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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 17th day of Tishri, 5741, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Numbers 29:17-25. Prophetical portion, Ezekiel 38:18-39:16.

Hol Harnoed Sukkot
Sunday: Numbers 29:10-28. Monday: Exodus 33:12-34:26. Numbers 29:23-28.
Tuesday: _,Numbers 29:26-34. Wednesday: Hoshana Raba; Numbers 29•26-34.

Thursday, Shemini Azeret
Pentateuchal portion. Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17. Numbers 29:35-30:1. Prophetical Portion, I Kings 8:54-66.

Oct. 3, Simhat Torah
Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Genesis 1:1-2:3, Numbers 29:35-30:1. Prophetical portion, Joshua 1:1-18.

Candle lighting, Friday, Sept. 26, 7:05 p.m.


Page Four

Friday, Sept. 26, 1980


Israel became a member of the United Na-
tions long before a majority of the Arab states
and their cohorts, now forming the enemy bloc,
were admitted to the world organization. Yet
the late-comers have begun to speak in terms of
expelling Israel from UN membership.
Actually, the animosities are inspired by the
Russian and Arab blocs, by a Third World corn-
bine that is motivated by pressures from the
oil-producing countries. It emanates from those
who would destroy Israel, and that element has
never been in hiding.
Yet -Israel remains a member of the United
Nations and her role there will continue as an
isolated target from the combined bigotries. The
United States remains a factor in overruling
any attempt to oust Israel, and this will surely
continue after the oncoming Presidential elec-
tion. Surely some of the European countries will

feel the embarrassment of being collaborators
in hatreds and will not be parties to expelling a
member nation.
The major factor in such a dispute is Israel
herself. There are many, in Israel and in
Jewish communities in the Diaspora, who
would gladly abandon an association that spells
nothing but trouble for the Jewish state. But the
continuing threats from the UN call for rebuttal
and Israel will remain there to provide it.
There are the positive as well as negative
aspects in such an unhappy situation. Israel
shares in many of the progressive efforts of the
UN. As a member nation, as an element not to
be overlooked in the international community,
Israel will not leave the world organization.
Meanwhile such membership calls for courage
to .overcome the hatreds leveled at Israel, and
Israel and the Jewish people provide it.


A people that has experienced the hellish
fires of persecutions must benefit from such
training in new confrontations from those who
may seek her destruction. The Jewish people is
in that condition today. From all fronts come
warnings that never before has there been such
a revival of anti-Semitism as is in evidence to-
day. Israel is isolated. The friends of the past are
crouching in fears. Such are the conditions that
now address themselves to Jews everywhere
with the question whether defeatism, rejected
through the ages, will now find root in soils of
Concern over the menacing revival of anti-
Jewish prejudice has been expressed by
spokesmen for the Anti-Defamation League,
religious leaders, Israeli authorities. Abba
Eban was unhesitant in his warnings of the
growing hatreds and the need to be aware of the
dangerous consequences.
Most serious in the new alignment of anti-
Semitic forces in the world is the isolation of
Israel and the abandonment of even the mere
verbal friendships for Israel by the leading na-
tions of the world.
There were a few friends some months ago. In
the Latin American hemisphere there were na-
tions whose representatives stayed in
Jerusalem as emissaries from their govern-
ments. They have fled as a result of a shockingly
prejudicial United Nations Security Council
resolution which was given official status by an
American failure to veto it and the U.S. blunder
of resorting to an abstention. President Carter's
defense of that action fails to carry weight as a
result of the transfer of the embassies from
Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
The rise of prejudice was evidenced in a Rosh
Hashana message widely broadcast by Shimon
Peres, the leader of the Israel opposition party,
who declared: "Never in all the years since the
War of Independence in 1948, has Israel's posi-

tion been so desperate or so insecure, threaten-
ing the very foundations of the National Home."
While the Peres statement also indicates that
much of Israel's troubles are self-inflicted, the
basic fact is recorded in the initial words just
It is important also to indicate that in his
message the leader of the Israel Labor Party
also mentions defeatism and rejects any form of
It is on this score that Jews everywhere must
be united in a time of crisis.
For the first time since the founding of the
Jewish state there is special emphasis on the
need to mobilize for survival. Jews generally
refused to-thinlOn terms of surviving because of
the determined emphasis on the Psalmist's dec-
laration, "I shall not die but live." Now there is
talk in such terms. This must be refused in no
uncertain conditions.
Anything that spells defeatism must be rele-
gated to the insulting and self-abjuring. There
is no room for panic in Jewish life.
It would be sheer folly to say that we do not
have friends. There are many in the churches
and in non-Jewish ranks who will not abandon
us. There is the predominant element in the
U.S. Congress that stand S
- guard in Israel's de-
fense whenever it is called into action.
Hopefully this condition will continue in the
incoming Congress.
Defeatism has no place in Jewish thinkingk It
is inconceivable. The Jewish people has been
tried and must not be found wanting. The anti-
Semitic virus is in evidence and will be de-
stroyed. Hatred for Israel is threatening and it
will be defied. How else does an undying people
live? Definitely, by rejecting defeatism.
Anything approaching fright over possible
consequences must especially be avoided. If
there is a compulsory defensive then panic is
surely objectionable.



`Jewish People, Thought'
Defines Historic Experiences

Jewish traditionalism, the social aspects of Jewish experiences,
receive notable treatment and thorough analysis in "Jewish People,
Jewish Thought: The Jewish Experience in History" by Prof. Robert
M. Seltzer of Hunter College, New York (Macmillan).
Philosophy, theology, social thought as well as the economic
developments are the evolutionary aspects researched in this volume.
The totality of the eras under review is especially impressive in
this study. The author commences with the origins of Israel in ancient
times in the Near East, continuing through the distress of the
Holocaust and the founding of the state of Israel in the present period
in the history of the Jewish people.
Indeed, Jewish civilization as it developed for 3,200 years is
outlined impressively by Prof. Seltzer, and his researched results are
accompanied by charts and maps. The list of the maps is in itself a
presentation of historical experience, introducing the factual geo-
graphic outlines of a people's life and struggles. There are 16 maps
that denote the travels, the expulsions, the wanderings of a people
under stress.
Debates that have developed over faith in religious concepts after
the Holocaust are included in Dr. Seltzer's study. Theological re-
sponses, the Orthodox adherence to faith provide interesting atti-
tudes probed in this volume.
"Determinedly rationalist tendencies still have their exponents,
and it is possible that new forms of Jewish critical rationalism will
emerge in the future, for Judaism has been an intellectual as well as
an existential quest for meaning. The aim of Maimonidean
philosophy, to show that the philosophical presuppositions of science
are compatible with the philosophical presuppositions of Judaism,
remains to be fully explored in view of recent remarkable advances in
such fields as cosmology, subatomic physics, and molecular biology.
"Thus, the metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead has inspired
in Christian thought the approach known as process theology, em-
phasizing the primacy of events, of selfhood, and of organic wholeness
in nature, and of God as supremely real, yet responsive to and growing
with the creative becoming of the cosmos. Even apart from this par-
ticular system of thought, the biblical theme of God as creator may
offer the possibility of a new Jewish theology of nature as a reservoir
of dynamic potentialties of which human existence is one emergent
"That other major theme of Judaism, messinac fulfillment, may
also stimulate a reformulated conception of Torah and mitzvot (and
halakha) as ideal ends according to which present reality is to be
shaped. Combined with existentialist insights, the result would '
enriched integrated Jewish theology that does justice t
Maimonidean conviction of the unity of truth, to human subjectivity
and natural purposiveness, to the fragile and the eternal, to God as
the source of created order and God as ground of future order that is to
be brought about by the moral will of his creatures.
"The course of modern Jewish thought — indeed of all Jewish
thought — demonstrates that every theology is provisional and that
Judaism remains contemporary only through confronting a perplex-
ing and changing present. Without the desire to conserve and assimi-
late the gift of the past, there is no genuine Jewish identity and no
genuine human identity.
"Without the horizon of messianic purpose, there is no existen-
tially appropriated, unifying self-dedication to the reality of God,
Torah and Israel. Holding on to a continuity always in danger of being
lost but always available for renewal, a tradition more than 32 cen-
turies old perseveres."

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