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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the sixth day of Av, 5743,
the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:

Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22.
Prophetical portion, Isaiah 1:1-27.

Tuesday, Fast of the Ninth of Av

Pentateuchal portion, morning, Deuteronomy 4:25-40.
Afternoon, Exodus, 32:11-14, 34:1-10.
Prophetical portion, (Lamentations is read Monday night),
Jeremiah 8:13-9:23, Isaiah 55:6-56:8.



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Candlelighting, Friday, July 15, 8:47 p.m.


Page Four

Friday, July 15, 1983


Israel's pivotal emplacement in one of the
most dangerous-to-life areas in the world is
growing in the immensity of heartbreaking dis-
tress for Israel. A situation that keeps adding to
the concerns of Israel's friends and of Jewish
communities everywhere, the agony is over the
delays in resolving the horrifying and pressing
conditions which keep an Israeli army on a
foreign soil that is strewn with dynamite.
Whatever demands are expressed in Israel
for a speedy withdrawl from Lebanon, a prayer-
ful hope that is shared by Jews everywhere,
withdrawal keeps facing handicaps resulting
from numerous developments.
There is the matter involving a major aim
that has become a • global concern — that of
providing for and assuring an eventual
sovereignty for Lebanon and prevention of con-
tinuing Christian-Moslem warfare that is far
more costly in lives that the entire military
operation by Israel in Lebanon. Withdrawal of
Israel's army could create such a lack of protec-
tion for the Lebanese government that all the
efforts at restoring that government's right to
exist and to function properly would be de-
stroyed. It is no wonder, therefore, that Israel
also is willing to have a UNIFIL force intro-
duced on a larger scale to provide prevention of
fratricide in Lebanon. This is the chief concern
of the United States, with the resultant Penta-
gon wish for retention of Israeli forces in Leba-
non on a protective basis.
The major problem is that of the Syrian
determination to remain in Lebanon and the
support Syrians receive on that basis from the
Soviet Union. The concern Over Russia thus
emerges as a major factor in a continuing war-
threatening situation that has resulted in
hopelessneSs for the lastest mission to the Mid-
dle East of Secretary of State George Shultz.
A nasty situation has grown worse, and it is
increasingly evident that Syria will not be de-
terred from a claim that Lebanon is part of her
territory. The control Syria now exercises over
the PLO, the demotion of Arafat from PLO lead-
ership and the assumption of it by Syrian
President Hafez al Assad, and the increasing
Russian influence there add to the problems
that have become more the concern of the U.S.
than of Israel. But Israel remains the chief suf-
ferer in a horrifying situation, and this is cause
for a worrisome state of affairs that embraces
the entire Jewish people, together with their
friends and those concerned over the safety of
the Lebanese and their government.
While Russia keeps pouring in military and
diplomatic support for the Syrians, with the in-
tention of keeping the Syrian army in Lebanon,
the threat to Israel is a primary factor in an
ignoble situation. It is Syria that now flaunts
the threat of "No Peace" as a Middle East collec-
tive slogan. _Syrian Information Minister Is-
kander, in Ar-Rai Al Am on Dec. 18, 1982, is-

sued this warning:
"Syria is still the only Arab state that
adheres to the resolutions of the Khartoum Con-
ference of 1967, which decreed: 'No Peace, No
Recognition and No Negotiations with Israel.'
Syria will always adhere to these resolutions."
This is a mere fragment of Syrian threats,
which include rejection of the Camp David Ac-
cords between Israel and Egypt as well as UN
Resolution 242 which recognizes basic Israel
territorial rights.
It is under such conditions that Israel
struggles at this time. It is these sufferings and
spreading Jewish worries that add to the appe-
als for speedy Israeli withdrawals from Leba-
non. These are the very threats which indicate
how difficult it is to assure the hoped-for speed.
The leader of the Israel opposition party,
Shimon Peres, expressed the spreading hopes
for an Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in a
New York Times Op-Ed feature article last
week. There was the compulsion to wonder
whether such hopeful prognostications, which
are now shared by all who are interested in the
peace of Israel and the entire world, had its
place in an American newspaper at a time when
it needed confirmation in Israel proper. The
world at large must discuss the problem, but the
solution must be found within Israel. Where
American interests are concerned the issue
must not be glossed over and must have free and
frank discussion. It is in Israel and in that na-
tion's political spheres that revolutionary steps
must be taken and solutions found for an end to
a condition that keeps 25,000 of Israel's youth in
a vise on foreign soil.
There is much more to be said about the
peace aims for Israel, especially in relation -to
bitterness evidenced in some ranks from which
critical attacks on the ruling Israel government -
become primary factors in peace-seeking. Criti-
cism is a necessity and American Jewish shar-
ing in it is commendable. In the process there
must be an avoidance of washing linen in a
fashion that keeps soiling rather than cleansing
the garments.
The solutions are not too near at hand and
it .is difficult to believe that the approaching
Reagan-Begin meetings will generate the speed
needed to ease the minds of the concerned
everywhere. Hopefully, there will soon be an
end to saber-rattling and war-threatening and a
reduction in the menacing status of an im-
periled Lebanon and an endangered Israel.
Tragically, the Arab states with concerns
about peace in their midst have not been helpful
in contributing toward solutions. Sadly, much
that is debatable, in American and Jewish
ranks and in the media, has not been construc-
tive. The aspiration remains for common sense
to begin to dominate in a troubled world.

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Legends, Ethics, Traditions
Glorify New 'Kosher Comics'


Comic books entertain. They are also the means of informing,
educating, keeping history alive.
This is the aim already being achieved by "Mendy and the
Golem, The World's Only Kosher Comic Book," as the role is claimed.
Mendy and the Golem are the media for presenting the contents
which includes legends, ethical Jewish themes, traditional
guidelines as well as facts about current Jewish experiences and
quizzes relating to religious regulations, synagogue and home obser-
vances, holidays and related themes.
Five comics a year are produced by Mendy Enterprises, 450
Seventh Ave., New York.
Sholem the Golem is a chief character who guides the reader in
the course of many adventures. Exemplary in most recent issues are:
There is competition with a Gypsy rock band, a rescue expedition
freeing a relative from cattle rustlers, transforming Sholem the
Golem into a robot.
Then there are the many mitzvot that are defined in their tradi-
tional observances.
In every "Mendy" issue there\ are explanatory sections dealing
with the Commandments and with the basic Jewish ways of life. The
most recent "kosher comic" devotes the basic lesson to the Fifth
Commandment "Honor thy father and thy mother . . ." Mendy consid-
ers the future. How will he be treated by his own children as they grow
up? He applies it to himself and the result is a reverence of dedicated
adherence to the important Commandment. In the narrative, Men-
dy's sister, Rivkie, also emerges an observer of the ethical rule of
respecting not only the parents but all relatives and the elders.
It should be noted, in welcoming the Mendy kosher comics, that
the very idea of comics was first introduced by a prominent Windsor
personality. Jake Geller created the first comics, published the
pioneering creations, struggled and lost the opportunity for fame and
wealth when economic obstacles that arose in 1934 caused the col-
lapse of his visionary ideal. Almost overnight, however, the brilliant
idea was picked up by successors and the comic became a household
(The -Jake Geller story about his pioneering in comics is fully
related in "Why Windsor," the collection of historical essays by Alan

Now the kosher comic book makes many appeals to the inspired
young reader, and the contents are so commendably assembled that
the wise parent will share them with the youth: there is information
in these booklets for readers of all ages.
Torah tales are chosen to relate to the basic theme. Sprinkled
with Hasidic narratives, the stories combine the wisdom of the ages as
they emanate from traditional dedications.
The special issue under review lists the Ten Commandments, and
the regular comic portion titled, "Did You Know?" deals here with the
"Honor thy father and thy mother" ideal. These are the suggested
"The reward for honoring your parents is long life! Our sages say
that when a person honors his or her parents, it's like honoring
Hashem! There's no limit to Wiling this mitzva . . . We can never do
enough to them!
"Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai said that Hashem wants you to honor
your parents more than he wants you to honor him! The Torah teaches
us not only to honor our parents, but to fear and respect them, too .. .
In fact, the great sage Maimonides (Rambam) said that if you don't
respect your parents, your children won't respect you!"
Puzzles test the skills of the readers and the multicolored illus-
trations provide the fascination that relates to comic books.

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