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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 13th day of Adar, 5743, is Ereu Purim and the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Exodus 27:20-30:10, Deuteronomy 25:17-19.
Prophetical portion, I Samuel 15:2-34.
Pentateuchal portion, Exodus 17:8-16. Book of Esther is read Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Monday, Shushan Purim
Candlelightins, Friday, Feb. 25, 6:00 p.m.
VOL. LXXXII, No. 26
Friday, February 25, 1983
PURIM AND THE HATE VIRUS
Purim will never lose its lesson, either for
the Jewish people or for mankind. It is one of the
oldest, if not the very oldest, tale about hatred,
its perpetrators and the victims. It invites con-
tinuing narration and study, specifically in the
manner in which the hate is repetitive.
It is so very evident in this age. In spite of
the enormity of barbarism in this crucial period
in history, with so much to learn from the
Holocaust, yet we witness the revulsions that
mark a continuity of sick-mindedness in some
True: those who would repeat the barba-
rism are not numerous, but they remain
exemplary of the bias that outrages civilized
There was a shocking reverberation of the
venom when Klaus Barbie was returned from
Bolivia to France to stand trial for mass murder
of French-Jews during the resistance to Nazism.
On a wall at Boussy-St. Antoine a sign ap-
peared: "No to the Jews, yes to Klaus Barbie."
That's how inbred is the prejudice! But the
French people and the courts will surely know
how to judge such resorts to hatred.
Many judgments will be expressed on Bar-
bie and other issues. Some of the recollections of
the tragic era of Hitlerism are not pleasant.
In the judgments expressed there is one
that is noteworthy. Upon the announcement of
Barbie's return to be judged anew, Rev. Lucien
Chaisse, a priest in Lyons, the area that named
Barbie the "Butcher of Lyons," stated: "In 1944,
there were 40,000,000 resistance fighters. But
in 1940, there were 40,000,000 Frenchmen who
supported Vichy." Himself a resistance fighter,
Rev. Chaisse must be viewed as speaking with
Does the past have a lesson for the present?
Is the repetitive Haman mentality lost on fu-
ture generations? Fortunately there are also
the Mordecais who do not bend to oppression or
silence their voices when protest is vital, and
there are the Esthers who understand the ad-
monitions that if they are silent the scourge
intended for their kinfolk will strike them as
well, even if they attempt to conceal their iden-
Thus, if the Book of Esther had a lesson for
the non-Jewish world, it also has one for the
Jew,-in the language of remembrance and cour-
age not to hide from realities.
So, Purim remains in the calendar as an
admonition, while celebrating and rejoicing
over past triumphs, to remain aware that the
battle for justice is mankind's, that when the
Jew defeats anti-Semitism he also paves a road
for libertarianism wherever it is being trekked.
It is not limited to one people or one area in the
world. It is a quest for mankind; and the lesson
of Purim is for just road-paving in the totality of
the human spirit.
Hon NETS S
Warnings of erosions in American-Israel
relations gained credibility in recent weeks and
attained a new aspect endangering a long-
experienced amity between nations. Only a few
weeks ago, speaking as Israel's Ambassador to
the United States, Moshe Arens was emphatic
in his evaluation of the firmness of the
amenities between the two nations. Now, soon
to be on the road to Jerusalem to assume his post
as his nation's Defense Minister, the man who is
abandoning diplomacy to head his nation's mili-
tary services deplores signs of an apparent an-
tagonism that has emerged on the issues involv-
ing the Middle East.
While leading members of the U.S. Cabinet
have been selected for criticisms of directions
that have been taken on the American policies
in the Middle East, the President himself
emerges as the chief target. Israel's defenders
now see President Ronald Reagan as the per-
sonal creator of a policy that is viewed as an-
tagonistic to Israel's security and as damaging
to negotiations for peace agreements.
While such concerns are yet to be tested for
the extent of the criticisms and their validity,
the appearance of renewed threats to Israel's
very existence from revived PLO boastings and
the uncertainties in the solving of the Lebanese
problems in no sense provide comfort in the
reports that emanate from Washington. Recog-
nizing the importance and validity of assertions
that Jordan's King Hussein must play a leading
role in negotiations for peace, very little has
been attained in that regard more than the
rhetorical which stems more from outside than
the closest American sources.
Ambassador Arens, speaking for Prime
Minister Menahem Begin, made it clear that
direct talks with Hussein would be welcomed,
that the Prime Minister would welcome Hus-
sein to Jerusalem or would himself go to
Amman to speak with the Jordanian monarch.
How much pressure = since there is such fre-
quent talk about "pressures" — has been
exerted by this government upon Hussein to
participate in direct talks with Israelis?
The rumors and the suspicions which have
led to the belief that American-Israel relations
have eroded are creating a new hornet's nest.
They have not added to the aims for peace.
President Reagan has a direct responsibility to
reduce the negative allusions to the policies he
is personally directing, to reaffirm the friend-
ship with Israel that has great significance for
this nation's role in the Middle East. Such reaf-
firmations can not come too soon, else a great
tradition for a great friendship, a close relation-
ship very much older than reborn Israel herself,
will be tragically and - unnecessarily polluted.
From Holt, Rinehart, Winston
`Purim' Beautifully Recorded
for Children's Bookshelf
Purim is treated as the most joyous of all Jewish festivals. An
occasion for rejoicing, in homes and synagogues, the theme dealing
with the rescuing of Jews from threatened disaster in Persia therefore
lends itself as a topic not only for carnivals and exchanges of gifts but _
also as material for books especially for children.
The newest of the Purim books is "Purim" (Holt, Rinehart and
Winson) by Howard Greenfeld.
The exceptional value of this book is the simplicity with which
the story is related. It is detailed in all its aspects and it is so
thoroughly recorded that it has merit not only for children but also for
adults who wish to share it with the youth in the family.
The artist, Elaine Grove, caught the spirit of the historic tale. The
cast of characters, Esther and Mordecai, King Ahasuerus, Vashti and
Haman, are delineated in impressive characterizations. So, also, are
the scenes which give emphasis to the historic record in the Book of
Beautifully printed, lending credence to story and pictures,
"Purim" by Greenfeld and Grove is certain to fascinate young readers
and the elders who read the story with them. Its size, nine inches in
width , six inches high, adds to its attractiveness. This adds a welcome
to the attractive work for the children's bookshelf.
New Volume from Ktav
Rabbi's 'With Perfect Faith'
Draws on Ancient Scholars
Drawing upon the teachings of the most distinguished Jewish
scholars, an impressive study of Jewish philosophy is provided by
Rabbi J. David Bleich in his voluminous work, "With Perfect Faith"
With emphasis on Maimonides' "Thirteen Principles of Faith,"
this work is structured on the works of medieval Jewish philosophers.
The great scholars whose works are defined and their philosophic
concepts delineated include Saadiah Gaon, Yehuda Halevy, Ab-
ravanel, Bahya, Ibn Daud, Nahmanides, Gersonides, Crescas and
others in their sphere.
Dogmatic principles in Judaism are outlined and each section,
relating to the works and concepts of the eminent scholars, is intro-
duced by Rabbi Bleich with an explanatory comment.
"With Perfect Faith" is an excellent textbook for students of
history, Jewish ethics and philosophy and serves well as a guide for
Rabbi Bleich is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University and a
professor of Jewish law and ethics at Cardozo School of Law.
His highly informative work provides the admonition:
"One widespread misconception concerning Judaism is the no-
tion that Judaism is a religion which is not rooted in dogma. The view
that Judaism has no dogmas originated with Moses Mendelssohn and
subsequently gained wide currency. In some circles this idea has been
maintained with such vigor that it has been somewhat jocularly
described as itself constituting the 'dogma of dogmalessness.' Never-
theless, even a superficial acquaintance with the classical works of
Jewish philosophy is sufficient to dispel this misconceived notion."