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This Sabbath, the 29th day of Iyar, 5735, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Peniateuchal portion, Num. 1:1-4:20. Prophetical portion, 1 Sam.' 20:18-42. Sunday, Rosh Hodesh. Sivan, Num. 28:1-15. .
portion, Exod. 19:1-20:23; Num. 28.726-31. Proph.etical portion, Ezekiel
Friday, first day of Shavuot, Pentateuchal
Candle lighting, Friday, May 9, 8:21 p.m.
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Friday, May 9, 1975
New Tr-ends in Scholarly Research
Jewish scholars and lay leadership in Jew-
ish communities in the free world are con-
recorded factually and realistically, the newest
developments in Jewish life must, similarly, be
Throughout the world there is such an in-
crease in intermarriages that the trend must be
viewed with great seriousness.
Nevertheless, in the interest of the genera-
tion that stands firm and protects the spiritual
and cultural inheritance the need is always
great for an understanding of Jewish values, for
a devotional pride that does not collapse in time
of crisis or when there are temptations from the
foreign cultures which are in great measure also
part of the Jewish adherence to learning from
Then there is the decline in Jewish births. It
is now the lowest of the three major religious
denominations in the United States and it de-
notes a decline that calls for urgent considera-
This is where Jewish scholarship plays a vi-
tal role. The 'scholar must make certain that the -
people among whom he ministers are knowl-
edgeable about themselves and their people,
about their history and traditions.
How is the danger of mixed, marriages to be
tackled? Are rabbis who participate as officiat-
ing officials at such marriages to be condoned?
Shall we depend upon knowledgeability
about ourselves as a weapon against mixed mar-
riages? Will it enable us, when need arises, to
draw adherents to our ranks from the outside
and also prevent alienation from ourselves? If
gains can be made through adherents to our
faith we will have overcome the menacing losses
sustained by mixed marriages.
Is there a communal obligation to conduct a
campaign to encourage a desire for larger fami-
It is not enough to say that Jews are like
other peoples, only more so. There may be no
purpose in condemning the mixed marriage
trend or merely bemoaning a decline in Jewish
ranks. If the two trends are to be overcome it
becomes necessary to know the facts relating to
developments that emerge to challenge the wis-
dom of Jewish leadership and the realism of
scholarship that tests the trends.
Historically viewed, the problems noted
may not even be too seriously damaging. Inter-
marriage and population decline is not new to
Jewish experience. The many eras of persecu-
tions which resulted in diminutions in Jewish
ranks have recorded similar trends. In many
centuries the Jewish population had been much
smaller than it is today. In many lands Jewish
communities vanished, only to rise up again
from the ranks of the indestructible who have
held fast to Jewish allegiance.
This legacy of allegiance has not disap-
peared. It is as firm today as ever. The continu-
ity is unbroken. The weak may disappear, the
If the smaller number of children in our
schools will be the best trained Jewishly it will
be a bulwark against whatever trends may con-
, spire to cause numerical strength.
Indeed, there is need for devOted' scholar-
ship, for proper research for an understanding
of the needs of the time.
All the warnings about reassessments re-
late to these areas as well.
If Israel's role is to be reassessed, even hind-
sight admonishes that foresightedly there has to
be realism as well as caution in dealing with
Wherever one turns in the world, from all
the areas that have been assisted with American
funds and knowhow, there continues to develop
suspicion and even hatred of the people of this
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Enriches JPS Series
One of the most important anthological collectionds dealing with
the Jewish festivals has just been enriched with the appearance of a
volume on Shavuot.
Rabbi Philip Goodman, editor of the festival book series made
available by the Jewish Publication Society of America, has again ed-
ited the newest JPS -work, "Shavuot Anthology."
As in his previous works, Rabbi Goodman has gathered the most
important accumulated literary material on the festival.
Poetry, legends, history, fiction, art, music — every conceivable
subject that has been related to Shavuot and contains the ethical, liter-
ary and historic sites linked with the Shavuot festival are included in
For the smaller Jewish student body we
need the best teachers.
As in the previous volumes, the extensive use of illustrations con-
tributes interestingly to the value this volume attains for.readei-s of all
ages and all factions in Jewry.
For a knowledgeable popula'tion there - is the
need for proper communication and the highest
standards in schooling.
Serious in nature, thoroughly traditional, Rabbi Goodman's work
nevertheless includes material in a lighter vein. A section on wit and
humor provides special enjoyment characterizing the festival appeals
as a holiday both of Torah dedication as well as the spirit of a holiday
that permits abandonment to the earthy.
There is a lessening of panic over the new
trends once Jewish experience is studied histori-
cally. There is strength in Jewish continuity,
there is indestructability in spiritual and cul-
tural loyalty. As long as these are not to be lost
and there is proper guidance through truly dedi-
cated teachers and leaders, the future will never
\ Reassessing the Reassessment
Cambodia and Vietnam, Greece and Portu-
gal, have valid lessons for the State Department
and the White House.
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country. Only in Israel is there a firmness in
friendship with the United. States. Only from Is-
rael comes a powerful sentiment craving for the
closest relations and cooperation.
Yet reassessment has been applied only to Is-
rael, and the escalating Arab hatreds are part of
a mobilized propaganda campaign to undermine
The time has arrived for a reassessment of
the threatened reassessment. The need for prag-
matic diplomacy is greater today, after the trag-
edies in Indo-China, than ever before. Let there
be a new devotion to traditional American jus-
tice and fair play.
There is also "The Culinary Art of Shavuot" and the section
containing recipes, edited by Hanna Goodman, the wife of the
book's editor, lends additional pragmatism to a meritorious effort
in this anthological process.
As in his previous holiday anthologies, Rabbi Goodman has
included in the Shavuot work an essay on "Shavuot in Art" by the
eminent Detroit scholar and authority on art history, Prof. Joseph
The immensity of Rabbi Goodman's anthological skill is
having combined the wisdom of the ages with the most modern and
contemporary works dealing with the Shavuot theme. The authors
from whose works he has drawn for this anthology include the Rabbis
and Sages, the Bible and Talmud; Maimonides and the great commen-
tators of the last few centuries, as well as the authors of current
The poetry and narratives for children serve an especially good
purpose in the task of encouraging youth interest in and observance of
The scholarly results of Rabbi Goodman's efforts on preparing
the "Shavuot Anthology" justify his definitive note in his preface:
"The prime significance of Shavuot today lies in its commemora-
tion as the anniversary of the theophany on Mount Sinai when Moses
received the Ten Commandments. This spectacular and unparalled
event was the culmination of the exodus from Egypt. The saga of Is-
rael's sojourn - in the desert •after their emancipation from Egyptian
bondage is climaxed at Mount Sinai with spiritual freedom embodied
in the Torah. Thus, following Passover, the Season of Our Freedom,
comes Shavuot, the Season of the Giving of Our Law. The Decalogue is
introduced with a reminder of the liberation from Egyptian slavery:
`I the Lord am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
the house of bondage' " (Exodus 20.2).