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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-10-15

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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle rommowing with the

Qt.,hdY 20. 1951

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers. iNlichigan Press Association. National Editorial Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing- Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile. Suite Sti5. S(mtlifield, :Mich. -18075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing.Offices. Subscription $10 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

Alan

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Advertising Manager

Ilitsky, \('%%s Editor . . . Heidi Press. 1ssist ant NeNt Edit ()r

Shemini Aze'ret Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 22nd day of Tishri, 5737, is Shemini Azeret and the following scriptural
selectionslvill be read in our synagogues:

Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17; Numbers 29:35-30:1. Prophetical portion, I
Kings 8:54-66.

Simhat Torah, Sunday

Pentateuchal - portion, Deuteronomy 33:1734:12; Genesis 1:1-2:3; Numbers 29:35-30:1.
Prophetical portion, Joshua 1:1-18.

Candle lighting, Friday, Oct. 15, 6:33 p.m.

VOL. LXX, No. 6

Page Four

Friday, October 15, 1976

Roots of U.S.-Israel Unity

A deep-rooted friendship linking -United
States policies with the prophecies for the
redemption of Israel and the present estab-
lished policies of this country in support of
the reborn state of Israel has become an
unchallenged tradition.
Americans serving in consular posi-
tions in pre-Israel Palestine rendered un-
forgettable assistance to the Jewish com-
munities in the Holy Land. During World
War I the aid given to the needy who suf-
fered from war afflictions was a marked re-
cord of compassion for an isolated commun-
ity. The shipments of food supplies, the
corps of nurses who volunteered for services
in Eretz Israel under the guidance of both
the U.S. government and Hadassah and
other means of life-saving have embellished
the concerns that were shown by this gov-
ernment to Jews in stress.
These policies continued when Presi-
dent Woodrow Wilson shared with the
Christian Zionists a role of friendship for
Zionism.
Then came the struggles for recognition
of the need for an independent Jewish state
that was to welcome the hundreds of
thousands of survivors from Nazism, the
emergence of Israel and recognition of her
sovereignty, with President Harry S. Tru-
man sealing U.S. action as the first to
acclaim the Jewish State of Israel.
This friendship has become a symbol of
unity between the two nations, the powerful
United States and the small Israeli state.

That unity, this comradeship, the friend-
ship that has become a symbol of American
dedication to a just cause, has become inde-
structible.
In a Presidential election year like the
present, the evidences of this friendship are
so impressive that the attitudes of leaders
of both political parties are the most hear-
tening signals to Israel and to all her
friends, non-Jews as well as Jews, that basic
American principles are not to be tampered
with.
"A poll conducted by the public relations
activists for the Zionist Organization of De-
troit affirmed the confidence entertained in
American idealism. Fourteen responses
from that number of Congressional candi-
dates on issues affecting the U.S.-Israel
friendship indicated that candidates for the
important legislative posts in both the U.S.
Senate and the House of Representatives
share with incumbents an identification
with the basic program for American sup-
port and defense of Israel.
The views of these Congressional can-
didates who were quoted in the report on
the survey published last week provide ad-
ditional firmness to the conviction that the
friendship between this country and Israel
is unbreakable.
The local Zionist effort has commenda-
bly given emphasis to this affirmantion of
an historic friendship that heartens Israel
and elevates the dignity and idealism of the
American people.

'This Year in Jerusalem'

United Jewish Appeal program plan-
ners reached an important decision some
months ago when the movement was begun,
under the slogan "This Year in Jerusalem,"
to encourage tourism to Israel and to in-
spire mass participation in organized tours
to the Jewish state.
UJA thus went beyond its major task of
engaging in philanthropy. It marked a
recognition that unless contributors are
fully acquainted with their objectives the
purposes of fund-raising lose their effec-
tiveness.
In a sense the movement linking
philanthropy with tourism is as pragmatic
as the fund-raising necessity.

Intimacy established during a project
like the tour which towards the end of this
month will draw thousands of participants
from many scores of American Jewish com-
munities also induce better giving to the
major Jewish philanthropic appeal. At the
same time it gives added impetus to one of
the major needs in Israel's behalf: tourism.

"This Year in Jerusalem" has become a
reality, The several thousand who will join
the pilgrimage will assure realism for a not-
able project in behalf of a nation's great
needs to link the Jewries of the world with
their great historic cultural-spiritual
center.

Simhat Torah in the USSR

Simhat Torah, concluding the Sukkot
festival, is the everlasting occasion for
acclaim of faith in which the children de-
monstrate with their elders in acclaiming
the glory of faith in Jewry's great spiritual
legacies.
Once again, as has been evidenced in
the past two decades, the Jews of the Soviet
Union will refute the oppressive policies of
their government and will display a unity
with their people throughout the world in
affirming a love for the Torah and in ex-
pressions of solidarity with their people.

The doubts that have crept in recently
over the interests of Russian Jews both in
their people Israel and the state of Israel
are expected to be obviated again by the
thousands who wait outside the Moscow
synagogue as demonstrators for faith and
unity with their fellow Jews.
Again, as always, Simhat Torah will
demonstrate a freedom of action in Jewish
faithfulness. The joy in the Torah, whether
in Detroit and its suburbs.or in the Moscow
synagogue square, will surely emerge again
as the glory and the faith of Israel united.

Kertzer's 'Tell Me, Rabbi"
Contains 50 Anecdotes

Rabbi Morris N. Kertzer had such an interesting career in
the rabbinate•and in social services, especially as a member of
the staff of the American 'Jewish Committee, that the experi-
ences he relates in his new book invite special interest.

"Tell Me, Rabbi" (Bloch) incorporates incidents in his
career as a spiritual guide to the congregations he has served.
Fifty stories, none more than four to five pages and therefore to
be read in less than five minutes, are told with such emphasis on
entertaining, as well as the informative, that the reader's at-
tention is never taxed.

Dr. Kertzer aims at humor, and he attains it. He emphasizes
the great need for the lighter-vein narratives and for the acquis-
ition of the humorous in tackling Jewish life experiehces.
His introductory essay has special interest in the tribute he
paid to the late Dr. Morris Adler. The following is a partial quote
from his tribute to his colleague:

- "My ideal rabbi, in this respect, was the late Rabbi Morris
Adler of Detroit, Michigan. His first love was scholarship. He
told me, in our student days, that he planned to devote his
career to academic pursuits. But his remarkable oratorical
gifts, in more than one language, his love of people, and his
inordinate passion for creating a just society, brought him into
the active ministry."
An appreciation of Rabbi Kertzer's humor can best be at-
tained through a quotation from the episodes he relates in his
"Tell Me, Rabbi." An example, titled "Transition," follows:

It was quite a wrench for six-year old Deirdre. Three
months ago, her mother had embraced the Jewish faith. I of-
ficiated at the solemn conversion rites in the presence of the
proselyte's mother, Deirdre's grandmother, who attended
Catholic Mass seven days a week, and several of her aunts and
uncles who took communion regularly.

Though Deidre's step-father, Stanley, had brought her to
Temple on occasion, her confusion could not have entirely
evaporated that week when she attended her first grade class f-
Our Lady of Sorrows School in Westchester the first two day
and, allowing only. one day for the transition, was transferred to
a Long Island Synagogue School that Thursday.
Early in January, Deirdre and her mother came to visit me.
"How do you like your new school?" I asked her.
The youngster's bright-blue eyes sparkled.
"I love it. Sister Moskowitz told us all about Chanukah!"
A second example is "Interrogatory Chess-game:"
An ancient Jewish tradition demands that you answer a
question with a question. But then there is a problem: how do
you terminate this interrogatory chess game? The answer: by
asking an unanswerable question.
For example, consider the following scenario: The place: In
front of Temple Israelitico, Rome. The time: The first week in
June, 1944, the week of Liberation.
A Polish soldier approached me. He recognized the insignia
on my uniform as that of a Jewish chaplain.
"Rabbi, do you know Goldstein of New York?"
"Do you know Cohen of Poland?"
"What is he — single or married?"
Check-mate in just two moves.

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