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August 09, 1985 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-08-09

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28 Friday,

Aditisf9, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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TORAH PORTION

`Stiff-Necked People'
Has Been A Good Trait

also CRUISES, INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, etc.

call

BY RABBI IRWIN GRONER
Special to The Jewish News

GOLDSTEIN TRAVEL, 559-2770

The Jewish National Fund Invites You To Join Its

MISSION TO ISRAEL

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October 29 November 12, 1985

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A unique trip to Israel planned for and by the JNF Offices in
Detroit, New York and Jerusalem. We are extremely
pleased that Lea and Walter Field will be hosting this trip.
FANTASTIC! Includes air fare, transfers de-
luxe hotels, privately guided tours, break-
fasts, dinner cruise .. .

$1725

• briefings with top Israeli leaders
• an extensive tour of Israel by one of the
most reknowned guides
• traitional must-see locations including
the Knesset, Masada, Safad, Dead Sea, etc.
• be adopted by kibbutz members for an afternoon.

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Act Now! The JNF is offering this trip to Israel at
an incredibly low $1725.
$200 Deposit by Aug. 15 will hold your place.
For a brochure and more information
call our local JNF Office or write to:

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Bee tt
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Jewish National Fund
18877 W. Ten Mile Rd.
Southfield, Mich. 48075
(313) 557-6644

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1985 and/or Sunday, October 6, 1985 to Sunday, Oc-
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WHY

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WHAT'S
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Single $1,375 per seven nights -

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"Your Michigan Spa and Sport Connection"

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'Adoration of the Golden Calf' by French artist Nicolas Poussin.

We think of human traits in
either/or categories: good and
bad, praiseworthy and con-
demnable. Humility is good,
pride is bad. Anger and impa-
tience are bad, patience and
tolerance are good. However, a
philosopher could argue that
there are no traits that are.good
and bad in and of themselves.
What makes them worthy or
unworthy is the purpose they
serve and the goals they ad-
vance.
A Chasidic teacher once ex-
pounded a verse of Ecclesiastes
which declares that "God made
everything beautiful in its
time." "Whatever God created,"
the teacher explained, "is good
and useful." His students asked,
"What good is envy? Envy is an
evil trait." The teacher re-
sponded, "Not at all, for the
envy of scholars, which causes
them to compete, has a good ef-
fect in that it increases wis-
dom."
"What good is atheism, lack of
faith?" they asked.
"This, too," he said, "has a
purpose. When a poor man
comes to you in need, don't offer
him theology. Don't say to him:
'God will provide. Our Father in
heaven will help you.' At that
moment, become a skeptic. Don't
affirm the power of the Creator
of the universe as an excuse to
evade your responsibility—Act as
if God were absent, and you help
him."
In this week's Sidrah, Moses re-
counts the time when he was in-
formed by God that the people of
Israel made a golden calf. God
stated: "I have seen this people
and they are Am K'shay Oref, a
stiff-necked, a perversely stub-
born people." This is a severe
criticism, a veritable indictment
of the Hebrew people. Yet, a lit-
tle later, when Moses beseeches
God to bestow forgiveness and
show compassion, he uses the
same phrase as he says, "Let the
Lord go up in our midst, for in-
deed this is an Am K'shaY Oref,
this is a stiff-necked people."
Why does Moses use the same
phrase to defend the people that
god used to attack them? Why
does. Moses, in the context of
seeking to- win God's pardon,
remind God (as it were), of this
"evil" trait?
The Midrash 'explains. Moses
challenges God: "Do you think I

"use " this - phrase in criticism bf

Israel? On the contrary, I us
to praise them. This is, indee
strong-willed people, unrel
ing in their lust for the gol
calf. But days will come, in
turies yet unborn, that t
stiff-neckedness will have o
beneficial consequences. In
distant future, Jews will s
up unbending and unyiel
despite the persecution of t
enemies. They will be stub
in their loyalty; resolute in

Ekev:
Deuteronomy
7:12-11:25
Isaiah 49:14-51:3

determination; unflaggin
their zeal to bear witness
name. They are an Am
Oref, -Heavenly Father; Yo
rely upon them."
This text and comme
sheds light on the disti
nature of Jewish history a
unique character of the J
people. We are a stiff-n
people whom neither Am
nor Haman, nor Torque
nor even Hitler could des
Neither dispersion nor e
neither destruction nor c
trophe could crush the s
neckedness of this people,
overcome their resolute and
durate will to live. Even
the Holocaust, Jews were
termined to survive, endure
rebuild their shattered lives
the Land of Israel, and
preserve the Jewish way of
in all the countries of their
persion.
At this time in particular,
think of our brethren in t
Soviet Union. Aug. 12 mar
the 33rd anniversary of the
timely deaths of 24 Sow
writers and poets who we
murdered by Soviet authoriti
in 1952.
But . they are a "stiff-necke
people," our brethren in th
Soviet Union, and many of the
teach and study their Jewis
heritage, procalim their desir
to emigrate to Israel, and, d
spite harassment and danger,
defy the suppression and cruelty
of their government. They are
true heroes of the spirit.
So, too, do the people of Israel
continue the tradition.- -

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