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November 02, 1984 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-02

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem M.
Schneerson, called upon all
Jews throughout the world,
regardless of their status,
background or affiliation,
to study Torah every day.
This appeal was made be-
fore a crowd of nearly
10,000 people gathered at
Lubavitch World Head-
quarters in New York to
hear his Simchat Torah
public address.
The holiday of Simchat
Torah is the culmination of
a month-long series of holi-
days and festivities, and is
traditionally marked by
dancing with the Torah
scroll in the Synagogue. It
marks the conclusion of the
yearly cycle of Torah
readings and the im-
mediate beginning of a new
This joyous dancing with
the Torah, known as
`Hakafot,' is done with the
Torah scroll while it is
wrapped in its special cover.
"AnyOne and everyone
can and must take part in
the traditional Hakafot,"
the Rebbe said, "because
the Torah in its entirety is
the possession of each and
every Jew, regardless of his
level of Torah scholarship
and understanding. Sim-
chat Torah reminds us of
the essential and innate re-
lationship of the Torah and
every Jew.
"The Torah and its Com-
mandments, given to the
Jewish people at Sinai more
than 3,200 years ago, are
`our life and the length of
our days.' The Torah em-
braces the life di the Jew
and teaches and guides him
in every aspect of his daily
life," the Rebbe said.
The Rebbe pointed out
that the name Simchat
Torah connotes a) the Jew
rejoices with the Torah, and
b) the Torah rejoices with
the Jew. "In effect, then,"
the Rebbe said, "the essence
of the Jew and the essence
of Torah unite as they dance
together, and the Jew be-
comes the 'feet' of the Torah
which cannot dance with-
out the Jew.
"But everyone should be
knowledgeable of the To-
rah's teachings in order to
live as a Jew. The most im-
portant lesson, then, of
Simchat Torah is that the
boundless joy and apprecia-
tion of Torah expressed on
Simchat Torah should be
applied and translated into

the study of Torah.
"It is incumbent upon
every Jew to regularly set
aside time every day to
study Torah. This can and
should be done by everyone,
regardless of their prior
knowledge of Torah, status,
background or affiliation,
and can, and must, begin
immediately. The study can
be in any Torah subject, the
Written Torah or the Oral
Law, in any of the multifa-
ceted esoteric or exoteric
levels of the Torah, in any
language and in any place,
alone or as part of group,
depending upon the given
circumstances and com-
mensurate with one's
abilities," the Rebbe said.
In the huge crowd assem-
bled for the Rebbe's address
were also thousands of vis-
itors and guests from all
over the world who had
come to spend the holiday
season with the Rebbe.
In response to Rabbi
Schneerson's call, the
Lubavitch Foundation of
Michigan has published a
booklet outlining the many
courses and classes in
Torah-study available in
Greater Detroit, Ann Arbor
and - Grand Rapids. General
subject areas are: Hebrew-
reading; Chumash (Pen-
tateuch studies, original
Hebrew text); Contempor-
ary Torah Law; Talmud;
Chassidism (Philosophy of
the Chassidic masters,
mysticism, Kabbala, the
nature of G-d, of man and
the "inner essence" of Torah
and Mitzvos).
Lectures include the fol-
lowing rabbis and teachers:
Chayim M. Bergstein,
Aaron Goldstein, Esther
Goldstein, Yitschak M. Ka-
gan, Rachel Kagan,
Yitschok Mann, Moshe Y.
Polter, Elimelech Silber-
berg, Chaya S. Silberberg,
Bentzion Stein, Yosef
Weingarten, Hershel Zak-
The Booklet is available
Free of Charge; call (313)


Rosenblatt wins
journalism award

Gary Rosenblatt, editor of The
Jewish News, has been named re-
cipient of the 1984 Smolar Award
for Excellence in North American
Jewish Journalism in the Public
Affairs category.
The award, conferred annually
by the Council of Jewish Federa-
tions, was for his Jan. 13 cover
story in the Baltimore Jewish
Times, which Rosenblatt also
edits, entitled "Desert Dialogue,"
a report on the First World As-
sembly of Young Jewish Leader-
ship, held in Sdom, Israel.
Rosenblatt was one of the 120
young American and Israeli lead-
ers who took part in the confer-
ence which "managed to break
down the stereotypes — on both
sides," he reported.

Jewish News Editor
Gary Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt previously won the
Smolar Award in 1974 for Gen-
eral Reporting, in 1977 for News
Coverage and in 1980 for Human
Interest. He also shared the 1976
award for Editorials.
He has been editor of the Balti-
more Jewish Times for ten years
and ofThe Jewish News since last
Barbara Wolf of the North
Shore Jewish Journal won the
Smolar Award this year in the
Human Interest category for
"Looking at History," a two-part
account of the "unprecedented
storm of controversy" created by
the Israeli government's decision
following World War II to accept
German reparation payments.
In the Magazine category, Marc
Silver, editor of the B'nai B'rith
International Jewish Monthly,
received the Smolar Award for his
article, "Celebrating Survival at
the American Gathering of
Jewish Holocaust Survivors."
Alan Marcuvitz of Milwaukee
chairs the Smolar Awards Com-
mittee, which judged over 100
entries for the 1984 competition
and selected 20 finalists, from
whom the three winners were
Established by CJF in 1971 in
honor of Boris Smolar, Editor-
in-Chief Emeritus of the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency, the Smolar
Awards are designed to encourage
the highest standards in North
American Jewish Journalism.
The 1984 Awards will be officially

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