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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-15

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covenant by bringing the
Messiah in His time. We can
shape the world by our deeds,
yet there is still a God-given
This is not so different from
the Marxist and secular belief
in the inevitability of historic
trends or tides — as in, "the
triumph of socialism is in-
evitable," or "the Third World
is the wave of the future." The
waves and processes exist, but
they are not mindless.
Jews have only given up
their sacred homeland when
driven out by force. The
harder the "Jordanian op-
tion" is pressed, the less in-
terested King Hussein seems
to be. Is his heart being
"hardened?" Why, against
good advice and Israeli
pleading for peace, did he
make war in 1967, allowing
Israel to regain its lost land?
If Hussein came forward now,
agreeing to Foreign Minister
Shimon Peres' formula for an
international peace con-
ference, Israel would be forc-
ed to negotiate and concede
territory for "peace." Heaven
forbid! And perhaps it does.
The crises of Jewish ex-
istence are purposefully here.
They awaken us, urge us,
push us, and sometimes force
us to act whether or not we
are sensitive to God's will for
us as individuals and as a
Israel's problems stem from
under-population of Jews, not
too many Arabs. Many who
sit in the United States urge

Israel to give up our land
because of demographics. If
the land is truly ours, God-
given or bought, then we
must keep it.
Individual Jews may have
valid personal reasons to stay
put, but if the collective will
of the Jewish people does not
take enough of us to Israel to
secure the character of the
state, as Zionism postulates
and as the Torah commands,
then all our plans may come
to nothing. We may lose our
state unless other, as yet un-
seen factors, take a hand.
Many religious authorities
who believe the lifestyles of
secular Jews are not to be ad-
mired, and who, do not accept
the ideological tenets of the
Zionist movement,
nonetheless see in that move-
ment the hand of God work-
ing to bring the Jews back to
their land.
Jews who fear that
"religious fanatics" are tak-
ing over the state should
simply make aliyah and vote
them down. Some Jews worry
that because of the Sephardic
majority, Israel is becoming
"too Levantine" in character.
We cannot change Israel
from here. Perhaps some of us
should be packing. Perhaps
the time will come when we
will be compelled to move,
whether by the force of our
own understanding and
desire, or something less plea-
sant. Perhaps I should be
writing this in Efrat, or

Eichner Named Reform
Jewish School Chief

Margaret Silverman Eich-
ner, PhD., is the new head-
master for the Yavneh
Academy, the Reform Jewish
day school of Detroit, schedul-
ed to open in the fall of 1989.
Her responsibilities include
curriculum development,
teaching and staff selection,
student recruitment, grant
proposals, overseeing physical
plant and budget.
Eichner was formerly direc-
tor of education and youth ac-
tivities, Temple Emanu-El,
Oak Park. Before that she
was the educational director
of Ivriah, The Jewish
Religious School of Flint.
Eichner is a member of the
National Association of Tem-
ple Educators Council for
Jewish Education, CAJE and
vice president, Jewish
Educator's Council of
Metropolitan Detroit. She is
a board member of Congrega-
tion B'nai Moshe and serves
on the Holocaust sub-
committee of the Jewish Com-


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