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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-05-23

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20 Friday, May 23, 1975

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Death Sentence for Romanian
Jew Lessened to 20-Year Term

`Resurrection of Word,' Mystic's View of Judaism

By ALLEN A. WARSEN

"The Resurrection of the
Word" by Carlo Suares
(Shambhala, Berkley &
London: 1975, distributed
by Random House) is writ-
ten in an allegorical form
and resembles surrealistic
imagery. A good illustration
is this passage: "I will tell a
tale of Time and Duration,
of Space and measures, of
sound and light, of achieve-
ments and frustrations. I

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will tell it for your benefit,
for fear you would not un-
derstand that which is of no
time and no space, of no
past or future, and in very
truth of no Word, so that no
tale would be told."
Suares, though Jewish,
regards the Jews as being
neither a race, nation, reli-
gion, nor even a tradition.
He regards them as "the
essence of the human spe-
cies, progress, beginning
and end without origin or
finality . . . way of life."

Being a mystic, the au-
thor ascribes mysterious
values to numerals. Thus
the figure 4 symbolizes

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Ham's four sons, espe-
cially his fourth son, Ca-
naan, whom Noah cursed:
"A servant of servants
shall he be unto his breth-
ren." The figure 3 symbol-
izes the Abraham-Isaac-
Jacob epic which marked
the origin of trinitarian-
ism and culminated in
Marx-Freud-Einstein.

The figure 10 also has an
esoteric connotation. " . . .
the 10 toes of the feet which
are the Covenant with cir-
cumcision, gathered by the
10 fingers of the hands in
the Covenant with the
tongue."
"Tongue" in the quoted
passage, undoubtedly, re-
fers to the covenants God
and the patriarchs "orally"
agreed to. "Covenant with
circumcision" is probably
the author's interpretation
of the custom covenants
were concluded, namely by
performing the ceremony of
"brit mila."

In this connection, it is
important to note that
Suares attributes great sig-
nificance to the Jewish cus-
tom of circumcision. "Cir-
cumcision," in his view,
"unbridles eroticism before
its awakening, irrigating
the senses, awakening intel-
ligence, condensing consci-
ence before allowing itself
to be carried away by herd
.anxiety, ensures that Israel
is made of personal ele-
ments, unyielding, insuper-
able, dissenting, and tena-
cious.

The author, moreover, is
concerned with life's com-
plex problems. The chap-
ter bearing the title "The
Song of the Word" is sym-
bolic of such a problem —
one of man's predica-
ments. The Word, as pro-
pounded by the author,
like Logos in Greek philos-
ophy, has a life of its own.
It is the battle ground of
opposites, contradictions
and the stage of inner con-
flicts. It causes "the heart
to become intelligent and
the intelligence to have
heart."

Here is another enigma:
Is our mind a "tabula rasa"
(a blank slate) as John

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Locke (1632-1704) main-
tained, or is it a depository
of potential capabilities?
The enigma is poetically
explained in this parable:
"At birth we bring the
whole of our ancestral past
with us, coiled up in the
depths of our being like a
cluster of serpents. But
quite by chance — it is a
strange, surprising event —
it happens that another ser-
pent, an interior fire ignited
in some unknown manner,
obliges these innumerable
bundles of curled up ser-
pents to uncoil themselves,
puts them into confusion
and miraculously expels
them ... A new vision of the
world then rises from our
purified bodily ground . . ."
The cluster of servants, as
we understand the parable,
represent our hereditary
endowment and the single
serpent the influence of our
environment.
Incisive and marked by
intellectual depth are the
numerous historical allego-
ries. Noah, for instance,
symbolizes the end and the
beginning of a new epoch.
It is noteworthy that the

NEW YORK, (JTA) —
The death sentence handed
down against Andrei Asher,
a 63-year-old Romanian
Jew, has been commuted to
20 years' imprisonment.

Asher, a resident of Bu-
charest and a chemist by
profession, was sentenced to
death on April 30 after con-
viction for alleged economic
crimes involving acceptance
of a bribe.

Jacob Birnbaum, national
director of the Center for
Russian Jewry with the Stu-
dent Struggle for Soviet Je-
wry, reported the commuta-
tion. It was confirmed by
Dr. Charles H. Kramer,
president of the Romanian
Jewish Federation of Allier-
ica.

Birnbaum said he was
given word of the commu-
tation by Ion Datcu, the
Romanian Ambassador to
the United Nations follow-
ing an earlier meeting he

HAIFA — A computer-
aided program for deriving
the optimal exploitation of
oil fields has been developed
by a research team led by
Dr. Carol Braester of the
hydrodynamics and hy-
draulic engineering labora-
tory of the faculty of civil
engineering of the Technion
— Israel Institute of Tech-
nology.

"Resurrection of the,
Word" is a profound, rich in
ideas and vibrantly written
book, but difficult to grasp.
Its author was born in Alex-
andria, Egypt in 1892. He is
the author of many books,
including "Qui Israel" and
"La Kabala des Kabales."

The purpose of the pro-
gram, the first of its kind in
Israel, is to determine in
advance the characteristics
of an oil field and to deliver
the most efficient exploita-
tion of the oil sources under
varying circumstances of
production. The system's

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Restraining Order Still Limits
Jewish Anti-Poverty Group

The Rosen Brothers and
Morris Schwartz, a volun-
teer, were arrested May 6
in the coordinating ccuncil
office on charges of crimi-
nal trespass and harass-
ment filed by Rabbi Jack
Simcha Cohen, coordinat-

Six Orthodox rabbis
signed an appeal to Roman-
ian President Nicolae Ceau-
sescu to grant clemency to
Asher and reverse the death
sentence. The same group
signed messages to Presi-
dent Ford, Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissinger
and UN Secretary General
Kurt Waldheim to intervene
to save Asher's life.

Ethnic Studies

GENEVA — Youngs
Druze at the ORT school in
Usefia, Israel are becoming
more interested in learning
about their religion, culture
and history. They have
asked the school to provide
teaching in their own
group's values and tradi-
tions without interrupting
their cooperation with the
Jewish community.

Optimal Oil Field Yield Told
in Technion Computer Project

author considers Cain,
Abel, and other biblical
characters archetypes.
Cain is the non-conform-
ist, the heretic, the crea-
tive genius,and the "ex-
plorer of places forbidden
by the Abels." Abraham is
the "projection of cosmic
energy" and the initiator
of tests for ascertaining
human intentions. (This is
a reference to the story of
Isaac).

NEW YORK (JTA) —
State Supreme Court Judge
Sidney Fine continued a
temporary restraining order
barring the Association of
Jewish Anti-Poverty Work-
ers from disrupting activi-
ties of the Metropolitan
New York Coordinating
Council on Jewish Poverty.
The temporary order, is-
sued by Fine last week also
named S. Elly Rosen, execu-
tive director of the associa-
tion and president of the
Council for the Jewish Poor,
described as the associa-
tion's working arm, and
Mordechai Rosen, the offi-
cial's brother.
Fine took under advise-
ment a petition by the coor-
dinating council for a preli-
minary injunction against
the association and its offi-
cers at the hearing. He did
'not set a date for hearing on
the injunction request.

had with the Romanian
Ambassador to Washing-
ton, Cornelius Bogdan.

ing council executive di-
rector.

The association has been
protesting a coordinating
council decision to halt an
annual grant of $24,000 to
the association. The funds
will be cut off next July 1.
The Rosens and Schwartz
were scheduled for an ap-
pearance on those charges
Thursday in New York City
Criminal Court.

City Communes

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Dur-
ing the last few months
Young Mapam and Hash-
omer Hatzair have initiated
the establishment of com-
munes of members of the
Kibutz Artzi Hashomer
Hatzair youth movement in
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The young people live in
the heart of the big cities
and work in poverty neigh-
borhoods in an attempt to
organize constructive activi-
ties and to impart the social
values of the kibutz to city
youth.

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advantage is that it renders
a rapid and economical de-
termination of the optimum
pumping rate for a particu-
lar field.
With the aid of geologists
and laboratory tests, the
program can determine in
advance the amount of oil to
be produced from a sur-
veyed field and the number
and locations of the re-
quired wells, according to
the balance of oil and natu-
ral gas in the field.

Meanwhile, the 46th
graduating class of the
Technion received BSc.
degrees in a ceremony in
the Sherman Forum at the
Technion City campus.

A total of 211 graduates
of the Bosmat Junior Tech-
nical College of the Tech-
nion received their certifi-
cates in a ceremony in the
Churchill Auditorium on
the Technion City campus.
The graduates were con-
firmed as senior technicians
and technicians upon com-
pletion of a final project and
were tested by examiners
from the Technion, indus-
try, and the ministry of edu-
cation and culture.

The institute established
the Isaac Taylor Chair in a
recent ceremony attended
by Dr. Ronald Taylor of
Baltimore who repre-
sented his grandfather,
Isaac Taylor of Ellicott
City, Md. Dr. Taylor met
Dr. Daniel Revel, formerly
with the French Atomic
Energy Commission at
Saclay, the first occupant
of the Isaac Taylor Chair.

Technion President Gen.
(Res.) Amos Horev pre-
sented Dr. Taylor with a
scroll marking the estab-
lishment of the Chair,
"endowed by Mr. Isaac Tay-
lor, the distinguished Amer-
ican philanthropist, human-
itarian and Zionist, to
promote scientific research
and technological develop-
ment at the Technion, par-
ticularly in -the field of en-
ergy r e urce§..' '

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