6 Friday, December 16, 1983
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Rabbi Takes Critical Look at Tend'
THIS IS YOUR
By RABBI JACK
between the paintings of ment with Avigdor, a
The moral of Singer's
Marc Chagall (1887-) an d very attractive young
seems to be that a
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(Editor's note: .Rabbi those of Moritz Daniel 0 p- Talmudist who is in con-
Jewish woman cannot step
Goldman is professor of penheim (1799-1882).
stant torment over his
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Rab inovitz an d O p- dark past. Avigdor is de- out of her traditional role
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