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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-08-01

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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Nlich, 4S075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $10 a ye a . r.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Business Manager

Alan Ilitsky. News Editor . . . Heidi Press. Assistant

Advertising Manager

1 . N■ S

Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 25th day of Av, 5735, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Deut. 11:26 - 16:17. Prophetical portion, Isaiah
54:11 - 55:5.
Rosh Hodesh Elul, Thursday and Friday, Num. 28:1 - 15.

Candle lighting, Friday, Aug. 1. 8:33 p.m.

VOL. LXVII, No. 21

Page Four

Friday, August 1, 1975

How Mighty Blush Over Duping!

Anwar el Sadat stopped "dragging his feet"
when he decided to make it public that he was
"conceding" to a United Nations Security Coun-
cil appeal in support of retention of the United
Nations Emergency Force in the buffer zone of
the Sinai, on the banks of the Suez Canal. For a
number of days the charge of "procrastination"
was leveled at Israel, as an excuse for Egyptian
Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy's threat that
his country was about to ban the UNEF from
the territory which Israel had yielded after the
Yom Kippur War. It was Sadat who himself be-
came a procrastinator. Now the joke is on the
record, Egypt undoubtedly will again be sancti-
monious and will claim to be "moderate," and
new chapters will commence in what could be
viewed as a comic book, were it not for the seri-
ousness of the tragic situation.

Indeed, the huge joke is the continuing
Egyptian claim to being subjected to an "op-
pression," and a naive world keeps listening to
charges that Israel is an "empire," that the Jew-
ish state aims at land-grabbing while the poor
Arabs are forced into a state of refugeeism.
Is there hope for an acknowledgement of
the basic facts that a tiny nation, living among
tens of millions of antagonistic neighbors, can
not have or afford an aim other than an end to
war and the blessings of peace?
Could anything be more shocking than the
avalanche of threats leveled at Israel, the nu-
merous enmities inspired in the ranks of the
Third World, the childish threat to expel Israel
from the United Nations and the spread of a
boycott that is aimed at throttling Israel's econ-
omy, in addition to the horrors perpetrated by
terrorists and the constant saber-rattling with
slogans framed to declare the aim to destroy the
Jewish state?

Is it possible that the President, the Secre-
tary of State and their associates are not cring-
ing on occasions at the results of the recently
declared objectives of reassessing Israel, at a

time when reassessments should be planned in
relation to Israel's enemies?

These are answerable questions, but they
have not been confronted fairly and objectively
because of inherited State Department policies
and of the pressures from oil-soiled quarters
which have forced the entire world into a state
of panic, not even excluding the United States
whose friendship for Israel .often becomes at
stake.

If history will do some indicting it may be
especially on the score of this country's having
become one of the major munitions merchants
in the world. Time and again it has been shown
that the massing of arms for the Arabs, by the
Soviets, France and this country as well have
combined to create a danger to peace in the Mid-
dle East. But the talk, especially in the deluded
news media, is always about arms for Israel.
Few take the time to learn the facts and to let
the unknowledgeable know that if it were not
for defensive weapons for Israel that area of the
world might have been blown up in a destructive
war a long time ago, and would have menaced
the peace of all mankind. Because Israel has re-
tained a balance and has adhered to an aim for
peace and stability for herself and her borders a
conflagration has been averted. To continue
such a state of semi-normalcy it is of the utmost
urgency that Israel be kept militarily strong. It
is this that her enemies are trying to prevent. It
is this that should keep Americans firm in the
determination that the American-Israel peace
must never be subverted. But there is a weaken-
ing in the basic principles of justice for Israel,
and the trickery from Cairo vis-a-vis the UNEF
once again exposed the culprits. The question is
whether the objectivity of American diplomacy
will fall victim to Middle East trickery. Will
there be a duping of the sensible in Washington
as it has been demonstrated at the United Na-
tions?

A Free Press and Coveted Truth

An example of respect for truth in the clamor
for a free press was set last week by the Mon-
treal Gazette.
Admitting the error of having published an
anti-Israeli advertisement that glorified the
PLO, the Canadian newspaper demonstrated a
right to reject vitriolic copy when it maligns an

entire people while glorifying a criminal.
A small number of American newspapers
have been guilty of giving a platform to libels
and lies by accepting such advertisements. The
Montreal Gazette defies pressures from such as
would condone another holocaust. All glory to
such dignity in journalism.

Is Henry Kissinger Being Betrayed?

Israel Ambassador Simha Dinitz and Sec-
retary of State Henry A. Kissinger appeared
elated when an agreed-upon statement of Is-
rael's concessions to Egypt was being rushed to
Anwar el Sadat by U. S. Ambassador Herman
Eilts. It appeared as if peace were about to begin
to bloom for Arabs and Israelis.
It proved another hopeless gesture. It was
Israel's "maximum concession" but it gave up a
lot to the Egyptians, leading them to believe

that they again were the victors, although Israel
was to retain basic defensive mileage in the
Sinai desert. Apparently the fear of retaliation
from other Arab states may have prevented the
"moderate" (sic!) Sadat from acting peacefully.
The man especially betrayed by the Sada-
tian intransigence is Dr. Kissinger. He still
speaks diplomatically. Is he angered inwardly?
Who wouldn't be when the dear, kissing friend
stabs backward unnecessarily?

5 Translated Yiddish Plays
Enhance Volume by Lifson

Nostalgia for Yiddish and the Yiddish theater has inspired publica-
tion of texts of a series of Yiddish plays in English translations.
David S. Lifson edited the volume entitled "Epic and Folk Plays of
the Yiddish Theater." The book was published by Fairleigh Dickinson
University Press and the author was the recipient of a Monmouth
College grant to pursue the work on this collection of plays.
Five notable plays are included in this volume, four of them in tran-
slations by Lifson and the other, "Haman's Downfall," by Chaim
Sloves, in a translation by Max Rosenfeld.

The four plays translated by Lifson are: "Farvorfen Vinkel" by
Peretz Hirshbein, "Hersh Lekert" by H. Leivick, "Yankel Boyla"
by Leon Kobrin and "Recruits" by Axenfeld-Reznik."

The fact that he turned to Hirshbein is noteworthy as an indication
of the translator's devotion to many of the leading Yiddish writers of
this century.
Most impressive is the play on Hersh Lekert because it revives an
interest in the Bund and the Bundists and relates an historical inci-
dent about the famous martyr, the shoemaker who was executed in
1922 by the Russians. Biographical data about Lekert as well as the
play by Leivick provide impressive facts about the Bund as a move-
ment that was in conflict with non-Jewish Socialist revolutionary ele-
ments in Russia and the adherents who sacrificed themselves in ad-
vancing Bund ideology.

Recollections about the New York Artef Theater and the Yiddish
Art Theater are valuable and serve the study historically.

Lifson's introductory essay is an impressive addition to his work as
translator and together with Charles Angoff who wrote the foreward,
the collected plays also serve them in expressing love for Yiddish and
faith in its continuity. In spite of the lack of realism, especially in
Angoff's essay, this collection of plays and the supplementary mate-
rials are valuable - for lovers of the theater and students and supporters
of Yiddish.

'Understanding the Talmud'

Dr. Alan Corre, chairman of the department of religion at the
University of Wisconsin, has drawn upon a number of scholars who
are so noteworthy as authorities on the subject that his "Under-
standing the Talmud" (Ktav) assumes a place of importance for teach-
ers and students alike who seek knowledge and inspiration from the
Talmud.
Authors of such eminence as Solomon Zeitlin, Israel Abrahams,
Louis Finkelstein, William G. Braude, Louis Ginzberg, Norman Ben-
twich, R. Travers Herford, George Foote Moore, H. L. Ginsberg, Solo-
mon Schechter, Chaim Reines and a number of others are represented
here with important selections from their studies which have served
as guides for talmudic students.

The subjects covered form a totality in defining the Talmud
and making it understandable in every respect. The Midrash, the
Mishna, the Palestinian Talmud, Rabbinic Exegesis — these and
many other factors in the collective work provide a volume excel-
lent as a textbook and highly recommendable for lay readers who
crave for knowledge of the subject.

The collected works provide an understanding of the historic
background of the great works under consideration, as well as the
economic and social aspects of life in the time of the talmudic period.
Especially timely is an essay on "Capital Punishment" as treated
in the Talmud by Dr. Gerald J. Blidstein.
An instructive preface by Dr. Corre, a helpful glossary and impor-
tant annotations add worthily to the compiler's achievement in pro-
ducing "Understanding the Talmud."

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