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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-08-06

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Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of Jill!! .20, 1951
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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 11th day of Av, 5736, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:

Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 40:1-26.

Candle lighting, Friday, Aug. 6, 8:27 p.m.

VOL. LXIX, No. 22

Page Four

August 6, 1976

Alarmists Need Confidence Injection

Conceding that he may sound alarmist,
Secretary of Commerce Elliott L.
Richardson nevertheless made comments
last week that do not contribute to confi-
dence in an eventual American emergence
into new strength economically, despite
whatever threats may come to it from the
oil-infested Arab domains.
Richardson sounded especially fright-
ful on possible effects of another oil em-
bargo that may match the near-calamitous
experiences of 1973-74. He overlooked the
fact that even then the danger to the United
States was exaggerated and the tragedy
was in the submission to Arab pressures by
most European countries and by Japan.
The disturbing factor in the latest
Richardson statement was his comment on
possible effects of another oil embargo on
American-Israel relations. He described a
new embargo as being "literally catas-
trophic," throwing millions of Americans
out of work and in relation to the effects on
American friendship for Israel he declared:
"But, perhaps more seriously, it is
reasonable to imagine that pressures would
mount for a prompt international 'solution,' "
Richardson said. He said some would counsel
abandoning Israel while others would "de-
mand forceful intervention against the

"Whether political leaders could resist
irrational pressures, in such circumstances,
and chart a rational course is highly uncer-
tain. Given the risks and behavioral uncer-
tainties involved, these are exactly the cir-
cumstances which responsible policymakers
must seek to avoid.
"Yet these are exactly the circumstances
toward which we may be headed."
Immediately some news commentators
quoted Richardson as predicting an Ameri-
can "abandonment" of Israel, and the views
of a member of President Ford's cabinet
could at once be interpreted as a prediction
of an antagonism evolving in the present
Administration. This is both an apparent
untruth and a panic-mongering that is de-
What is needed is a firm principle of
faith, a sense of confidence, that the Ameri-
can position is not at the mercy of oil mag-
nates. Also, there is need for confidence
that the traditional friendship and coopera-
tion between Israel and the United States is
unbreakable. There is no other way for an
American official, for any one in govern-
ment and for responsible Americans to
treat a major issue involving this nation's
decencies in its foreign policies.

Middle East: Augury of Moderation

A revolt against authoritarian rule and
effendi domination appears to be in evi-
dence throughout the Middle East.
Even in Uganda the military has com-
menced efforts to oust the dictator, Idi
Amin, whose buffoonery and inhumanities
have made his country the laughing stock of
the world. Operation Thunderbolt, the sen-
sationally courageous Israeli rescue act of
July 3, so well recorded in William Steven-
son's "90 Minutes at Entebbe," may have
speeded the Uganda revolution, but it was
imminent in spite of it because of the dic-
tator's insane mass murders of his oppo-
Then there is the Arab resentment at
the actions of the ruler of Libya, Col.
Muammar el-Qaddafi. The fact that Egypt,
Saudi Arabia and Sudan are involved in a
pact aimed at getting rid of the Libyan tyr-
ant proves that even in undemocratic areas
there are limits to senseless dominations.
Then there is the manner in which
Yasir Arafat's arrogance was reduced and
the terrorist leader was cowed by his very
associates in previous operations, the Sy-
rians, in the course of so-called peace moves
in Lebanon. Arafat lost ground in his oppos-
ition to the Christian factor in the Lebanese
struggle, and his new pact with Syrias'
President Hafez Assad spells his submis-
sion to a measure of moderation.
A Syrian official who preferred not to be
identified even said, "Arafat really is a fool
— any Palestinian leader who stands
against Syria is not only a fool but is acting

against the Palestinian cause, for without
Syria there is no Palestine." The entire
question of Palestine and the reality of a
Palestinian entity are under question, but
the designation of Arafat by a Syrian is of
importance in the evolving Middle East
The test will come in the event of the
creation of an independent Christian state
in Lebanon. Will such a state break away
from Moslem domination sufficiently to
form a peace alliance with Israel? If it will
remain a partner in strife with Israel then
another hope for an accord will be de-
stroyed. Once again the civilized must wait
for time to know how the problems created
by saber-rattlers are solved.

Felon Spiro the Hater

Spiro Agnew says he is not an anti-
Semite or a bigot. He only claims the right to
hate Israel and his new role is that of distor-
ter of truth by means of misquotations in a
bulletin he is issuing in behalf of an anti-
Israel (undeniably anti-Jewish) hate sheet.
So, Spiro the confessed felon, who has
already disgraced the Vice Presidential re-
cord, keeps spouting hatred and does not
wish to be labeled a bigot. But as a hater he
emerges unchallenged. The American
people whose trust he has sullied has al-
ready learned how to judge the felon-hater.
Yet the communications media give him a
platform. It's a platform for hate as much as
for the hater.

Additional Ktonton Story
Enriches Weilerstein Series

Ktonton, the Little One, had become a legendary figure in Jewish
juvenile literature, thanks to its author Sadie Rose Weilerstein.
With the appearance of the new Jewish Publication Society title
by Miss Weilerstein, "Ktonton on an Island in the Sea," the Weiler-
stein Ktonton series gains new fascination.
In this latest adventure, Ktonton, owing to a fortuitous mishap,
is transported to a secret island. Like Robinson Crusoe, he demon-
strates his imagination and resourcefulness. The thumb-sized boy
manages to feed himself on grasses, seeds, and berries •(all kosher, of
course), find clothing and shelter (showing great ingenuity and pluck),
properly observe all Sabbaths and festivals (including a Shavuot cele-
bration), and make friends with the local wildlife. He even solves an
ancient dispute concerning the swallows and the destruction of the
Temple in ancient Jerusalem. Most important of all, before he is safely
returned to his parents, Ktonton uses the occasion of his adventure to
instruct his readers in the ways of Jewish tradition and folklore.
The minuscule hero made his first appearance in "The Adven-
tures of Ktonton" (1935), a book that has gone through repeated print-
ings and is considered a classic of Jewish juvenile literature. This vol-
ume was followed, in 1964, by "Ktonton in Israel." The author
describes "Ktonton on an Island in the
Sea" as "a hitherto unreported episode
in the life of the Jewish thumbling" that
took place "before Ktonton went to Is-
The book is illustrated by Michael
Berenstain, whose black and white
drawings effectively capture the spirit
and charm of this island tale. Berens-
tain, a young artist who lives in the Phil-
adelphia area, is the son of Stan and Jan
Berenstain, noted illustrators of chil-
dren's books. This is his first published
Mrs. Weilerstein, who is 81-years-
old, makes her home in Atlantic City,
where her late husband, Benjamin,
served for many years as the rabbi of the Community Synagogue of
Atlantic City.
Mrs. Weilerstein has been the recipient of a special Jewish Book
Council of America award for her "cumulative contribution to Jewish
juvenile writing" and of the Yovel Award given by the National Wom-
en's League of the United Synagogue of America (now the Women's
League for Conservative Judaism) "in recognition of her outstanding
and pioneer contributions to the world of books for Jewish children." ,
In addition to her Ktonton series, Mrs. Weilerstein is the author
"What the Moon Brought," "Little New Angel," and "Ten and a K..
Concerning Ktonton, the author has noted: "Ktonton came into
being one evening when my husband found a story by the Hebrew
writer S. Y. Agnon in a periodical and read it aloud to me. In the story,
the hero, Rabbi Gadiel Hatinok, a tiny rabbi, finger-sized but adult,
saves his people from a blood accusation . . . 'What is Daddy reading
to you ?' our little son asked. Rashly, I answered, 'About a tiny person,
so high,' sticking up my thumb. Of course, he insisted on hearing
the story. How could one tell a five-year-old a story about a blood
accusation? I turned the tiny person into a thumb-sized boy much like
himself except for size, who took a ride on a chopping knife and wished
he hadn't. Four generations of children have laughed at the escapade."
Now, with the appearance of "Ktonton on an Island in the Sea,"
a new generation of children can take pleasure in the latest-adventure
of Ktonton.

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