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July 08, 1988 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-08

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Summer Vacation:
Exploring Footnotes

RABBI HAROLD S. LOSS

Special to The Jewish News

T

here are moments in
an academic environ-
ment that we never
forget. Whenever I read this
week's sidrah, I recall an ex-
amination in an introduction
to a Bible course. As students,
we had been assigned an
enormous amount of
material. The day of the exam
arrived, and a central ques-
tion dealt with an analysis of
the daughters of
Zelophedhad. I had studied
the assigned material for
weeks, but had missed the
footnote that contained the
necessary information.
Most of my classmates suf-
fered the same fate. After the
exam we gathered together to

Shabbat Pinchas:
Numbers
25:10-30:1,
Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

read the following footnote:
"The question, exemplified
in the daughters of one
Zelophedhad, is whether
daughters may inherit from a
father, if there are no sons.
The answer is that they may.
Then follows a statement on
the order of inheritance when
there are no children!"
The story of the daughters
of Zelophedhad from that day
has been a pleasant memory.
Not simply for the important
lesson regarding the role of
women as regards in-
heritance, but also as a
challenge to find other foot-
notes in life.
For most of us, the summer
vacation has begun, and this
period includes travel oppor-
tunities. Schools are closed
and students do not have to
look forward to exams. There
will be no tests regarding the
footnotes in textbooks, but I
would like to suggest that we
set a summertime goal.
Whenever we travel this
summer, after we have visited
the important tourist attrac-
tions, we should leave some
time for at least one Jewish
footnote. If you are in a
historic community, visit an
early synagogue. Find a
Jewish museum or bookstore
in a large city. Call a rabbi or
other Jewish professional,
and ask if there is something
special in the community that

Harold Loss is rabbi at Temple
Israel.

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Last summer on a visit to
the East Coast, my family
visited Salem and heard
about witchcraft, stood at
Plymouth Rock, and toured
mansions in Newport. Our
trip would have been in-
complete, however, without a
visit to the beautiful Touro
Synagogue.
This summer find those
wonderful Jewish sights.
Perhaps the footnote that you
find will leave you and your
family with a very special
memory.

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Young Israel of Greenfield
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Duchan, president; Ruvi
Singal, chairman of the
board; Wolf Gold, gabbai;
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Gittleman, financial
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To Be Appealed

Jerusalem (JTA) — The
Conservative movement in
Israel is planning to appeal to
the Supreme Court a decision
by the Jerusalem rabbinate
not to renew the kashrut cer-
tification of the movement's
youth hostel on Agron Street
here.
Rabbi Pesach Schindler,
director of the World Center
for Conservative Judaism,
told the Jerusalem Post last
week that the center adheres
to the kashrut and Sabbath
laws.
It has had a kashrut cer-
tificate from the local rab-
binate for the 14 years since
it opened. The sudden with-
drawal occurred with no ex-
planation. The only reason
seems to be that the Orthodox
rabbis recently discovered
that the hostel was affiliated
with Conservative Judaism.

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