62 Friday, November 23, 1979
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Why Children Drink Wine
at Friday Evening Kidush
Illustrious Support for ORT Ben Goldberg, Led Efforts
no itinerant travelers eat-
ing Friday night in the
(Copyright 1979, JTA, Inc.)
Some cantors give the synagogue, there are
wine over which they chant many synagogues which
the kidush on Friday eve- have eliminated the prac-
tice of reciting the kidush
ning to a child to drink.
The situation revolves on Friday night in the
around the question of synagogue.
The cantor cannot make
whether it is proper to recite
the kidush in the synagogue it solely in his own behalf
on Friday evening in the because he will have to re-
cite the kidush at home
Originally, it seems this where he joins his family.
practice was performed for Therefore, he recites it on
the sake of the travelers behalf of the children.
Children under the age of
who would come to eat their
meal in the synagogue on maturity may drink wine on
the Sabbath because they Friday night without hav-
had nowhere else to go. The ing to do it before the meal.
kidush was recited for their The cantor may, therefore,
sake because the Friday recite the kidush on their
'evening meal requires the behalf and thus not be doing
recitation of kidush to dedi- something that it question-
cate the meal to the Sab- able.
Since he cannot drink the
Since the travelers had wine himself because he is
brought no wine with not having his meal in the
them, the cantor recited synagogue, the children
the kidush over the wine drink it. If no one drank the
in the synagogue on their wine, the blessing would be
behalf. Now that we have recited in vain.
on Behalf of City of Hope
By RABBI SAMUEL FOX
Ben Goldberg, a pioneer-
ing leader in fund-raising
efforts on behalf of the City
of Hope Medical Center in
Duarte, Calif., died Nov. 17
at age 77.
Born in Austria, Mr.
Goldberg lived 52 years in
Detroit. He began working
on behalf of the medical cen-
ter in 1927 when it was the
Los Angeles Sanitarium.
He was a founding member
of the Detroit
In this historic photograph, Albert Einstein, left, Businessmen's Group of
H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw are shown at a City of Hope and was its
1931 dinner in London which benefited the Organiza- president for many years.
tion for Rehabilitation through Training.
He also was a national vice
Mr. Goldberg was_ the
founder, owner and
By RABBI SAMUEL FOX
ity that one of the laces of president of Vogue Car-
(Copyright 1979, JTA, Inc.)
the shoes might come loose pet Mills for 30 years. He
The Kohanim (priests) or break and the priest was a board member of
remove their shoes before might bend down to tighten Adat Shalom Synagogue
ascending the platform in it or fix it and thus fail to and chairman of its choir
the synagogue to bless the offer the benediction in and cemetery commit-
tees, first "man of the
A variety of reasons are
A second reason claims year" award winner of
offered for this practice. One that the Kohanim remove Marshall - Suburban
reason refers to the possibil- their shoes before the bless- Lodge of Bnai Brith
ing because it would turn (1969) and was fund-
out to be a sign of disrespect raising chairman for the
to the congregation if the lodge.
shoes were soiled. In this
Mr. Goldberg resided at
same vein, the dirty shoes 19301 Strathcona, Detroit.
might divert the attention He leaves his wife, Fritzi; a
of members of the congrega- son, Stuart Jay; two daugh-
tion who would be con- ters, Mrs. Norman (Bernice)
cerned about the uncleanli- Michlin and Ava Beth of
ness of the priest's shoes and Jerusalem, Israel; two
not pay attention to the brothers, Harry J. of North
Miami Beach, Fla., and Nat
A third reason claims Gould of Forest Hills, N.Y.;
that this is similar to
Moses being asked to re-
move his shoes when he
approached the burning
bush. Removing the
shoes is thus a sign of re-
By SIMON GRIVER
spect and awareness that
From World Zionist
one stands in the
presence of the Almighty.
Several months ago we
These blessings are re- reported on Uri Fink, the
cited by priests because this remarkable young comic
is one of the priestly duties book cartoonist who created
as mentioned in the Bible in the character of Sabraman,
the Book of Numbers.
the Israeli super-hero who
It has been explained by operates from somewhere in
saying that while the Al- the Judean Desert and
mighty indeed needs not grapples with such sinister
man to do His work, the villains as Naziman.
blessings are transmitted
Then, Uri was 14 and had
through the priests to just had his first comic book
demonstrate that His published. The book, which
blessings come to man by sells at around a dollar, has
his fellow man in order to since sold more than 15,000
bring humans closer and to copies. Now Uri, who has
have them appreciate each recently turned 16, is be-
other and to realize that ginning to attract attention
they are indeed the messen- outside Israel, too.
gers of the Almighty in
He started to draw at age
bringing blessings to each 6. Uri is a Sabra. His par-
ents fled from Germany and
The priests wash their settled in Israel during the
hands before performing 1930s. Ever since he could
read, he has been an avid
In performing this func- fan of comics and their
tion, the priests rise one heroes. He has the largest
step higher on the level of collection of comic books in
holiness because they are Israel. Unlike most kids he
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washing the hands.
started to make his own.
"During our English
Jewish history is beauti-
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ful, but the later Jews injure lessons," recalls Uri, we
the old, whom one would set used to read special easy
far above the Greeks and English newspapers. I
the Romans. I think if there thought that my car-
were no more Jews, and it toons, written in English,
were known that a single might be suitable for
example of this race existed these papers. So I sent
anywhere, people would some samples to David
travel a hundred leagues to Herman, whose company
see him and to shake hands; published the newspap-
and now, people turn out of ers. At that time I was 13."
It was Herman who
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— Heinrich Heine suggested to Uri the idea of
Customs of Kohanim Told
Be sure your
friends and relatives
are as informed
three sisters, Mrs. J.A.
(Gertrude) Fox of New York
City, Mrs. Ted (Fannie)
Schwartz of Brooklyn, N.Y.,
and Mrs. Irving (Sarah)
Lee; and three
Judith Siegel Pearson,
34, a former Detroiter and
assistant director of public
relations at the University
of Missouri at St. Louis, died
As a teenager; she w
instructor in beginning
brew at Cong. Beth Shalom
and won a youth award at
She earned Phi Beta
Kappa honors at Wayne
State University and
taught three years in the
English Department. She
taught at the University of
Missouri at St. Louis for five
years, teaching film as art,
English literature and com-
position. She developed a
curriculum in women's
She also worked for
two years in public rela-
tions at the St. Louis Art
She is survived by a son,
Nathaniel; her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Sidney (Naomi)
Siegel of Birmingham; a
brother, Dr. David B. Siegel
of Baltimore; and a sister,
Mrs. Jack (Eve Lynn)
Novick of Madison, Wis.
Israeli Youth's `Sabraman'
Gaining Worldwide Notice
as you on
Jewish happenings all
around the World!
Give them a
Uri Fink, 16-year-old
creator of "Sabraman"
comics, poses with some
of his creations.
Sabraman and the two ha-
ven't looked back since. The
original was in English, but
by popular demand, the
comic was translated into
Hebrew. A second book will
be issued soon.
Uri was the your
author at this ye— s
Jerusalem Book Fair and in
December he has been in-
vited, as an Israeli repre-
sentative, to appear at three
Canadian Jewish book
fairs: Hamilton, London
and finally Toronto, where
Nobel Prize-winner. Isaac
Bashevis Singer will also be
present. An American firm
wants to syndicate a Sab-
raman comic strip, to ap-
pear in numerous American
Libraries are the collec-
tive memory of mankind.