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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-02

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latter that Singer, who was born
in 1904 in Radzymin, Poland,
joined his brothers Joshua and I.J.
Singer. The latter's name remains
among the most distinguished
Yiddish writers of this century.
He was famous before his brother
I. Bashevis and many are of the
view that if he had been judged he
would be the Nobel Prize winner.
I.J. Singer's son, Joseph Singer,
did the translating of the collected
effort that is now available under
the title Love and Exile.
It is important to note that
Singer's trilogy under the title
Love and Exile commences with
the autobiographical introduc-
tion, "In the Beginning." This is
where Singer writes about his
father, a dedicated and admired
rabbi, and his mother. This is
noteworthy in his comments
about them:
My father and mother
were both honest and
charitable, but still what a
difference between the
two of them! My mother's
eyes were sharp and I
could see in them impa-
tience with the ways of the
world, with men and
women — a resentment
toward life and all its
tribulations. She always
had to search for, comfort
in her morality books. I
once heard her say, "I hate
the human gspecies." I
knew that no one could
fool her. She saw through a
person behind all his or
her masks. She could be
sarcastic and biting.
My father was the oppo-
site; good-natured, full of
faith in almost all people.
He never seemed to have
any doubts. His only desire
was to have time and
strength to serve God and
to study His Torah. I had'
inherited some traits from
my father and many from
my mother. I can say that
she suffered not only her
own afflications but also
those of all mankind. I
could see in her eyes great
compassion when she read
in the Yiddish newspaper
about those who were run
over, robbed, raped, be-
aten. Every news item
made her wince in resent-
ment against the Creator
who could see all this mis-
ery and remain silent.
Once I heard her say,
"Newspapers are pure
poison."
The love affairs and the evi-
dences of the author's treatment
of sex are imbedded in the con-
tents of this newly-collected tril-
ogy. The experiences in this coun-
try, the struggles, the path toward
adjustment, attitudes on peoples
and events, are vital here.
Isaac Bashevis Singer thus at-
tracts renewed attention on the
occasion of his 80th birthday. He
was interviewed on this occasion
for Pioneer Woman magazine by
Isidore Haidblum. One of the
questions posed in this interview
elicited a most interesting an-
swer:
IH: "Now, tell me, do you feel
that women have changed any

over the years since you were a

yo ung man?

IBS: "Yes, very much. When I
was a boy, the average Jewish girl
believed in one God and one hus-
band. And today, the modern
Jewish woman is as modern and
as worldly — and sometimes even
more so — than her Gentile coun-
terparts. So I would say that we
have, in a way, lost what we call
the taharas hamishpacha (family
purity). It's not there anymore.
The so-called Jewish princess not
only wants better clothes and
trips and places to study, but she's
also interested in love-making —
she doesn't believe really in the
institution of marriage. The
change is tremendous — and far
from being positive, good for us.
You can state the fact, but you
cannot really change it. You can-
not take a girl who has studied at
Harvard and has read all the
modern novels and seen all the
shows and make her -like my
mother. You cannot do it."
The total portrayal of novelist
Singer is valuable for an addi-
tional understanding of his
worlds as well as of the author
himself. Added here is another
chapter in the life of Polish-born
Yiddishist Isaac Bashevis Singer
who has become a valued member
of the literary society of the
United States.

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NEWS

Franco-Israeli ties
seen improving

Paris (JTA) — Premier Laurent
Fabius last week assured the
president of the Representative
Council of Major Jewish Organ-
izations in France, Theo Klein,
that his government will do all it
can to fight anti-Semitism and ra-
cism. Fabius also told Klein that
his administration is determined
to continue improving its rela-
tions with Israel.
Fabius reportedly said he hoped
that the forthcoming visit to
France of Israeli Premier Shimon
Peres will also help to consolidate
relations between the two coun-
tries.

Fugitive captured

Jerusalem (JTA) — A senior
leader of Al Fatah, Ali Halil
Ribai, who had been the subject of
a 14-year manhunt by Isfaeli se-
curity forces, was captured last
month.
Ribai was arrested in Dura,
south of Hebron, three weeks ago
but news of the arrest was with-
held until last week. Ribai man-
aged to escape when his under-
ground cell was uncovered by se-
curity forces in the early 1970s
and had evaded capture since by
hiding in caves of the Hebron
Hills and the Judaean desert.

Choir tours Israel

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The BBC's
100-member Welsh choir is in Is-
rael for a series of performances
throughout the country to be
filmed for the BBC.

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