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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 16th day of Sivan, 5740, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Numbers 8:1-12:16. Prophetical portion, Zechariah 2:13-4:7.
Candle lighting, Friday, May 30, 8:41 p.m.
VOL. LXXVII, No. 13
Friday, May 30, 1980
DIGNITY IN AGING
Properly defined as a major communal ac-
complishment, the dedication of the additional
building in the Federation Apartments complex
deservedly serves as a tribute to the local lead-
The concern for the welfare of senior citizens
is expressed not only in the Home for the Aged,
but even more impressively in the Federation
It is regrettable that what has been dedicated
is merely another addition, that it is not a series
of additional structures to house the hundreds
who are on the waiting list for admission to
residences for the aging.
Yet there is encouragement in the confidence
of the leaders in this portion of communal serv-
ices that another building may be in the offing.
That means that many more will in the course of
the oncoming years have opportunities for ad-
mission to similar Federation Apartments.
There is a great dignity in these efforts. Those
on the waiting list must await their turn for
admission to available Federation Apartments.
But the need is not ignored and the oppor-
tunities awaited will be treated with respect.
Therefore the dedication of the new Federa-
tion Apartments, named as a tribute to Anna
and Meyer Prentis, is an accomplishment truly
to be proud of.
A LESSON FROM MIAMI
Miami teaches this nation a lesson. It is the
lesson of 1967 and the preceding one of 1943 in
Detroit. It is the lesson of an inherited hatred
and a continuing suspicion and lack of trust.
Much has happened in the last decade to re-
move the stains that stem from racist discrimi-
nations. The high courts, legislative bodies,
scores of communities have acted to correct the
wrongs of the past and to encourage pursuit of
the equalities which, without rancor, must be-
come the accepted ethical codes for all peoples.
Nevertheless, suspicions abound, enmities lurk
in the hearts of people and the neighborliness
that should predominate remains
The causes are evident. Problems relating to
joblessness, to low standards in housing, to edu-
cational equalities, contribute toward the
agonizing of American society.
How could civilized society permit the out-
bursts that resulted in a bloodbath in Miami,
in beastly acts accompanied by looting, in
destruction of property running into the hun-
dreds of millions?
It is because these occurrences repeat them-
selves that it is so urgent that the ethical codes
which call for decency among peoples should be
learned anew. .
"Hatred stirs up strifes" is the admonition in
Proverbs (10:12) and there is a basic Scriptural
principle: "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in
thy heart" (Leviticus 19:17).
If only these teachings were applied seri-
ously! Unfortunately, the hatreds that pre-
dominate, stemming from envy, jealousy and
suspicion, fortified by want and inequality,
create the riotous conditions from which all
peoples suffer. One does not have to be in the
environment where the riots took place to be
affected by the miseries stemming from racist
Let it be recorded, at the risk of repetition,
that in the Jewish community there is a dedica-
tion to the highest principles of decency and
true neighborliness, that inequality like in-
tolerance is rejected and can never be condoned.
The Jewish record of striving for justice for
all, regardless of race or creed, is an open book.
It is an inerasable account of dedication to the
principles of fair play, the American and the
There have been obstructions. Regrettably,
some spokesmen for the black community in-
troduced rancor in matters involving Israel and
those who aim at the destruction of the Jewish
state: The hopeful adhere to the belief that the
masses in the black community do not accept
the destructive elements in their midst. The
unity for a common goal of justice and equality
The occurrences in Miami, like those in other
cities in earlier decades, must serve once again
to unify all peoples, to strengthen the determi-
nation to make any repetition of the dastardly
impossible. For this purpose it is necessary to
abandon hatred and suspicion. Let that remain
the goal of all peoples of good will and of all
Any wonder that Yehuda Blum, Israel's chief
delegate to the United Nations, should have
judged the situation in the international body
as having been polluted with an increasing
'hatred for Jews?
It is not Israel:alone that is marked for venom.
The entire Jewish people is under attack.
Another "condemnation" of Israel by the UN
Security Council; again with a U.S. abstention,
was an indication that all that needs to be said
in any resolution is an antagonistic framework
and the hatred keeps perpetuating itself.
Perhaps this is Israel's destiny — always to be
confronted with the hateful. Perhaps this also
provides the strength needed to survive. The
tougher the battle the more certain the unity to
withstand threats of destruction.
Having become the football among nations,
even the most progressive failing to take into
account the terror gripping that area and
threatening the very existence of the state and
its people, Israel is justified in posing the ques-
tion of security and the right to live.
No one, individual or nation, is that
sanctimonious as to be immune from criticism.
But Israel is subject to public opinion, its courts
listen to appeals to justice and the attacks on the
state and nation stem only from the aim to de-
stroy and to deprive Jews of the right of sover-
This is the core of the issue. Therefore the
resentment over the continuing attacks on a,
people that stands alone, with the United States
her only defender.
Dr. Glueck Depicted as
`Dreamer in the Desert'
"Dreamer in the Desert" is a most appropriate title for the biog-
raphy of Dr. Nelson Glueck.
For 40 years he spent all the summers in the Holy Land, excavat-
ing, discovering, unearthing the ancient treasures of Israel.
The biography "Dreamer in the Desert" (Ktav) by Ellin Norman
Stern traces the fascinating roles of the man who was a leader among
archeologists, a teacher of rabbis, an historian and a noted personal-
ity on the American and world scenes.
Dr. Glueck's name is perpetuated in Jerusalem where the He-
brew Union College Biblical and Archaeological School was renamed,
in 1973, as the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology. It was
an appropriate tribute to the man who was the discoverer of King
Solomon's Mines at Timna in southern Israel. This was one of the
eminent archeologist's many accomplishments.
His many archeological researches included his establishment of
the location of the road that was taken by the Israelites during their
march from Egypt. It was an indication of his dealing with facts,
establishing that the Bible is more than legend, that it is historical
A native of Cincinnati, son of Orthodox parents, he acquired his
education at Hebrew Union College, the Cincinnati-based Reform
Later he became president of his alma mater and was its leader
when it merged with the theological school that was established by
Dr. Stephen S. Wise and remains to this day the school under the
combined name of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Reli-
The author of this biography does 'much more than detail the
story of archeology which was enriched by Dr. Glueck. It emerges as a
most impressive personality sketch of the man whose life was influ-
enced by contacts with many of the leading world personalities and
certainly with the most prominent in Israel.
- Dr. William Albright, the eminent Christian archeologist, ac-
cepted him as an apprentice in the American School of Oriental
Research. From that apprenticeship developed the dominant position
he attained in his field.
It was as far back as 1927 that Dr. Glueck and Dr. Albri,_
conferred in Jerusalem, commencing the life-long mutual interests.
The Albright pioneering activities serve as an excellent addendur -
the Stern biography for all who are interested in archeology.
The eminent leaders who are listed among the personalities
befriended by Dr. Glueck included Israel Prime Minister David Ben-
Gurion, Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek and numerous others. There
is an interesting quote from Ben-Gurion to Glueck in this biography:
" 'I would like to see a string of towns built in the desert. From
here to the Gulf of Aqaba," said David Ben-Gurion raising his hand
and pointing south. " 'You see, 70 percent of Israel's territory is right
here in the wilderness, but our population lives mainly in the big
cities. It is unwise to be clustered like that. We need a lifeline through
the Negev like King Solomon had.' "
The late Gershon Agron, who was Jerusalem's first mayor when
Israel was reborn, while he had not been a synagogue attendee,
interceded in Glueck's behalf for the establishment of the Hebrew
Union College Chapel in the Holy City.
These are among the many experiences which add immensely to
make the biography of Dr. Nelson Glueck truly the story of a
"Dreamer in the Desert."