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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
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Candle lighting. Friday, September 4. 7:41 p.m.
VOL. LXXX, No. 1
Friday, September 4, 1981
BG-IINT 9 s BAG OF TROUBLES
enemies of the United States. The bottom line is
Israel Prime Minister Menahem Begin ar-
simply this: The advanced weaponry represents
rives in this country during the Labor Day
no threat to domestic radicals but no use to
weekend with a valise so jammed with problems
the Saudi regime in countering them, and a
and serious concerns for his nation that ex-
traordinary tensions become major news for the
genuine danger both to Israel and to the United
United States, Israel and the international in-
volvements in the Middle East.
The problem is grave. In both the U.S. Senate
Sensationalized as the major issue between
and the U.S. House of Representatives there are
Israel and the Arab states, and therefore of di- •majorities under the barrage of pressures for
-ect importance in the relations involving Mr.
such sales from White House and State De-
Begin, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, is the plan for
This is a crucial issue and it is major in the
autonomy for the Arabs residing in Judea and . approaching conferences between President
Samaria which continue to be referred to as the
Reagan and Prime Minister Begin.
• • •
West Bank. This issue revolves around the con-
tinuing debates over the historic importance of
In addition to these, many more problems will
:he Camp David agreements. They challenge
surely be tackled by the two chiefs of state.
There are worms that have crept into Menahem
:he sincerity of the nations involved and the
attitude of President Sadat is frequently
Begin's traveling bag.
They affect the personality of the spokesmian
studied in search for a basis of hoped-for inde-
structibility of the aims imbedded in the road
for Israel and his government's internal
agonies. The inexcusable attacks on the person-
sing paved for peace. The continuing ex-
changes between the Israeli and Egyptian lead-
ality of Mr. Begin stimulated a spate of hatreds
ers offer hope that the Camp David groundwork
and the virulence which marked his handling of
will not be buried in hatreds and misun-
his nation's needs were utilized for attacks on
him which inevitably rebounded as venom
ierstandings. It is anticipated that the anxiety
President Reagan shares with the Israeli and
against his country. Unfriendliness to him was
Egyptian leaders will lead to an assurance that
linked with the religious issues and they are a
the peace plans will be broadened, that other matter of deep concern not only to Israelis but to
Arab elements will eventually enter into
negotiations for an end to the Middle East con-
It is not good for world Jewry that prejudiced
minds in Israel, where there is religious free-
dom for all faiths, prevent justice and equality
• • •
for many Jews. The antagonism to Conserve-.
There are, however, other problems which
tive and Reform Jews is so deplorable that Is-
add weight to the bag of tensions which will
accompany Mr. Begin to the White House. Chief' raelis have reason to feel as depressed as are the
non-Orthodox Jews throughout the world. This
among them is that of the AWACS, the menac-
and similar issues have been used by the Begin
ing weapon being offered by the Reagan Ad-
enemies to direct insults at him, as if he were
ministration to Saudi Arabia as a weapon
responsible in its entirety for conditions
.udged vital to the American position in a
emanating from a coalition. The opposition par-
Soviet-threatened, oil-infested area.
ties in that system of government would be
Mr. Begin comes here at a time when Israel's
similarly affected, adn to make this a personal-
friends and all who are concerned about justice
ity campaign against the democratically-
in that part of the world and Israel's security are
elected prime minister is an act of total unfair-
asked to bombard their representatives in Con-
;Tess and the White House and State Depart-
nent with appeals not to resort to measures
Yet, the problem accompanies Mr. Begin to
which could prove devastating for Israel.
Washington. The outrageous actions against
Will Israel's chief of state be able to convince
the archeologists is exemplary. Those who seek
his counterpart in this country that a nation —
to prevent unearthing historic facts about the
Saudi Arabia — whose motto is the fomenting of
past have not hesitated to_ befoul the graves of
a Jihad, a Holy War, against Israel, cannot be
Theodor Herzl, the late President Itzhak Ben-
trusted with weapons which could destroy Is- Zvi and Vladimir Jabotinsky. This was done in
rael? Will our government continue to offer
the name of religious; faith and it is one of the
massive arms, presently to the tune of $8.5 bil-
terrible developments that has obstacled the
lion, to a nation that calls Israel its chief enemy
Begin government's search for peace and in the
above the Soviet whose presence in the Middle
ranks of the people of Israel.
East is the warning flouted by the U.S. in the
These are the many problems that accompany
name of AWACS as defending media to prevent
Mr. Begin wherever he goes. It is necessary,
therefore, that the internal issues which should
be resolved by the Israelis themselves should
Objections to the AWACS sales are not not be dragged into the U.S.-Israel considera-
limited to the Jewish and Israeli viewpoints. tions of friendly cooperation. It is necessary also
They are overwhelming and editorial opinions that the Jewish people should stand formally in
affirm it. The Detroit Free Press urged rejection support of Israel, while fostering hopes that the
of the Reagan proposal. Note the opinion of the many difficulties will be resolved.
Indeed, the great hope is that the Israel-U.S..
"What happens in the event of a successful friendship will be maintained and will be
coup against the Saudi monarchy? All that strengthened during the Reagan-Begin confer-
secret technology could fall into the hands of ences next week.
Compendium Lists Jewish
Authors and Best Sellers
Jewish books and their authors, the best sellers and the classics
in the publishing field, receive specific attention-in an unusual com-
pendium. • - •
Steven Gilbar conceived an unusual idea of compiling lists of
books of trivia and quizes about books. He collected them under the
title "The Book Book" (St. Martin's Press).
There is fascination in this compendium because it deals not only
with books but at the same time lends importance to authors.
Every conceivable element in book publishing and encyclopedic
knowledge about authors is included in the 230 pages of "The Book
Book." Biographies and autobiographies, sports and humor, detective
and adventure stories — they are all in this compendium.
Therefore, it is conceivablit that religious groups and nationality
backgrounding should be represented here.
Exemplary is what may well be called a Jewish section. There is a
special reference to "Jewish Literature." The noteworthy Jewish
award-winnere are in the list.
In the list of pronounciations he refers to Sholom Aleichem and
pronounces it Sho-lem Ah-lay-kem.
In a list of pen names he mentions Sholom Aleichem again and
indicates that his full name was Solomon J. Rabinowitz.
Then there is Emile Herzog who wrote under the name of Andre
Maurois. Nathan Weinstein wrote under the name of Nathaniel •
Under the title "Jewish Literature" there appear several lists,
including the National Jewish Book Award winners from 1950-1980.
Some of those listed include: John Hersey, "The Wall"; Sonia
Morgenstern, "The Testament of the Lost Son"; Zelda Popkin, "Quiet
Street"; Michael Blankfort, "The Juggler"; Charles Angoff, "In the
Morning Light"; Louis Zara, "Blessed Is the Land"; Jo Sinclair, "The
Changelings"; Lion Feuchtwanger, "Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo";
Bernard Malamud, "The Assistant"; Leon Uris, "Exodus"; Philip
Roth, "Goodbye, Columbus"; Edward L. Wallant, "The Human Sea-
son"; Samuel Yellen, "The Wedding Band"; Isaac Bashevis Singer,
"The Slave" and Joanne Greenberg, "The King's Persons."
Gilbar's other lists include:
Some Horiorable Mensch in Books: Great Yiddish Stories:
Sholem Aleichem, "The Best of Sholem Aleichem" (1979); David
Bergelson, "After All" (1919); Chaim Grade, "The Yeshiva" (1977);
Joseph Opatoshu, ""Day in Regensburg" (1968); I.L. Peretz, "Selected
Stories" (1974); Mendele Moicher Seforim, "Fishke the Lame" (1869);
Isaac Bashevis Singer, "The Magician of Lublin" (1960); and I. J.
Singer, "The Brothers Ashkenazi' (1936).
Ten Jewish-American Classics: Saul Bellow, "Herzog" (1964);
Abraham Cahan, "The Rise of David Levinsky" (1917); Arthur A. -
Cohen, "In the Days of Simon Stern" (1963); Daniel Fuchs, "The
Williamsburg Trilogy" (1934-1937); Herbert Gold, "Fathers" (1966);
Noah Gordon, "The Rabbi" (1965); Bernard Malamud, "The Assis-
tant" (1957); Henry Roth, "Call It Sleep" (1934);Philip Roth, "Good-
bye, Columbus" (1959); and Chaim Potok, "The Chosen" (1967).
Ten Jewish Novels: Charles Angoff, "Journey to the Dawn"
(1951); Joseph Heller, "Good As Gold" (1979); Myron Kaufman, "Re-
member Me to God" (1961); Meyer Levin, "The Old Bunch" (1937);
Wallace Markfield, "To an Early Grave" (1964); Frederic Mortin,
"Asphalt and Desire" (1952); Hugh Nissenson, "My Own Ground"
(1976); Edward Lewis Wallant,-"The Pawnbroker" (1961); Jercime
Weidman, "I Can Get If for You Wholesale" (1937); and Herman
Wouk, "Marjorie Morningstar" (1955).
The importance of such a compendium is evident. That's why
there is so much fascination in Gilbar's "The Book Book."-