THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
ectra ysts by Diane ,Cee
"Where Fit Is Foremost"
Southfield Rd. at
I was, as many others were,
disturbed deeply, by the Ag-uda's
advertisement. I, have.been even
more troubled, however, by the
failure of any wing orprominent
rabl jjjx,the Orthodox movement
in t e 'Muted States to disavow
placement, although there has
been ample time to do so.
If any prominent anti-Semite
were to make as, direct• an as-
sault as the Aguda on Jews (let
alone any portion of the Jewish
people), we would go into action
to counter the assault well as
await denunciations from prom-
inent secular community lead-
The harsh statements by the
Aguda underscore their self-
imposed disengagement and dis-
enfranchisement from not only
other Jews, but the world itself.
They do not understand how to
appeal to others except by
threat and insult. They do not
know how to teach, only how to
bully. . -
In contrast, many Orthodox
rabbis and their followers
understand and act on the pre-
cept that softly applied teaching,
leading to true and deeply-felt
understanding and commitment,
can achieve the result they seek.
It is to' them, and similarly
oriented Orthodox Jews of all
factions, that I appeal. If you
really agree wih the Aguda,
then let the rest of us know, so
that we may deal with your dis-
engagement from us. If you do
not agree with' the Aguda then
let us' also know, so that we may
together counter this most hor-
rid act by word and deed.
Rabbis, and •nowhere could I
find a word or implication about
the Holocaust Memorial, nurs-
ing homes or Israeli Bonds.
More over, I could not find any-
thing casting any judgement on
any , individutttjow.7 .:1 3.9fmn
It seemed to me that-this ad-
vertisement was simply stating
a point in Jewish law, and, per-
haps, a halachic rejection of cer-
tain clergy who have, them-
selves rejected Halacha.
I don't think 'that the inflam-
matory, and I feel, baseless re-
marks in this editorial serve a
purpose in furthering the goal of
Mrs. R, Perlstein
Although the Purely Com-
mentary article Oct. 11 was try-
ing to make' a certain point re-
garding unity within Judaism,
it is quite apparent that the ef-
fect of the article was just the
opposite. The reaction of many
people I have spoken with
makes it quite obvious that the ,
article was quite damaging to
the harmony of our community.
I certainly hope, that in the
future, consideration will be
given before printing articles
such as this which pit one group
As a member of The Danish
Brotherhood in Michigan it was
my honor to initiate and ar
range a visitation of our group
to The Holocaust Memorial Cen-
ter last week.
All of my friends in this group
are of the Christian faith. I am
a Danish Jew.
We all know of the love and
admiration the Jewish people
have for Denmark, and it would
be appropriate on this occasion
to felate once more to our
Jewish community' and the
Danish people here and in De-
nmark that we still remember.
Much has been written about
Denmark's heroic and noble un- -
dertaking, the rescue of their
Jewish compatriots from De-
nmark to Sweden, and it would
be gracious- listening to a local
voice relating about those fate-
ful days ...
Mr. Slomovitz is correct in
pointing out the necessity for
"Achdus" in the Jewish commu-
nity. However, his singling out
of Ray Moshe Feinstein as an
opponent of "Achdus" is entirely
fallacious. The real issue facing
the Jewish community is
"Achdus" with whom or what
kind 'of community will be left
in the 10 years? 'Historically,
the viability of the Conservative
and Reform Movements can be
questioned by their failure to
offset the rate of intermarriage
among their membership or
stem the tide of non-affiliation
among the larger Jewish com-
In their quest to be modern
and relevent the Conservative
and Reform movements have
literally thrown out the baby
with the bath water, being
Jewish/involves more than feel-
ing' Jewish or identifying with
Jewish causes. It means that
one has to live like a Jew. . .
Joseph S: Goldman
Not being a sophisticated
journalist like Mr. Slomovitz, I
me to understand the
as he does.
word as well
None the less, I read 'and re-
read (five times, as a matter of
fact) the reprinted advertise-
ment by the Union of Orthodox
For all occasions
RODNICK & UNGER
law offices 5
Herman D. Boraks,
Trustee, Danish. Old Peoples Horne'
I was taken .aback by Mr.
Slomovitz'e editorial opinion
(Oct. 11) Orthodox Jewish com-
munity. His interpretation of an
advertisement by a rabbinical
council warning against attend-
ing non-Orthodox ',synagogues
reveals 'more about his long-
time feelings about Orthodox
Jews than do , the facts he pre-
I did not read into this adver-
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