Entire Community Prays for Complete Healing of Rabbi Adler
Three times daily, devoutly, Rabbi Morris Adler had been praying during a creative
The Eighth Benediction in the Amidah
lifetime for the health of the ill, for healing and peace and justice for his congregants. He
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had been praying and pleading with the Power mightier than we are for peoples of all
faiths. Now it is our turn to pray for him, to turn to our Prayer Book, to the Amidah, and
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to recite the eighth benediction, pleading with all our heart and all our soul that he may be
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granted a refuah shleymah
complete healing — from wounds he had suffered as an
innocent victim in a tragic emanation from a confused mind. We plead with the Almighty
Heal us, Lord and we shall be healed; help us and we shall
to grant him the strength he needs to conquer the affliction that has been heaped upon
be helped, for Thou art our praise. Grant complete healing for all
him, so that our community, so that this nation and humanity, may again be blessed
our ills for Thou, 0 God and King art a faithful and merciful leader.
with the services he has been endowed to render so brilliantly. We share the prayers of
Blessed art Thou, 0 Lord. who healest the sick.
peoples of all faiths, of communities
throughout the world, that his great
mind should not be blurred, that his
genius should continue to function for
the good of America, of the People
Israel, of Judaism and humanity.
He is the chief spokesman for
our people in Detroit. But he has
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racial and religious discrimination, so
that we should no longer be cursed
with man's inhumanity to man but
that, instead, the high ideals of our
faith and our land should predomi-
We pray that the powerful voice
that had been interrupted may once
again speak out, that the ailment should be temporary, that our
Rabbi may return to full glory in the service of his people.
The brightest years are still ahead for him. He had just begun
to create hew interpretive values. The literary works he had plan-
ned, the editing tasks he had undertaken, the aspirations for the
future, still hold out great hope for a great man. May our hopes
be fulfilled that these tasks and the man equipped to carry them
A dedicated staff of doctors, on endless vigil at Sinai Hospital,
to fruition will once again be linked with a restoration of health
caring for Rabbi Morris Adler, is showing serious concern over the state
to the victim of a tragic perversion.
of his health and the chances for his recovery.
We had planned so much for Rabbi Adler! May we be priv-
While there were optimistic reports through Tuesday night, the
ileged to adhere to these plans—to honor him on his 60th birth-
day on March 30, then to take note of his creative life, to share
bulletins on Wednesday afternoon commenced to indicate increasing
with his family on that occasion the presence of the personality
who so well deserves to receive the honors in store for him.
A bulletin issued on behalf of the attending physicians by Sinai Hos-
The spontaneous messages of good wishes and the inquiries
administrator, Sydney Peimer, on Thursday, just as this issue was
of concern that are pouring in from all parts of the globe are
going to press, stated :
the evidence of the respect and affection Rabbi Adler has ac-
quired from appreciative friends who have learned to love and
"Dr. Adler's condition remains very critical. He spent an un-
admire him folikall his acts for faith, nation, humanity.
eventful night and showed very slight improvement, but he remains
in a coma."
o shares with him an active community life,
has thegoOT wishs of a community that utters the prayer for
Harvey Gass, who operated twice on Rabbi Adler—on Satur-
refuah shleymah—for complete healing—in behalf of her hus-
day, immediately as the seriously injured spiritual leader was brought
bihd. Her ac1niirable display of courage, her retention of faith
to the hospital from the Shaarey .Zedek by . ambulance and again on
in her husband's recovery, is an added tribute to a beautiful life
Monday—and the attending physicians, were gravely concerned.
that must go.bn, in behalf of which we pray so solemnly now.
May we be privileged in the days ahead to be able to utter
Dr. Myer Teitelbaum, Rabbi Adler's personal physician ; Dr. Edgar
prayers of thanks for the fulfillment of the prayer we now direct
University of Michigan specialist; Dr. Stephen Gurdjian, Wayne
so pleadingly to the Merciful Healer.
State University professor, and a group of associates, were in constant
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Community Honors Courage of Goldie Adler
"Words that come, from. the heart enter the heart"
will be gratite4
unity,- while anxiously. awaiting news to indicate that Rabbi Morris Adler
that are endangering his life, pays
GQldie Attlei. :who has shown more courage than any one
ssi4O : of her husband's sufferings while under-
tlie struggle to save his life.
In the early.
'cif her vigil at Sinai Hospital, she kept
asking that ho' se
compassion should be expressed to the
family of, '•lemen
bay whose act endangered her hus-
band's lif . 'wrote a Yriessage to Mrs. Edward Wishnetsky as-
sufing her that she fully understands that the parents are riot to
Gql e, A tie ke*Akstiff upper lip throughout, expresSing
Confideileel 'Morris will be well, he must be." She has faith
awl is being a mired greatly for it.
"tii Monday, after the second operation, she made a statement
expressPig gratitude to the community, and said:
•-a• heart full of gratitude for the community, :for, the
riatiovf, and for the world that have shared these days 0:eitsis
."I am also so very grateful for knowing that my own faith
hag been sustained.
"My husband has:always said that from each experience we learn something, and '-
think here God is trying to • ell us that man should feel compassion for his fellow man. I can
only think of a saying in the Hebrew tradition:
" 'Words that come out of a heart enter the heart.
"I feel the throbbing pulse of this community. The hospital has given me such strength, an.
ticipating not only rnIi'needs but my deiires. The coltkrntration of medical forces are beyond that
which anyone could expect. The faith I have within me was sustained by these doctors who are
attendiAgjlie rabbi, and I am grateful to God for these learned hands.
the_ 37 years we have lived together, this is the greatest lesson I have learned from him
tedehlk,fthom I am fortunate to call husband."
consultation in their*` combined efforts to speed the
recovery of the world-famed religious leader who is the
victim of a tragic dementia that afflicted a University
of Michigan honor graduate who has since died of gun
wounds he inflicted upan., himself after firing at Rabbi
approaches, an agonized
community ,:has ben sub .ed to cteep_sorrow over an
act th;af?has igterruRtedhvg(active sslife, and thousands
havegcl to prayer that• thb eminent leader should
rekoreTto health. anft resumption of his work in
alf of Jtwry and humanitfito'Xhich'he has dedicated
There hifye been prayers, "'lurch meetings„ all
arraz. skoritaneously, .withthit 'orders from hierarchies,
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'News and moveixants that are aware "6 - the 'date had
planned distinct lion° .s for Rabbi Adler for Maith,30,
when he- will mark 60thi ,14-rtkday. Now all the plan-
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