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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath. the fifth day of Tishri. 5742, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 31:1-30.
Prophetical portion. Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27.

Thursday, Yom Kippur
Pentateuchal portion. morning, Leviticus 16.1-34, Numbers 29:7-11. Afternoon. Leviticus 18:130.
Prophetical portion. Isaiah 57:14-58;14; Jonah 1:1-4; Micah 7:18-20.

Candle lighting, Friday, October 2, 6:53 p.m.

VOL. LXXX, No. 5

Page Four

Friday, October, 2, 1981


Civic protective movements in recent weeks
adopted an optimistic attitude of rejoicing over
a claimed decline in anti-Semitism. The deeper
studies of the existing conditions begin to justify
the branding of such claims as sheer baloney.
In the first place, the many desecrations of
synagogues and Jewish public buildings, in
some cases of cemeteries, indicate that such
conclusions are exaggerations.
If the viewpoint of a decline in anti-Semitism
were true, why did it become necessary for the
state of New Jersey to adopt the most stringent
law on record in any state in the Union? New
Jersey set penalties of up to five years in prison
for anyone convicted of attempting to incite fear
by burning crosses, painting swastikas or defac-
ing buildings or property with threatening slo-
gans or symbols.
Such threats continue to be heard, and legis-
lators who take them into account should be
commended. They not only seek to punish of-
fenders. They also warn of the existence of
bigotries and anti-Semitism.
Why become overly complacent? Frederick
M. Schweitzer, associate professor of history at
Manhattan College, New York, is to be counted
among those who refuse to be complacent and
indifferent to realities. In a letter to the New
York Times, which the editors entitled "Anti-
Semitism in America: The Good News and the
Bad," Prof. Schweitzer wrote:
"I take much encouragement from William G.
Blair's article of July 29 reporting the decline of
anti-Semitism in the United States since 1964.
My subjective impression had been that any
trend was in the opposite direction.
"Over the last dozen years or so I have often
felt disheartened by the slow and unsteady pro-
gress of my own and many others' efforts in
teaching, writing, lecturing, etc., trying to dis-
pel anti-Semitism. In desponding moments I
like to recall the remark of that doyen of Chris-
tian combatants of anti-Semitism, James
Parkes. When asked in 1934 how long it would
take to root out that noxious weed, he replied
300 years.
"I cannot help thinking — or hoping — that
the explanation of the decline since 1964 is con-
nected with the Catholic Church's "Declaration
on the Church and Non-Christian Religions,"
("Nostra Aetate") promulgated by Pope Paul VI
on Oct. 28, 1965.

"In the light of two millennia of the Jewish-
Christian encounter, that document is a 'mira-
cle,' although it did not resolutely condemn_
anti-Semitism in its Christian and other guises,
acknowledge Judaism as an authentic, self-
contained religion in its own right or consider
the possibility that Israel has some theological
significance for Catholics.
"But the hopes partly dashed in 1965 have
been redeemed in good measure by the various
national and diocesan guidelines for imple-
menting 'Nostra Aetate.' They have greatly ex-
tended it in both the letter and the spirit.
"Implementation is a slow, tortuous affair.
Precious few sermons reflecting 'Nostra Aetate'

have been preached, with the result that the
older generation of Catholics has not been
reached and, as the Yankelovich survey shows,
remains steadfastly anti-Semitic.
"But the young have been reached, and they
provide the most hopeful part of the report.
"My own history of the Jews was commis-
sioned by the New York Archdiocese's Office of
Education and inspired by 'Nostra Aetate's' im-
perative that we Catholics set our theological
tablets straight and overcome our abysmal
ignorance of Jewish history, from the Apostles
and the Destruction of the Temple to Auschwitz
and Israel reborn. One of the most critical fronts
for this work is the curriculum of the seminaries

for the priesthood; some significant changes
have been effected, but not uniformly and possi-
bly not irreversibly.
The Yankelovich report is ominous in the
sharp increase of the number of those who as-
sert that the Jews are too powerful and more
loyal to Israel than to America (two of the most
venerable calumnies in the annals of anti-
Semitism): Worse, one-third of us are still
anti-Semitic; that may translate as one-third of
us being blatantly anti-Semitic, two-thirds la-
tently so.
The 'sleeping giant' can awaken. If domestic
supply runs low, anti-Semitism can be im-
ported; it is the most readily importable/
exportable item in the international ideology
market. I conclude that Parkes's term of 300
years is not excessive, and that no one should be
surprised if in another 70 years we have a report
entitled, like that of 1964, 'The Tenacity of
Prejudice.' "
There is much more to the study of anti-
Semitism than these basic facts. Prof.
Schweitzer, the Christian, deals with the very
obvious facts. There also are the hidden factors,
the attempts to hide under the cloak of respec-
tability. These are the evidences of a tongue-
in-cheek anti-Semitism which is more obnoxi-
ous and could be even more dangerous than the
direct and immediately evident. The diabolic
haters are those who strike knives in the back of
Israel, condemn Jews who are critical of the
enemies of the Jewish state and of those who
would protect the embattled and always
threatened Israelis, and then turn to them and
say: "Just because we criticize you, don't call us
anti-Semites." They hide under the cloak of
condemning Zionism and therefore they feel
free to strike at Israel and Jewry but wish to be
commended and shout Hallelujah.
These are the warnings of the new age of an
unhalting anti-Semitism. It exists. It persists. It
has a strong opposition in Christian ranks as
evideiaced by Prof. Schweitzer, as reiterated by
notables like Prof. Franklin Littell, Robert St.-
John, Dr. Carl Voss and many others who know
and reject the outright haters who seek Jewry's
and Israel's destruction.
Once again it must be emphasized that the
vigilant must recognize all elements in the bi-
goted ranks, acclaiming that they will never be

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