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November 16, 1984 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 16, 1984

Oak-Woods synagogue, and is
open every Sunday from 1 to 4
p.m.
The Machon L'Torah Library
features a large collection of cas-
sette tapes on Jewish philosophy,
Jewish law, and other subjects, as
well as a variety of commentaries
in English on classical texts, such

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as the Artscroll Publications and
the Me'Am Lo'Ez Torah Anthol-
ogy.
Books by Rabbi Avigdor Miller,
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Rabbi Shi-
mon Eider, also are included in
the collection.
For information, contact Rabbi
Avraham Jacobovitz, 968-4835.

TORAH PORTION

The immortal mother

"Only The.Best For Our Best Friends"

BY RABBI M. ROBERT SYME
Special to The Jewish News

The Torah portion for this Sab-
bath reminds us of the matriarch
Sarah. I remember, as a child, lis-
tening to my father pay tribute to
my mother every Friday night, at
the Sabbath table. He would read
the passage from the Book of
Proverbs, which describes "The
Woman of Valor." In that 31st
chapter, the writer sums up the
three-fold role of the Jewish
woman in ancient times:
First, there was her function
within the home: She looketh
well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idol-
ness." Second, there was her re-
sponsibility to the community:
"She stretcheth out her hand to
the poor. Yea, she reacheth forth
her hands to the needy." Third,
there was her relationship with
God: "Grace is deceitful and
beauty is vain, but a woman who
revereth the Lord, she shall be
praised."
Unfortunately, the Jewish
mother today has been subjected
to the sneering and sarcastic at-
tacks of many a modern writer.
Their "complaint" is that the
Jewish mother refuses to let go of
her son, even after he is married;
the Jewish mothers enslave their
grown sons with subtle, and some-
times not so subtle, bonds of guilt.
These criticisms have been re-
peated so many times that they
have come to be accepted as
truisms, with the result that
"Jewish mother" has taken on a
perjorative connotation, and any
man who expresses care and con-
cern for his mother is accused of
having a "mother complex."
I think that the time has come
to rid ourselves of such nonsensi-
cal mumble jumble. Many a suc-
cessful Jewish professional man
can trace his success to a mother
who stressed the value of educa-
tion, who emphasized the impor-
tance of expanding the bound-
aries of one's God-given mind.
Many a successful Jewish busi-
nessman can attribute his philan-
thropic interests to a mother who
taught him the significance of the
pushke (the little tin donation
box) which reminded him that a
Jew must learn to care and share.
True, as the Romans said:
"Tempora mutantur . . . times
change, and we change with the
times." The Jewish mother today
is a far cry from the mother of the
past. In many cases, she is the

beneficiary of a formal education,
both Jewish and non-Jewish. Al-
though technology has emanci-
pated her from many household
chores, she is nevertheless bur-
dened with chauffering her chil-
dren to Hebrew school, to bar and
bat mitzvah tutors, to dancing
classes, to skiing lessons.
In most instances, she spends
more time with her children than
do their fathers. Consequently,
like the Jewish mother of old, she
has the privilege of implanting
within her children worthy values
and goals that will sustain and
guide them on the path of life.
In a recent novel, two little boys
are talking. One says: "Billie's
mother died today." The other lit-
tle boy replies: "I don't believe
you. Mothers don't die."
What a beautiful thought! It
happens to be true! "Mothers don't
die!" Speaking for myself, my
mother died when I was 15. She
died physically, but not spiritu-
ally.
To this day, I can still visualize
her lighting the Sabbath candles,
praying for the well-being of her
children, and hoping that they
might always practice rachmones,
compassion and mercy.
To this day, instead of imposing
a curfew on her children, I can
still her say to us: "Don't stay out
late. I worry about you."
Now you can understand why
the Torah portion for this Sab-
bath, which deals with the death
of Sarah, is called the life of
Sarah.
Such a mother never dies. She
remains a living and loving
presence.

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LOCAL NEWS

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Numismatic society
gathers on Nov. 27

The Israel Numismatic Society
of Michigan, Inc., will meet 8 p.m.
Nov. 27 at the Jimmy Prentis
Morris Branch of the Jewish
Community Center.
Milt Shapiro will speak on
"Medallic History of Great
American Jews." Refreshments
will be served.
The meeting also will include
the election of officers.











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