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Friday, November 2, 1984

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either through the fear or through
the love of God would repulse the
> bowing down to vanities. But such
has not been the case.
What we have instead is a mere
substitution . . . where man once
worshipped the moon, he now
worships the dollar, where man
worshipped the oceans and rivers,
he now worships honor and glory,
where man once worshipped the
mountains, he now worships the
fad. But you may ask, is this
really idol worship? We still be-
lieve in the one, invisible, al-
mighty. God in Heaven.
Recorded in this week's Sidra is
the following: "And Lot raised his
eyes, and beheld all the plain of
the Jordan, that it was well
watered ... so Lot chose him all
the plain of the Jordan . . . Abram
dwelt in the land of Canaan"
(Genesis 13:1&-12).
To make the proper choice in
life, not only sound faculties of
judgment are necessary, but also
keen foresight. It is not a simple
assignment to establish a scale of
values and a list of priorities. The
Jewish immigrant from the Old
World had to choose between
Shabbat and comfortable secu-
rity, between kashrut and social
acceptance, between a torah edu-
cation and Sunday school. Many,
like Lot, were attracted by the
well-watered plain of the Jordan,
by the imagination and tempor-
ary advantages of comfort and se-
curity even at the expense of their
Jewish heritage. Others, like Ab-
raham, with a sober and balanced
approach to life, had chosen to
stay in Canaan instead of moving
to the lucrative and prosperous
Sodom.
At the moment of choice, most
likely Lot was the subject of admi-
ration and respect as a practical
and successful individual, while
Abraham was viewed as a
dreamer and a fanatic. Some
years later, however, when
brimstone and fire were showered
upon Sodom and Lot's life and
family were saved by Abraham, it
became quite apparent as to who
of the two made the wisest choice.
Today it is idolatry, not need,
which causes people to surrender
the Sabbath for a few more cus-
tomers; exchange kashruth for
the country club, and abdicate the
exalted role of the Jewish father
for the "promotion" to being a
"pal" to their children.
But time, and time only, with
the painful and tragic events that
follow — intermarriage, revolt
against paternal authority, and
the endless but cruel race for ac-
ceptance and status without much
success — points a stern finger of
indictment and pleads gently but
firmly with the bewildered Lot:
"Abandon you Sodom and join Ab-
raham in the land of genuine se-
curity and lasting happiness — in
the Land of Canaan."
We are the children of Ab-
raham. We have inherited both
his philosophy of life and his pas-
sion for truth. In our history as a
nation we have taken up the
cudgels to battle against all man-
ner of idolatry, be it in the form of
graven images or in a spiritual or
idealistic form. What has oc-
curred in our day is not a con-
scious effort to worship these

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strange gods, but rather a lack of
recognition that these objects of
our belief constitute gods, or that
in actuality they are being wor-
shipped.
If we are to be honest with our-
selves, we must admit that the

Lech Lecha:
Genesis 12:1-17:27.
Isaiah 40:27-41:16.

overwhelming enthusiasm which
is displayed in an effort to seek
comfort or honor or to be like
everyone else, seems quite similar

to the passion of the ancient
peoples in the worshipping of
their false gods.
Let us enjoy all that life has to
offer, but let us, as it is commonly
said, "get the most out of life." God
had given the world to man to
dominate and He has instructed
us to reap what we can from the
bounties of this great earth. At
the same time, however, we must
ever be cognizant that in our
quest for the vanities of life we do
not become distant from God.
As the Children of Abraham we
must emulate his striving after
truth, the truth which is only
God's. And in doing so, we shall
inherit Abraham's blessing, "And
I will make of thee a great nation"
(Genesis 12:2).

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13 at Cong. Shaarey Zedek.
The discussions are designed to
inform expectant parents or any
parents of an infant 0-12 months
old about Jewish birth ceremonies
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such topics as creating a warm,
nurturing Jewish environment
for infants and toddlers as well as
general parenting concerns.
The program will create an
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meet one another and learn more
about what the Detroit Jewish
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resources for Jewish parents in
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Panelists for the discussions
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Now in its 58th year, it is the
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United States, and one of the few
authentic balalaika ensembles
outside the Soviet Union.
William Goldes, musical direc-
tor and prima balalaika, is a sec-
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member. His father was among
the Russian refugees who founded
the orchestra in 1926.
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Nov. 13 at Cong. Shaarey Zedek.
The first class is for beginning
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also will cover: layout, spacing,
preparing work for the printer,
designing invitations and posters
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There also will be a class offered
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uncials.
The classes will be taught by
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State University, M.A., Wayne
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years at Oakland Community
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