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September 29, 1989 - Image 92

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-09-29

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N EWS

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity.

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity.

I

Is This Life
All There Is?

DENNIS PRAGER

Special to The Jewish News

DR. WILLIAM & MAXINE STOLER

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity.

NORMAN & KATHY STRICOF

May the coming

May the coming

year be filled

year be filled

with health and

with health and

happiness.

happiness for

all our family

and friends.

GEORGE VINE & FAMILY

IDELLE&ERNIE NENRTH,DEBBY &DENNIS
SUSIE & CRAIG ROSENBERG

May the coming

May the coming

year be filled

year be filled

with health and

with health and

happiness for

happiness for

all our family

all our family

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

and friends.

and friends.

SHIRLEY & MAURICE NEEMAN

PHILIP & RAE OLENDER

BEN • SALLY PASMAN

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

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to all
our friends
and relatives.

to all
my friends
and relatives.

DR. & MRS. BERNARD TOFT
MIKE, KEN, ALYSSA

NAOMI TRAGER

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

Plantation, Florida

LENA RICHTER & FAMILY

SHARIL, JEFF, AIMEE
& SAMANTHA ROBY

We wish our family and friends • a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

JOAN & JERRY PENFIL

SIDNEY & SHIRLEY RIGER

LEW & ANNE ROSE

THE NESSELS - MARTIN, SANDRA, CARYN, DANA & ARI

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

RUTH & NATE OLESHANSKY

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year
ROZ & SID PELTON

92

DANIEL t MURPHY
Oakland County Executive

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1989

S

ome time ago, I at-
tended a funeral at
which a prominent
rabbi officiated. To probably
everyone present, there was
nothing unusual; the service
was traditional Conservative
and the rabbi's remarks
about the deceased were
moving.
Then at the grave site, the
rabbi spoke about Judaism's
attitude toward death.
"Judaism does not believe in
a life after death," the rabbi
said. "Rather, we live on in
the good works we do and in
the memories of those we
leave behind!' As this is what
most contemporary ' Jews
believe, few people at the
funeral would have found
reason to take particular
notice of these remarks. But

"It defies logic to
hold that the non-
physical God would
create a world
whose only reality
is physical."

I was furious. The rabbi had
told Jews, at a moment when
they were most impres-
sionable, a profound untruth.
Any Jew who says that
Judaism does not believe in
reality beyond death is offer-
ing his own, not Judaism's
beliefs.
Now there is nothing wrong
with a rabbi or any Jew offer-
ing his own views. Having
some non-traditional views
myself, I certainly can respect
views that differ from the
tradition. But simple intellec-
tual honesty demands that
whenever a Jew represents
Judaism, he make it clear
where the views he espouses
differ from that of thousands
of years of Jews and Judaism.
As regards a 'hereafter,
Judaism is not at all am-
bivalent. (See the 11th
chapter of the Talmudic Trac-
tate Sanhedrin„ and
Maimonides' Thirteen Prin-
ciples of Faith.) As the entry
under "Afterlife" in the En-
cyclopedia Judaica begins:
"Judaism has always main-
tained a belief in an afterlife!"
Now, it is certainly true
that Judaism gives us no
details about what happens
after death. And it is equally
true. that Judaism wants
Jews to preoccupy themselves
with this world; Judaism has
always had contempt for

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