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November 14, 1980 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-11-14

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18 Friday, November 14, 1980

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Agudath Israel
Program Reaches
Uncommitted

NEW YORK — A new
program to reach out to un-

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Long after you have gone, forests in Israel
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sons, will keep your memory ever green.
When making your Will, provide that a
forest in Israel be planted in your name or
in that of someone dear to you, handing
down your last wish from generation to
generation.

A bequest to the J.N.F. is a bequest to the
entire Jewish people, linking the name
of the Testator with Israel in perpetuity.

committed Jews on an in-
ternational scale has been
opened in New York by the
Agudath Israel World
Organization.
The new agency, whose
name is "Chizuk — The
Torah Link," will offer a
program of services, par-
ticularly geared to young
Jewish adults from non-
religious homes who seek to
broaden their knowledge of
Judaism. It will also feature
a follow-through program
for the young men and
women who had studied in
yeshivot, continued their
studies in Israel, and must
return to the United States.

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DEAR BAILEY: SHALOM

T

he Rev. Bailey Smith, president of the
Southern Baptist Convention, creat-
ed quite a furor a couple of months ago with
a statement at a conservative/religious poli-
tical rally to the effect that God does not
hear the prayers of Jews. Much has been
written on this matter, but the final, author-
itative word has mysteriously come into my
hands and I want to share it with you.
The following is a letter addressed to
Smith. The Xerox copy that came to my
desk had a Los Angeles postmark. That's all
I can say. I leave it to you to judge its authen-
ticity.

Dear Bailey:
I was sitting back in my Barcalounger the
other day, reading a copy of The Los An-
geles Times (it arrives a few days late), and
an article I read made me smile. It was about
you and a statement you made recently an-
nouncing that "God Almighty does not hear
the prayer of a Jew."
Bailey, my friend, that just ain't so. I can
tell you on the best authority that Jewish
prayers have been getting through ever since
the good old days of Abraham, Isom- and
Jacob. Oh, every once in a while the mum-
blings of a few Jews who have fallen from
the righteous path don't quite make it up
through the ozone layer, but you'd be
amazed at the percentage of clear signals get-

ting through from Jews.
Now, Bailey, I hope you won't be offend-
ed by this little note. It's merely meant to re-
mind you, in case it slipped your mind (and I
know how busy you are heading up that fine
Southern Baptist Convention) chat the only
One who really knows whether God is lis-
tening is God. Doesn't it seem just a tad pre-
sumptuous for a mere mortal—even one so
prestigious and illustrious as yourself—to
pronounce upon the quality and success of
other people's prayer?
Well, Bailey, it's time for another glass of
good old Manischewitz, so I'm going to close
now by sending you my best wishes and a
teensy caution that you might just have
made an embarrassing booboo in reference to
those Jews. After all, they're a pretty
hardy crowd. To be hanging in there for all
those centuries, they just may have Some-
body on their side. Kinda makes you think,
doesn't it?
Shalom,
GOD

It does "kinda make you think," indeed.
And it came from Los-Angeles, which they
tell me is the City of Angels.
(Don McEvoy is Senior Vice President of the
National Conference of Christians and Jews.
The opinions expressed are his own.)

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Fraser, declared that Israel
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would be assured of the firm
commitment of his govern-
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to live within secure and
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In his first statement on
the Middle East since his
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