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January 28, 1983 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-01-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

New Novels Cover Two
Periods of Jewish History

The German-Jewish
community during the
1800's and the Jewish com-
munity of Poland during the
Holocaust form the
backdrop of two new novels
from Philipp Feldheim Pub-
lishers.
"Between Two Worlds,"
originally written in the
19th Century by Rabbi
Marcus Lehmann, focuses
on the Wertheimers, a
Jewish family from Ger-
many, caught up in the tux':
bulence of the period.
When shortly after their
marriage, Josephine
Wertheimer's husband is
killed in an accident,
Josephine turns her back on
the heritage of her people
while becoming a famous
opera star. She changes her
name and leaves her son in
the care of a gentile family.
As her son Paul grows
up, he finds himself trou-
bled by doubts as to his
true identity. When he
discovers the secret of his
past, he is forced to
choose between two con-
flicting worlds.
Rabbi Lehmann (1831-
1890) wrote many historical
novels and commentaries
which were translated into
Yiddish, Hebrew, Hunga-
rian and English. "Between
Two Worlds" was translated
into English by - Chani
Feferkorn.
The plight of the Glick

(Readers Forum)

family, Yudel, Esther and
their twin children, Chaim
and Bracha, is told in "The
Twins" by Rabbi Benzion
Firer.
The Glicks are forced into
the Polish - ghetto of Nac-
hrova during the early days
of World War II. The par-
ents eventually die but the
twins remain alive, al-
though they are separated
during the chaos of the
Holocaust. Eventually, the
two are re-united and over-
come the trauma of life
without their mother and
father.
Rabbi Firer, who makes
his home in Jerusalem, has
written books on Jewish
thought as well as a series of
modern novels.

AMW Shabat
Slated Saturday

NEW YORK — A special
"AMW Shabat" will be cele-
brated in synagogues across
the country Saturday to
launch American lVfizrachi
Women's 1983 membership
campaign.
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clude sermons by rabbis and
oneg Shabat gatherings
focusing on the child care
and social welfare services
provided by AMW's net-
work of 13 projects in Israel,
as well as its active role in
Jewish communal life in the
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Materials submitted to the Readers Forum must be brief.
The writer's name will be withheld from publication upon
request. No unsigned letters will be published. Materials will
not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is
enclosed.

Mushroom Cult
Piece .Defended

Editor, The Jewish News:
Dr. Milton Steinhardt is
to be commended for his ex-
ceptionally thorough and
courageous review of the
well-known study of the
origins of Christianity by
Prof. John M. Allegro, "The
Sacred Mushroom and The
Cross."
When this study made its
first appearance, in 1970, it
caused quite a stir in Or-
thodox Christian circles.
Indeed, even today, this
controversial best-seller is
hailed by some and con-
demned by others, but the
facts that it presents cannot
be denied. They are the re-
sults of scientific and histor-
ical investigations, and
Prof. Allegro's are quite
convincing.
In light of the fact that the
historicity of Jesus of
Nazareth is extremely
questionable, it is quite
possible that the Christ fig-
ure did evolve from a primi-
tive fertility cult based upon
the use of the psychedelic
mushroom, amanita mus-
caria.
Certainly, the informa-
tion provided by the
synoptic Gospels,
fraught with contradi-
tions and irreconcilable
data about Jesus, com-
prise no convincing
argument for his actual
existence. It seems likely,
as many scholars believe,
that the Christ figure was
invented by the Apostate
Paul of Tarsus.
Dr. Steinhardt's review of
this study was a scholarly,
valuable contribution in
that it sheds light on a sig-
nificant part of ancient his-
tory.

Rabbi Jack Goldman

* * *

Jewish Choral
Group Needed

Editor, The Jewish News:
A recent issue of The
Jewish News noted the ap-
pearance of a Christian
vocal group at a meeting of
one of the auxiliaries of a
local congregation. We also
note that a local Reform
congregation will again
host a church choir at a per-
formance in May, present-
ing "Elijah." Twice in recent
years a youth chorus from a
Dayton congregation has
been the only Jewish choral
group to appear locally.
In our local congregations
only one boasts a profes-
sional choir, which rarely
performs outside of the reg-
ular services. For recent
performances of the cantors'
organization, a local non-
Jewish professional choir
had to be utilized for the
program.
With all of the great sin-
gers we have produced, and
the interest in Jewish music
in this community, is there
no interest in the estab-

lishment of a Jewish choral
ensemble capable of provid-
ing performances of Jewish
music? There is a wealth of
choral literature which
most Jews are no longer ac-
quainted with.
In an era in which
Jewish identity is being
analyzed, one of the basic
motivations for 'under-
-standing our Jewishness
is knowing about the cul-
ture of one's faith.
If there are any singers or
individuals interested in es-
tablishing and/or support-
ing a Jewish choral
ensemble, I would be happy
to hear from them. Call
546-4814 any evening.

Burton A. Zipser
23451 Roanoke
Oak Park

Fridai, , - Jaiiuify 28, 1983 35

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of the United Synagogue of
America, representing area
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tions, has asked its mem-
bers to provide facilities for
the homeless.
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