28 Friday, March 28, 1986
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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recited on Shabbat for the good
health of public officials, reflects
the great respect in Jewish tra-
dition for service. "This," he
said, is "because Judaism is,
first and foremost, a faith based
upon the law, and public ser-
vants are nothing more, nor
less, than people charged with
making, interpreting, and prop-
erly applying the laws of the
The law, he said, has worked
to govern and regulate not only
a person's relationship to mod d
but also to his fellow man, be-
cause, "Judaism believes that
humans are created in the
image of God."
In contrast, Levin stated how
ancient Egypt, in its time the
epitome of civilization, had no
laws and workshipped a god-
"Some 2,500 years after
Moses," said Levin, "and after
much interpretation of'the law
which he brought to us, we got
the great commentators and
codification of Rabbi Moses
Ben-Maimon, also known as
Maimonides, whose work was
considered so great that it is
said that 'from Moses to MoSes,
there was no one like Moses'."
The four walls of the chanber
of the. United States House of
Represntatives are covered with
marble relief portraits of the
great lawmakers of our time,
said Levin. And here too, both
Moses are represented.
"We've really made it as Jews
in America," he said. "There are
30 Jews in the House of Repre-
sentatives, and eight in the U.S.
Senate. That's three percent of
the population, but eight per-
cent of what's been called 'the
World's Most Exclusive Club.' I
think that's probably"more than
we've got in thd DAC."
Levin asked why Jews were so
well represented in Congress,
and then asnwered that it was
because Jews love America and
want to give back a part of what
they have received here.
"There is a basic similarity,"
he said, "between Jewish and
American law." The law must
be sensitive to the times and to
the people in both systems, he
"The job of all of us is Tikun
Olam — completion of the uni-
verse. Levin quoted' Professor
Twerski of Harvard University,
who said that "God has abdi-
cated part of the function of the
Divine — in order to enable us
to continue and extend crea-
tion." Levin added that "social
justice elevates men's lives from
brutishness to sensitivity, and
extracates us from chaotic, vac-
uous, biological existence."
Twerski, said Levin, also con-
cluded that "one cannot claim to
be a God-intoxicated being
without having an unquencha-
ble thirst for social justice."
In Israel, man's thirst is obvi-
ously not yet quenched, Levin
said, because even in the midst
of war the army's actions are
The principle of Talmudic
Law, said Levin, is "a way of
exploring completely and crea-
tively, with due regard for pre-
cedent, the fine points of legisla-
tion for their problem solving
Last fall, in the Senate, Levin
tried to apply this principle with
an amendment on immigration
policy.'The ammendment, which
didn't pass, would have allowed
employers to hire illegal- immig-
rants caught in the middle of
the bill's amnesty period.
"I feel this represented, the
kind of creativity," Levin said,
"that our rabbis, throughout
centuries, applied to the law ---
holding tight to' fundamental
principles, but understanding
specific needs of the people in
their own generation?!
Levin concluded his speech by
saluting "the rabbis of today
who carry forward this great
tradition of law, with a fierce
pursuit of jw3tice, and who have
blended tenacious constancy
that is the• light unto \ the na-
tions, in the reflective glow of
which you have honored me
here tonight." -
Sen. Levin wad presented a
mid-15th Century Ashkenazi.
Haggadah by Rabbi Chaskel
Grubner of the Council of Or-
thodox Rabbis, as a tribute "to'
his efforts for peace and freedom
for all people — including Jews.
The Haggadah was chosen as an