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October 24, 1986 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-24

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B'nai Moshe is...

matter, I do not lay down
the law, and if a Jew who
lives in the United States,
speaks English and brings
up his children in English,
buys a Shekel, joins the
ZOA and calls himself a
Zionist — no one can dep-
rive him from that name. If
that is the case, I am sorry
to say that the title of
Zionist has no meaning,
but any other Jew has the
right to think otherwise.
"But a Jew is a Jew —
wherever he may be.
"You are apparently
thinking of a quotation
from the Talmud — a say-
ing which I did not com-
pose and with which I do
not agree — which says:
Whoever lives outside the
Land of Israel resembles
one who does not have a
God.' You are fully entitled
to object to this saying, but
I am not responsible for
any aphorism in the Tal-
mud.
"And since you have
written to me, I want to
tell you that in my opinion,
it is a duty of every Jew,
wherever he may live, to

Joyful Simchat Torah.

see to it that his children
receive a Hebrew educa-
tion, are able to read the
Bible in the original, are
imbued with love and at-
tachment to Israel."
Masterful in its brevity,
this statement may well be
viewed as an epic defini-
tion of a great deal.
The Ben-Gurion view has
its emphasis in an interest-
ing episode that occurred
in Jerusalem some 10 or 12
years ago. Leonard Lyons,
the popular columnist
whose feature entitled -
"Lyons' Den" was widely
syndicated, had become
deeply interested in Israel.
He visited the country sev-
eral times and on the
specific occasion referred
to he went to see Ben-
Gurion before returning to
the United States and said:
"B-G, I am so sorry I must
leave, I can only spend
these two weeks here. I
wish I could stay at least a
month."
To which Ben-Gurion
replied: "Oh no! Either two
weeks or a lifetime."

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can't handle the children
on a particular route. That
practice was overruled by
an arbitrator in 1984, how-
ever, and now three of the
drivers eligible for the five
runs to the academy are
female. The male students
refuse to board their
buses.
The dilemma awaits
resolution by a federal dis-
trict judge. The Chasidic
sect stresses the govern-
ment's duty not to inter-
fere with its First Amend-
ment right to exercise its
religious beliefs freely. But
Supreme Court precedent
clearly suggests that pub-
lic agencies need not ac-
commodate those beliefs to
the point to violating a
fundamental public policy
against discrimination.
The state's inability to
accommodate every teach-
ing of every sect when
providing public services
hardly amounts to a denial
of religious freedom. The
Chasidic parents remain
free to arrange their own
school transportation. The
courts remain free to keep
religious freedom in
perspective.
The restriction affecting
Orthodox male relationships
with females arises so often
that the NYTimes comment
gains special consideration.
Recently, the chaplaincy
commission of the JWB,
which had the cooperative
functioning of all Jewish
religious factions, was dis-
rupted because a woman
rabbi was assigned a U.S.
military chaplaincy post. The

Orthodox representation on
the chaplains' staffs then
withdrew their participation.
With such issues threaten-
ing other such disruptions in
Jewish ranks, the NYTimes
is correct in asserting that
religious freedom, the chosen
practices of any faith, are not
necessarily a duty upon state
or nation to enforce them. We
view the quoted editorial to
be correct in its assertion:
"The Chasidic parents remain
free to arrange their own
school transportation. The
courts remain free to keep
religious freedom in perspec-
tive."

Counterfeiting
Ring Raided

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Police
raided a small printing plant
and confiscated $4.5 million
in counterfeit U.S. dollars. A
37-year-old Ashdod resident,
alleged leader of the counter-
feit ring, was arrested with
two confederates at the plant.
Police said they were caught
red-handed. Two other sus-
pects were arrested at their
homes.
The arrests capped a five-
month investigation and
stake out. Police said they
watched ring members cart
$100 bills from the press to a
rented car. They said a
search of the premises
yielded good quality paper
sufficient for printing be-
tween $200 and $300 million
phony apparently for distri-
bution in the U.S.

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