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April 24, 1987 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-04-24

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they want a more liberal ver-
sion of Judaism but because
they want to hold the Or-
thodox at bay. And this al-
liance caused all the Or-
thodox, not only the ultra-
Orthodox rabbinate but also
the so-called Religious
Zionists, to become more hos-
tile than ever to the non-
Orthodox.
There is no question but
that the only hope for peace
lies with the modern Or-
thodox. It is high time that
they came out of hiding and
spoke the language of Rabbi
Abraham Isaac Kook and
other spiritual giants who
walked in his path. They
must find solutions to the
agonizing problems of Jewish
family law, and they must
mobilize the halachic tradi-
tion to unite Jews rather
than to alienate them.
Consequently, the organ-
ization in the United States
known as Clal, which is
headed by Rabbi Irving
Greenberg, must lead the
way. At least two universities
must work with him, even if,
because of academic freedom,
some members of their facul-
ties will stand in the way.
They are Yeshiva University
in the U.S. and Bar-Ilan
University in Israel. This is
no time to hedge. Financial
supporters of both institu-
tions should make their clout
felt.
Both institutions histori-
cally are the unquestionable
creations of the Religious
Zionist movement, and they
must fulfill the mission of
their founders. I know that
some of my colleagues and
some alumni of both institu-
tions feel that their greatest
duty is to prevent non-
Orthodox Judaism from corn-
ing to Israel, even as in the
United States and Europe
they feel that nothing is more
important than fighting dis-
senters. However, most
alumni feel that one never
teaches another to love any-
thing by inciting hate for
something else. People who
resort to this tactic are often
sick personalities, and the
less said about them the bet-
ter.
It saddens me that too
many .so-called Religious
Zionists have made hatred of
the non-Orthodox the cardi-
nal feature of their religious
commitment and program. I
was shocked to hear them
express their views at a con-
ference of the Orthodox held
in Jerusalem to propose solu-
tions to the perennial prob-
lem plaguing the unity gov-
ernment, "Who is a Jew?"
However, I was delighted
to hear from Rabbi Aharon
Lichtenstein, one of the tal-
mudic giants of our day and a
distinguished alumnus of
both Yeshiva and Harvard
universities, that it was an
exercise in futility to amend

the Law of Return so that
only conversions to Judaism
"according to the Halacha"
would be recognized. I have
argued this for years, as did
our colleague Rabbi Shubert
Spero. Now the famous Rabbi
Lichtenstein has added his
name to the list, even though
it means differing with the
Rebbe of Lubavitch. Lichtens-
tein even added that a modus
vivendi with Conservative
Judaism must be found, even
if it means granting some
legitimation to non-Orthodox
movements. This is progress
that will distress those for
whom the separatism of the
Orthodox was their principal
goal.
Perhaps I am too sanguine.
But with this breakthrough,
Rabbi Greenberg and Clal
should proceed full-steam
ahead. The voices of reason
in the Orthodox camp are in-
creasing in number. There is
still a difficult road to be
traversed. Yet there are an-
swers, if only they are sought
with goodwill on all sides.
I underscore good will. Of-
ten, when I hear an attack on
non-Orthodox rabbis, I ask
the attacking rabbi to name
the non-Orthodox rabbis he
knows. The answer is usually
shocking. He knows virtually
none, but he read in the
newspapers what one or an-
other had said! Or he re-
members the Reform Judaism
of yesteryear! This is espe-
cially true of Orthodox rabbis
in Israel.
Perhaps, with good will,
mutual respect and greater
familiarity with each other,
rabbis will prove that it is
possible to accommodate to
each other and prevent
schisms. And philanthropists
should appreciate the fact
that investing in such a
cause is as important as
securing Israel, militarily
speaking. It s a most impor-
tant aspect of national secu-
rity.

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Open House Set
At Akiva Nursery

The Akiva nursery school
will hold an open house for
prospective parents, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, at Akiva Hebrew
Day School, 27700 Southfield,
Lathrup Village.
Akiva staff members will
be on hand to give tours of
the facilities and explain the
parent-toddler "On My Own"
and nursery school programs.
For information, call Beth
Norman, Akiva nursery di-
rector, 552-9690.

Music Study
Recital Due

The Music Study Club of
Metropolitan Detroit hosts a
recital by piano and cello duo 1-/

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