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Full text: 12 THE CANADIAN JEWISH REVIEW MARCH 9, 1951 CANADIAN JEWISH REVIEW An Impartial Medium for the Dissemination of Jewish Newt and Views MEMfiEK AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS George W. Cohen, Publisher The Jews Should Be Hebrew Conscious Room 260, 265 Craig; Street West Montreal Phone MArquette 1203 Room 1207, 21 Dunda* Square Toronto Phone EMplre 4-1486 BY RABBI THEODOKE SCHWARTZ, OF THE BETH SHOLOM SYNAGOGUE TALMUD TORAH, TORONTO, ONTARIO. Authorised a» second elasa mail by Post Office Department, Ottawa. Subscription $2 per year; S3 for two years. United State* $3 per year; 15 for two years. Single copy, 6 cents. Florence Freedlander Cohen, Editor Rabbi H, J. Stern, Contributing Editor Lena A. Newman Ida Illion Suzann F. Cohen Advertising Manager Toronto Manager Circulation Manager 7 wholly disapprove of what you tay and will defend to the death your right to toy it. — Voltaire to Helvetius. MARCH 9, 1951 VOL. XXXm. No. 23 C o m m e n t a r i e s By Dr. lUrry J. tMrv, The Visit Of Rabbi Judah Maimon Montreal Jewry is indebted to Rabbi Zambrowsky, executive vice-president of the Mizrachi, and his associates for having made possible the visit of His Excellency, the Minister of Religious Affairs of Israel to this city. At the civic reception tendered by His Worship, Mayor Houde, to Rabbi Maimon, I voiced the thought that Rabbi Maimon is the symbol of the fulfillment of that prophecy which centuries ago proclaimed the restoration of the captivity of Israel and the reconstitution of the Jewish State. May we therefore not lose faith in that other prophetic promise which visioned a time "when nations shall beat their, swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks and learn war no more." This dream of God's Kingdom on Earth is not a fairy tale and is bound to come. Despite the present tragic events, man must hope courageously for that day. A company of Christian clergymen and Jewish Rabbis* met with Rabbi Maimon and placed before him a number of questions. It was good to hear the Cabinet Minister of Israel emphasize that he himself is opposed to a theocracy and that Israel, the State of Israel, will ever be in every sense of the word a democracy. He indicated that should there be organized Reform or Conservative Jewish Congregations in the State and should these summon Rabbis to minister to them, the Minister of Religious Affairs will without hesitancy appoint Liberal Rabbis to minister to such congregations. At the banquet tendered by the Mizrachi Organization of Canada, Dr. Maimon recalled the unique contribution which Mizrachi has made toward the establishment of the State of Israel. He pointed out that he was the sole survivor of the forty men who founded the Mizrachi Organization. For fifty years he has given of himself to that interpretation of Zionism which stresses Torah and the spiritual values of the Jewish people. The banquet brought together a large assemblage of men and women from every section of the Jewish community. We-rejoice that the first cabinet minister of the State of Israel to visit Canada was none other than the Minister of Religious Affairs, for we believe that Israel as a State has only significance if it is founded and rooted in Torah. Just to be another secular State would prove the two-thousand-year dream of the restoration to have been a meaningless one. Through the State of Israel, rooted in Torah and in the teachings of the great prophets and Rabbis, Israel can rediscover its true vocation in the world, namely that of witnessing to God of all humanity, and it can serve as a pattern State for other lands in the furtherance of social justice and righteousness. Old in years and rich in achievements, Rabbi Maimon, at the age of seventy-five, still displays a youthfulness and a determination that is in every way astounding. We were glad that he came here and we trust that his visit will stimulate all sections of our community to rededicate themselves anew to the challenging tasks of Zion restored and to the spiritual and religious values without which Jewish life in the diaspora for long is impossible. Well has Rabbi Maimon emphasised the tragedy of ignorance of matter Jewish that is BO prevalent and that is so threatening to Jewish life throughout the world. As Rabbi Maimon makes his way to return to Israel we wish him godspeed and pray that he be granted many more years of useful service to his people. We also hope that before he has left the country he will have met with the non-orthodox religious leaders in order to obtain from them directly what disturbs them as to the difficulty, real or imaginary, which may confront religious liberal groups in present-day Israel We trust too that as a result oi his visit Rabbi Maimon will all the more strive to restore some form of the Sanhedrim an authoritative religious body that will be of help in harmonizing Jewish law with present-day Jewish life, not only for the State of Israel, but that the Sanhedrin may help give guidance to Jewish life in the diaspora. WJ.C. ATTEMPTS (Continued from Page. One) deration once the Jewish Federation of Rio and Sao Paolo" reached agreement, declared. "I am sure that the Jewish community of Brazil will fully live op to its great dnties for the benefit of the Jewish people, especially in view of the fact that the tragic Hitler-caused destruction of two-thirds of European Jewry has charged the 660,000 Jews in Latin America with a special taak in the struggle for Jewish survival." Declaring that the prestige of WJC in Brazil was rising steadily, he pointed to the aid end advice which the Congress and its permanent representative in Brazil, Dr. Vejtech Win-terstein, formerly a leading figure among Czechoslovak Jewry, have long been giving to the movement for unity in Brazil. A growing conviction exists, he said, that "the Jewish community in Brazil should play an active role in the WJC voluntary association of Jewish communities." Stating that the comparatively young Yiahuv m Brazil was full of vigor, he paid tribute to the executive and Council of the Federation of Jews in Rio and especially to the FederatfoYTi spirited president, Dr. Frita Feigl, a world-renowned chemist and active friend of the World Jewish Congress, for their community leadership. Dr. Schwarzbart had planned to visit the Jewish communities in Sao Paulo and such cities as Porto AJ-legre but his trip was cut short by illness. During a stopover at Port of Spain on his return flight to New York, Dr. Schwarebart discussed matters of Jewish concern with community leaders in Trinidad. There he was met by a delegation headed by Mrs. Chuma Averbouch, president of Women's International Zionist Organization, and Dr. B. Pulver, local WJC leader. He learned that the small Jewish commuMty of Trinidad had considerable **zeaf for and devotion to Jewish affairs." RABBI JONAH WISE from Page One) go?ue. Rabbi Wise declared that religion in America was "essentially a gigantic force" and that "once it breaks through the bonds of tradition and ecclesiastical politeness it will produce something which will electrify the human soul and challenge the human mind." The Jewish leader was frankly skeptical of the traditional manner in which politicians arbitrarily divide their constituent* into Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish blocs to orgaoize city and state campaigns. Every religious leader, h« said, should "deplore" such "violent deviation" from tae democratic ideals of America and With the establishment of the State of Israel our two-thousand-year-old dream has been partially realized. World Jewry, in one way or another has made possible this miraculous achievement. Jewish pioneers went to Israel to reclaim the neglected soil, and by their toil transformed the desert into green pasture. Jewish capital industrial* ized Israel, and Jewish soldiery fought against great odds to defend and preserve what has been created. With the recognition of Israel, came also the recognition of Hebrew as the official language of the country. Hebrew faculties have been opened in many colleges and universities outside Israel, and students of many nationalities have registered for these courses. Hebrew newspapers amd books published in Israel, are being- read the world over. So far, so good. The people in Israel consider themselves as the vanguard of their nation. One of their chief aims is to make it possible for more and more Jews to return to, and settle in Israel. It is our duty to enable them to do so. This duty of ours to Israel takes am many aspects. It is not sufficient merely to send money or people. It involves other things as well. One "everyone should fight against it." Proposing that a detailed study be made of the various religious groups inr New York, Rabbi Wise predicted that its results would reveal the need for a spiritual program that "most of us only dimly realize." In commenting on the role of church and synagogue overseas, he emphasized that while religion was facing graye difficulties behind the Iron Curtain there was "every evidence to believe that it has by no means been destroyed." "I know as a matter of fact," he said, "that the Jews in Russia continue to cling ia large numbers to their religion despite the snares and scorns of the official atheisms, often of their own children amd in many instances of 'their elders. They are witnesses to the persistence of the spiritual." Rabbi Wise said: "We are standing at the edge of a new era with upsets and threats of war. America is to be the deciding factor as to whether civilization is to contmie. Russia is incapable of establishing a world civilization." An unspecified sum of money was presented to Rabbi Wise to be used by him for whatever purpose he desires. According to Rafebi Wise, one of religion's greatest works through the past quarter century has been its labors in the field of charity. "Practically every religious sect concerns itself with the alleviation of the mistakes and accidents of our social structure," he declared. "In addition to its concern for the poor, organized religion to the United States has assumed active responsibility for social progress in every field. "Without presuming to interfere with government the religions of America are continually pressing On national and state Legislatures for the renovation of our social structure. Catholics, Protestants and Jews each in their own organizations and frequently associated with one another have become jealous guardians of human welfare. At times organized religion interferes, but that occurs seldom. When it does, it should honestly be met." Rabbi Wise was enthusiastic in his praise of the interfaith move-ment over the last twenty-five years. Noting the increase in interdenominational activities and its-consequent impact on religious leaders generally, he asserted that the interfaith movement "has at last assumed definite direction." Radio and television, according to Rabbi Wise, "will eventually create a new atmosphere for religion." While books have been published and "disputations" heard for hundreds of years, he observed, most of these have been read or listened to by the few. "One stands aghast," he commented, "at the prospect of what might have happened if some of our prophets and saints had access to the radio in their day. Of course it has its essential and necessary limitations but it presents a staggering possibility just the same. Those of us who have wit' nessed its growth see a great future for American religion in this miracle of our quarter century." In summing up, Rabbi Wise said that the progress of religion "is bound up with the growth of democracy here and abroad arnd is bound up also with man's belief in God as announced by the prophets of old, glorified by the Psalmists, and exemplified by Jews and Christians in smoothing the rough road upon which it seems humanity still most travel." of the things that every one of us can. do, is to learn Hebrew. The knowledge of Hebrew is the natural medium through, which we can keep ini close touch with the development of Israel. It can become the common denominator that would bind together our people in the various lands, and strengthen' the essential ties- that differences in language temd to weaken. It can also serve as a safeguard against assimilation. We must remember what has happened to the Jewish'people once before, and draw the necessary conclusions. The Jewish people has witnessed the greatest national disaster that can befall any nation. I am referring to the ten lost tribes/Think of it! Ten out of twelve tribes were lost! How did it happen? Surely, the ten tribes did not pick up and leave for an unknown destination. This move would have been noticed, ami surely, prevented. No, it did not happen overnight. It happened gradually, so gradually, that it did not even attract notice. Therein lay the tragedy. It is -a tragedy when a person, of his own accord, jumps into the ocean and disappears. But when a person accidently slips and disappears, that is a disaster, and one which should be guarded against. The ten tribes would not have been lost to us, had they continued using their national language, Hebrew. During the two thousand years of Diaspora, years of persecution, abuse and massacres, we carried our language with us; in our prayer, books, hi the Bible, in the Cheder, and in the synagogue. We studied it in the Dark Ages, nurtured it wv oceans of Jewish blood, sanctified it on the bonfires of the Inquisition, and came out victorious. The Hebrew language is alive to-day, and the mountains, meadows and valleys of Israel are filled with the sound of its sweet melody* But what about us, who still live outside Israel? True, tfcere is an awakening in some of us toward Hebrew, but this applies to only a few. The vast majority neither knows, nor has taken steps to learn the language. Children consider it their sacred; duty to say Kaddish for deceased parents, but you, living parents, have you considered your duty to your children? Have you stopped to think that, your children, or your grandchildren may also slip and disappear as have, the ten lost tribes? Have you examined your conscience? What steps- have you taken to safeguard your and your children's heritage? Have you made arrangements to have your children taught Hebrew? Now is the time! Not long so ago we entered the year 5711. Let us resolve to become Hebrew-conscious. By that I mean that those of us who know Hebrew should use it, and those of us who don't as yet, should speak about it, while endeavoring to learn. Alter two thousand years, the State of Israel has become a living thing, in the land of our prophets. Let UB resolve to make the fen- YOUR FRIENDS IN ISRAEL NEED YOUR HELP! URGENT THAT YOU ORDER NOW Kosher L'Pesach FOOD PARCELS TO ASSURE ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL IN AMPLE TIME FOR PASSOVER. Phone VNivenity 4S09 for detcriptivt folder luting Pattover and regular Kother Parcel*. CANADIAN OVERSEAS PARCELS tec'* •M St. Pail St W. Montreal P.Q. UN. Our Dispossessed Children In Toronto No, it is not of Europe's children that we speak, not of the victims of the cruel aftermath of war. It ia for the homeless children of Toronto that we are pleading, for those bewildered victims of tragically disrupted homes, where parents have separated and neither is capable of caring for A child; where illness has broken up the home; again, where the desertion of the father has forced the mother's preoccupation with earning the daily bread, leaving her no time for the adequate care of her children. In the midst of such domestic upheaval, what becomes of the children? They are the responsibility of the Jewish community, but we have failed them. The Jewish Family and Child Service has on its lists approximately sixty such Jewish children in need of foster homes. Some of these have been placed in non-Jewish homes, where they are receiving kindly care and attention, but are being deprived of the Jewish culture and atmosphere which is their birthright. guage of our prophets a living thing, in whatever land, we, the children of the prophets may live. (Editor's Note: Rabbi Schwartz is a graduate Rabbi from Warsaw, Poland, who came here before the last war, fought m> the army as a soldier, and received a military medfel. During the war vn Israel, he fought there with the Haganah. At present, he is assistant vice-principal of the Talmud Torah at Beth Sholom Synagogue, Eglinton Avenue, Toronto.) Yes, we are definitely trying to stir your conscience. We are definitely trying to make you aware of your responsibility. Think what you can do! You can give a child the love, patience and understanding without which he cannot flourish. You can enrich your own life with the knowledge that you have literally saved a child, a child whom you can feel and hear and see. What gratification will be yours when you see this child lose his sense of bewilderment and im-security, safe in the warmth of your affectionate guidance! In taking one of these children into your home, you assume no financial burden whatever. You receive adequate compensation for room and* board, and clothing and a weekly allowance are provided, as are medical and dental care. Your contribution will be to give of yourself, to provide a child with the emotional stability which will enable him to grow to happy adulthood. The entire month of March is being devoted to a concemtrated Home-Finding Campaign by the Home-Finding Committee of the Jewish Family and Child Service. This Committee is under the chairmanship of Mrs. J. B. Goldhar, with division of responsibility undertaken by Mesdames Jack Cowan amd Joseph Newman (organizations) ; Mrs. Norman Shapiro (radio); Mrs. William Palca, Mrs. H. Kobrick (press), assisted by Mesdames David Brody, Samuel Hersenhoren, 'Max Nemoy, Ira Pollock, Frank Silverman, A. G. Volpe, and Miss Anne Fromer. CANADIAN SPORTS PARADE BUR1NG a recent reception at Toronto's new Radio Station CKFH. the thought occuried to us that if the floor supporting the crowd of or more were to suddenly collapse, the cream of the sporting world would vanish irreplaceaWy. Newspapermen, sportcasters, promoters, hockey and football players were crowded into one jovial mass—honoring Foster Hewitt. 'Mr. Hockey' shook hands and talked with Major Conn Smytbe, Toe Primeau, Ted Reeve, Happy Day, Joe Perlove, Bob Hesketh, Dave Price, Jim Coleman, Frank Tunney, Deacon Allen, Bob McGall, Dr. Harry Griffiths and others too numerous to mention. For several hours the talk rolled up and down the studios and (by actual count) the word'sport' was mentioned 3-million, 223-thousand times. Our best wishes to CKFH (Dial 1400) and to all its merry crew. For Foster and Bill Hewitt a dream has comejtrue, while 'W.A.' looks on approvingly. Hockey Fan—1951 They say the most rabid NHL hockey fans are txsualy perched high in the greys and greens. From their lofty position these __________ hardy souls com- "!"••• --..Vr. mand a sweeping view of their fellow spectators but the players performing below seem to rotate on the fee like leisurely puppets at play. A body-check delivered by a Harry Watson or a Leo Reise, while it seems dynamic and vicious from a seat near the rail, looks like a gentle protest to our friends in heaven. "Aw, step into him, Harry I Don't be afraid of the bumf", echoes through the balL The Maple Leafs roar to the attack and Ted Kennedy breaks through, going like the wind. "Aw, turn on the steam, Teeder! You're practically standing still P', scream these rabid fans, failing to catch the tremendous strain creasing Kennedy*! face. In the older days, before Maple Lea/ Gardens and the other arenas, hockey was played right under the nose of the spectators. Each intent to murder was dearly seen by the crowd—before the killing took "place. The fans were *lrt*4j enjoying the body-check before it actually came. This fenuuJ touch doubled the excitement of the play. Old Myth The myth of invincibility attributed to so many of the great old players (to the dis-paragement of those of today) may be partially explained by the changed •view' of the fans, A body1 1

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