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September 29, 1989 - Image 94

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-09-29

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NEWS Imm° ■ ••

That All?

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May the coming year be
one filled with health,
happiness and
prosperity for all our
friends and family.

MR. & MRS.
GUSTAV BERENHOLZ

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

May the New Year Bring
To All Our Friends
and Family — Health,
Joy, Prosperity
and Everything
Good in Life.
DENISE RICHMAN ALEXANDER
& FAMILY

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

CINDY & RON GOODMAN

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

ISADORE, EDITH & SUSAN AVERBUCH

JUDITH & MARVIN DUBIN

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

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

THE SAMSKY FAMILY - PHYLLIS, NORMAN & RACHEL

MAUREEN & BOB SHAPIRO, SANDY & MICHELLE

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

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

THE SCHANES - MANNY, RAE & EVELYN

CONNIE & BARRY SILVERMAN, CARRIE & MARCI

I wish my family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

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

TOLA SCHWARZBERG

HOWARD, DEBBIE, JASON & NEIL SILVERMAN

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year
LENORE & DAVE SHAPIRO

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

Coconut Creek, Florida

94

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1989

JOE & MIRIAM SLAIM

Judaism's preoccupation with
"repairing the world under
the rule of God," have devoted
themselves to repairing this
world — but without God.
This religious/moral fervor
without religious beliefs led
many to radicalism. If there
is no such thing as a
hereafter, they reasoned, it is
this world that must be made
into a heaven. Hence, the at-
traction of utopianism to so
many in the 20th century
who have rejected Judaism
and Christianity.
Judaism rejects both con-
clusions. In the words of one
of its basic teachings, "It is
not up to you to complete the
task, but neither are you per-
mitted to desist from it." Both
parts are critical. The Jew is
never allowed to say, "I don't
have to preoccupy myself with
fighting for a better world;
things will work out in the
next world?' But neither is he

". . nothing is
more likely to
induce despair
than the belief
that this life is all
there is."

ever to expect a utopia in this
world. We cannot perfect the
world. We can only gradually
repair it.
In light of the secular hells
produced by secular utopians,
it becomes evident just how
brilliant Judaism was to defer
utopia to a future world (mes-
sianic or otherwise). And yet
how equally brilliant of
Judaism to keep Jews from
relying on the future world in
order to ignore the evils of
this world. Had Jews like
Marx, Trotsky and myriad
other radical secular Jews not
tried to create heaven on
earth, they would not have
created hell on earth.
There is, finally, one other
logical and all too common
consequence of believing that
this world is all there is. Dep-
sair. Let's face it honestly. In
view of the relentless pain
that so many people ex-
perience in this life, nothing
is more likely to induce
despair than the belief that
this life is all there is. The
malaise felt by so many in our
society in our time is not
traceable to material depriva-
tion, rather to the despair in-
duced by the seuclar belief
that this world is all there is.
That is why peasants with
religious faith are probably
happier than affluet Jews
who have no faith (and why
affluent secular Jews and
non-Jews, not the poor, start
all the radical revolutions).

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