- Friday, February 14, 1986
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
M. L. King
Continued from preceding page
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his credit a teaching and writ-
ing career that has already evi-
denced research credibility, re-
constructs the era of Bar
Kochba and the challenges that
were confronted by the Jewish
fighters for freedom from the
Another hero in this story is
Rabbi Akiba who had given
encouragement to the struggle
against the tyrannies suffered at
The sharing of Akiba of the
aims pursued by Bar Kochba
lend added importance to this
important period in Jewish his-
tory and to its freedom fighters.
The Jerusalem of that time,
commencing with the year 130,
gave credence to the fact that
the Whiteman tale will be read
with relish by the elders as well.
The fashion of Whiteman's
storytelling skill lends his Bar
Kochba among the best in cur-
rent children's books.
Martin Luther King codes and
they have an important purpose.
They emphasize the duty to
strengthen the friendly ties be-
tween the two mportant factions
in the American society. The
condemnation of anti-Semitism
is tied in with the total purpose
of never weakening in all efforts Classics
to make prejudice a major
That Dr. King should have
The well-preserved Jewish
chosen Morris Abram to be the
recipient of his important bookshelves must contain
statement adds significantly to classics that defy age and have
its purpose. Mr. Abram, himself a perpetuity always to be
a native of Georgia, has a many treated with an urgency to
years' record as a battler for share the views of scholars and
civil rights, and as a libertarian leaders in earlier generations.
Bloch has just reissued sev-
and humanitarian. He is unre-
lenting in his advocacy of just eral such notable classics.
Well-informed book lovers will
rights for all citizens. He had a
close link with Dr. King and recall with renewed interest the
continues in leadership for the enthusiasm that marked the
ideals both advocated. Dr. King career of an admirer of Judaism.
is properly memorialized and Arnie Palliere was such a per-
Mr. Abram will always merit sonality. The Frenchman who
the esteem continually shown was raised for the Catholic
priesthood became a devoted
student of Jewish lore.
In TheUnknown Sanctus y,
Palliere revealed his devotYons,
how he had become a
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teacher of the Jewish traditional
Interest In Books texts. But he never actually
adopted Judaism as his faith
and was buried with Church
Commitments by community rites.
The Palliere story is worth
leaders, under the guidance of
educators, to assure availability re-reading as a tale of fascina-
of proper reading material for tion about a 'scholar who was
youth, is receiving increasing welcomed into the Jewish lec-
support from publishers. While ture fields, with an eagerness fo
the commitment is equally im- hear his message. He had spo-
portant for adults as well, the ken in Temple Beth El, Detroit,
elementary teaching for drawing' a capacity audience.
youngsters is vital and always
Edmond Fleg is another un-
needs supplementing. The inter- forgettable name in world
est, therefore, shown by pub- Jewry. His Why I Am a Jew
lishers in works for the young is keeps inviting itself as a
guideline for Jewish de-
The works of many publishers votionalism.
have received commendation in
It is important to note that
these columns. New works just the reprinted Bloch classic
made available have come from commences with a commendable
Phillip Feldheim and Bloch. forward by Stephen S. Wise,
Both have a record of continuity whose wife, Louise Watterman
in producing educationally- Wise, translated it from the
faceted works. Bloch is an old French. The newsprinted edition
name in Jewish publishing, in has an additional introduction
fact a pioneering one.
by Yaakov Jacobs.
Bar Kochba is the title of the
This quotation from Fleg is
new historical epic that lends worth repeating:
credibility to the commendable
"I am a Jew because in all
record established in earlier places where there are tears and
years by Bloch for children's suffering the Jew weeps.
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