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January 03, 1986 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-01-03

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30 Friday, January 3, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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This Sabbath, we begin read-
ing the second Book of the To-
rah, the Book of Exodus. It dif-
fers from the Book of Genesis,
which deals with individuals:
Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel,
Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and
Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and
Leah, and so on.
The Book of Exodus deals, not
with individuals, but with an
entire people. n describes the
birth of a nation, the people of
Israel. If you study the text
carefully, you- will notice one
line, which provides us with an
insight into Jewish survival:
"The more they afflicted them,
the more they multiplied." •
Indeed,- when you study
Jewish history, you will discover
that whenever we were
threatened by the non-Jewish
world, that is when we forgot
our differences, and forged our
similarities into a solid unity.
I remember my childhood
years, growing up in Winnipeg,
Canada. In those days, there
was no Anti-Defamation League
to protest against, or to protect
us from, the blending of Church
and State. At Christmas time,
Jewish children were taught
Christmas carols in the public
schools. Christian religious
symbols were placed
everywhere. Yet, at no time did
we Jewish children feel inferior
or insecure. We were' taught:
Vos mir zeinen, zeinen Mir, ober
yiden zeinen mir. ("What we are,
we are; but most important of
all, we are Jews!")
We were taught not only to
respect ourselves, but also to re-
spect the religions of those
around us. There was a Hebrew
teacher by the name of Kush-
ner, of blessed memory, who
would say to us: "The Catholic
religion, is the best religion —
for Catholics! The Protestant re-
ligion, is the best religiopn —
for Protestants! The Jewish re-
ligion, is the best religion for
Jews!" Then he would say to us:
"Your attitude to Judaism,
should be like your attitude to
motherhood., You should think
of your mother as the best
mother in the world, but that
should not prevent you from re-
specting someone else's mother.
Similarly, you should love your
religion, but never express dis-
respect for someone •lse's relig-
ion."
What a marvelous lesson for
all of us to learn, especially to-
day, when so many different re-
ligious sects are hawking their
wares, and arrogantly pronoupc-
ing that their religion is the
only true religion. I have grown
accustomed to receiving letters
and tracts from various religious
denominations, warning me that
if I do not accept "their way"
'then I am lost, and doomed, and
destined to end up in a rather,
warm climate somewhere be-
neath the earth's surface.
Now, from its early begin-'
nings, the Church has preached:
"extrtf 'ecclesia ..." -7- "outside
the Church, there is no salva-

tion." But that has never beer
the Jewish approach. Long ago
our sages taught: "The rightem
of all people have a portion ix
the world to come." Our Got
was the God of all mankind
And precisely 'because there ii
one Father, we are all part o
one family.
Then how can we explaii
what is happening in our time
How can we possibly corn
prehend one group of Jews turn
ing against another group o
Jews, denouncing each other
ridiculing each other, ready to
read each other out of tho
Jewish people? What happeneo
to the teaching: "Kol Yisrae
chavayrim?" (All Jews an
brothers!). Or "All Jews are re
sponsible for one another!" Or
"A Jew, even if he sins, is still o
Jew!"
Why are we poisoning ow
children's minds, and teachini
them to believe that "their way'

Sabbath Shemot:
Exodus 1:1-6:1.
Isaiah 27:6-28;
29:22-23.

is the right way, and that thos,
who differ with them are no
authentic Jews?
On this Sabbath, when w
begin reading the history of ou
people — a history which begat
with hatred leveled against u
— I urge all Jews in our com
munity, in whose hearts then
burns the .candle of ahavat yis
rael
a love for Jews am
Judaism — to extend to eacl
other the hand 'of friendship
and to give to one another
genuine respect for the right to
be different.
The splitting of the aton
poses a major threat to the fu
ture • of the world. The splittini
of the Jewish people poses I
major threat to the survival o
Judaism. Therefore, let no ono
divide our hearts. This is fir
time for Jews to say: "We an
.united in our efforts to create I
society in which every persol
will be free to believe in his or
her own way; we are united is
our efforts to create a society
which will "give to bigotry no
sanction, to persecution no as
sistance."
That is the greatest gift thai
we can give to our children, anc
to our blessed land America!



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PrOducer Cited

Philadelphia (JTA) — Josepi
Papp, the producer, has been hors
ored with the first Harp of Davit
Award of the Reconstructionis 1
Rabbinical College..

Bonds Officer

New York (JT4) — Susan
Weikers of Philadelphia hai bean
named national chaiman of the
Israel Bond Women's Division.

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