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4 Friday, December 9, 1977



Incorporating The
The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July 20, 1951

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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 30th day of Kislev, 5738, is the sixth day of Hanuka and the first day of the new
moon, and the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Genesis 41:1-44:17; Numbers 28:9 15 and 7:42-47.
Prophetical portion, Zechariah 2:14-4:7.
Sunday, seventh day of Hanuka, second day of new moon: Numbers 28:1 15; 7:48 53. Monday, eighth
day of Hanuka: Numbers 7:54-8:4.




VOL. LXXII, No. 14


lighting, Friday, Dec. 9, 4:43 p.m,_

Page Four

Friday, December 9, 1977

The Miracle of the Handshake

Will it require an entire generation to recog-
nize the miraculous that is being displayed
before our very eyes? Or will a fortunate gener-
ation of witnesses of what is transpiring fully
appreciate the immensity of the diplomatic
drama that continues to be enacted for all
A simple occurrence in New York may serve
as the basis for the complete summation of
what has happened to an embattled area and to
the world that has been enwrapped in fears for
decades and is now suddenly awakening with a
sense of confidence that man is not always evil.
Two ambassadors, Ahmed Esmat Abdel Me-
guid of Egypt and Chaim Herzog of Israel met
in the home of a mutual friend and shook hands.
The former handed an invitation to the latter for
his government to be represented at a confer-
ence in Cairo.
The very immensity of this brief meeting
commends recognition of a page written into
world history that may be a precedent for all
peoples to lay down their swords and to treat
the subject of peace humanely.
Now former enemies are shaking hands. They
are meeting face to face. They are abandoning
the screens that had separated them.
A new era was begun with the courage of
Anwar el-Sadat and to him must go the credit of
having introduced a new era of fairness in
diplomatic negotiations.
To Menahem Begin goes a measure of credit
for having grasped at the opportunity of making
the dream for peace a reality.
More than half a century ago President
Thomas Woodrow Wilson, in a quest for inter-
national amity, spoke out against "secret cov-
enants secretly arrived at." Perhaps that hith-
erto unobtainable ideal may now come to
fruition as a result of what is viewed as a very
daring act by a leader in the Arab world.
Surely, what is emanating from Cairo, with
blessings in Jerusalem, can, as it must, be a
guideline for the American leadership and for
those Western Europeans who are all-too-hesi-
tant in their affirmations of their innermost
feelings out of fears for energy crises and the
panic that has been created by terrorism that
has stood in the way of amity and international.
Perhaps the Cairo-Jerusalem summit under
the leadership of the Sadat-Begin • team will
have greater difficulties than is visible to the
average eye. But the path has been cleared for
action, a new vision is encouraged for peace,
the hesitant are becoming responsive.
Out of the experiences of the past, one must
never be overconfident in an age in which
caution is a duty. Also, one can not be too
certain about developing affairs in a world over
which have been imposed the mirages of the
A Jewish News Commentary about an old
fable keeps serving as a warning against over-
confidence. The JN Commentary item follows:
"How does the Arab view the attempts at
peace in the Middle East? Is there hope for a
solution to the existing problem without tricks
or betrayals?

"An old story has just been repeated, in-
dicating how cautious one must be in dealing
with the aggravated situation in that area.
"The story, which has led to the revival of an
old fable which carried with it an ominous
warning, is based ,on a question that was posed
by a Western diplomat when he approached an
Arab journalist in the United Nations lobby and
asked: "Why do the Arab countries refuse to
meet at a round table with Israel to discuss
peace so that there may be prosperity for both
Israel and the Arab nations?" The Arab news-
man replied by telling this old Oriental fable:
"A reptile lounging on the shores of the Nile,
pleaded with a frog to be transported to the
other side of the river. "Oh, no," exclaimed the
frog, "you are a reptile, and you will inject your
poison into my body." Thereupon, the reptile
answered: "Ridiculous, were I to do so, I would
drown." This logical argument convinced the
frog, which permitted the reptile to climb on its
back and begin swimming across. However, as
they were yet halfway from the shore, the
reptile could not resist temptation and injected
poison into the frog's neck. The frog began to
wail in pain, "Why? Why?" The reptile knitted
his brow and replied: "This is the Middle
"It is a recognizable tale, and it causes
concern: isn't there hope for peace negotiations
without treachery? The intransigence of Syrian
negotiators during the UN Mixed Armistice
Commission deliberations proved how trying
the situation is and how uncertain any approach
to the issue in conferring with the Arabs.
"But one must never generalize. There are
enough level-headed Moslems who can be dealt
with. One must never abandon hope for peace —
even with those who would brand the Middle
East as incapable of rational agreements."
Meanwhile, there is need for emulating the
courage that stems from Cairo and is encour-
aged in Jerusalem. It is a courage not to be
ignored in Washington by State Department and
White House. The hesitancy in these quarters
must change to leadership deserving of the
American tradition. Washington, Jerusalem and
Cairo, hopefully also with the collaboration of
other Arab leaders, together will make peace a
reality. Myths and fables will be treated - as
legendary and mankind will be blessed with the
reality of peace.

Sadat on Tripoli

Anwar Sadat had one word for the assembly
of Arabs who had planned to undermine his
effort for peace with Israel. He called it
"rubbish" and credited its occurrence to Rus-
sian bias.
As a lesson in consistency, the White House
should view seriously the Sadat view in passing
judgment on Middle East occurrences. It is
affirmed that a desire for peace and an end to
bloodshed is more important to the Egyptian
leader than fear for death threats that have
_come from Tripoli.

The Jewish Book Annual

Trilingual Anthology Reviews
Jewish Literary Creativity

"Jewish Book Annual" is a title deserving of special attention as the
perennial work of the Jewish Book Council - of America, a subsidiary of
the National Jewish Welfare Board.
Subtitled "The American Year Book of Jewish Literary Crea-
tivity," Volume 35, for the current year, is replete with important
articles, in English, Yiddish and Hebrew, summarizing the accom-
plishments of Jewish writers and publishers.
The fact that the annotations in this volume cover more than 924
works of Jewish writers is most noteworthy.
Here are interesting facts about these 924 literary works: 675 were
published in the U.S., 101 in Israel and 148 in England: The Israeli
selections were taken from 3,500 titles that appeared in Israel.
Including an important essay on Saul Bellow as a "Jewish writer"
there are several articles of special interest, among them:
"The Holocaust in Jewish Novels" is the subject of an article by Dr.
Edward Alexander, professor of English at the University of Washing-
ton, Seattle. "To Give Voice to the Silence of the Past" is by Dr.
Harry M. Orlinsky, Effie Wise Ochs Professor of Bible at Hebrew
Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion, New York.
What has been the impact of the feminist movement on Judaism
and on Jewish writers? Blu Greenberg, faculty member, College of
Mt. St. Vincent, New York, touches on this in her review of recent
literature on Jewish women.
In her article, "Jewish Characters in Early American Fiction,"
Rose S. Klein writes that in 282 books that make passing references to
Jews or the Jewish religion, most of the references are "uncompli-
mentary and reflect antagonistic feelings by the authors ... in those
books which manifest the author's Christian missionary zeal, the Jew-
ish characters are portrayed in a most favorable light. They have
dignity, intelligence and loyalty." Ms. Klein did her research at the
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.
The romance of Hebrew printing in early Amsterdam is the sub,,ct
of an essay by Dr. Herbert C. Zafren, director of libraries, HUC-JIR,
"The World of Charles Angoff" is examined by lecturer Juliette T.
Benton. "Jewish Nationalist Thought in Yiddish" is by Dr. Emanuel S.
Goldsmith, assistant professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Univer-
sity of Connecticut. Some of Israel's research institutes and their
work are described by Dr. S. Gershon Levi of Bar-Ilan University.
Noteworthy about the current volume are the 50 anniversaries of
Jewish writers. They form collectively a biographical compilation of
some of the most distinguished men and women in Jewish life.
Included in the list are:
Alexander Marx, Zvi Harkavy, Robert Gordis, Martin Buber,
Hayim Greenberg, Abraham Reisen, Nahum N. Glatzer, Gustav Got-
theil, Ben-Zion Mossinsohn, Solomon Goldman, Samuel Daiches,
Abraham Isaac Katsh, Azriel Eisenberg, Solomon Zalman Geiger,
Menahem Ribalow, Manny Leib, Haym Schauss, Marcus Jastrow,
Simon Halkin, Gershom Bader, LO'uis Ginsberg, Abraham Dov Levin-
son and others.
These represent a cross-section of notables in so many fields of
achievement that they are a veritable who's who in literature, reli-
gion, history and related achievements.
In many respects, this annual is an anthology of notable

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