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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-06-15

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Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July 20, i951

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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 21st Day of Sivan, 5739, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Numbers 8:1-12:16. Prophetical portion, Zechariah 2:14-4:7.

Candle lighting, Friday, June 15, 8:51 p.m.

VOL. LXXV, No. 15

Page Four

Friday, June 15, 1979


What had occurred in the 1930s and 1940s
must not be forgotten, and the generations to
come must have the evidence at hand of the
atrocities that turn6d men into beasts and cost
the lives of 15 million, six million of them Jews.
For the Detroit Jewish community, and for all
citizens here and the entire state of Michigan,
the decision to establish the Holocaust Memo-
rial Center, adjoining the Jewish Community
Center, is of historic significance.
The documents, the photographs, all the
available material that exposes the Nazi
crimes, must be made available not only for
historians but for all, regardless of age or reli-
gious backgrounds.
The cooperative spirit that emerged from the
negotiations conducted by the original sponsors
of the idea for a Holocaust Memorial Center and
the Jewish Welfare Federation, with the Jewish
Community Center in a leading role, is most
commendable. It is the unity that is vital in
establishing so vital a center for studying and
observing the tragedies that affected the Jewish
people under Hitlerism.
This community's Holocaust Memorial Cen-
ter is to be patterned, according to the planners,
in conformity with the Yad Vashem, in
Jerusalem. This means that a totality of effort is
to be exerted in the gathering of material, its
display, its availability to the many ;viewers
who are anticipated in such a project.
Of special importance is the fact that the chil-
dren as well as the adults, by arrangement with

schools and with religious institutions, will be
introduced to the facts which are now‘being so
quickly forgotten.
To Shaarit Haplaytah the organization of
Holocaust survivors, goes the credit of having
instituted the Memorial Center project and of
having established the foundation for it.

The importance of the planned Holocaust
Memorial Center is apparent. Its creation is
commendable. The interest it must arouse will
add to the challenges to generations to come to
always remember the horrors in the best inter-
ests of those who are to be protected from their

A Holocaust Memorial Center in the Met-
ropolitan Detroit area undoubtedly is represen-
tative of similar tasks introduced in scores of
Jewish communities throughout the world.
What they signify is an aim never to forget the
horrors of the Nazi years and to prevent histori-
cal distortion of historical facts.

The significance of such an aim, of making
the truth predominant in recording the facts
inerasably, was highlighted in the appearance
of Pope John Paul II at Auschwitz. His visit was
another affirmation of remembering and of pre-
venting anything akin to the reintroduction of
movements like the current evidences of neo-
Nazism. The "Never Again" as applied to the
Holocaust is significant to a Holocaust Memo-
rial Center.


Repetitive reports about disruptions in the
peace planning in the Middle East call for
clarifications and for caution in judging the
events that are following the abandonment of
hitherto acquired territories by Israel and the
reactions among Israeli and Egyptian leaders.

While the media continue to blur the occur-
rences and to give the impression that the peace
agreements are a "mirage," as one newspaper
described it, the fact is that Menahem Begin
speaks of Anwar Sadat as a friend and Sadat has
not deviated from a policy of emphasizing hope-
fulness in negotiations. _
Even the settlements problem appears to be a
renewal of previous accusations of disruption by
Israel. The Israeli position that Jews have a
right to settle in Judea and Samaria, just as
Arabs would have similar rights to settle in
Israeli areas, remain the basics of Israeli posi-
' Perhaps the calmness of the newly-appointed
American mediator Robert Straus is more po-
tent to the issue. His unruffled manner,
perhaps contrary to some of the condemnations
by White House and State Department spokes-
men that Israel is disrupting peace with the
decisions for new settlements, is the realistic
way of tackling the problems. He has made it
clear that policies are yet to be ascertained,
based on continuing negotiations. When, how-
ever, the peace planning is subjected to judging
by newspapers it is the confusing of readers that
is deplorable.

As long as Begin and Sadat hold fast to the
basic ideas for peace and keep affirming friend-
ship, the injection of doubts and the introduc-
tion of negations should not be accepted as ac-
tualities in a situation that calls for calm plan-
ning by the heads of the two governments in-
volved in the initial steps for peace.
It is most unfortunate that Sadat is isolated
by enmities from most of the Arab states. It is
challenging to the issues that important mem-
bers of the Begin government oppose decisions
adopted by a majority of the Israel Cabinet.
Cautious approaches on all fronts affect future
There is no doubt about the obstacles. Had
there been a measure of unity in Arab ranks
much of the agony would be avoided. '
Retention of Jerusalem's unification will re-
main one of the major problems in a situation
that existed for 31 years and cannot be solved
overnight. Israel is not giving up Jerusalem and
world Jewry will support that position on
human and historical grounds. The assurance
that another great power, Canada, will soon
move its embassy to Jerusalem is an
encouragement in the developing conflict.
The entire issue calls for patience and for
confidence in the Israeli-Egyptian leaders. The
U.S. role must be for cooperative involvement
and not for imposition of solutions. Time is, in-
deed, of the essence. Confusions cannot be
tolerated and newsmen are not the judges in a
serious matter involving the peace of the Middle

`I Am an Orthodox Jew':
Delight for Young Readers

"I Am an Orthodox Jew" is a delightful title for a religiously
definitive book for children (Holt, Rinehart and Winston).
Laura Green authored the narrative and Lisa Green added a
touch of intimacy to the subject with her appropriate illustrations.
Because the story, a personal account of adherence to the Or-
thodox traditions, so naturally pursues a faith that provides joy in
traditional observance, "I Am an Orthodox Jew" assumes a family
aspect, with parents and children joining in observances that make
the Orthodox theme livable and enjoyable.
The humor in this Orthodox-oriented book is so infectious that
non-Orthodox readers will enjoy it, while being enlightened by it.
Where there is a practice that is not really traditionally
prescribed but merely habitual and playful, the superstition is admit-
ted with delight. That, too, adds to the realism of an interestingly
narrated story about religious adherence.

Capsules of Jewish History

In a 110-page paperback, containing nearly as many illustra-
tions, documented in brevity but replete with scoresof factual details,
Shirley Stern has compiled an interesting set of historical details
which emerge as abbreviated but impressive Jewish history. Her
"Exploring Jewish History" resorts to archeology and traces details
about scores of Jewish experiences.
Treating the past, while resorting to Bible and Talmud, Miss
Stern gives brief accounts about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo
Geniza in this Ktav-published volume.
In her archeological references she comments on King Solomon's
Mines and Masada.
The reader gains an understanding of the Ashkenazic and
Sephardic Jews — Jews in Spain, in Russia, Germany and Poland.
For completeness in a story well defined, Miss Stern devotes a
valuable chapter to Zionism. Israel's emergence and the reborn state's
role fulfilling the prophecies and creating a new life in the process of
For the young reader this is encyclopedic and the elders will be
reminded of historical facts in a well written narrative.

Bazak Guide to Israel:
Replete With Maps, Facts

"Bazak Guide to Israel 1979-1980" is subtitled "Israel's own
best-selling guide." This definition gains endorsement from the
reader upon studying the contents of the Harper and Row-published
Israel travel book.
Produced, like the earlier Bazak Israel Guides, by Avraham Levi,
this is one of the completest and best illustrated volumes of its kind.
The many maps, the definitive references to Israel's major places
of interest, the Bazak Guide is like a textbook, and it is no wonder that
it is rated as the best such volume for Israelis.
The 24 sectional full-color maps were especially prepared for this
volume by the Survey of Israel.
Indeed, the guide is a "magical mystery tour of Israel."

Archeology has a role here in the gathering of data about the
land, its history, its peoples.
Of course, there is the necessary miscellaneous information for the
traveler, how to prepare for the trip, where to go, what hotels and
restaurants to turn to.
The routes outlined for the tourist and student are treated with
realism and practical guidance.

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