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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-09-19

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46 Friday, September 19, 1975


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Future Lions Games
May Defer to Jews

The Detroit Lions organi-
zation will take greater care
that its home games in the
future do not fall on Jewish
holidays, which would pre-
vent Jewish fans from going
to the games.
The announcement came
as a result of a request by
attorney Moe Miller who, in
a letter to William Clay
Ford, owner of the Lions,
urged that some concession
be made so that the games
do not fall on Rosh Has-
hana, as the Sept. 6 game
with Cincinnati did, or Yom
Replying to Miller, Lyall
Smith, business manager of
the Lions, stated that dur-
ing the scheduling, those
involved neglected to check
for religious conflicts, and
in the future "we will make
every effort to see if we can
avoid any future such sched-
ule problems."


American Goes to Israel
to Give Away $50,000


(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)
JERUSALEM — Albert come in connection with
Schwartz, an engineer and United Jewish Appeal work.
It's back to school now.
industrialist from Chicago,
$50,000 which
has come to Israel with Schwartz is giving to be- Education has been going on
$50,000 and intends to re- reaved parents, widows for a long time. When the
main until he has distrib- and orphans of the Yom Romans put an end to the
uted it all to needy families Kippur War is his own, Jewish state, Rabbi Jo-
of war casualties.
and he formed a founda- chanan ben Zakkai went to
So far, according to the tion for this specific rea- see the Roman cnquerer. "I
would like to ask you one fa-
Jerusalem Post, 30 families son.
selected and screened by the
Schwartz also has made vor," he said.
The Roman general took a
Ministry of Defense Rehabi- 38 trips to Romania, his na-
litation Department have tive country where he lived liking to the rabbi and asked
received these gifts.
until the age of 16, and has what is it? "I would like you
Over the past four years, succeeded in helping Ro- to permit us to open a school
Schwartz has visited Israel manian Jewish families at Yavneh." "Is that all,"
said the general. He thought
38 times. Until now, he has leave for Israel..
the rabbi would ask for
something more substan-
Jewish Encyclopedia Printed

for Young Readers in U.S.

JERUSALEM — A new, gions and cultures and
six-volume encyclopedia de- their relationship to Jews
signed to appeal to readers and Judaism. Extensive
between the ages of 10 and coverage is given to the
16 has been published by U.S. as well as to principal
Keter Publishing House Of Jewish population centers.
Published in Israel, in En-
Entitled, "My Jewish glish, "My Jewish World" is
World," the new work illustrated with both black
makes its appearance coin- and white and full-color
cident with the Jewish New plates.
Year, 5736 and is available
in the United States.
Rabbis Warned
According to editor-in-
chief Dr. Raphael Posner, to End Feuding
more than 2,500 leading
LONDON — Israel's two
scholars contributed to the
chief rabbis, Rabbi Shlomo
There are also articles Goren and Rabbi Ovadia
which deal with other reli- Yossef have been warned to
end their personal feuding
so that the Chief Rabbinate
Council can function effec-
Sanctity of Life
A judge, ere he the sent-
The warning came from
ence doth impart, should
for Religious Af-
feel, while sitting on his
judgment-seat, as if a sword fairs Itzhak Raphael, in a
were pointed at his heart, Rosh Hashana interview,
and dreadful hell were open according to the London
Jewish Chronicle.
at his feet.
—The Talmud
He said that if the two
men did not do so, a situa-
tion could develop where he
Freedom means the right
would have have no alterna-
to he different, the right to
tive but to ask the Knesset
he oneself.
to disband the Chief Rabbi-
—Ira Eisenstein
nate Council.

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Scholars tell us that but
for the school of Yavneh,
the Jews would have been
completely lost. It served
to preserve a knowledge of
Judaism and the religion
preserved the people.

The school of Yavneh be-
gan the system of the
"cheder" and the "rebbe."
Remember the old Yid-
dish song about the pripi-
chok? I never found out
what pripichok means but I
recall the rhyme which
roughly translated, said:

And on the pripichok, a
fire burns
And the room is warm
as all blazes
And the rebbe teaches
the children
Their aleph bazes.

(Editor's note to Reader
and Author: Pripichok is
a word stemming from the
Russian that has been
embodied in the Yiddish
language. It means fire-
place, or hearth. It stems
from the Russian word
petchka, meaning stove,
and is a prefix.)

School days, dear old
golden rule days! Children
like school. If they don't like
all subjects, at least they
like recess.
The newspapers report
that the Israeli schools this
year have opened with an
enrollment of almost a mil-
lion children. This is very
reassuring in a day when Is-
rael seems beset with so
many problems. Education
may not get you imme-
diately as much oil but in
the long run who can tell? A
little education may reveal a
source of energy that may
put oil out of business.
The Talmud has a story of
three men on a ship. Two
businessmen with their car-
goes and the other a
teacher. Came a storm. The
merchandise was destroyed
and the two businessmen
were without means of in-
come but the teacher got a

Today, the merchandise
would have been insured
and from a money stand-
point, the businessmen
generally do better than
the teacher, but there are
other satisfactions in



School Days . . . Then and Now


Yes, we Jews believe in
education. A teacher in the
Bronx sent a little boy home
with a note to the mother
saying he needed a bath.
"Don't smell him, learn
him," replied the mother.
As far as secular educa-
tion is concerned, Jews have
found many difficulties.

Until not so long ago, in
most parts of the world,
there was what was called
the numerous clausus
that is to say, a limited
quota for Jewish students.
Fortunately, for the most
part, this is only history
today but there is another
problem. Inflation has made
a college education almost
prohibitive for many. Per-
haps the old Jewish system
of "essen teg" or eating days
might help.

What was meant is:
some families agreed to
feed a yeshiva bochur one
or two days a week. So the
yeshiva students would eat

during the course of a
month at the home of say a
dozen families. Many fam-
ilies waste enough food to
feed a poor student any-

So by the system of
"eating days," the student
without money was fed.
And many families were
glad to have the company of
a nice student for dinner.
The students also perhaps
educated their benefactors.
A great rabbi of the Talmud
said while he had learned
much from his colleag-
and from his superiors
had learned most from nis

Prisoner of Zion Arrives

(Editor's note: The fol-
lowing article was written
by Charlotte Dubin, for-
mer Jewish News city edi-
tor now living in Jerusa-


"0 house of Jacob, come,
let's go!" The words became
a movement — BILU — and
a few dozen young Zionist
pioneers set out from the
Ukraine for Palestine on the
first aliya.
It began in Kharkov in
1882 — a century too ea?ly
for Yuli Brind.
By now, his story may
look like the others — but
the handful of olim from
Kharkov insist that the
seeds of their aliya were
planted by this man, a sim-
ple Jewish laborer.

Since his recent arrival
in Israel, Yuli has been
trying to pick up the
strands of his life, inter-
rupted by the years he
spent as a Prisoner of

At 47 he demonstrates his
survival as a victory over the
Soviets. And he puts to the
lie the contention that Zion-
ism in the USSR was a
phenomenon born of the
Six-Day-War. Make no mis-
take, said Yuli, Stalin may
have erased Jews, but he did
not erase Jewishness.
In Kharkov, a Ukrainian
worker city that had a Jew-
ish population of 120,000 in
1939 (and 70,000 today), a
Jew knew he was a Jew, if
only because his neighbors
would not let him forget it.
In the 1950s, the KGB
opened a file on Yuli Brind.
In the perfect socialist state,
it is not good form to write
letters to the editor, object-
ing to articles against, say,
collectors of Israel stamps.
Brind showed bad form.
And the file grew.

The Six-Day War sent a
shock wave through the
Jews of the Soviet Union.
Suddenly, the "inferior
race" had proved its cour-
age; the stereotype of the
weakling Jew had been
erased in six breathless

Of course, that wasn't
exactly the way the Soviet
press depicted the Jewish
state. Yuli Brind went to
work again, writing an an-
onymous letter to the editor
in defense of Israel's posi-
With careful research, the

secret police discovered the
identity of the letter writer
and summoned Yuli to
headquarters. They kept an
eye on him, and in Decem-
ber 1970 their patience was
rewarded. It started with a
"guest lecture" in the fac-
tory where Yuli worked.
He could not stomach the
lies against Israel, and so he
quarreled with the speaker
and wrote a letter of com-
plaint. The Brind file was

For 25 days they ques-
tioned him to determine
his mental state. Brind
was given a choice: Either
he could admit he was
crazy, in which case he
could remain in a psychi-
atric clinic for the rest of
his life, or he could apolog-
ize for his "crime." Brind
refused to say a word.

Despite testimony of
workers who insisted that
he had not committed a
crime against the state, Yuli
was found guilty and sent-
enced to a maximum term
of three years in prison.
If it was intended as a les-
son to other Jews flirting
with the idea of aliya, the
lesson was too much for
Brind's father. He collapsed
and died when he learned of
his son's arrest.
They moved him from
camp to camp, the more dif-
ficult for letters to reach
him. The work was hard,
but worse was the loneli-

Brind was released on
Sept. 24, 1974. Imme-
diately, he applied to emi-
grate. In another six
months, he, his mother,
aunt and brother were told
to get out.

The flat consists of iron
beds, a table, backles-
chairs. A government su
sidy meets Yuli's minimai
needs while he learns He-
brew. The idyll of which he
dreamed? He insists he
would go through it all
again to be in Israel.


Only the democracy
which remains continuously
and vividly aware of its reli-
gious origins and destiny.
and of the underlying- and
indispensable spiritual prin-
ciples of law, brotherhood,
justice, sacrifice, and peace
can sustain the free life of
man and society.
—Abba Hillel Silver

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