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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the ninth day of Teuet, 5740. the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Genesis 44:18-47:27. Prophetical portion. Ezekiel 37:15-28.
Sunday, Fast of the 10th of Tevet
Candle lighting, Friday, Dec. 28, 4:50 p.m.
Friday, December 28, 1979
INTRODUCING THE 1980S
Prophets and soothsayers will be aplenty in
the days and weeks to come. They will have a
common subject: the 1980s.
Many messages of doom can be awaited. In
the judgment of many we could well stretch out
and expect the world to collapse.
How else? Islam is on our trail, Russia is in
the background ready to impose her power on a
troubled world, inflation is eating us up, every
conceivable evil foreboding will be spelled out
In anticipation, it is conceded: inflation may
lead to recession which some already see among
the calamities for America, although there is an
element that denies its existence but predicts its
being on our heels. The Middle East is in tur-
moil, inflation being much more deadly for Is-
rael, for example, than it is for the United
States. While Egypt is struggling to emerge
from economic and social challenges, there are
even the auguries that Anwar Sadat may not
survive the transitional period of peace-
If one were to go deeply into the problematic
of the Middle East, it would be impossible to
avoid taking into account the rifts that exist
among the Arab nations. For decades their
unity stemmed from a common hatred for Is-
rael. Now there is an attempt at unifying the
haters on the basis of opposition to Sadat and
the peace with Israel that is an object of renewed
animosities to Israel.
In the process of striving for Israel's security,
for the economic solvency of the Jewish state,
the Jewish communities in countries where
they share social and political freedoms will be
confronted with a serious duty — that of always
being available as defenders of the just rights of
A news item that was published in the New
York Times as an analytical summary of the
conflict between Libya's Qaddafi, the PLO and
Arafat succintly depicts a condition not to be
overlooked in the Middle East. That item
"Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his Asian and
African brothers don't get along all that well.
Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt has called him 'the
lunatic of Libya.' Julius K. Nyerere of Tanzania
accused him of threatening war and retaliated
by presenting Libya with Idi Amin as a perma-
nent house guest. Col. Qaddafi boasted of train-
ing Moslem revolutionaries who triumphed in
Iran, but soon he was being denounced there in
connection with the mysterious disappearance
of the Shiite Imam of Lebanon.
"Last week, it became clear that the Libyan
leader had taken on another adversary. In a
post-midnight interview with the New York
Times conducted as he relaxed in a tent under
the stars, he charged the Yasir Arafat was lead-
ing the Palestine Liberation Organization down
the 'road to treason.' The PLO, he added is 'a
collection of storefronts peddling differing
views, which is not the way to liberate Pales-
'Palestinian militants, in turn, charged that
Libya was trying to force 40,000 Palestinians
ARSON & TEMOlk
Pentateuchal portion. Exodus 32:11-14. 34:1-10.
Prophetical portion (afternoon only), Isaiah 55:6-56:8.
VOL. LXXVI, No. 17
working there into state-controlled revolution-
ary committees. They noted that Libya's $50
million-plus share of the PLO budget has gone
unpaid. The chief Palestinian representative in
Tripoli, Suleiman al-Shurafa, was expelled 10
"On other subjects, the colonel promised that
the United States embassy in Tripoli would re-
ceive 'added protection' to prevent a recurrence
of the mob attack and burning of Dec. 2. He also
claimed to have received 'assurances in the last
few days through unofficial channels' indicat-
ing that President Carter plans 'a more sym-
pathetic attitude toward the Palestinian
people,' if he is re-elected. The White House said
it did not envisage 'a fundamental change in
This is history repeating itself, demagogues
and dictators feuding, the search for power serv-
ing as a divisive factor in an area where the
oil-rich would like to swallow up the equally
rich but less military and therefore vulnerable
It is in the midst of these uncertainties, influ-
enced by the fundamentalism and fanaticism
that affects Iran and draws into the tragedy
many nations, that the problematic 1980s ap-
pear on the scene.
It would be sheer blindness to realities to fail
to realize that tough times are approaching,
that the problems for mankind will be global,
that they may bring with them renewed hat-
reds, prejudices that could be repetitions of the
inhumanities of the 1930s and 1940s.
Increased inflationary trends may result in
the traditional revivals of the hoary anti-
Semitic practices. There is always the danger
under such conditions that racial hatreds again
may become the expressions of the bigoted.
These are matters to keep people on the alert,
to make them realize that the 1980s may not be
the pleasantest of years to be welcomed by
Had it not been for the worst of plagues, the
energy crisis, the outlook would not be so bad.
Perhaps the challenges and the needs will
awaken this nation and its allies to such actions
that will make it possible for the civilized world
to find solutions to threats from the oil rich
against the oil hungry.
In Israel, the situation is grave. Inflation has
risen to such an extent that the nation's eco-
nomic problems have overshadowed all other
problems, the vital need for security and every-
thing associated with it.
What is the answer to these gloomy pros-
pects? It is a simple one. It is human experience.
This nation has experienced great depressions
and always emerged from them with renewed
The Jewish people trace a history chronicled
in many trials and depressions. The right and
desire to live in defiance of all obstacles remains
the rule for Israel, the state and the people.
Applying it to mankind, the answer to all the
prophecies of gloom is similar: that having ex-
perienced difficulties, mankind must emerge in
greater strength. With this as an augury, let
there be less to fear as the 1980s arrive.
Volume's Third Edition
Noted Personalities Share
Glory in Oxford Quotations
Scholarship and research of the highest rank are incorporated in
"The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations" (Oxford University Press), the
third edition of which has just come off the press.
The labors for this compilation began in the 1930s and the first
edition was published in 1941. In the current one, two-thirds of the
second edition have been retained and the omissions as well as the
additions were compiled by scholars, editors and authoritative re-
Every conceivable subject is covered. in the opinions used as
quotations in a volume that retains its significance for all time. The
manner in which the work commenced is explained in a preface which
goes into great detail and which states in part:
"The first edition was compiled within the Oxford University
Press in the decade of the 1930s by men and women imbued with the
history and politics, the culture whether educated or popular, of the
first quarter of the Twentieth Century in Britain, and especially the
literature of the ancient and the English-speaking worlds that was
then read and studied at home, school and university. They had
mostly been to Oxford or Cambridge and before that to schools where
learning (poetry and even prose) by heart for repetition was regular."
It stands to reason that many quotations are from Shakespeare
and the Bible. The notables of many lands are represented. More than
300 of the 1,000 pages in the third edition are devoted to an extensive
index, thus indicating the many subjects covered in this volume.
Exemplary is a single and brief quote from Albert Einstein: "God
does not play dice."
Benjamin Disraeli is widely quoted
and so is his father, Isaac D'Israeli.
George Eliot is another of the
famous authors who is quoted exten-
Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) is re-
presented with this portion of her
famous poem "The New Colossus":
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to
Israel Zangwill (1864-1926) is
quoted in the following:
"Scratch the Christian and you find
the pagan — spoiled." ,
"America is God's Crucible, the
great Melting-Pot where all the races
Europe are melting and re-
Prof. Isaiah Berlin is quoted with:
"Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance — these may be cured by
reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They
live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them,
seldom predictable, at times incompatible."
The wealth of views in the "Oxford Dictionary of Quotations"
truly makes it a treasure house for scholars, for the home and the