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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 16th day of Kislev, 5742, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Genesis 32:4-36:43. Prophetical portion, Hosea 11:7-12:12.
Candlelighting, Friday, Dec. 11, 4:43 p.m..
VOL. LXXX, No. 15
Friday, December 11, 1981
YAD VASHEM'S EMPHASIS
Yad Vashem in Jerusalem is the symbol of
unforgetfulness, of honor to the memory of vic-
tims of the most inhuman crimes in history. It
keeps alive the spirit of a people resisting an
effort at the finality of an entire people.
It is to the honor of the Metropolitan Detroit
Jewish community that a replica of the
Holocaust memorial known as Yad Vashem is
to be built here, that the records of the mass
murders are not to be obliterated and that the
reminders of what had occurred during the Nazi
era are to have the emphasis to be recorded here
under the declaration of "Never Again."
The memorials to the victims of Nazism are
numerous. They have been established as mini-
ature museums and in some minute forms as
Holocaust centers. The massive program plan-
ned for this community will make the Holocaust
Memorial Center, groundbreaking having
taken place last Sunday, the most important
duplication of what has been established in
The historic Israel memorial has served a
purpose, the significance of which does not need
explaining. It contains the records of the suffer-
ers. It emphasizes the destruction of many
communities, the threat to the cultural and
spiritual values of the destroyed cities and vil-
lages, the extinction of the Shtetl.
The Yad Vashem's urgent needs become evi-
dent when inheritors of the bestialities of the
Nazis seek to deny that there had been a
Holocaust. There has been an effort to reduce
the tragedy at Auschwitz by portraying it as a
genocide of Poles, with some Jewish losses. This
has been a policy of the Kremlin in the Soviet
attempt to reduce the horror at Babi Yar and to
describe it as a Russian loss. Whatever the mo-
tives in denying to Jews even the memory of the
horrors, they exist, and the Holocaust centers
serve the purpose of being reminders of the
tragedies — reminders that serve as weapons to
prevent their repetition.
The historic fact is that more than 11 million
people were massacred by the Nazis, half of
them Jews. Jews were murdered for being Jews, ,
the others for being nationals of governments
with which the Hitler regime was at war. The
Jewish tragedy thus symbolizes the inhuman-
ity never to be overlooked, the inhumanities
which must serve as weapons against anything
of its kind that threaten to be repeated for any
and all people on earth.
The duplication of the Jerusalem symbol of
giving inerasable spiritual strength to Jewish
resistance to any effort to destroy the people,
lends glory to a community that recognizes the
duty to remember. There is the obligation to
emphasize it in the spirit of "Never Again" to all
enemies of Jewry and the People Israel. In this
spirit the groundbreaking of the Holocaust
Memorial Center here is an occasion providing'
pride in the response that spells dignity of
which a proud people can never be denied.
MERIT OF PATIENCE
Patience has all the merits of the human
spirit and the courage that sustains people. Yet,
it is very difficult to acquire.
There is a lesson for the impatient in the
latest American - Israel agreements. They do
not solve all the problems. They do, however,
emphasize that what has been affirmed as a
friendship need not be damaged.
It keeps recurring. that whenever there is a
dispute the media pick it up and make an issue
of it, treating it as if there were a crisis, as if the
relationship between the two nations is about
to break up. It always ends with a good measure
of cordiality, and if patience has been exercised
there would be less fear of impending tragedies.
In the most recent experience there is the
acme of admonition that patience is valuable,
even in diplomacy; that statesmanship has
much to learn, especially in averting panic.
There were differences of opinion over the
proposed peacekeeping force in Sinai. The am-
munition resorted to by the media, in newspap-
ers and on the air, gave the impression that
something was about to collapse. It did not. As
the matter materialized, such could not occur.
The representatives of the two governments
treated the matter with dignity, in a spirit of
friendly negotiations. It was resolved.
Many more issues are certain to arise. There
will be similar reactions. There will be panic
generating anger. With patience they will be
Therefore, the lesson for the future: let there
be patience and justice will justify adherence to
TESTING CAMP DAVID
Only in Washington and Jerusalem is the
Camp David Egyptian - U.S. - Israel peace
document treated with the hoped-for respect.
Elsewhere there is skepticism, and it has begun
to creep into the three areas whence came the
paving of the road to amity.
The testing of the validity of the peace accord
is not of the Israelis and Egyptians and of the
American partner to the document and the his-
toric decision. It is a continuity of Arab
animosities, escalating into. an Islamic war on
Israel, that is under scrutiny.
Realistic judges of the existing quandaries
recognize that if there is to be peace for the area
and security for Israel, there is no substitute for
the Camp David decision. To sustain it will re-
quire brilliant statesmanship as well as deci-
siveness in an adherence to the basic ideals
emanating from Camp David. Hoepfully the
weight of the U.S. will be in the direction of
fulfillment of hopes and aspiration for genui-
neness in peace aims. Hopefully there will
never be concessions to the opposites which can
only spell warfare and massive loss of loves and
destruction of available peaceful aims.
ilintel Brief' in Forward
Inaugurated Advice COlumns
Long before Ann Landers, Emily Post, Abigail Van Buren ("Dear
Abby"), Llewellyn Miller, Helen Latner and several others had begun
to write advice columns, there was a pioneer in the American press.
She was Mrs. Annie Louise Brown Leslie, a member of the women's
reportorial department of the Detroit News. She proposed such a
column in 1919 to then managing editor of the Detroit News, Malcolm
Bingay (who later became the editorial chief of the Detroit Free
"Press). Bingay's associates in the Detroit News editorial department
laughed at the idea. Not "Bing." He not only accepted it: he introduced
it. The column began to appear under the title "Experience," and later
under the name of Nancy Brown, Mrs. Leslie's pseudonym. Credit,
therefore, where credit is due. "Experience" continues to this day,
bylined. Jane Lee.
A current columnist who writes on "Etiquette," taking into ac-
count the Jewish ethical principle of "Derekh Eretz," is Helen Latner,
author of "The Book of Modern Jewish Etiquette" (Schocken).
Bingay's pioneering was not the beginning of advice columns. It
all started long ago in 1906 — in the Yiddish-language daily, the
Jewish Daily Forward. •
The Jewish Daily Forward pioneered as an adviser to immigrants
settling in this country, as an Americanization force, as a guide to
etiquette, as peace-maker in homes threatened by discord, and scores
more of problems that distressed Jews who came here as strangers
striving to build wholesome homes. Its role is described in an explan-
tory volume, "A Bintel Brief' (Viking). It is the second volume in a
series, anthologically compiled. This volume of letters to the Jewish
Daily Forward is from the years 1950 to 1980. They were compiled by
Isaac Metzker, a Forward staff writer for 40 years.
The letters selected by. Metzker for this and his earlier volume
cover every conceivable problem affecting the lives of Jews in a free
society. There are the religious queries, those involving kashrut,
marriage difficulties, children and their rebellious tendencies.
The serious is often tinged with the humorous, and both queries
and answers will provide the sense of guidance for which "Bintel
Brief' replies are intended, and much of the hilarious, thus making
this volume entertaining.
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Interestingly, the questions and the answers from generation to
generation hardly vary. The problems are repetitive: the Jewish
aspects, an occasional conversion, intermarriage, the nagging wife, a
back-seat driver who annoys the husband causing threat of a split
after many years of marriage. The Bintel Brief counselor comes to the
rescue to repair the damage. ( _
Metzker performs excellently as translator from the Yiddish and
as anthologist of the letters. His explantory introduction traces the
history of Jewish immigration to this country and the agonies that
confronted those who came to Ellis Island, under difficult conditions,
creating the questions and inspiring the answers. -
"A Bintel Brief' belongs to contemporary literature that reveals
the problematic and adds to the studies of how immigrants integrate
and the manner in which their problems are tackled. Metzger's is a