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April 16, 1993 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-04-16

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The Irwin I. Cohn Memorial Lectures
in Talmudic Law Series

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Does Jewish Law Require Us To Be
Democrats or Republicans?

Holocaust Tragedy
Illustrates Strength

RABBI YOSIL ROSENZWEIG SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

with

Professor
William Helmreich

Professor Helmreich is Department of
Sociology Chairman and Professor of
Jewish Studies at City University of New
York. Viewed as the authority on Jewish
trends in America, Professor Helmreich
has authored 12 books and appeared on
"Oprah," "Donahue," Morton Downey,"
and "CBS Morning News". His feature arti-
cles appear in the New York Times and

New York Newsday.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27, 1993
Max M. Fisher Building
6735 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Couvert: $12.00 Includes Kosher Lunch

For Information and Reiervations

call 737-7000

A Project of Lubavitch Foundation of Michigan

Temple Israel cordially invites you to join us
for the following musical entertainment

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celebrating Israel's 45th anniversary

AVI ALBRECHT

noted Israeli entertainer
sponsored by the
Arlene J. Gottlieb Music Appreciation Fund
SUNDAY, MAY 9 at 7:30 p.m.

RAIMI, RAIMI, HAWKINS AND MUES
chamber music played by members of the Raimi Family

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offered by the Schmier Chapel Chamber series

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SUNDAY, MAY 23 at 7:30 p.m.

5725 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield

for complimentary tickets, call 661-5700

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his week's Torah por-
tion describes the eight
days of dedication of
the Mishkan — the por-
table Tabernacle — by Moses,
Aaron and his four sons.
Chapter 10 contains the
tragic scene of the death of
Nadav and Avihu, the two
oldest sons of Aaron the High
Priest.
The Torah states: "Aaron's
sons, Nadav and Avihu, each
took a fire-pan . . . they of-
fered an unauthorized fire
before Hashem, which was
not commanded unto them."
The Torah continues and ex-
plains that: "a fire came forth
from before Hashem and con-
sumed them." At the very
height of their service to God,
this sudden tragedy was their
terrible fate. What I find very
interesting is the way that
Aaron was instructed by
Moses to react to this tragedy.
Moses informed Aaron (the
father) as well as Elazar and
Itamar (the brothers) that
they could not show the con-
ventional signs of mourning.
They could not let their hair
grow nor were they allowed to
tear their garments, lest they
also die. They were to con-
tinue their sacrificial service
in the Mishkan and were forc-
ed to allow "the family of
Israel" to mourn for those
consumed by fire.
The Jewish world will mark
Yom Hashoah — Holocaust
Remembrance Day - April
18. On this day in cemeteries
and synagogues the world
over, Jewish communities will
be memorializing the deaths
of 6 million victims of fire.
The term holocaust — death
by fire, was not coined
haphazardly. Regardless of
the actual form of death
which took each individual
victim, the decimation of our
6 million brethren was at-
tributed to the fires of the
crematorium.
Following the Holocaust,
the Sha'arit Haplaytah — the
surviving remnant, were not
allowed the luxury of mourn-
ing. They were forced by
necessity to begin immedi-
ately rebuilding their lives
and world — surely a form of
service to Hashem. How
tragic was their lot. How sor-
rowful their circumstances.
Mourning was left to the

Yosil Rosenzweig is rabbi of

Congregation Shaar
Hashomayim, Windsor

vestige of "the family of
Israel" to mourn for those
consumed by fire.
It has occurred to me that
this aspect of the post-
Holocaust era was in fact a
strength of heroic propor-
tions. While the pain and
anguish of their existence
permeated every living cell of
the survivors, it very well
might have encouraged decay,
mental instability or even
despair. Being forced to begin
anew to find surviving family
members, start new families,
settle in new lands and learn
new languages, find and ply
new trades, all soothed
wounds that were so very raw.
These heroes of so few years
ago were forced to place the
past behind them and empha-

Shabbat Shemini:
Leviticus 9:1-11:47
II Samuel 6:1-7:17

size the future and only the
future.
Now, 48 years after the
Holocaust, we and the world
are coming to grips with the
horrors of the past. Definitive
works of the Holocaust have
become a phenomenon of the
past few years. The personal
sagas, the spiritual and moral
dilemmas that bear witness
are being shared more and
more.
Our participation in local
Holocaust memorial services
is a sign of respect to those
who perished in the terrible
fires of the Holocaust and a
source of strength to those
who could not mourn. ❑

Yom Ha'atzmaut
At Adat Shalom

Adat Shalom members will
celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut
April 23 with a Kabbalat
Shabbat service and dinner.
The service will begin at 6
p.m., followed by dinner.,
Synagogue clergy will lead
Birkat Hamazon, songs and
special prayers for the occa-
sion. Israeli dancing will corn-
plete the festivities.
For reservations by April
19, call the synagogue office,
851-5100.

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