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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-20

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THE JEWISH NEWS

(USPS 275-52W

Incorporating. The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July 20, 1951

Copyright © The Jewish News Publishing Co.

Member of American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, National Editorial Association and
National Newspaper Association and its Capital Club.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publi -shing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075
Postmaster: Send address changes to The Jewish News, 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $15 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
Editor and Publisher

ALAN HITSKY
News Editor

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

HEIDI PRESS
Associate News Editor

DREW LIEBERWITZ
Advertising Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the second day of Elul, 5742, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 51:12-52:12.

Candlelighting, Friday, Aug. 20, 8:07 p.m.

VOL. LXXXI, No. 25

Page Four

Friday, Aug. 20, 1982:- .

A PLEA FOR FAIR PLAY

Cleansing of the air, and of people's minds, is
now in demand and must be placed on the inter-
national agenda.
Ten weeks of spreading prejudices, a long
period of pinpointing a scapegoat in the image of
a prime minister, revival of medieval bigotries
that accompanied these developments, all the
experiences of a bloody conflict combine to call
for a halt to venom and the consideration of the
values that have always been defined as fair
play in the American experience.
Just as there is more than one side to any
controversy, so also has there been two sides to
the manner in which the Lebanese crisis was
reported.
Often, however, it was the Israeli who was
portrayed as "a villain," and the leader of the
element responsible for the terror that had
spread as a cancer was pictured fondling a child.
While mosques, schools, libraries and even
hospitals were used for storage of massive arms,
mostly supplied by the Soviet Union, Israel, the
target for attack with these armaments, was
expected to sit by meekly.
Out of it emerged the horror labeled Beirut
and the destruction and loss of life which is so
deplorable that there aren't sufficient words to
describe it.
In the process of these developments there
was and is a growth bf hatred, and escalation of
terrorism, an extension of anti-Semitism.
What is occurring in France is not new. It is a
continuity that began long before L'Affaire
Dreyfus and the elements that were marked by
the Vichy France regime.
There is no longer a disputing of the reality of
an anti-Israelism that has become anti-
Semitism. It creates new challenges and will, in
the course of history, redound to the discredit of
those who embrace the anti-Semites.
Many names can be appended to those who
become darlings of the spreaders of prejudice.
Some are simply misled because they have not
studied all the facts and are not relating to truth
which is the root of justice. A John Chancellor
and a Carl Rowan could and should know better
than to give comfort to the enemies of fair play.
Jews like Noam Chomsky, I.F. Stone, Philip
Klutznick and their associates are expected to
give a better opportunity to the quest for fair
play.
This is the present objective: to appeal for fair
play, to ask that deviations in whatever form
should not serve as means to undermine the
good-will that must predominate in American
ranks.
It is unfortunate that the Congressman from
Mount Clemens should have changed course
from friendship for Israel into animosity after a
week's stay in Israel and in Lebanon, appar-
ently being influenced by the leader of the PLO,
failing to exercise patience to see for himself
what the atmosphere is actually like. Hope-
fully, he will see the light of day. Time could be a
healer.
There is an even more serious concern. It is in
the ranks of the Michigan community, it is in
the apparent divisiveness in the Metropolitan

Detroit area, where bias has become a guideline
for some elements.
It is the friendship of the black and Jewish
communities that is of urgent concern at this
time.
Zionist leadership in this community exer-
cised respectability and proper approach to dif-
fering views by demonstrating them to Islamic
delegations meeting here. There were differing
views and they were presented peacefully. The
interpreters uttered them with dignity.
There were the opposite views at the sessions
of Islamic dignitaries from many lands.
Injected, however, was a note marked- by
threats, by warnings based on a divisive ap-
proach. There was an effort on the part of
spokesmen for the black community to advocate
a fusion of blacks and Muslims into a war on
Israel. Such efforts spell trouble and they com-
pel this appeal for fair play based on common
sense, so that a good neighborliness should not
be spoiled, so that the hatreds that develop into
racist animosities should never be permitted to
gain root in a great community of fellow Ameri-
cans.
What is viewed here as a menace could be
rejected as an exaggeration, as an unjustified
fear, had it not been for the fact that what has
become an anti-Israel prejudice is accompanied
by a diplomacy of support by members of Con-
gress. Michigan boasts of two able black mem-
bers of the U.S. House of Representatives. Both
have assumed leadership in efforts for what has
been described as an aim to unite blacks and
Arabs into a comradeship attached to the war on
Israel and Zionism.
This is an unfortunate, regrettable, deeply-
deplorable situation which will hopefully be
corrected. Hopefully, there will be a change of
attitude. Hopefully, the members of the Detroit
City Council who have given comfort to such a
condition, in a community that beckons and st-
rives for cooperation and unity, will not receive
accommodation. Hopefully, responsible leader-
ship will strive for prevention of a spread of such
hatreds.
One need not point to the terrorist acts in
France or anywhere else to emphasize that
anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism have become
the counterparts of anti-Semitism. Pope Pius
XII described such hatreds as "the sin of anti-
Semitism." Surely, the American spirit has
never condoned it. The record of black-Jewish
unity demands that the spreading of such hat-
reds should never be countenanced.
In the interest of fair play, in the spirit of the
great American ideal of fair play, this appeal is
directed to all concerned: do not divide the
community, do not make partnerships with the
seekers of destruction, give Israel a chance to
live, Israel supporters to make friends with the
partners in the important battle for civil rights.
This is not a time for divisiveness. The
black-Jewish communities are friends and this
neighborliness and fellow Americanism must
be strengthened. This is an appeal for the fair
play that makes all Americans akin in their
dignity for an honor that is human and respect-
ful, leading to justice for all.

Goldberg's 'Essays' Evaluate
Literary Wealth in Yiddish

Yiddish literary gems, the giants in Yiddish literature, are im-
pressively evaluated in "Essays" by Itche Goldberg.
Notably, this 430-page book was published by the Yiddisher
Kultur Farband. The combination of author and publisher is a contri-
bution to the enormous tasks of elevating the activities now in pro-
gress to retain the interest shown in Yiddish as a language, in the
literature that has enriched Jewish cultural attainments, and the
historic values inherent in such efforts.
Goldberg is among the acknowledged leaders in the movement to
advance the values of the Yiddish language. He lends forcefulness in
these efforts and his authoritative role makes his essays major
guidelines in assuring retention of the accumulative contributing
factors to the cultural records produced in_Yiddish.
In addition to the historic developments marked by the Yiddish
productive literary creativity, the authors who figure prominently in
such achievements are prominently accounted for in these collected
essays.
• In a sense, the Goldberg "Essays" provide a veritable Who's Who
in Yiddish literature.
Then there is the prime motif of the essays — to evaluate the
creativity of the Yiddish language on the 100th anniversary of mod-
ern Yiddish literature.
It is in this respect, in the evaluation of the progress that had
been made by the Yiddish press during nearly a century of service to
millions of readers, that a volume reaching a declining Yiddish
readership serves a notable purpose.
It is because of the declining status of the Yiddish press, which
has such a rich record of journalistic creativity, that an authoritative
opinion has a place in historic records.
The power of Yiddish as a unifying force among the masses of
Jews who were served by Yiddish to inspire and enrich their senti-
ments is given emphasis in the Goldberg essays and his explanatory
introductory preface.
He defines Yiddish as the "folkishe neshomo," the "people's soul."
His essays are the collective lectures and special articles
Goldberg delivered in many cities and had written in Yiddish periodi-
cals during the past 15 years.
Incorporating in his analyses the religious tenets, such as
"Tze'eno u-Re'enp," the commentaries on prayers and the Bible com-
posed for women while praying in homes and synagogues, Goldberg
includes in his commentaries references to Yiddish prose and poetry
by Russian Jewish writers, as well as the creative efforts of American
Jewish authors whose themes were the labor movements, the trend
toward the social-economic movements. He deplores the ignoring of
many in these ranks in the hitherto published Yiddish antholog
works.
Thus, criticism of the American anthologists is directed at those
who failed to give the attention advocated by Goldberg to the Soviet
Yiddish writers, whose works receive his high commendations.
Noteworthy in the Goldberg essays is the selection of Yiddish
writers who receive special attention as factors in the enriching
contributions to world literature by Yiddish authors. He commences
with Yitzhak Leibush Peretz and Avraham Reisin. He proceeds with
tributes and acknowledgement of the literary gifts of Chaim Zhit-
lovsky, Nachman Meisel, Kalman Marmer, Itzig Manger, Zisha
Weinper, Ber Green, El Moller, Martin Birnbaum, Chaim Slovis,
Moshe Shifris, Yisroel Beilin, Moshe Strugatsh, Sore Barkan, Shin
Beiksel, Nahum Weisman, Aaron Meisel, Yitzhak Bashevis Singer.
For the remaining element of Yiddish readers, the Goldberg
essays will prove enlightening.

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