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Sukkot Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath. the 19th day of Tishri. 5742. is Ho/ Hanioed Sukkot
iind the fiilloteing scriptural selections mill he read in our synagogues:
Pcntateuchal portion. Exodus 33:12-34 - 26.- Number, 29.23-28. Sunday, Numbers 29:26-34.
Prophetical portion each day. Ezekiel 38:18-39:16.

Monday. Hoshana Rabba

Pentateuchal portion. Numbers 29:26-34.

Tuesday, Shemini Azeret

Pentateuchal portion. Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17; Numbers 29:35-30:1. Prophetical portion. 1 Kings 8:54-66.

Wednesday. Simhat Torah

Pentateuchal portion. Deuteronomy .13'1-14.12; Genesis 1.142 -3; .Numbers 29:3.5 30.1.
Prophetical portion. Joshua 1 - 1-18.

Candle lighting, Friday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.

VOL. LXXX, No. 7

Page Four

Friday, October 16, 1981


Anwar Sadat's world role, which began with
his visit in Jerusalem, was in itself a legacy.
kVill it be accepted and adhered to? Will it be
respected and will it continue to provide hope
for peace in the Middle East and therefore in the
entire world?
He was a truly great man. There was
charisma in the courage he displayed in being

the only leader in the world of Islam to raise a
banner that spelled peace. The Sadat legacy is a

challenge to his kinsmen, to his coreligionists,
and to the peoples of all faiths: is their admira-
tion for him a call to action, to pursue the peace,
and will they reject the appeals to hatred that
marked the vindictiveness heard in many quar-

The challenge is also to the civilized in man-
kind and especially to the United States. Will
the spokesmen for this nation adhere to policies
leading to peace or will they be bowed by cries of
Not only the Middle East leaders but the
freedom-loving and justice-seeking in all man-
kind are put to the test. Whether the aim is
genuine peace or whether vindictiveness will
gain a foothold where amity is so vital for man-
kind is the major question.
The Sadat legacy beckons for good will among
all, for peace and an end to warfare. The re-
sponse to it will be the test of the human spirit.
Hopefully, as Sadat surely would have wished
it, man will rise above beast.


Shocking examples of misunderstandings
and misinterpretations have crept into the
debate over the proposed sale of AWACS jets
to Saudi Arabia. At the outset, finding the
prime minister of Israel a suitable target,

there were attacks on Menahem Begin, as if
he were engineering all of the strategic man-
ipulations of the Middle East and the effects

upon them of the Russian Bear.

So, a phrase like "Begin over Reagan" used by
a responsible senatorial leader should have
been widely condemned as politically odious. It
had its echoes, in a most unfortunate manner.
Then came many other distortions, especially
the one of "thisis our country and no one can
dictate to it," implying that little Israel was
attempting to dominate over a major issue in
American foreign policy. The irony of it all was
that simultaneously, in Israel, Begin was ac-
cused of knuckling under to Reagan and was
submitting to American pressures. Nothing
could, of course, be further from the truth. An
Israel leader or any responsible Israeli citizen
does not condone threats to the very existence of
the nation.
The distortions, misunderstandings, misin-
terpretations, the resort to the search for a
scapegoat in the situation — Israel being the
most suitable one — lies in the failure to ac-f
knowledge that what is happening is a threat to
the United States, not to Israel alone.
The sophisticated weapon, the one that could
menace the security of nations, a weapon not yet

available to the Russians, could fall into the
hands of the rulers in the Kremlin. It is not a toy
to be bandied. It is something to be protected.
The Detroit Free Press editorially, on Sept.
29, warned of the danger under the headline:
"AWACS: More than Israel security is at stake
in the sale to the Saudis." The editorial outlined
the danger to this nation, stating:
"The AWACS embody an airborne
intelligence-gathering and control system so

sophisticated and sensitive that we have not yet
turned it over to our European allies. It is inte-
grated with electronic detection and control sys-
tems basic to our entire defense capability. Yet
we now propose to sell the system to a nation
that is — for all its oil wealth — backward,
potentially unstable and lacking an adequate
security structure.
"Saudi Arabia is far from immune to the kind
of upheaval that occurred in Iran. That sort of

revolution would surely put the AWACS under
the control of a government hostile to the U.S.,
perhaps willing to use them offensively in the
Mideast, and very likely to let their advanced
technology fall into the hands of the Soviet
"Even if the Saudi rulers survive the next
several years, few secrets, military or other-
wise, can be kept in a country marked by the
rivalry of the oil princes, the divided loyalties of
the army and national guard, the restiveness of
the middle class and the presence of a large
number of foreign workers and military per-
sonnel who not only have no loyalty to the Saudi
regime, but may be actively opposed to it."
Sad innuendos have been added to the regret-
table elements that have entered into the
AWACS case. There is the spreading warning
that one must not differ with the President,
implying that the President can't be wrong.
This is a sort of politics that can destroy the very
basis of the democratic way of life.
It is not new, yet it is being repeated ad
nauseum in this case, that the President cannot
be criticized. It is a shocking example of a sink-
ing into the sort of reactionary thinking that is
undeserving of any nation, let alone the great
American democracy.
The warnings are apparent. The message
must be sent on to all members of Congress that
in their hands lies a cherished legacy — to act
justly and not to permit the undermining of the
democratic way of this nation's life.

Inspired Bilingual Volume:
`Love Poems' by Amichai

Linguists generally, Hebraists specifically, will be fascinated by
the bilingual volume, "Love Poems," by Yehuda Amichai (Harper and


Recognized as Israel's leading poet, Amichai attained a highly-
acclaimed role in the Western world. He is especially admired in this
country, and his works have appeared in English translations, pub-
lished by Harper and Row, since 1968.
Now the added recognition comes in
the bilingual form, the 50 poems in
this volume appearing in Hebrew with
the English translations on the oppo-
site pages.
He is not only the poet par excel-
lence, inspired and motivated by the
influences of his environment and the
history of his people. Ile is also the
master Hebraist who has become
equally adept as lecturer in English,
as evidenced in his appearances in De-
troit, Ann Arbor and many other
communities; and also as becomes ap-
parent in his being his own translator
of some of his works. The translations
of "Love Poems" are by former De-
troiter David Rosenberg, who has
gained wide recognition as a poet of
the Bible; Asia Gutmann, Ruth Nevo, Warren Bargad, Debbie Silk,
Robert Friend, Harold Shimrnel, Tudor Parfitt and Glenda Abram-
son; and some of the poems were translated jointly by Amichai and
Ted Hughes.
The Hebrew text retains the contemporary flavor and is influ-

enced by the spiritually-inherited Scriptural dedication. It is a com-

bination of the very old and the very young, and the poet's leadership
in the ranks of the world's greatest poets thus becomes a matter of

linguistic and spiritual fascination.
'The following excerpt from the book, translated by Amichai and
Hughes, exemplifies the bilingual character of Amichai's "Love

An Old Toolshed

What's this? This is an old
No, this is a great past love.

Anxiety and Joy were here to-
in this darkness
and Hope.

Perhaps I've been here once be-
I didn't go near to find out.

These are voices calling out of a
No, this is a great love.
No, this is an old toolsbed.


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