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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorpnating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with t/ u issue ()linty 20, 1951

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Associatidn.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing ('o., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Smithfield, Mich. 48075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription `110 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Advertising Manager

.;ALAN HITSK1 . , News Editor . . 11E11)1 PRESS. Assistant Ne•N Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the ninth day of Tammuz, 5737, the following scriptural selections will be read in our
synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Numbers 19:1-22:1. Prophetical portion, Judi. •s 11:1-33.

Candle lighting. Friday, une 21.8:53 p.m.

VOL. LXXI, No. 16

Page Four

June 24, 1977

Never Again ! -- in Skokie or Anywhere

A U. S. Supreme Court decision which opens
the road to a revival of Nazism is causing un-
derstandable concern over the emerging trend
that would grant respectability to barbarians
and bigotry with legal protection.
The Supreme Court ruling could well have
been in support of a Ku Klux Klan in-
volvement. The culprits are alike, whether it is
a Nazi group mobilizing to propagate the annihi-
lation of Jews or a KKK intent to create venom
against Blacks, Catholics and Jews. The re-
sponse to such conditions also equates with real-
ity. Blacks surely will not tolerate a KKK dem-
onstration anywhere, especially in a thickly
populated Black area; and Jews will not sub-
mit again to the threats of hooliganism akin to
the codes of Hitlerism. -
The new form of Nazism was transported to
this free land from the German-made bestia-
lities. The ruling by the highest court in the
land does less to perpetuate the freedom it pur-
ports to uphold than its attribution to in-
citement to bestialities.
Is it conceivable, in any rational person's
mind, that Jews in Sokie, Ill., or anywhere
else, would permit a demonstration of Nazi-
clad gangsters, in front of their homes, advocat-
ing the annihilation of the Jewish people?
Is there a sane mind anywhere with an idea
that Jews would sit by silently while the ghost
of Adolf Hitler is flaunted at them with legal
rights to infiltrate the free American atmos-
phere with hatreds that accounted for the mur-
der of some 20 million people, including the Six
Million Jews ?
The rejection of the action of a slim majority
of the Supreme Court must not be interpreted
as advocacy of defiance of law legally excuted.
It does not matter that the . decision was by a
majority of one. Even if it were unanimous aci-
ton by the highest court in the land, the fact
that it undertook to regulate in favor of demon-
strations by beasts parading in the image of
humans endangers the honor of the nation's
legal system and equates our high court with
those in Nazi Germany which are on record as
systems that condoned mass murders and
shared in the guilt of the Holocaust.
The late Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wen-
dell Holmes had an explanation for rejecting
terrorism in the midst of American freedoms.
He had declared that one must not be permit-
ted to shout "fire" in a crowded theater, thus
causing pandemonium leading to catastrophies.
What the high court, sitting in session in Wash-
ington, did last week was to permit the Nazi
beasts to do just that, and if that decision is to
lead to defiance of a shocking decision by a

high cur , what has gone into the record of the
American judiciary has the danger of being in-
terpreted as legalizing inhumanitiies.
The confidence that must be retained in the
American way of life and in the efficacy of the
American judicial system provides hope that
damage. that was done by last week's ruling
will not be a lasting one. Such compelling prin-
ciples as those that carry with them the
"Never Again!" compulsions in the ranks of
the sufferers from Nazism and all who share
any form of revulsion for Nazi revivals are cer-
tain this will be corrected. There will, undoubt-
edly, be another testing of the intrusions of bar-
barism into the American way of life, and then
there will surely be a rejection of the bigotries
that threaten the decencies of a civilized so-
ciety.
There will surely be a testing in other quar-
ters which have influenced the distressing high
court decision. The actions that have been pur-
sued by the American Civil Liberties Union
have caused distress in the ranks of American
libertarians. The ACLU policies have been
bending in the name of democracy and civil lib-
erties to such a degree that this movement's
representatives have defended the most repul-
sive and the most dangerous in our midst—all
in the name of democracy, the First Amend-
ment and human rights. Aren't there limita-
tions to granting a free hand to the criminally-
minded, and isn't there a more rational way of
judging the means of protecting even the in-
sane ? Isn't there a limitation to granting rights
to the sick minds who threaten to impose an-
other Holocaust upon Jewry or a KKK in-
tolarence upon Blacks? Doesn't the total free-
dom for the hate-minded limit the liberties of
decent peoples?
Involvement of Jews as defenders of Nazis,
KKK members and others who have propagat-
ated violence, all in the name of free speech,
has been cause for embarrassment, often grow-
nto anger. It is part of the extremism in
ing into
search for justice that gives troublemakers spe-
cial 'privileges leading to an undermining of
basic lawabiding compulsions. Is it any wonder
that such experiences with the concessions to
indecencies prove intolerant?
It is so very unfortunate that the high court
should have created a problem for those threat-
ened by the bigotries of insaned people who
have attained equality with civilized people.
Time solves many problems, and the new one
undoubtedly will be resolved honorably in the
process of humanism that must be treated as
indestructible in an honorable democratic so-
ciety.

Howe's 'World of Our Fathers '
in Touchstone Paperback

"World of Our Fathers," the best selling Irving Howe book dealing
with the East Side of New York and the early history of Jewish immi-
grant activities, has been re-issued by Simon and Schuster as a
Touchstone quality paperback, in 125,000 copies.

PROF. IRVING HOWE

This volume gives emphasis
to the labor movement, to
many activities that marked
the immigrant influx in the
early years of this century.
Widely acclaimed, the Howe
book has been subjected to crit-
icism for a lack of attention to
the Orthodox, traditional and
Zionist elements.
Much in the volume, how-
ever, dealing with the theater
and _other aspects of Jewish
life, granted it status that mer-
ited the wide sales recorded
for a volume that remained
for many months in the best
seller list.

Burning Bush Press

Ceremonials, Laws, Traditions
Defined in New Tract Series



Tracts defining laws, traditions, ceremonials and festivals, pre-
pared by authoritative writers, have been issued by the education de-
partment of the United Synagogue of America 'and have just been is-
sued by Burning Bush Press.
4110
Edited by Rabbi Marvin S. Wiener,"Jewish Tract Series," contains
14 titles that are now available in bulk as a unit.

"Torah, the Life of the Jew" by David Aronson, "Avot, the Ethics
of the Fathers" by Melvin Jay-Glatt, and "Jewish Law, a Conserva-
tive Approach" by Ben Zion Bokser deal with the basics in Jewish
traditions and teachings.

Dr. - Ira Eisenstein is the author of an important essay dealing with
the problem of "Intermarriage."

Is Stalinism Revived?

Apparently the Stalin terror is back in full
force. How else is the interrogation of Robert
Toth, the American correspondent in Moscow,
to be explained ? Why is the Jewish dissident
Anatoly Sharansky accused of treason when he
has not done anything in secret and all his sci-
entific efforts and his expressed views have
been open and above board?
Whether it is President Carter's consistent ad-
herence to a policy supporting human rights

By Simon and Schuster

for all, everywhere, or a fear of what may re-
sult from the continuing East-West conflict, the
fact remains that the Stalin tactics are in full
force again.
The new experiences and the Stalin trend
in Russia merely signals to those seeking free-
dom for Russian Jews and for dissidents of all
faiths that the protest against oppression must
continue and every effort must be made to
strive for justice for the oppressed.



"Passover, More Than Freedom" and "Shavuot, Nature and
Torah," both by Evelyn Garfiel, splendidly define the two festivals.

Evelyn Garfiel also authored the tracts on "The Grace" and "The
Marriage Service."
"The First Words of Prayer" by Jack Riemer explains the Siddur.
The other titles in "Jewish Tract Series" include:
"Tefilin" by Robert Alan Hammer, "The Talit" by Dov Peretz
Elkins, "Shema" by Fritz A. Rothschild, "Mitzvah" by Rose D. Gold-
stein and "The Mezuzah" by Abraham B. Eckstein.

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