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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-07-22

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THE JEWISH NEWS

(USPS 275-520;

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July 20, 1951

Copyright

The Jewish News Publishing Co.

Member of American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, National Editorial Association and
National Newspaper Association and its Capital Club.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865; Southfield, Mich. 48075
Postmaster: Send address changes to The Jewish News, 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $18 a year.

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
Editor and Publisher

ALAN HITSKY
News Editor

Business Manager

HEIDI PRESS
Associate News Editor

DREW LIEBERWITZ
Advertising Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 13th day of Au, 5743, the following scrilnural selections will be read in our synagogues:

Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11.
Prophetical portion, Isaiah 40:1-26.

Candlelighting, Friday, July 22, 8:42 p.m.

VOL. LXXXIII, No. 21

Page Four

Friday, July 22, 1983

TOO MANY LAMENTATIONS

Lamentations on Tisha b'Av and the com-
forting aftermath on the Saturday that will fol-
low it — Sabbath Nakhamu — play very impor-
tant roles in the life of the Jewish people at this
time. There is greater somberness than usual.
The accumulating gloom gives this sad period in
Jewish history an added cause for worry.
The gloom has mounted with the angers
that have marked a continuing confrontation
between two peoples, in areas where one would-
expect an evidence of good will and instead ex-
periences a rising tide of hatred.
The conditions that have marred the ap-
proaches to peace in the Middle East are now
strewn with even more obstacled paths to com-
mon goals for good neighborliness. The horror
that continues to grip the Hebron environs
seems to be adding fuel to the discord, and there
is not much hope for early improvement in the
relationships that have become tarnished by
tragic lessons in that area. The massacre of 60
students in the Hebron yeshiva in 1929 remains
unforgotten and is especially recalled by the
present Jewish settlers there, and each new
outburst of hatred, such as the murder of a
yeshiva student earlier this month, inflames
and already impassioned generation.
How can the misery be interrupted? What
can the wisest minds do to encourage an end to
bitterness which has led to murderous acts?
The growing peace-advocating element in
Israel would abandon settlements, some would
withdraw from areas like Hebron, the demon-
strations against the functioning Israel gov-
ernment would lend an impression that a revolt
is brewing. If this were true, and if the mount-
ing tensions cauld be eased by a rebellion, it
would in itself be deplorable. Solutions must be
found in common grounding. They must arise
out of the unity of the Jewish people on the one
hand, and the achieving of understanding be-
tween Arabs and Jews specifically.
There is much more to the tragic issue. The
rash of hateful declamations and the resort to
bloodshed resulting from them did not just

arise. They come from the accumulated disre-
gard for reasoning and the saber-rattling that
had and has for its aim Israel's destruction.
In the process, there have been murders
and Jews have reacted to them with recollec-
tions of the tragedies that have left inerasable
bloodstains on the Hebron area.
Just as there are two sides to every ques-
tion, so also more than one viewpoint relates to
the Middle East and to the Arab-Israel conflict.
But while Jews are demonstrating against their
government with condemnations of Menahem
Begin, the antagonistic rowdies run rampant
and are unrestrained. It is to be hoped that the
wise men in Islam will speak out. They do not.
This is the major shortcoming.
True, the extremists in Israel are also
creating trouble. Such are the inexcusable tac-
tics that add fuel to the fire. This is what creates
more gloom in a gloomy period in history.
Therefore, the Lamentations that were
read on Tisha b'Av this week were more appli-
cable to Jewish feelings than ever before. So
also are the Prophetic words of Isaiah, "Comfort
ye, comfort ye, My people," which cause Sab-
bath Nakhamu to become an occasion to regain
the spirit that is necessary for life and the pur-
suance of human deeds that must elevate man-
kind.
There is no immediate solution to the prob-
lems that have caused the agonies that are Heb-
ron's and the areas surrounding it. The comfort
that is craved for demands the humane reply.
Perhaps the antagonists involved will find a
way to sit together in unity, or at least for a
commencement of some form of unified action.

Meanwhile, there is only the Sabbath
Nakhamu, the Sabbath of Comfort, which ad-
monishes that faith should not be lost, that hope
should not be abandoned. If this were to occur it
would spell an end to human relations. As long
as there is comfort, there is the anticipation that
decency will embrace neighbors, kinfolk,
human beings. Comfort ye, comfort ye . . .

WHEN POLITICIANS PANIC

Differing views on the principles of affir-
mative action are resulting both in realistic ap-
proaches to it as well as fear of arising repercus-
sions. This becomes evident in the debates over
President Reagan's appointment of three mem-
bers to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,
whose selection aroused bitterness in some
quarters. There was a special evidence of oppo-
sition to the naming of Morris Abram, a most
eminent Jewish leader who has a high record of
service in the civil rights areas.

During the hearings on the appointments
there was a dramatic moment when Senator
Strom Thurmond of South Carolina read a let-
ter from Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. endorsing
Abram and recalling Abram's early work in the
civil rights movement with Rev. King's son, Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I do not believe that many Southern white
people have had a longer experience in support
of civil rights than Mr. Abram," Rev. King
wrote, and he urged the Senate to confirm Ab-
ram's nomination "without delay."

This is especially noteworthy because of the
opposition to Abram by Senators who might
otherwise have been enthusiastic over inclusion
of his name in the President's selections for the
commission memberships. But they may . have
panicked out of fear over the attitude on the
appointments by black leaders who disapprove
of the appointees. Rev. King's message should
have diffused such panic but such is the political
experience: that experience and vote-nurturing
is more important than realism.

When politicians panic, the electorate
should beware.

`Great Jews in Sports'

Jews no- Attained Fame
in Nearly All the Sports

Jews in many lands, perhaps predominantly in the United
States, have gained fame in all manner of sports.
In ancient times emphasis on athletics might have been viewed
as yielding to Hellenism. In modern times parents hoped that their
children would become professionals. The love for sports led many to
leadership and to unchallenged championships in many athletic at-
tainments.
Robert Slater, in "Great Jews in Sports," (Jonathan David Pub-
lishers) has compiled a most impressive list of Jews who have led,
some still lead, in nearly every field of athletic endeavor. As a sup-
plement to an earlier work by the late Bernard Postal, who authored
an encyclopedia on Jews in sports with Jesse and Roy Silver, this is
one of the most notable contributions to encyclopedic Jewish litera-
ture. This volume will prove revealing even to the best informed on
sports and outstanding athletes. Slater is especially qualified to have
produced so authoritative a compilation of noted Jewish athletes.
Slater has a commendable record as a correspondent for UPI in
Israel and a long career as a newspaperman before settling in Israel in
1971 and during the years between. He is the author of the highly-
acclaimed biographies of Golda Meier and Yitzhak Rabin. As a qual-
ified student of history, his research for "Great Jews in Sports" is
high-ranking.
The importance of this anthological sports volume is increased by
the introduction written by Arnold "Red" Auerbach, who gained fame
as coach and general manager of the Boston Celtics and as one of the
nation's outstanding athletes.
Slater and Auerbach join in their` enthusiasm over Jewish sports
achievements.
Slater makes a point of the fact that he had emphasized only Jews
in the Halakhic tradition — athletes whose mothers were Jewish. The
exception: "Only one case in an overriding consideration led me to
include someone who didn't fit that definition. Tennis star Tom Ok-
ker's mother is not Jewish but his father is. But because Okker has so
clearly identified himself as a Jew, I felt he should be included."
Interestingly, Slier started with Harold Abrahams, the sprinter
whose name led to fame when he was portrayed in the movie
"Chariots of Fire." There is a dispute over Abrahams because he had
abandoned the Jewish faith later in life, but his fame in the 1920s
elevated him to the high rank accorded him also in this important
volume.
The famous names accumulated by Slater include: Sandy
Koufax, Hank Greenberg; Sid Luckman of football fame; Nat Hol-
man, whose greatness in basketball remains unsurpassed; Benny
Friedman of U. of M.; Mark Spitz, who won more gold medals than
anyone else in the Olympics; Abe Saperstein of the Globetrotters and
100 more who remain unsurpassed in glory.
There is the story of Marty Glickman who relinquished his place
on the U.S. team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics because of Hitler and
was relaced by black track star Jesse Owens.
Also: Margarethe "Gretel" Bergmann, German high
jumper who was forced off the German team by the Nazi "regula-
tions."
A special section is devotd to Israeli sports figures, thus lending
the book universality.
Each star depicted, every chapter in the book, lends itself to
special reviews, thus lending immense importance to Slater's "Great
Jews in Spofts."'

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