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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-05-01

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Friday, May 1, 1981



Volume on 'Love, Sex and Marriage: A Jewish

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Rabbi Roland B. Gittel-
sohn's book "Love, Sex, and
Marriage: A Jewish View,"

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published by the Union of
American Hebrew Congre-
gations, is broader than the
title indicates. It is a synth-
esis of religion, morality,
biology, psychology and
sociology, and consists of 16
chapters. Some are titled:
What Is Love?" "Love and
the Family," "A Family Is
More Than Two," and "Do
All Religions Agree on
The text is instructive
and inspirational and reve-
als Rabbi Gittelsohn's pro-
found mastery of the sub-
ject. Especially captivating
are his views on love. While
differentiating between in-
fatuation and love, he
writes: "Infatuation is a
purely physical experience
. . Love is a consuming
desire to share one's whole
life both physically and
spiritually with another
person of the opposite sex."
Rabbi Gittelsohn does not
fully agree with sociologists
who maintain that Jews
have not been greatly af-
fected by drug addiction and
sexual immorality because
of "the strength and beauty
of Jewish family life." The
opinion, he contends,
applies only to Jews whose
marital standards are based
on Jewish ethics, but not to
those who are unaware of
Jewish moral ideals.

was able to realize itself and
its potentialities, to a
greater degree than any of
them could have done alone.
"Here on the crudest,
most elementary level of
simple biology is nature's
pattern for what later be-
came human love."
The chapter, "A Factnily
Is More Than Two"
explores the relationship
between parents and
children and their
mutual obligations.
Foremost is the parents'
obligation to establish a
firm, secure and harmoni-
ous foundation based on
love and consideration.
Next is their duty to bring
up the children properly.
This includes, among
others, discipline.
To be effective, discipline,
"must be (1) firm, (2) loving,
(3) consistent and, as far as
possible, (4) a natural con-
sequence of the behavior it
is meant to regulate,"
writes Rabbi Gittelsohn.
Nevertheless, discipline
will be ineffective if the par-
ents set wrong examples.
Our sages, remarks the
author, expressed this idea
as follows: "Every Jew shall
so conduct himself that his
son will rejoice to say: 'The
God of my father.' " A
hasidic rebbe expressed the
same thought this way:
"God treats a man in the
same way that the man
treats his children. Do not
neglect your children, and
God will not neglect you."
Significant is the

Rabbi Gittelsohn, the
advocate of high marital
standards, cites the
Jewish belief in God's
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association with love. As
an illustration he relates
the story of the Roman
woman who once asked a Arab Charge
rabbi: "What has God of Harassment
been doing to keep Him-
self occupied since Crea- Is Mitigated
tion was completed." The
rabbi replied, "God The military governor of"
spends His time match- Hebron published a report
ing couples for mar- claiming that recent press
A Puppet S OW
accounts of harassment of
The author sees a close local Arabs by Jewish
association of nature with settlers were grossly exag-
love. "We see this most gerated. -
dramatically," he writes,
The report backed up the
"in the relationship be- Jewish Settlers Council and
May 3, 1981
tween cells." He points out the Kiryat Arba municipal
200 p.m.
that the single, original council who contended that
cells evolved into organisms there was no tension be-
of millions of cells perform- tween Jews and Arabs in
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their Arab neighbors. Ear-
lier, Deputy Defense Minis-
ter Mordechai Zipori asked
the Kiryat Arba residents
not to walk the streets of
Hebron armed or to attempt
to restore order.
The settlers claimed
they carried arms at the
instructions of the mili-
tary government and
said they would prefer
not to as a demonstration
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The settlers took urn-
brage at the press reports.
They said an investigation
Licensed by the State of Michigan
of their conduct would -prove
the reports false and that
parties_ spreading such
rumors should be brought to
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author's examination of
the Christian and Jewish
views on sex. He points
out that "Jesus was never
married. In order to di-
vorce him from any
possible taint of connec-
tion with sex, Christian
tradition even resorted to
the belief that Jesus was
born to a virgin."
Paul, the real founder of
Christianity, also viewed
sex unsympathetically. He
wrote this about marriage:
"So that he who marries his
betrothed does well; and he
who refrains from marriage
will do better." St. Jerome, a
Church father, said: "He
who loves his own wife too
ardently is an adulterer."
In modern times, writes

Rabbi Gittelsohn, Christian
leaders "have moved away
from the historic position of
Christianity on sex and
toward that of Judaism."
What is the Jewish posi-
tion on sex? It is both posit-
ive and realistic. The Bible
and the Talmud extol it. The
"Song of Songs," though
considered an allegory, con-
tains "love songs."
Nachmanides regarded the
marital union as "holy an

Rabbi Gittelsohn con-
cludes: "Judaism teaches
that life is good and sex is
good — if we accept it and
learn how to control and use
it for our advantage and
richest growth."

ARMDI Honors for Four

Shown receiving the Heritage Award of the
American Red Magen David for Israel are, from left,
Sydney B. Wertheimer, Detroiter Joseph Handleman,
Louis Rosenberg and, at right, Herman Quittman. The
four were honored at a recent New York luncheon.
Presenting the awards are Mrs. Nathan Goldman and
Israel Consul Paul Kedar.

Israel Will Denounce EEC
Rep's Meeting With Arafat

Dutch Foreign Minister
Christoph van der Klaauw
is expected to receive a cool
reception when he visits Is-
rael May 12-14 and will
hear vehement protests
from Premier Menahem -
Begin and Foreign Minister
Yitzhak Shamir over his
meeting with Palestine
Liberation Organization
chief Yasir Arafat in Beirut
Van der Klaauw will be in
Israel in his capacity as
chairman of the council of
ministers of the European
Economic Community
(EEC). He had met with
Arafat and top PLO
lieutenants in the same
capacity, though he was ac-
companied by officials of the
Dutch Foreign Ministry:
His visit to Israel will be his
second to the Middle East
within the course of a month
to report on the current
situation and the prospects
of the European peace in-
itiative to which Israel is
adamantly opposed.
The report Van der
Klaauw submits to the
council of ministers is
expected to determine
the course of the Euro-
pean initiative in the
months ahead. Israel ob-
jects to the EEC initiative
on many gounds, particu-
larly its advocacy of PLO
"association" in the
Mideast peace process.
Begin and Shamir are
expected to tell the Dutch
diplomat that his meeting
with Arafat disturbedthe

political process and re-
duced the prospects for
peace in the region.
Van der Klaauw was in
Egypt last weekend for
talks with President Anwar
Sadat and Foreign Minister
Butrus Ghaii. According to
reports from Cairo he told
them that the U.S. is show-
ing more understanding of
the European initiative and
that the U.S. and Europe
are drawing closer on the is-

3 Israeli Police
May Be Tried

Attorney General recom-
mended that three -senior
police officers should be put
on trial for giving false evi-
dence which led to the con-
viction of a man now serv-
ing a life sentence for the
murder of a woman seven
years ago.
Amos Baranes-has consis-
tently claimed that he was
not guilty of the murder of
Rachel Heller, a soldier. He
has refused a pardon, say-
ing this would indicate
guilt, and demanded a ret-
The Attorney General's
statement said the question
of a retrial should be raised
by the authorities only after
the trial of the three police
officers. If found guilty of
giving false evidence at the
time, the state could then
re-open Baranes' trial.
Meanwhile, he could
himself apply to thc Sup-
reme Court, the Attorney

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