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April 22, 1988 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-04-22

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I OPINION I

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 1988

Ammir

Peace

Continued from preceding page

the Jewish state.
The next 40 years will, in
all likelihood, see Israel at
long last at peace with its
neighbors, excelling in con-
structive, peaceful pursuits
instead of the martial arts; its
relations with the United
States and other freedom-
loving countries growing in
depth and scope; its know-
how and expertise flowing in-
to the less-developed coun-
tries and evoking a reciprocal
response in terms of friend-
ship and understanding.
More than likely, the Soviet
flag will be fluttering from
the Soviet Embassy in
Jerusalem following the lif-
ting of restrictions upon
Jewish emigration.
Hopefully, a new electoral
system will be in place in
Israel, eliminating the ex-
tremist fringe parties
presently playing havoc with
its body politic.

It is not inconceivable that
the haredim will reach a
modus vivendi with the
"secularists," that Jews will
be released from their captivi-
ty in Ethiopia and Syria and
that the trickle of aliyah from
the West, especially the
United States, will become, if
not a mighty stream, at least
a "respectable" tributary.
The American Jewish
diaspora will, of course, con-
tinue to exist, sustained and
enriched by an intimate,
steadily growing interaction
with Israel and mindful of its
transcending obligations
towards the third Jewish
commonwealth.
For regardless of its im-
perfections, Israel is indispen-
sable to our existence as Jews,
to our survival as a people —
one people — and to the
fulfillment of our messianic
vision.

Continued from Page 6

changing law given to us by
Him . .

tionist school, which ulti-
mately rejects religious obser-
vances in favor of spon-
taneous spiritual experiences.
On a positive note, chasidic
groups such as Gerer
Chasidism have shown that
Thrah scholarship go hand-in-
hand with religious devotion.
Emotionalism need not come
at the expense of rationalism.

Rabbi Zev Schostak
Brooklyn, New York

"A lot has been written
about differences among the
Orthodox. Many writers,
felloW Jews, enjoy enlarging
on these differences. In truth,
however, we are only subtle
shades of one ball of wax. I
certainly recognize substan-
tial divergence among our
fellow Orthodox. Our
outlooks, philosophy, attitude
towards Israel are not belied.
Yet, scratch a lbrah Jew —
subcutaneously, so to speak —
and we are quite the same.
Under the skin, no Or-
thodox would answer a phone
on Shabbat, nor eat in a non-
kosher restaurant, nor carry
a tallit to shul on Shabbat
(where there is no halachic
enclosure). In an objective
sense, this behavior can be
termed "fanatic."
Why do we act so? Simply,
we believe that the Thrah was
given to us by God. If so and
with our general understan-
ding of God as the omnipotent
Creator, His laws must be
obeyed, like it or not. All Or-
thodox Jews believe in this
simple but overwhelming
credo. The Thrah is God's un-

Udie Goldberg
Oak Park

Palestinian Riots
Only A Symptom

The current violence in
Gaza and the West Bank is
merely a symptom of a deeper
problem for which Israel is
not responsible. The plight of
the Arab refugees is indeed
tragic, but the refugee pro-
blem should have been solv-
ed in 1948 .. .
The - Jewish community
should not be ashamed nor
should it buckle to the media.
Rather, it should continue to
hold its head high while pro-
claiming faith in Israel!

Ric and Ruth Cunningham
Oakland County Bible Students

•••••••••1NEWS 1

11 ••••

Israeli Navy
Expands Fleet

Tol Aviv (JTA) — Negotia-
tions are underway to expand
Israel's navy with the con-
struction of three new Saar-5
class missile boats Dolphin-
class submarines, according
to Rear Adm. Avraham Ben-
Shoshan, commander of the
navy.
The vessels, to be built in
the United States and West
Germany, will cost about $1.2
billion, Ben-Shoshan said last
week. The new submarines
will be among the most
modern conventionally
powered undersea craft in the

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