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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-10-11

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Protecting The Cradle
Of Americanism

F

rom the time when the
Statue of Liberty was
brought to American
Shores as a French inspira-
tion, the sculpture carried
with it an immortalization of
the "Cradle of Liberty" that
was the very root of Ameri-
can idealism. This became a
force of idealism for the mill-
ions who kept aspiring for
freedom under the Stars and
Stripes.
The great spiritual force
that was thus animated and
sent forth admiration from
all mankind became prayer
and hope as an American
ideal in the words of Ameri-
can poetess Emma Lazarus.
Her "New Colossus", affixed
to the Statue of Liberty, is a
greeting never forgotten. It
keeps elevating our spirits:

Not like the brazen giant
of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs
astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed,
sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a
torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightn-
ing, and her name
Mother of exiles. From
her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide
welcome; her mild eyes
command
The air-bridged harbor
that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands,
your storied pomp!" cries
she with silent lips. "Give
me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of
your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless,
tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the
golden door!"

Emma Lazarus had
written many poems as an
associate of Ralph Waldo
Emerson and other great
Americans of the time. She
turned to the American
theme when she was shock-
ed into consideration of the
horrors that were
perpetrated in the pogroms
of Russia and Romania
from 1879 to 1882. That's
how the idealism of Emma
Lazarus became a perma-
nent factor in American
principles.
We now witness adherence
to this ideal in the deter-
mination of the State of
Israel and the Jewish people
to rescue Jews threatened
with pogroms — again in
Russia and wherever there
is a menace to our people.
The American ideal must
never be besmirched.

Emma Lazarus:
American idealism.

How disgustingly horrify-
ing is the abuse resorted to
by a cartoonist and publish-
ed in the Detroit Free Press
Sept. 24. It went so far as to
misuse the nobility of the
"New Colossus" by applying
quoted words as a means of
encouraging political
disputation about Israel.
These are corruptions that
must never be tolerated. We
appeal to cartoonists and
editors never to endorse and
thereby encourage the drag-
ging of American idealism
into the gutter. ❑

'Penny A Day'
To Reality

From the very day of the in-
auguration of Keren Kyemeth
—the Jewish National Fund
— as a philanthropic task to
realize the Zionist ideal, there
were many who resorted to a
slogan, "A Penny a Day is the
JNF Way."
There were many who at
the time of this introductory
effort, which is now marking
its 90th anniversary, who
believed that if all Jews re-
sponded to it with "a penny
a day" the aim for the
redemption of the national
homeland would be speedily
recognized. The fact is that
the idealists were not as
numerous as hoped for.
Nevertheless, adherents to
the cause later multiplied
into the millions, and the
cause became the means of
state building and one of the
major means of realizing a
dream.
Volumes have been
written on the Keren
Kayemeth and now more are
being appended. Scores of
forests have been planted to
make Eretz Israel fruitful,
productive and the welcom-
ing rescuer of millions of suf-
ferers from persecution.
Moshe Rivlin, who heads
this important movement,
has indicated the continuity
of Keren Kayemeth com-
mitments. Even in brief ex-

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