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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 24th day of Nisan, 5739, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 9:1-11:47. Prophetical portion, II Samuel 6:1-7:17.
Thursday, Yom Hashoa; Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 27, first day Rosh Hodesh Iyar, Numbers 28:1-15.
Candle lighting, Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 1979
VOL. LXXV, No: 7
Economic Well-Being Is Critical
trength in Productivity
Israel's security is in her strength. Able to
defend herself, she fends off dangers of continu-
ing attacks that can flare up into wars. There is
an even more imp -ortant form of strength, that
which is represented by the progressive accom-
plishments emerging out of a nation's need to
The educational gains made in Israel, the
high standards of the country's school system
- .and the unixersities, the constructive planning
that includes industrial developments, the
environmental improvements, the road build-
ing and the agricultural improvements, all tend
to give strength to a people that has shaken off'
the handicaps that came with ghetto life where
restrictions kept them from industrial and ag-
It is the productive strength that is especially
vital for Israel. To assure its success there is an
urgent need for investments. For that purpose,
to enable individual participation in investing,
the Israel Bonds movement. has been made
In the process of building for peace Israel
Bonds assume an especially vital role. Investors
are urgently needed in the creation of indus-
tries, the building of homes for newcomers, the
construction of facilities in the ports.
Thus:Israel Bonds share in importance alike
with the philanthropic dollar. Without prod-
uctivity there is no power, and with progress in .
the economy there is greater assurance of secu-
In this community the Israel Bond Organiza-
tion has made marked progress. The volunteer
working force administering the activities has
shown vision and devotion.
. This movement for investments must. be
strengthened in the process of striving for
peace. Let that be the goal on a par with philan-
U-M's Swedish Hero of Holocaust
An International Case:
' The name Raoul Wallenberg is recorded in- of a man unjustly persecuted in Russia. They
erasably in human history for courage and the hive succeeded in arousing a deep interest in
glory of a man who endangered his own life to the case and the battle for Raoul Wallenberg's
rescue tens of thousands of people who were freedom is being carried on in many quarters,
to him. - by many good people.
Is there a chance for success in the renewed
Those whose lives-
emissary in Hungary during the most crucial task in Raoul's_behalf? If he is alive, can he be
months of World War II numbered in tens of rescued?
. Whatever the results in the Lantos efforts,
He had told the compassionate who enlisted the fact that they have revived admiration for
his aid that even if he could rescue a single Jew him, have restored respect for his name, have
from the Nazi butchers he would undertake the reminded the world of his -great courage, can
mission as a Swedish official who was given the already be called a 'great achievement. The
authority to hoist the flag of his country over names of the great heroes like him must not be
whatever buildings he might acquire, there to forgotten. Raoul's name will live in Jewish and
house the • Hungarian Jews who became his world history . . . in human history.
charges after he named them Swedes.
When the Russian troops entered Budapest,
upon the defeat of the Nazis, he went to ask that
he be given the right to continue to care for the
Jews who became his subjects. He was arrested
and never heardIrom again. Some believe the
A revival of Ku Klux Klan activities in some
Russians chose to call him a spy. -
areas is cause for serious concern for
For three decades efforts have been made to
Americans in all states.
secure his release. Even after the Russians said
It was erroneously believed that the race
he had died — something they themselves con-
tradicted 10 years later, in 1955 or 1956 — there hatred motivating the hooded bigots was a mat-
were reports that he was seen in a hospital for ter of the past. The progress made in attaining
the insane, in Russia. The Russians remain un- civil rights for the hitherto hounded and op-
cooperative, refuse to reveal his fate, will not pressed has not inspired the haters who had
dragged this nation into a gutter of disgust.
respond to the demands. •
While it-is true that the Ku Kluxers are few in
To the credit of an interested couple, Dr.
their tactics represent a menace. It is
Thomas and Annette Lantos of Alexandria, Va.,
to be aware of lest it grow into a
there is a revival of interest in the case. Like
dragging the country to
Raoul, they are not Jews. Like Raoul, they are
moved by a sense of justice to fight for the rights some degree into the darkness of utter hatred.
A Revived KKK
on the U.S. Scene
Kesher Press Volume
the Basic Ideas of Judaism
Rabbi Solomon I. Posner of Nashville, Tenn., a noted scholar of
the Chabad-Hasidic movement, makes this point in his preface to his
definitive book, "Think Jewish" (Kesher Press):
"What can a 35-century-old tradition tell the Twentieth Cen-
tury? The American Jew is certainly a 6ollege graduate, probably
with several years of graduate school as well. Often Jewish education,-
whatever meager ration it was, probably ended before adolescence.
When Jewishness and the ideas of the secular world conflict, in effect
one is,pitting a child against a sophisticated adult conception. Consid-
ering the unequal match it is no surprise that the secular view is often
more persuasive and the young Jew dismisses Judaism without really
Thus, the author "endeavors to bridge the academic, to demon-
strate that Judaism's teachings must be examined with the care and_
rigor one examines, say, political or economic or social or scientific
In the spirit of his movement, of the Chabad-Hasidim, the con-
tents of this volume, steeped in Torah teachings, seek to guide the
young Jew towards an understanding and appreciation of Jewish
Not only the Jewish issues that demand definition, and the re-
sponses to the secularism literally challenged by Rabbi Posner, but
the very movement he represents is explained in the_text he labeled
"Think Jewish." .
One hears much about the Rebbe and Hasidut. But terms are
defined, the role of the Hasidic leader is explained, the dedication to
Torah inherent in the subjects are emphasized. All of these topics, the
questions posed, stem from the confrontations the author had with
"Think Jewish" need not .be judged as limiting itself to the
Hasidic. It is applicable for all who seek knowledge in the Torah=
fashion. Rabbi Posner gives his view on faith and he states:
"The believer knows everything that the heretic knows, but he is
not at an impasse. He does not accept the limitations of intellect as
limitations on man's striving. When the believer finds that the mind's
instruments are unavailing, he turns to some other human resource
for guidance and for the answers that reason cannot seem to provide.
And the resource to which he turns is — faith."
Rabbi Posner undertakes to explain the term "Chosen People."
He points out that some Jews become "timorous and apologetic" with
reference to the term. He makes the point:
`Chosen' Israel, the implicapons are quite clear. The Jews, were
not chosen to rule over others. They are not heirs to any special
privileges. If anything, being !Chosen' means that they were selected
to bear a special burden of duty and responsibility borne by none
• Among the topics dealt with are anti-Semitism and Jewish sur-
vival, the Holocaust, Hasidic attitudes towards other Jews, Revela-
tion, Mitzvot and their meaning and other related subjects.
This is a thoroughly definitive work and in less than 200 pages
_Rabbi Posner has provided a splendidly definitive work encouraging
Jews to think and thereby, thinking Jewishly, to acquire faith.