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November 13, 1987 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-11-13

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I PURELY COMMENTARY

DR. ALAN R. WARREN

ANNOUNCES

The Opening of His Office
in Association with

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Continued from Page 48

pamphleteering.
The
response is weak, very
limited. In Japan its bias is
tragic.
The experience in Japan
can be multiplied in many
spheres. A Kurt Waldheim's
guilt as a Nazi collaborator is
so overwhelming, yet it has
not bought the desired results
of condemning him in the
land that has chosen to elect
him its president. Instead,
anti-Semitism is reportedly
on the increase in Austria.
Take Russia as an added ex-

ample. Under Communism
anti-Semitism is a crime
against the state. Is it
necessary to indicate that in
the Soviet Union anti-
Semitism remains a heritage
from Czarism?
At present anti-Semitism,
in Japan and elsewhere, is a
difficult venom to erase. All
private human tasks have
failed. Could there be an in-
ternational action to reduce
it? So far the human factor
against that hatred has not
succeeded.

Silver's Affirmation

Continued from Page 2

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ed religious literature of
Judaism.
Along with a unique
religious literature,
Judaism created also a
unique type of worship
and a unique religious in-
stitution which is called
the synagogue. The emi-
nent Christian scholar and
historian of religion,
Robert Herford, wrote:
"With the synagogue
began a new type of wor-
ship in the history of
humanity, the type of con-
gregational worship. In all
their long history the
Jewish people have done
scarcely anything more
wonderful than to create
the synagogue. No human
institution has a longer
continuous history and
none has done more for the
uplifting of the human
race."
Rejecting uniformity, Dr.
Silver stated in his thesis that
"the one universal God does
not require one universal
church in which to worship,
but one universal devotion!'
He also emphasized that
"sincerity of quest and ex-
pression — only dedication,"
declaring that "religion is the
supreme art of humanity!'
Thereupon he indicated how
"Judaism developed through
the ages its own
characteristic style, its own
view of life, its codes and form
of worship. It possesses its
own traditions based on Torah
and covenant. Its adherents
today find an inspiration and
spiritual contentment in it, as
did their fathers before them,
and wish to continue its
historic identity within the
configuration of other
religious cultures."
Mutual respect and
therefore the reality of differ-
ing contains a valuable set of
guidelines in this powerful
definition of differing while
cooperating:
Other religions, too,
developed
their

characteristic ways based
on their unique traditions
and experiences. There is
much which all religions
have in common and much
which differentiates them.
Their common purpose in
the world will not be ad-
vanced by merger or
amalgamation. . . .
The attempt to gloss over
these differences as a
gesture of goodwill is a
superficial act which
serves neither the pur-
poses of scholarship nor
the realities of the situa-
tion. It is far better and
more practical to look for
ways of working together
on the basis of a forthright
recognition of
dissimilarities rather than
on a fictitious assumption
of identity. Indifference to
one's own faith is no proof
of - tolerance. Loyalty to
one's own is part of a larger
loyalty to faith generally.
There are great areas of
common interests in which
all religions can cooperate
in mutual helpfulness and
respect, influencing one
another and learning from
one another.
There is added value in
Rabbi Daniel Jeremy Silver's
foreword to his father's
presently reissued Where
Judaism Differed. His evalua-
tion of the integrity of faith is
an addendum to the parent's
notable scholarship. As he
states in the foreword:
Where Judaism Differed
spoke to and for a religious
community that had only
recently faced the fires of
hell, the Holocaust, and
not only survived but
found the will and the
strength to reestablish
their national home. For
much of the previous cen-
tury, Jews, eager to be ac-
cepted, had soft-pedalled
the distinctiveness of their
tradition. No longer. The
postwar generation was
determined to be itself.

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