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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - December 31, 1965, Indianapolis, IndianaLetter to Matathias should he have bothered Flint Mich. A a letter by a Flint rabbi to old Matathias could become As famous As the letter Little Virginia wrote to Santa clans. The fatties of the hanukah Story was told by rabbi Milton Schlinsky of Beth Israel congregation that a a Good comedian still draws better during the week at an affair than an intelligent Man discussing what life is All the Tetter m full reads dear Matathias i know i your own Day you were quite a hero but sad to relate your message has become very diluted Over the passing of time i fact if it was t that our non jewish friends also made a Holiday in this season you might be forgotten altogether. They really saved you Mathy. You and your kids put up a Good fight to save the Temple and you would be surprised to see what you really accomplished. Why we still have a daily Minyan it s mostly for the Kaddish Sayers and you and your boys make More in members that attend Friday night services. On Shabbas morning if you re invited to a bar Mitzvah you would feel obligated to come but otherwise the temptation is to slay away Aud a Good comedian still draws better during the week at an affair Ilian an intelligent Man discussing what life is All about. But that s the Way the Ball bounces or should i say the dread it spins. Personally i wanted you to know i appreciate your trials and tribulations and everything else you and your endured and there probably Are a few More who also feel this Way. Thanks for everything it s just that sometimes 1 wonder if you should have bothered. Sincerely rabbi Milton Schlinsky Battle goes on in England Over Reform marriages London a the uproar in the jewish Community Over the Surprise announcement to dec. 24 by orthodox leaders that Reform marriages arc invalid has not subsided protests from the Reform sector of the Community were bitter and although the orthodox continued to hold their ground there were some desertions. Rabbi tiaras Swift who is orthodox told his congregation that he was surprised that his brother Dayan Morris Swift had made an Issue of the question. A in my opinion a marriage that takes place in a Reform synagogue is not a conference of the Union of Liberal and progressive synagogues and the ministers As Sembly of the Reform synagogues of great Britain issued a statement describing the action of the orthodox authorities As a mischievous attempts to stir up discord and strife in the the officers of the orthodox new London synagogue said that it was outrageous to suggest that religious marriage ceremonies performed in a House of god Between jews eligible for jewish marriage Are theatre threatened nazi hoodlums threatened to a blow up with explosives the Freie Volk Suehle theatre in Berlin unless it ceased production of an anti nazi . Praise but it costs Jerusalem a Israel will have to pay the Price of its tremendous Industrial Progress it Learned As finance minister Pinhas Sapir returned from negotiations in Washington. The american government wants Israel to pay for the food surpluses in dollars. The . Also wants to set higher interest on its Loans to Israel. Reporting on his talks in Washington or. Sapir said . Officials believe Israel no longer qualified As a Quot developing financial ties Between the two countries should accordingly be placed on a regular to launch new Israel project Jerusalem a details of the new project for securing investment funds for Israel to dec. 24 were revealed in a dispatch in the Jerusalem Post from Washington. The new project called capital for Israel will be launched next Spring under the auspices of the Israel Bond organization. Annual sales of $20 million a year Are expected for the first several years. Capital Tor Israel will sell shares of Stock in Israel Industrial enterprises. Approval of . Treasury officials for the new venture is being sought. No difficulties Are anticipated however even in View of the program to Stop the flow of american dollars abroad. Israel now has a Large deficit with the United states buying much More than it sets Price $6 a Day in Israel Jerusalem a you can now rent a Hertz for As Little As $6 a Day plus approximately 10 cents a mile. Gasoline is not included. Over weekends the cars can be rented for $9 from Friday to 10 . Sunday. American rabbi seen on Way out How times have changed Over 18 years i rabbi and in Public eighteen years ago when he first came to Temple Beth Sholonis students of the hebrew school would ignore him when they saw he shared a Public bus with them. So said rabbi Albert l. Lewis Here a i discovered Quot he recalled in his a Templ Gram a a that if i spoke to them publicly they Felt terribly embarrassed. For they feared that being seen with the rabbi identified them As thus they would cover their hebrew books so their identity could not be no laced. No More the rabbi noted. Not Only do the youngsters a carry their hebrew books exposed they even review their Homework in hebrew on the bus. What a More they have taught their bus Driver a few words in hebrew and he would respond with a cheerful a a shalom at their departure. But the crowning proof to rabbi Lewis that a times have changed came i a department store when one of his youngsters upon seeing him with his , exclaimed a Chi rabbi its Good to see you Quot a Owr Renou it Hie slightest feeling of discomfort without the slightest feeling of hesitation without the slightest feeling of embarrassment my Little jewish boy with his a i Rabbit gave me the feeling that the jews of America now truly were new York the american rabbi As we know him today is on his Way out. This is the View of rabbi Arthur Hertzberg of Englewood . As expressed in an article in the january Issue of in answer to his own question a can the Rabbinate survive in its present form and with its present functions Quot rabbi Hertzberg says a i think not the Rabbinate that jews have known for two millennia ended in America within the last decade. This hardly noticed event is As historic a turning As the beginnings of the Rabbinate in ancient Israel when the priests of the Temple lost the leadership of Judaism to the nascent class of Pharisaic teachers. A the Rabbinate arose then As a new leadership which the jews were willing to accept because the rabbis were the arbiters of a system of religious values which commanded their assent. While the Early pharisees were rising to dominance during the last years of the second Temple the Priesthood remained and it continued to perform ritual functions but these activities became Ever More rabbi Hertzberg described the rabbi of today As higher salaried and less powerful than his predecessor of a generation ago. He is a no longer the Only Learned Man in his congregation Quot and is less scholarly than his predecessor. He is less a religious Leader and More an administrator and a pastoral psychiatrist. As the a institutional executive of a Large organization the rabbi of today says rabbi Hertzberg is less a personality and More a bureaucrat. He is less a crusader and is much More because a jews will not come to synagogues in great numbers to Pray a the rabbi has become a Book reviewer an entertainer a commentator on cultural and political life. A fall of these a said rabbi Hertzberg a Are now much of the business of jewish life not because the rabbis really care about any of them and not As some of their critics have been maintaining because the american rabbis have become vulgar. The Rabbinate today is essentially neither judge nor Leader. It is the agent of a remaining powerful and pervasive emotion about jewish togetherness. The purely religious function of the rabbi has been becoming Ever More vestigial for decades. Indeed it is As far now from the Center of jewish mass consciousness As were the ritual functions of the Priesthood of old. The rabbi s More contemporary role As Leader of the jews in a hostile world or As moral guide to their political action is con stantly diminishing. He has become peripheral to the major social struggles of this age. A the Rabbinate thrived for Many centuries by offering jews a vision of themselves As servants of god. It then carried on for a relatively Short time by holding up the dream of the jew As servants of their own quest for Freedom and therefore As trailblazers for All the oppressed. The jewish Community within which the rabbis Are working today sees itself for the most part As the servant of its own survival. There Are no great individual Rabbinate careers because there Are no shared jewish purposes on the american scene grand enough to evoke them. A and i see no sign of such purposes on the the present crisis in the hearts and souls of american rabbis. Rabbi Hertzberg contends is caused by the bigness and the Success of the synagogue the depersonalization of the individual rabbi and the strengthening of the Central rabbinical bodies of the various jewish religious denominations. Rabbi Hertzberg believes that there Are no truly great rabbis today a men like Solomon Goldman in Chicago Abba Hillel Silver in Cleveland and Israel Goldstein and Stephen Wise in new these men he said were bigger than their individual synagogues they exercised a what was essentially political leadership in the jewish Community and on its behalf in american politics and in International jewish affairs. They played a major role in the development of zionist sentiment in the United states and in paving the Way for the establishment of uie state of Israel and it recognition by the .&Quot rabbi Hertzberg compared the role of these great rabbis in the leadership of american jewry of thirty and forty years ago with that exercised by Martin Luther King As a a negro political Leader of today. Rabbis Wise Silver Goldman and the others a said rabbi Hertzberg a represented a comparable phenomenon at a comparable stage in the development of the american jewish Community. A the american rabbi of today is quite clearly a different phenomenon. There exist today Many individual congregations As Large As or larger than the congregations headed by Wise and Silver. Nonetheless no comparably renowned rabbinic names have emerged. There is hardly one rabbinic figure today who commands the attention of the entire jewish Community the organized Enterprise that the rabbis head the synagogue All its institutions is More powerful than Ever before but the rabbis seem to be less does the Post and opinion carry More advertising now than at any time in its history the answer is simple. Our advertisers get results
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