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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 20th day of Shevat, 5742, the following scriptural selection will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Exodus 18:1-20:23. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6.
Candlelighting, Friday, February 13, 5:42 p.m.
VOL. LXXX,o. 24
Friday, February 12, 1982
'PARIAH' AND 'INVECTIVES'
Observers of United Nations General Assem-
bly delegates in action, including objective re-
porters, have a definition: the UN is motivated
by invectives. In fact, witnessing the manner
in which public responsibilities are being de-
graded in an international assembly, the means
of describing the actions there is: ruled by invec-
The U.S. chief delegate to the UN, Ambas-
sador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, substantiated it and
reiterated that description. She went further in
her observations of the UN in a television inter-
view. She made a point of emphasizing that in
the UN Israel is a pariah.
Simply defined, "Pariah" is an outcast. One
lexicographer also chose to apply it to ."man
without a country."
When the history of the UN will be written
objectively, not through the vision of the Iron
Curtain or the -Third World bloc of nations, the
ludicrous nature of the invectives hurled at Is-
rael's expense, calling a member nation of the
UN a pariah, will be an interesting task in
exploding the hypocritical nature of the world
organization as it functions in a period in his-
tory when the world is torn by strife.
That Ambassador Kirkpatrick should have
applied "invectives" and "pariah" as a mark of
shame to the UN is a matter of major impor-
tance for all who have dreamed that the inter-
national organization would serve as the
medium for assuring peace for mankind. Why is
this objective failing?
In an anlysis written for the New York Times,
Bernard Nossiter described diplomats serving
in the UN as "a largely disillusioned lot." He
quoted a UN study as "regarding peace in the .
Middle East as the world's most pressing prob-
lem, but they do not think the United Nations
will help much in achieving it." He speaks of
their "low opinion of the General Assembly and
a lower one of the Security Council."
- In the interest of arriving at the truth it is
important that Nossiter's report on the results
of a questionnaire among 1,016 diplomats, with
returns from 187. There were only two • re-
sponses from the Soviet bloc countries and "they
were discarded as not representative." The
secretary-generalship was reported to be held in
It is under such conditions that Israel is
viewed as a "Pariah" and the United States
continues to have the role of the only chief dis-
senter in defense of the Jewish state.
It is the latter fact that must be treated with
great respect. Defying an organization that has
sunk very low in world esteem but nevertheless
is given notoriety as the world's major move-
ment for peace, seldom succeeding in any of its
endeavors, any observer with a sense of respon-
sibility and truth must stand in awe at the role
of the U.S. The test for this nation is in its
treatment of Israel. The U.S. has made errors.
There were blunders. But in the main there is a
role of great courage in the actions of the U.S.
representatives who will not yield to the inde-
cencies that stem from a world organization
dominated by hatred and hypocrisy.
Therefore the emphasis that a nation that
chooses to stand alone against such great odds
must receive the highest mark for honoring its
duties. Israel, like Jewry, continues to be a
barometer in testing human decencies. In this
test, the U.S. emerges supreme and earns the
gratitude of Israel and the Jewish people.
SOVIET TACTICS IN POLAND
Poland is in the unfortunate limelight. The
Polish people, as represented in a single word,
Solidarity, has the sympathy- of mankind. The
United States has inspired the motto Let Po-
land Be Poland in an unusual demonstration
of human kindness.
There is also the testing. Under authoritarian
rule the governing power of Poland entered into
partnership with the elements of destruction,
with the instigators of terror, with the Libyans
who have planted terror in many areas, as
partners of the PLO and as the enemies of the
Quoting "Western sources," John Darnton, in
a report to the New York Times from Warsaw,
reveals that 16 Libyan cadets arrived in Po-
land two weeks ago, and another 60 last week,
for training in special weapon use in military
The Darnton report reveals:
"The development is another sign of growing
ties between Warsaw and Tripoli after the im-
position of martial law here Dec. 13, and it coin-
cides with a worsening of relations between
Washington and Tripoli and between Washing-
ton and Warsaw.
"The Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-
Qaddafi, was one of the first leaders outside the
Soviet bloc to express support for the military
takeover and subsequent 'normalization' of
The links here are apparent. They pursue the
Soviet policies of encouraging the terroristic
elements in the Arab world. They are part of the
Kremlin pro-Qaddafi policies which consis-
tently spell pro-PLO.
The role of the present Polish government
thus is apparent. It stands exposed as an ally of
With an anticipated eventual success for Sol-
idarity, it is to be expected that such an alliance
will not be tolerated under a democrtized
Polish form of government.
UN THE LOSER
Israel was the target, but the United Nations
was the loser in last week's repetitive expres-
sion of hatred which was marked by threats to
Israel's role as a member of the world organiza-
The true intentions of the latest anti-Israel
resolution are recognized in the ranks of the
civilized nations. It was an act to undermine
peace efforts. It made the tasks of the U.S. and
her allies for peace a bit harder.
Now in Paperback
Goldberg's Facts Elucidate
`Because They're Jewish'
"Just Because They're Jewish" by M. Hirsh Goldberg (Stein an
Day) earned wide attention in 1979 when it first appeared as
hard-cover book. In its revised edition, republished as a paperbaclj
emphasis reappears on a volume that exposes myths. It is a factuE
book replete with information about noted Jewish personalities in
spheres of endeavor.
The eight solid pages devoted to an index indicate the extent
the research done by Goldberg and the scores of names of emine -ri
Jews who are described in literary, sports, art, music, religion, ane . i'
numerous historical episodes.
"Goldberg's Law" is the manner in which the facts are prove...-:;
regarding many occurrences in history.
The several chapters in Goldberg's book ar
interestingly headlined. One, for example, read
"Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones,
Names Can Kill You." As in all of the chapter
this one has this definitive explanation: :-‘,
"FACT: The legend of the Wandering Jew ha'
been so persistent that in 1940,-a man claimiri
to be the Wandering Jew visited the New Yori
Public Library to do research on himself.
"FACT: During the 19th Century, a group c
French psychiatrists declared that Je'
psychologically were unable to settle down an
had a need to wander.
"FACT: Not only did Christians engage
moneylending along with the Jews during the Middle Ages, bui
Christian moneylenders often charged higher rates — as high as 50,
"FACT: A book claiming to show a Jewish plot to control till
world has been termed as next to the Bible the most widely distri
uted book in the world.
"FACT: Henry Ford's promotion of anti-Jewish literature so irn
pressed Adolf Hitler that he kept a picture of Ford on his desk.'' ,
While the primary effect of the Goldberg book is to trace t1 -1
records of Jewish notables, the historical facts have special merit. On,
relating to "toleration" in early America also traces an important
occurrence in American Jewish history. The chapter entitled "To He
With Hitler: A Journey Into the Holocaust" offers the following: j
"The Holocaust was not the only time when being a Jew way
made a capital offense. It also occurred in America — where an offieig
governmental body passed a law calling for the death of Jews
"In 1649, the Maryland Legislature enacted the first reli
liberty act to be passed by an established legislature in the NeN'i
World. Called the Act Concerning Religion (Tolerance), it was wide!)
hailed in its day for its expression of religious freedoms.
"The Act; however, had one defect. While it ordered toleration f'< -,
all who proposed faith in Jesus Christ and subscribed to the orthod6,
interpretation of the Trinity, America's first Toleration Act decro,
the death penalty for certain Christian heretics, atheists, and Jews
"A Jew was actually arrested under this law. In 1658, Jacol
Lumbrozo was imprisoned and was saved only by an amnesty pro
claimed while he awaited
While the major interest is in personalities — "Just Becaus
They're Jewish" — the importance of the historical in "Goldberg.
Law" definitions add special interest to his book, with new emphasi
on the paperbacked edition. <