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April 29, 1983 - Image 78

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-29

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18 Friday, April 29, 1983


The Holiday of Lag b'Omer

suddenly stopped. This
World Zionist Press Service
was one of the reasons for
JERUSALEM — Falling commemorating the fes-
as it does between Passover tival.
and Shaviiot, Lag b'Omer
Another cause for com-
tends to be overshadowed by memoration is linked to the
those two major festivals. It great teacher Shimeon Bar
falls on 18th Iyar, and its Yochai, who lived at the
name simply means 33rd same time. His life was in
day of Omer which is a bi- danger because he refused
blical measurement of to obey the Roman decree
against studying the Torah
The source of the celebra- and continued to teach his
tion goes back 18 centuries. students.
He was forced to escape to
Sixty years after the Ro-
mans destroyed the Temple, a cave in the mountains of
the country lay in ruins. Galilee where he hid with
The Jews revolted, hoping his son for 13 years, living
to free themselves from on the fruit of the humble
tyrannical rule. They were carob tree. Each year, on
led by Bar Kochba and Lag b'Omer, his students
Rabbi Akiva — one an out- visited him, disguising
standing general, the other themselves as hunters, with
bows and arrows. It is be-
a great scholar.
They were successful at lieved he died on Lag
first, but Rome was too b'Omer, his last request to
mighty and battering rams his disciples being that the
eventually broke down the day of his death be cele-
walls of Bethar, Bar Koch- brated and not mourned.
ba's last stronghold. Rabbi
Lag b'Omer raises some
Akiva was tortured until he interesting issues regard-
died. Nothing, however, ing reward and punishment
could force the Jews to give in Judaism. Bar Kochba,
up their Torah, despite the Rabbi Akiva and Bar
perils_ involved.
Yochai were three right-
During Bar Kochba's eous men, yet they all seem
revolt, a terrible to have suffered. But
epidemic struck Rabbi Judaism teaches that
Akiva's students and obedience to the will of God
24,000 young men lost is rewarded and disobedi-
their lives. But on Lag ence punished. It is a fun-
b'Omer. the epidemic damental Jewish belief that



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the Almighty is the God of
justice, and therefore He
will not treat the righteous
and the wicked in the same
manner. So it seems
paradoxical that such
worthy men underwent
great suffering while so
many of the wicked seem to
flourish in every,_genera-
First, we should realize
that a reward, whether a
material blessing or a
spiritual one, should not
be the motive for virtue.
Everyone knows the pro-
verb "virtue is its own
reward." The motive
must be love of God and
His commandments and
a free enthusiasm for
doing His will. So why did
Moses throughout . the
book of Deuteronomy
continually exhort the Is-
raelites that there would
be material reward for
obedience and punish-
ment for disobedience?
Moses had a lofty,
spiritual nature but
realized that the people
he was leading could not
rise to his plane, and
would be influenced by
promises and threats.
Rabbi Yanai wrote: "It is
not in our power to explain
either the prosperity of the
wicked or the affliction of
the righteous." The faithful
believe that rewards will be
given in the immortal life
after death. The Babylonian
teacher, Rab, stated: "In the
world to come there is
neither eating nor drinking
. . . but the righteous enjoy
the radiance of the
Schekhina (Holy
Our rabbis have never
lost sight of two things. One
is that suffering is not an
absolute evil: it educates, it
purifies, it can be an in-
strument of Divine love.
Through suffering, Israel
came into possession of
great gifts — the Torah, the
land of Israel and eternal
life. Those who have never
been afflicted cannot know
the highest spiritual ex-
perience of God's chosen
ones. The second thing is
that just as one sin begets
another, the reward of a
good deed is that it leads to
another good deed. We are
taught to disregard reward
and fulfill our duty for its
own sake.
Perhaps the lesson we
should learn from Lag
b'Omer is that even if we
begin to serve God for a re-
ward, we will end by serving
Him without such a motive,
but in order to perfect our-
selves spiritually.

The fruit of my tree of
knowledge is plucked, and it
is this, "Adventures are to
the adventurous."

Hadassah Mourns Lindenbaum,
Notes Many Gifts to Hospital

Hadassah leaders this
week paid tribute to the
memory of Harry Linden-
baum, whose gifts to Hadas-
sah Hospital in Jerusalem
and to the movement's serv-
ices were among the most
generous on record here.
Mr. Lindenbaum died
April 23 at age 92. He is
survived by a niece, Mrs.
Sarah Smith of Livonia, and
other nieces and nephews.
In paying
honor to his
linked the
gifts to those
LINDENBAUM of his late
wife, Reva. Two years ago,
Lindenbaum created a Ha-
dassah vocational guidance
institute in Jerusalem with
a $250,000 gift honoring his
late wife and the couple's
In 1967, the Linden-
baums donated $150,000
for a three-story Hadas-
sah Nurses' Home in Ein
Rose Schiller, who was
the intermediary between
the Linderibaums and
Hadassah when their gifts
were announced, said that
for Mrs. Lindenbaum
Hadassah was a way of life,
that she pursued her inter-
est as a family tradition.
At the same time, Dr.
John Mames, chairman of
the Michigan Region of
American Red Magen
David for Israel, the Israel
counterpart of the Red
Cross, honored Mr. Linden-
baum's memory, stating
that his interest in Magen

Photo Exhibit
on Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the subject of
photographer Stanley I.
Batkin's exhibition on view
through June 10 at the
Yeshiva University
Museum in New York.
Batkin of New Rochelle,
N.Y., has pieced together
hundreds of color photo-
graphs into 360 degree
photo montages depicting
every area of the city.

Secret Talks?

rael and Syria may be hold-
ing secret talks on the
\ Lebanese situation, accord-
ing to an interview with Uri
Avneri in Haaretz.
Avneri cited rumors cur-
rently circulating through-
out Europe to the effect that
Shafat Assad, a brother of
Syria's president, had a
secret meeting last year
with Ariel Sharon, who was
then serving as Israel's De-
fense Minister.

David Adorn, when he con-
tributed an ambulance for
the Israel medical service,
indicated his devotion to
programs to support Israel.
The Lindenbaums also
contributed to the out-
patient clinic of the Oncol-
ogy Department at Hadas-
sah Hospital. They funded

the Isadore Duskoff Schol-
arship Fund through the
Jewish Welfare Federation
to aid students at the Mid-
rasha College of Jewish
Studies and at Wayne State
They also established the
library at United Hebrew

The Family
of the Late

The Family
of the Late



Announces the un-
veiling of a monument
in her memory 12 noon
Sunday, May 8, at
Machpelah Cemetery.,
Rabbi Groner will of-
ficiate. Relatives and
friends are asked to

Announces the un-
veiling of a monument
in his memory 10 a.m.
Sunday, May 8, at He-
brew Memorial Park.
Rabbi Arm will of-
ficiate. Relatives and
friends are asked to

The Family
of the Late

The Family
of the Late


Announces the un-
veiling of a monument
in her memory 12 noon
Sunday, May 8, at He-
brew Memorial Park.
Rabbi Gordon will of-
ficiate. Relatives and
friends are asked to


Announces the un-
veiling of a monument
in her memory 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 1, at
Machpelah Cemetery.
Rabbi Daniel B. Syme
will officiate. Relatives
and friends are asked to



Will be held May
1st at Mission Hills,
California, Eden
Memorial Cemetery.
His passing was 15
minutes before Kol
Nidre on the eve of
Yom Kipur, Sep-
tember 26, 1982. He is
survived by his wife,
Adele; his sister,
Minnie; brother
Hymie; his sons,
Larry and Jerry; his
daughters, Sheila and Lois; and four grand-
children, Kenny, Robb, Debbie and Rhonda.
His parents, Philip and Fannie Yaker were
co-founders of Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery
on Gratiot Avenue. William was from the old
school, a man of great charity towards
others, a man who could never say no to
someone in need. In the old days in Detroit,
throughout the thirties, he was known as
"Little Bill," although there was nothing lit-
tle about him. He owned the Cinema Bar on
Lafayette Street and a metal shop on Willis
Ave., and other businesses in Pontiac. After
moving to Los Angeles he became the gabai
for a 10-year-period at Temple Beth-Am in
Los Angeles. He was a member of the Prime
Minister's Club of Israel and a supporter of
numerous charities both in Israel and
Even though he is gone, he will always be
with us, always in our hearts.

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





Alan H. Dorfman
Funeral Director & Mgr.

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