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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 11th day of Kislev, 5736, the following scriptimil selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Gen. 28:10-32:3. Prophetical portion, Hosea 12:13-14:10.
Candle Lighting, Friday, Nov. 14, 4:54 p.m.
VOL. LXVIII, No. 10
Friday, November 14, 1975
Community's Mobilization for Action
A challenge for Jewish solidarity in a criti-
cal period involving libertarian principles of
Zionism and the security of the threatened state
of Israel now must meet the test of pragmatism.
The battle against the inhumanities that have
emerged in the world organization of nations
and among the prejudiced against Jewry and Is-
rael must go on unabated. The courageous pro-
testations by spokesmen for many nations, un-
der the leadership of the United States, already
have put the UN to shame for the latest acts of
indency against one of the UN members. But the
major task that now confronts the Jewish com-
munity itself is to provide the sinews for contin-
uity of Jewish tasks in Israel.
The calls for such action are now being re-
newed, in the campaigns to be conducted for the
United Jewish Appeal, in the appeals for invest-
ments in Israel through the Israel Bond Organi-
zation as means of strengthening Israel's econ-
omy and in other related projects.
Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign soon will
be voicing the perennial plea for support of Is-
rael's position in the world and in defense of the
millions residing there and the many craving for
an end to homelessness by way of settling in Is-
rael. That plea is directed to the entire Jewish
people, and no one is immune from responsibil-
ity to the causes aimed at protecting Israel, the
state and the good name of the Jewish people.
Solidarity of Jews must be expressed in the
form of assuring the continuity of Jewish spirit-
ual, cultural and social tasks wherever there are
Jews, in order that the unity of Jewry should be
maintained to guarantee an identifying force in
Israel's behalf. In the process it essential that
the emergencies that have developed in recent
years should be obviated and the major threat to
Israel — her economic plight — should be
Tens of thousands continue to crave for res-
cue from oppression, for escape from lands
where the animosities to Jewry persist. An eco-
nomic decline and the war threats have dimin-
ished migrations. The tenseness of situations in
many lands will inevitably revive the need for
Israel to remain their haven of refuge. At the
same time, there are the tens of thousands in
Israel who must depend upon the philanthropic
dollars for fulfillment of their social, medical
and numerous other needs, and the necessity for
an assurance of an expanded educational system
for their children and those who must be trained
in Israel's universities. For these purposes the
philanthropic dollar is vital.
To these ends the appeals for vitally needed
funds will be more urgent than ever. Their ful-
fillment is as serious as the political task
against tyranny in the UN. All communities
that are conscious of the serious duties must
prepare to meet the obligations promptly and
A traditional start for the Allied Jewish
Campaign of Greater Detroit ,already provides
encouragement that the records for responsive-
ness by this community remain uninterruptedly
high-leveled. The visit with the larger contribu-
tors, Wednesday evening, of Israel's former
Minister of Defense, Gen. Moshe Dayan, was an
occasion for renewal of assurances that this
city's campaigners in the great humanitarian
fund-raising task will keep the standards of giv-
ing on the highest level. This is a source of hope
for genuine communal dignity in fulfillment of
duties to self and to fellow man.
Justice for Zionist Libertarianism
Abba Eban, in a definitive essay on
The real essence of the draft resolution is
"Zionism and the UN" in the New York Times,
to affirm a principle of monolithic exclusive-
convincingly concludes that Zionism stands to
ness for the Middle East, and to iron out all
gain from the present tirade in the world organi-
wrinkles of diversity. Thus, Kurdish individu-
ality is brutally suppressed in Iraq; the Chris-
zation where hatreds of Jews are emerging from
tian particularity of Lebanon is to be drowned
the venom of the combined Arab and Commun-
in a bloodbath; and Israel's specific Jewish vo-
cation is assailed.
At the outset, the eminent scholar and
The purpose of the resolution's sponsors is
statesman offers a definition of Zionism, declar-
that in a region where many nations, tongues
and faiths had their birth the monopoly of in-
"Zionism is nothing more — but also noth-
dependence must be for Moslem pan-Arabism
ing less — than the Jewish people's sense of
alone. The paradox is that Israel is less likely
origin and destination in the land linked eter-
than others to be injured by this fiasco. The
nally with its name. It is also the instrument
strongest of certainties is that Israel will not
whereby the Jewish nation seeks an authentic
disappear, or be swallowed up into something
fulfillment of itself."
else, or renounce its name, its tongue, its faith,
A review of the sad experiences at the UN
its Jewish solidarities or its Zionists vocation.
and the accumulation of hatreds that had led to
The inadvertent result of this episode will
the current venomous situation was pursued by
strengthen Zionism and to weaken the
Eban in further analysis in which he intimated
United Nations, which already stands at its
the indestructibility of a people's aims for jus-
lowest point of discredit.
tice and recognition of its natural rights in its
ancient abode. The true motivations of the anti-
Libertarianism is not easily destroyed and
Zionist UN resolution are stated in his essay on it becomes invincible, as long as the vigilant de-
the New York Times Op-Ed page:
fend the cause. Indeed, Zionism gains new stat-
The intellectual default is no less spectac- ure from the developing attempts to destroy it.
ular than the moral decline. The charge is, of Now it becomes more understandable. Now,
all things, "recism"! Yet it is just as natural also, it becomes more mandatory for Jews them-
for Arabs to be citizens and members of Par- selves to hold its banners high. The Zionist
liament in Israel today as it is inconceivable triumph must, in the long run, dignify Jewish
for non-Moslems to be citizens, still less office- existence and add strength to the sovereignty of
holders, in Saudi Arabia or Yemen.
Fascinating Hebrew Teaching
Method in UAHC Publications
Unusual merit is attached to a new educational project of the
Union of American Hebrew Congregations. In an adaptation from a
teaching method created in England, the "Mah Tova" series, a study
course in stories and pictures serving the need for instruction in He-
brew, the newly introduced text serves the purpose of teaching as well
as fascinating the young reader with beautifully written stories.
"The Shmueli Family" — "Mishpahat Shmueli" — is the title and
central theme of the large-sized paperback. It is divided into a series
of six narratives, each a gem in itself.
Every story is fully illustrated with multicolored pictures. Every
tale ends with the vocabulary, with a miniature dictionary, providing
translations for the Hebrew words in the portion.
Thus, in every tale there is a lesson, every story is an instruction,
a lesson in Hebrew.
The stories, simply told, the translations appropriately provided,
fill a need, formulating a method of teaching that lends strength to
the major objective of instilling in the student a knowledge of and a
love for Hebrew.
Herald Fleming, the creator of this project, is senior lecturer at
the University of Surrey. The program he adopted with his illustra-
tors, Halas and Batchelor, is used in several countries.
The new UAHC volume was adapted to the Hebrew by Adaia
Shumsky, director, psychological services, The Great Neck School Sys-
tem; and Abraham Shumsky, Brooklyn College, The City University
of New York. The text was co-published with the UAHC by its Michael
Goulston Educational Foundation, London.
UAHC supplements this new work with a series of cartoons, with
supplementary stories, and classroom work. The Reform Jewish
movement's educational department also prepared a film strip. Thus
the UAHC "Mah Tova" series of stories are correlated with the latest
work. The entire project is truly described as "an adventure in Hebrew
Bokser's Inspirational Essays:
'The Gifts of Life and Love'
For 30 years Rabbi Ben-Zion Bokser has produced numerous inspi-
rational works devoted to the spiritual aspects of life. His works on the
siddur and the synagogue have been supplemented by philosophical
essays. As editor of Eternal Light he has been a guide in producing
notable and informative televised programs.
"The Gifts of Life and Love," his latest work, just issued by Hebrew
Publishing Co., is properly subtitled "A Treasury of Inspirations." In
the scores of little essays in this book, which is spiced with beautiful
photographs by Miriam Bokser Caravella, Dr. Bokser has touched
upon scores of human needs and aspirations. So much that is related
to life and calls for love and affection is drawn upon and inspiration-
ally commented upon that the brief essays will serve many purposes.
They can he turned to on so many occasions that the volume becomes
handy for readings as brief as a couple of minutes or for a session to be
shared with family and friends.
Many of the author's poems are interspersed among the many es-
says. Indications of the inspirations to be gained from the more than
200 writings are indicated in the sectional subtitles: The Gift of Life,
The Way to Happiness, God's Plan, We Can Choose Ourselves, The
Measure of Man, Love Is a Kind of Bondage, Of Time and Life, To Be
Fully Human and We Die in the Midst of Living.
A search for inspiration is in some measure rewarded in Dr. Bok-
ser's short essays.