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December 11, 1987 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-11

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1987

SUSAN BIRNBAUM

N

ew York — More than
500 emissaries of the
Lubavitcher
Chasidim returned to
Brooklyn during November
from literally the four corners
of the earth. The occasion was
the international Kinus
Hakhel gathering of shlichim
from Jewish communities in
America and throughout the
world.
The gathering, which
Lubavitchers compare to
similar gatherings that occur-
red at the time of the Temple
on the year following
Shmitah (the sabbatical
year), revealed a picture of
Jewish life in exotic and dis-
tant places, as well as that in
mainstream, large Jewish
communities, and offered in-
sight into the thinking of a
devoutly religious communi-
ty intent, they repeatedly say,
on maintaining ties with the
entire Jewish community as
am echad (one people).
Rabbi Avraham Shemtov of
Philadelphia addressed the
controversial issue of "who is
a Jew" in Israel by saying
that one " must not confuse
the halachic with the
legislative." He maintains
that Israel alone must deal
with the legislative process.
And he criticized those who
reprimand the Lubavitch
movement for its strong stand
on the issue in Israel as
though "to tarnish the ties
the Lubavitchers have always
sought to unite Jews
everywhere, not divide us."
Shemtov said that the per-
son who originally brought
up the question was Israel's
first premier, David Ben-
Gurion, who received two let-

ters on the subject from the
Lubavitcher rebbe. The first
one, said Shemtov, was con-
cise and concerened "who is
a Jew." The second addressed
the question "what is a Jew?"
"That one was much longer,"
said Shemtov.
Shlichim personally involv-
ed in programs for Soviet im-
migrants mingled and shared
thoughts in workshops with
those who work with Jewish
prisoners, drug and alcohol
abusers and married couples
working through problems.
In public addresses at the
banquet and at workshops,
the shlichim boasted much
success in working with
Jewish, non-Lubavitch
communities.
However, in interviews with
shaliach after shaliach, one
answer was echoed despite an
overwhelming eagerness to
repeat, "We don't have pro-
blems; we have challenges."
The uniform response was
that intermarriage is a
critical problem. This, accom-
panied by the overall problem
of assimilation, appeared to
trouble nearly everyone.

One shaliach claimed "
total success' at Chabad:
Russian-born Rabbi Yehuda
Leib Raskin, for 28 years the
Lubavitcher rabbi of
Casablanca, Morocco.
"We have no problems,"
said Raskin. "There is a great
Jewish tradition in Morocco,
very happy. And the govern-
ment is with the Jews." He
cited three Chabad schools in
Casablanca and cooperation
between several Jewish com-
munities throughout
Morocco.
Raskin's North African
neighbor, the Lubavitch rab-
bi of Tunisia, was unable to

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