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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 27th day of Heshvan, 5737, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Genesis 23:1-25:18. Prophetical portion, I Kings 1:1-31
Rosh Hodesh Kislev, Tuesday
. Candle lighting, Friday, Nov. 19, 4:50 p.m.
VOL. LXX, No. 11
Friday, November 19, 1976
The Boycott: How to Tackle It
Even before there are administrative
governmental changes in Washington, the
problem of the Arab boycott of Israel and its
immorality will remain a matter of great
seriousness to be tackled by government
Congressional committees continue to
conduct inquiries into the Arab threats and
the dangers that stem from a possible re-
newed energy crisis are not to be ignored.
It is not the government alone but the
people at large and certainly the Jewish
community who must concern themselves
with the issue and its threatening conse-
What must the average citizen do to
offset the dangers, to challenge the im-
moralities, to demand government action to
prevent injustice to Israel and to her Jewish
as well as non-Jewish friends?
Serious studies are continually being
conducted dealing with the boycott. The
mittee has made spe-
American Jewish Com
cial analyses of the issue and has compiled
the findings into an exchange of questions
with provided answers. The AJCommittee
students of the issue reached conclusions
contained in suggestions of "What to do
about the Arab boycott," proposing:
As a business executive, you can
make it clear that your company will not
participate in restrictive boycotts
against nations friendly to the U.S. or
comply with any demands that entail dis-
crimination against American busi-
nesses, employees or subcontractors.
And you can help to rally the business
community against efforts by Arab con-
tractors to dictate unfair and unethical
terms for doing business.
As a shareholder in a corporation,
‘rou can insist that your corporation re-
ject all requests for compliance with
Arab blacklisting and report such re-
quests to the appropriate Federal and
As a banker, you can refuse to pro-
cess international letters of credit that
discriminate against American citizens
and businesses on the basis of religion.
As a legislator, you can initiate or
support laws that bar American com-
panies from complying with boycott de-
mands and strengthen the penalties
As a regulatory official, you can
guard against infringements of law and
national policy involved in boycott trans-
actions and enforce the letter and spirit
of protective legislation.
As a citizen, you can report dis-
criminatory business practices to appro-..
priate authorities, refuse to engage in
such practices yourself and urge your
representatives in Congress to outlaw
practices complying with boycotts
against friendly nations.
These are mandatory guidelines. They
solve many puzzles that have intrigued the
many who wisIL to join in fighting the
boycott but have been stymied by inconclu-
sive planning. The proposals offered by the
AJCommittee contribute valuable options
for solving the problem and a demand for
activists to speak out.
Histadrut Program to Aid Dropouts
An important program instituted by
Histadrut and the Labor Federation in Is-
rael both to assist the large number of drop-
outs and to prevent the spread of inequality
among the youth in Israel is of special con-
cern for all who are interested in the
emergence of a wholesome society in the
The very serious problem is presented
in the following disturbing facts:
There are 221,000 youngsters bet-
ween the age of 14 and 17 in Israel, the
ages when compulsory education ends
and army service begins. Of these,
169,000 (76.4%) go to school; 17,000 are
juvenile workers; 15,000 work and
study; and about 20,000 neither work nor
This last category constitutes the
problem, for they harm not only them-
selves but Israeli society at large. When
they mature, they will have no skilled
trade, and they will present other prob-
lems as well.
An important Histadrut project
emerges as a possible solution for the
problem. Five schools developed by Hanoar
Haoved (the Iiistadrut-sponsored youth
movement) to provide one day of schooling
each week for both working and unem-
ployed youth were turned over to the Amal
trade-schbol network this fall.
Serious differences of opinion with His-
tadrut and the political party that controls
it exist in Israel and world Jewish ranks.
Political domination is deplorable. Respect
for other parties and much more democratic
representation of all elements in Israel is
essential. Yet there are social and educa-
tional planks in the Histadrut program that
are acceptable to all, that must be encour-
aged and supported.
There is no doubt about the importance
of the Israel labor forces on the world front.
The Israel Labor Party and its supporters
have inspired notable support for Israel in
labor ranks throughout the world. They
have befriended the liberals and continue to
labor to enhance such elemental friend-
Grateful Jewish communities, in Israel
and elsewhere, can not forget the social
services rendered by Histadrut, the cement-
ing of good will with Arabs who were amen-
able and who benefited from the labor
movement and the services labor provided
in improving the lot of the youth.
The positiveness of Histadrut pro-
gramming is what assures it generosity in
the campaign it is soon to launch here.
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Oxford's 'New English Bible'
Enriches Scriptural Bookshelf
Scriptural literature and the bookshelves devoted to Bible
studies are greatly enriched with the publication of the newest
volume in the Oxford Study series, "The New English Bible —
With the Apocrypha" (Oxford University Press).
It is new in the sense that it has nonpartisan interpretive
data and is marked by a translation supervised by experts who
are highly qualified to serve the needs and wishes of all faiths.
Especially significant about "The New English Bible" is
that a noted scholar and an authority on Paul, Prof. Samuel
Sandmel of Hebrew Union Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion was chosen to be one of the editors of this immense
work. His co-editors were M. Hack Auggs and Arnold J. Tkacik.
Working with them were 29 scholars representing all faiths.
Dr. Sandmel had the distinction of being the general editor
of the 1,728-page volume, Dr. Auggs edited the New Testament
and Dr. Tkacik was the Apocrypha editor.
Dr. Sandmel is a former editor of
the Hebrew Union College Annual
and a former president of the Society
of Biblical Literature: The numer-
ous. books he has written include
"The Genius of Paul," "We Jews and
Jesus" and "A Jewish Understand-
ing of the New Testament." Most re-
cently, he published "A Little Book
on Religion (for people who are not
The Oxford Study Edition of The
New English Bible contains special
study aids; presented in nontechni-
cal language for the student who has
littleor no experience in Bible study.
The concern of Dr. Sandmel and his
colleagues was to provide known
data about the Scriptures in concise
terms, stated so that there would be
,no need for the reader to turn to a dictionary or encyclopedia for
clarification or supplementary information.
By providing a modern translation of the Bible and fulfil-
ling the task of combining the Torah texts, the New Testament
and the Apocrypha — the group of 14 books not consider
Canonical — the combined efforts not only define but also p.
vide the basics; the separate book listings give scholars and lay
readers the vitally needed source book on the Bible.
It is not a doctrinal work, and thal, justifies the combined
efforts of Christian and Jewish scholars.
As a reference work, as a text with a simplified translation,
as a carefully compiled encyclopedic work on the Scriptural
works, "The New English Bible" is an immense and vitally
needed work for students and laymen and a suitable guide to the
sources for teachers and scholars as well.
The preface to this encyclopedic work makes this important
comment on the effort that went into this valuable work:
"The Joint Committee provided for the actual work of trans-
lation from the original tongues by appointing three panels, to
deal, respectively, with the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and.
the New Testament. Their members were scholars drawn from
various British universities, whom the Committee believed to
be representative of competent biblical scholarship at the pre-
sent time. Apprehending, however, that sound scholarship does
not necessarily carry with it a delicate sense of English style,
the Committee appointed a fourth panel, of trusted literary
advisers, to whom all the work of the translating panels was to
be submitted for scrutiny. It should be said that denominational
considerations played no part in the appointment of the panels."