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Liz's Gold Mine
Was he hubby #3? #4? Who keeps count, anyway?
ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Q: Some time ago Tell Me Why
Q:The prayer Ashrei consists of
reported that Max Fleischer, who psalms presented aleph, bais, gim-
created Betty Boop, also designed mei, etc., but the letter nun is not
Popeye. I clipped out that article listed. Can Tell Me Why tell me
because I knew that the United why?
States was going to issue a number
From reader D.F. in Farmington
of stamps showing comic strips. Hills
That set was issued Oct. 1 and in-
A: Ashrei consists of three
cludes L'il Abner by Al Capp. But parts: an introduction from
the information they printed on the Psalms 84:5 and 144:15; all of
Psalm 145; a concluding line
reverse of the stamp for Popeye
from Psalms 115:18. The
credits E.C. Segar as the creator. recitation is known as
Can you explain this?
Ashrei, from its intro-
ductory word which ap-
pears three times in
the opening. The cen-
E.C. Segar did indeed create tral portion of Ashrei,
Popeye, originally a newspaper Psalm 145, is com-
comic-strip character. Max posed of 21 lines,
Fleischer was responsible for a each of which begins
number of animated cartoon with a successive let-
films showing the spinach-lov- ter of the Hebrew al-
phabet. The verse that
Born in 1885 in Vienna, Fleis- should begin with the
cher was the head of Fleischer letter nun is indeed miss-
Studios Inc., which produced an- ing. It has been so since
imated cartoons for Paramount ancient times.
Pictures. He died in 1972.
A possible solution to this
mystery came early in 1956,
Q: I know that at least one of Eliz- when cave 11 of the Dead Sea
abeth Taylor's many, many hus- Scrolls caves was discovered. In
bands was Jewish. What was his it was a scroll of Psalms. The
Psalms Scroll was published in
A: His name was Mike Todd. 1962. The scroll includes a text
Born in Minneapolis in 1909, of Psalm 145 with a nun verse
he was a film producer whose reading Ne'eman Elokim b'de-
works included Around the varav v'chasid b'kol maasav
World in 80 Days. He died in ("God is faithful in His words,
and pious in all His works").
1958 in a plane crash.
If this is the original text of
By the way, if you're won-
dering how a nice Jewish boy Psalm 145, its subsequent use,
came to be called Mike Todd, be even in ancient times, was
assured that wasn't his first without the nun verse.
The Talmud, in Berchot 4b,
name. At birth, he was Avrom
suggests that the nun line was
omitted because of
a prophecy in
Amos 5:2, which
also begins with a
the destruction of
Israel: Nafla lo-
tosif kum b'tulat
Yisrael. Nit'sh a
m'kima ("The vir-
gin of Israel is fall-
en; she shall no
more rise. She is
cast down upon
her land; there is
none to raise her
up"). Thus, it is
possible that the
nun verse was
dropped after the
ruin of the Temple
and Jerusalem in
Remember when Liz Taylor was married to Avrom
From reader M.F. in Omaha, Neb.
A: Tell Me Why stands clari-
Q: My name is Dr. F., and I am a
prominent psychiatrist in New
York. Several months ago a man
approached me, reporting a severe
case of "Guido deprivation." I
was, of course, at a loss as to
what this could possibly mean.
After extensive therapy, I came
to realize that he had become
addicted to occa-
sional Tell Me
I have since seen 50 more pa-
tients with this disorder, and now
am writing a paper on this condi-
tion for the Journal of the Ameri-
can Medical Association. Because
of interest from the medical com-
munity worldwide, I expect it will
receive extensive media coverage.
Normally, I don't condone feed-
ing the addict more of what he
craves. But in this case I feel it's
a necessity, because of the sever-
ity of the ailment. Indeed, those
with "Guido deprivation" have
been known to sing Barry Manilow
songs ad nauseam if they don't get
what they want. I think you see the
urgency in my request.
A: Tell Me Why is here for
Guido Kisch was born in
Prague in 1889. A historian,
he came in 1935 to the United
States, where he taught histo-
ry at the Jewish Institute of
Religion. He later settled in
Basel, and taught at the uni-
versity there. He was the au-
thor of a number of books, and
had a special interest in how
various secular laws treated
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