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Talmudic Sages

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Continued from Page 42

Selection of several of the
biographed sages from the
Bader encyclopedia will share
with the reader the
significance of this
voluminous work. The in-
clude Simon the Just, Choni
the Circle Drawer, Hillel,
Shammai, Rabbi Yohanan
ben Zakkai, Onkelos, Rabbi
Eliezer ben Azaryo, Rabbi
Akiva ben Joseph, Elisha ben
Avuyah, "Acher," Rabbi
Shimon ben Gamaliel .. .
The recorded list tempts the
reviewer as it will the reader
to absorb the entire list of
notables.
All of which emphasize the
vast importance of this entic-
ingly brilliant encyclopedic
creation.
An additional note was an
expression of appreciation of
this literary classic. Each
biographical sketch is like an
addendum to history. There
are no favoritisms here — on-
ly the factual data about the
personalities and their views
and sentiments. This is evi-
dent in Bader's evaluation of
the life and views of Elisha
ben Avuyah whose name is
registered in the Jewish
records as "Acher — The dif-
ferent one." The various steps
in the disputes with scholars
of his time,who included
Akiba in the first Century of
this era, involved his "aban-
donment" of the faith.
The lengthy references to
Elisha Ben Avuyah and his
endless disputes over the
devotions to the Almighty he
had questioned form a most
important, academically-
significant controversy that
provides a background into
the agnosticism of another
wise very famous scholar and
teacher in Israel.
Our readers will recall the
discussions that emerged
when the humanist temple
was established in Detroit
and grew into the present
world humanist movement.
They are the present-day
agnostics. I then referred to
the "Acher" and to the
acknowledged atheist Elisha
Ben Avuyah in our history.
A fascinating subject for
endless discussion, as long a
there is organized
"humanism," is provided in
the Gershm Bader scholarsip
imbedded in The En-
cyclopedia of Talmudic Sages.
The data he assembled is
fascinating. Whoever wishes
to pursue the "humanist"
topic and write on
agnosticism in Jewish ex-
perience must turn to this
volume. If it were for this sub-
ject alone, the Bader book is
one of the most valuable con-
tributions to Jewish
literature.

AGE

Haber Name,
Campus Hillel
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illiam Haber is a
name inseparable
from the major
Jewish causes and com-
mitments, in a leadership
that has embraced the last
four decades.
He gave international
status to ORT, and he in-
spired support for the move-
ment on a global basis.
The Hebrew University in
Jerusalem owes him many
debts.
He will always be
remembered as a volunteer
worker in many causes. In
Michigan and on a national
scale, his wife Fanny was
honored by ORT some weeks
ago in recognition of the
share she had in aid provided
to the Jewish communal
needs on many fronts.
It is in the Haber role on
the University of Michigan
campus and in devotions to
the activities of the Jewish
students that he is now gain-
ing added acclaim. That is
why his name will have pro-
minence in the new structure
soon to be completed as the U-
M Hillel. The encouragement
derived in assuring success
for the current Hillel task
already enlists the Haber
name as a link of great
significance with the Jewish
student movement.
The mere appearance of
Prof. William Haber at a
Hillel function, very often as
lecturer who kept the Jewish
cause on a high cultural level,
always served to increase en-
thusiasm in the student body.
The honor was now being
accorded by the U-M Hillel
Foundation to Prof. William
Haber is a commendable
mark of recognition of the ser-
vices provided for a great
movement by one of the most
distinguished academicians
in our midst. It will surely
speed success in the task of
completing the new Hillel
headquarters in Ann Arbor.

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