; that Israel not be
cently published an impor- pressured into dangerous,
tant position paper, entitled unilateral retreats which, his-
"The Middle East and De- tory has shown, only encour-
Seating Up to 400
tente: A Rational Alternative age further Arab aggres-
to Current U.S. Policy." sion."
Briefly, the paper can be
LOUIS PANUSH
summarized as follows:
"America's vital interests
The righteous are called
in the Middle East and else- living even when they are
where are poorly served by dead, and the wicked are
the current thrusts of U.S. called dead even when they
State Department diplomacy. are living.—Talmud
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"Soviet penetration of and
hegemonial ambition in the
strategically vital Middle
East, which is at the heart
Rocking Horse
of the escalation and perpet-
uation of that region's con-
By H. N. BIALIK
flict, constitutes a direct
Translated by Jesse Sampter
My rocking horse rocks and threat to the security of Wes-
tern Europe, NATO, and the
rocks,
The USSR would
U S
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