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April 22, 1983 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-22

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62 Friday, April 22, 1983


Christian's Criticism and a Jew's Response

Editor, The Jewish News:
In the past I have corn-
mented on an article in The
Jewish News and am doing
so once again. The article
prompting my response is
from the April 1 issue:
"Rabbi Says Christians and
Jews Have Much to Learn
from Easter," found on the
back page. While I agree
with much that Dr. Green-
berg wrote, the overall
theme was critical of Chris-
I'm a Christian who
enjoys looking at The
Jewish News when I chance
to see one. I have noticed
that you often run articles
disparaging of my faith and
these are often printed to
coincide with our holiest
days. You have not even left
untouched the very core of
our faith.
Not only have you discre-
dited our basic beliefs, but
when our holidays have
been reported on, the
authors didn't even bother
to relate their true mean-
ing. So many times the
authors completely miss the
mark of what the holiday is
all about; reading into the
holiday their own personal
opinions. Such is the case in
the above stated article.
This, for me, was sort of a
"last straw," resulting in
this letter.

Another thing while
I'm at it: why does The
Jews News so often con-
trast Jews and Chris-
tians? Why can't you just
let the beauty and rich-

The Family
of the Late


Acknowledges with
grateful appreciation
the many kind ex-
pressions of sympathy
extended by relatives
and friends during the
family's recent be-
Wife, Pearl; children,
Benita Levine, Jolene
Schwartz, Kurt Lebow;
and grandson, Aaron.

ness of your heritage
stand on its own?
Before you dismiss me as
being too sensitive to be
considered seriously, you
should have seen the heated
letter of protest I wrote to
my diocesan center when I
thought a memorial service
was being organized for
Martin Luther (an anti-
Semite). I stated how dis-
pleased and disappointed I
was with such an event; how
much it wouldn't be to our
credit to hold such an event;
and why. (I was both embar-
rassed and relieved when I
later learned it wasn't Mar-
tin Luther who was being
honored but Martin Luther
King, Jr.).
I subscribe to several
Christian periodicals and I
have never seen anything in
them that attacked or belit-
tled Jews, Judaism, or
Jewish holidays in any way.
If I ever did, the editors
would receive from me no
less a protest than this. I
wouldn't dream of derogat-
ing Judaism or any other
faith. Just as for the Jews,
for the true Christian, our
faith is our life force.
If we Christians had suf-
fered under Rome for as
long as the Jews have under
Christendom, I might
understand your motiva-
tion in continuing to run
these articles. But before
you print them, could I ask
you to just consider who
might be reading them?
Surely I can't be the
only non-Jew reading
The Jewish News. There
must be other such
readers, who are sym-
pathetic to Jews, and
wish to continue enjoying
The Jewish News for
what it can teach us. I
suppose the gist of my let-
ter is: why can't you just
leave us alone?
With so many forces
threatening both Chris-
tianity and Judaism, we
ought to be spending more
time on what we have in
common than wasting time
pointing out our differences.
After all, are we not equally
concerned about the survi-
val of our faiths in the gen-
erations to come? Are we
not equally concerned about
the same values and ideals?

Sherrie A. Gilroy

The Family of the Late


Helen, Arthur, Sidney, Milton, Selma and
Sylvia, acknowledges with grateful
appreciation the many kind expressions of
sympathy extended by relatives and friends
during the family's recent bereavement.

Editor, The Jewish News:
What follows is my re-
sponse to the letter from
Sherrie A. Gilroy, which
you forwarded to me. I agree
with Ms. Gilroy that too
often Jews do not show suf-
ficient respect for Chris-
tianity or "even bother to re-
late their true meaning." I
have been a leader in the
attempt to rethink Jewish
attitudes towards Chris-
tianity, and my article on
Easter was a good example
of that process. Ms. Gilroy's
letter shows that she does
not fully understand the ar-
The gist of the article was
that Easter teaches the
great message of resurrec-
tion, and that it "brought
the assurance of God's love
and hope to billions of
people." I even said that
Jews can come to see this
day as "anticipation of the
final perfection," which is to
say, a partial messianic day.
To my knowledge, only one
other religiously-
committed Jew in the world
has been willing to make
this kind of public state-
ment about Easter.
Precisely because I
have gone so far in trying
to develop a positive atti-
tude toward Christianity,
I cannot overlook the
other side. If Easter is a
messianic day, even par-
tially, then why did Jews
not accept it? I had to
deal with this in my arti-
cle, and I had to refute the
traditional Christian ver-
sion, which is that Jews
were "blind or spiritually
In the same spirit, I had to
explain why Jews insist on a
resurrection and a mes-
sianic fulfillment which
will encompass a political
realm of the body as well as
the soul. I did so, presenting
the Jewish view strongly,
but respectfully of Chris-
Ms. Gilroy says, "I sub-
scribe to several Christian
periodicals, and I have
never seen anything in
them that attacked or belit-
tled Jews, Judaism, or
Jewish holidays in any
way." She wrote this at the
end of a period of Lent and
Christian Holy Week, in
which Christians
worldwide read in the New
Testament of Jewish
spiritual blindness, of how
the Jews mocked and bet-
rayed Christ, of how they
said, "His blood be upon us
and upon our children."
This is only the tip of the
iceberg of negative images
and cruel distortions of
Jews and Judaism with
which the New Testament
and some of the fundamen-
tal Christian religious
liturgies are saturated. This

is why, no matter how re-
spectful I tried to be of
Christianity, or any Jew
tries to be, we must chal-
lenge and correct Chris-
tianity until it overcomes
this tragic legacy of hatred.
I do so in a spirit of love and
desire to help Christianity
become the gospel of love
which it has always sought
to be.
This is the painful truth
which Ms. Gilroy must come
to grips with. If the condi-
tion of good relations is that
Jews look the other way,
and do not defend their reli-
gion, then this is not true
Ms. Gilroy says, "With
so many forces threaten-
ing both Christianity and
Judaism, we ought to be
spending more time on
what we have in common
than wasting time point-
ing out our differences." I
would love to do that, and
I agree with Ms. Gilroy
that there are common
dangers which both reli-
gions face. But there can
be none of this unless
Christianity comes face
to face and purifies some
of its most sacred scrip-
tures from distortion and
polemic and even hatred.
I write this with great
pain, because I know now
sacred the New Testament
is to Ms. Gilroy and to mil-
lions and hundreds of mil-
lions of good Christians. Be-
lieve me when I say that I
believe Christianity is
capable of this purification
and renewal, and that noth-
ing I write is meant trium-
However, I truly believe
that after the Holocaust
Christianity can and must
purify itself and that, in so
doing, it will prove its
validity and eternal vital-
ity. Ms. Gilroy's quarrel is
with her own tradition, not
with me.

Irving Greenberg

National Jewish
Resource Center

M.R. Sheinberg
ADL Official

roe R. Sheinberg, a former
official of the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith and the Jewish War
Veterans, died April 14.
From 1944 to 1952 Mr.
Sheinberg was the director
of the Anti-Defamation
League's national fact-
finding department and
from 1952 to 1964 diree.or
of ADL's New York
regional office. Following
that he was executive direc-
tor of the JWV for five years
and was then senior attor-
ney on the Board of Vete-
rans Appeals of the Vete-
rans Administration.

Hyman Ulian Dies at 87

Hyman Benjamin Ullian,
He was a member of the
a civil engineer in Detroit American Society for
and Boston, died April 5 at Civil Engineers and the
age 87.
MIT Stein Club.
Born in Lowell, Mass.,
Mr. Ullian was a charter
Mr. Ullian earned a BS de- member of Temple Israel in
gree in civil engineering Boston and a member of the
from the Massachusetts In- Boston Jewish Home for
stitute of Technology in Aged, Beth Israel Hospital
1916. He served as an and Zionist Organization of
ensign in the U.S. Navy America.
during World War I.
He is survived by his son,
Mr. Ullian was the co- Joseph S. of St. Louis, Mo.;
founder of the National and a sister, Charlotte
Survey Service and in 1932 Grossman of Huntington
founded the New England Woods.
Survey Service in Boston,
and served as president of Dr. Harold Simon
the engineering service
Dr. Harold Simon, a de-
until his death.
ntist with offices in Dear-
born Heights, died April 17
Morris Sher
at age 62.
Morris Sher, former
Born in Romania, Dr.
owner of Tec Tobacco and Simon had been retired one
Candy Co. in Detroit, died year. He previously had
April 19 at age 73.
offices in Detroit.
Born in Canada, Mr. Sher
He was graduated in 1943
lived 67 years in Detroit. He from Yale University and in
was a life member of Perfec- 1947 was graduated from
tion Lodge of the Masons the University of Oregon
and held membership in the School of Dentistry. He was
Michigan Tobacco, Candy a member of Alpha Omega
and Vendors Association.
Dental Fraternity.
For 50 years he was in the
Dr. Simon was a spe-
wholesale tobacco and groc- cialist in dental pros-
ery business in Detroit. thesis and was a co-
Fontana Brothers Tobacco founder of the Abington
and Candy Co., bought out Clinic.
his company, but employed
He was a member of Bnai
Mr. Sher who worked for the Brith, a charter member of
firm until his death.
the former Town and Coun-
He is survived by his wife, try Club, and a member of
Eva; a son, Charles; a sister, the American Dental Asso-
Mrs. Alvin (Nettie) Sol- ciation and the Detroit Dis-
omon; seven grandchildren trict Dental Society.
and one great-grandchild.
He leaves his wife,
Lucille; two sons, Dr. Ed-
ward M. of California and
Yaacov Zipper
William of Hong Kong,
MONTREAL (JTA) — China; a daughter, Janice;
Yaacov Zipper, an educator his mother, Mrs. Nathan
and author whose many (Pearl) Simon; and a
novels, short stories and brother, Arthur; and one
poems in Yiddish and He- granddaughter.
brew depicted Jewish life in
pre-war Poland, died here at
Man tends to adopt the
age 82.
easy stereotype and accept
Mr. Zipper was the driv- the erroneous myth.
ing force in the development
of the Jewish Peretz Schools
In loving memory of
in Montreal and served as
their principal from 1928
until his retirement in
1972. He won the Israeli
It's been six years
Manger Award for litera-
since you passed away.
ture last summer.
We will always re-
He was to have been pre-
member the sunshine
you brought to us the
sented this week with the
brief time you were
National Jewish Book
here. Sadly missed by
Award for co-editing the
your brothers, Douglas
Canadian Jewish Anthol-
and Michael, mother
ogy which will be published
and grandmother.

In Memory of the Late


Sadly missed by his wife Elsie, daughter
Loretta, son-in-law Dave, grandson Ralph,
brothers Teddy and Harry, sisters-in-law
Betty, Evette and Norma, and brother-in-
law Herb and many friends. We love you.

"Over 65 years of traditional service in the Jewish community with dignity and understanding."






Alan H. Dorfman
Funeral Director & Mgr.

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