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November 17, 1989 - Image 93

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-11-17

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I COMMENT

If YouThink all liosherChickens
are the Same,Again!

Honoring The Past,
Celebrating The Future

ARTHUR J. MAGIDA

Special to The Jewish News

W

e enter time with
our first breath, our
first cry of existence.
Tired, but . proud, we an-
nounce ourselves: We have ar-
rived. We are here. We will be
We are determined to plant
our feet with this life of ours
and make assertions of iden-
tity that sometimes, to us at
least, border on either the
heroic or the mundane.
In the beginning, we act as
if we are the first of our kind,
that nothing of our sort has
preceded us. And we assume
that we are the last of our
kind, that nothing approx-
imating us will succeed us.
We are blinded by our very
uniqueness.
There is a blundering self-
ishness at work here that
quickly and sensibly con-
sumes itself. Dependencies
and reliances appear faster
than a diaper change. At
once, we realize we are less
than ourselves — and more
than ourselves. To parents,
we cling; grandparents, we
embrace. From both comes
succor and nurturing, com-
fort and sensibility, an
awareness that much has
preceded us and much more
will follow us.
We learn — not by abstract
teaching, but by deed, by life
itself — that we are not
alone, that we daily carry a
seed of the past into the
future, that we are entrusted
with what went before us,
much as Adam was en-
trusted with what would go
before him. We think of
Terach who fathered
Abraham and Abraham who
fathered Isaac and Isaac who
fathered Jacob and wonder,
almost subliminally, just
who it is we will father or
mother. Or who it is our
children will bring into this
world. We think of ancient
countries and of yesterday,
of distant smells and
tomorrow's sounds and we
say, "Yes, I am that, too."
For just as the Bible is
more concerned with time
than space, we, too, with the
accumulation of some years
and after some recognition
that there is more to us than
us, are more concerned with
the links between the
generations of which we are
a part, with this extensive
family that writer Alex
Shoumatoff has called, most
wonderfully, "the mountain
of names."
A generation is distinct

and discrete, a group
clustered around specific
years with more or less
specific traits. There is the
Immigrant Generation that
worked hard; the Depression
Generation that suffered
hard; the Sixties Generation
that protested hard; the
Holocaust Generation that
endured the unendurable.
There are the many
"mountains" of generations
that preceded the im-
migrants and the many
"mountains" that will come
after us. We are each a
bridge between mountain
passes, bridges that traverse
passes filled not with testy,
unpredictable currents of
winds, but with currents of
time and hoary tradition and
sometimes brave innovation.
Judaism is steeped in the
idea of generations, of the
indelible connections bet-
ween parents and children
and heritage and destiny.
The first book of the Bible,
Genesis, has lists called
"generations" or "books of
generations" that are actu-
ally tribal genealogies.
These clans all developed in
the same way: Descent
stemmed from a single
father, an ultimate patriar-
ch and progenitor.
Such genealogies per-
sisted. Only by proving a
connection to a family or
clan could one claim the
privileges of citizenship in
ancient Israel. Artisans,
wise men and poets, profes-
sions that were customarily
hereditary, were generally
linked with some ancient
ancestor. Later, priestly
families returning to Israel
from exile would use geneal-
ogies to prove their ecclesi-
astical pedigree. After the
destruction of the Temple,
when the priests lost their
function, they prized even
more their descent, for it was
the only symbol left to them
of their exalted status.
Now, because of migra-
tions or sometimes just sheer
genetic amnesia, rare is the
family that can trace its
lineage beyond four or five
generations.
And yet, the idea of
generation remains potent.
It is our passport through
the tunnel of time. It
delivers a hunch that if we
could only reach back in
time we would catch the first
light of Creation, the first
word of Adam, the first
gesture of Eve. It is the
lullaby, not just of the night,
but of the soul, a distant
song. ❑

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