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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - November 19, 1965, Indianapolis, IndianaTho National jewish Post and opinion it a a Friday november 19, 1965 if there is no god 4000 years of history of jews a cruel joke scientism winning Young As they quit by droves san Francisco a four thousand years of jewish life would be the cruellest joke Ever perpetrated and by whom if jews had risked and sacrificed their Security their wordly goods their very lives and the lives of their children out of loyally and Devotion to a god who did not exist. This was the View of rabbi Jakob j. Petu Chowski professor of rabbinic and theology at the hebrew Union College jew ish Institute of religion. Participating in a workshop at the Reform biennial convention Here or. Petu Chowski stated that a if we have really been deluded All that time then we shall indeed not Only have disproved the existence of god we shall also have proved the existence of a the asked to cover the question a what kind of god does prayer need a he said that a a god constructed to meet people s urges and needs is the kind of god whom the Bible Calls a he used As an illustration dropping a dime from his pocket and then inquiring Why the dime dropped. A suppose furthermore a he went on a that someone undertook to enlighten me about the Law of Gravity. I would then v in Possession of a very important principle which helps me enormously in accounting for Many a phenomenon in this universe of ours. A but never in my right mind would i get Down on my Knees 4 id say �?~0 thou Law of gravit., have pity upon me Pardon my sins and Lead me on the path of righteousness a a or. Petu Chowski said he can Pray Only to something he can address a because it addresses me. And since something is not very Likely to address me we had better come out in the open and admit that we Are referring to he said that is Why the tradition Speaks of god As a person. A but How do we know that he exists in the first place a he the experience vouchsafed to us in moments of prayer May after All be an illusion or a hallucination. That is Why the tradition recognizes that god can also be approached through channels reasoning and the scientist May put Down his test tube in a moment of Radical wonder and amazement. The Mystic May Bathe in his Light during moments of illumination and the Prophet May hear his voice urging him on to the improvement of san Francisco Calif. A declaring that our Young people Are a leaving us by the droves a rabbi Gunther Plaut of Toronto told a workshop of the Reform biennial convention Here that jews can no longer stay aloof from conflict of science and religion. Quot what we face today is far More dangerous than the most unequal Battle we face an attitude of supreme disinterest a feeling that religion is not merely the inferior opponent of science but that rather that it is totally rabbi Plaut said our Young people do not find out religion relevant to the world in which science provides the foundation and the adoration of science provides All the necessary Faith Content which a Young Man needs Zarchin May get Chance at desalination again Tel Aviv a inventor Alexander Zarchin May yet get a Chance to prove his Point in israelis desalination dispute. A committee favouring Zar chins plan to desalinated water plans to launch a Public share company to raise Money for the project. Earlier a government study committee was proposed to consider the Zarchin plan but no further positive action was taken. Zarchin earlier this year requested a sizable government allocation to permit him to develop his Salt water desalination process the Way he sees fit to aug. 6. Ii charged at the time that another firm the water desalination equipment co., disregarded his views and As a result his Sweet water process now installed at Eilat costs considerably More per gallon than it should. The Zarchin Plant at Eilat if and when it Ever operates at capacity it is expected to produce As much As 880,000 Gallons daily. Warsaw ghetto diary acquisition of a unique document a diary of jewish life in the Warsaw ghetto that Lay hidden in a kerosene can until its uncovering Twenty years ago was announced Here this week by new York University. To fill his eyes with differentiating Between Quot mature 20th Century science a and Quot contemporary scientism a rabbi Plaut was not unwilling to do Battle with Quot All the philosophies which hide under its a we have called a halt to arrogant religion now we have to Call a halt to arrogant scientism a rabbi Plaut said. By he said he referred to a Quot godless religion which provides its own framework its own terms and which then proceeds to verify All reality by the terms is a we must come to the full understanding that religion is ultimately not based on hypotheses and proofs but on a commitment to the arts of the spirit a the rabbi said. He also noted that the greatest danger which science poses for modern Man is that it would mislead him into self idolatry. A this danger a said rabbi Plaut a is especially acute in an age when we Are making one great scientific break through after he warned that religion must became the a Itka Lief restraining influence upon Man. To keep science from becoming the ult mate Frankenstein which will devour its a we Are building t h a Tower of Babel once again and without the humanizing influence of religion the Enterprise will end in the same calamitous fashion As did the old attempt a if not worse a rabbi Plaut said. Finally the rabbi said Reform Judaism i particular is Well suited to fill the role of giving balance to modern life. Quot to our Young people a must say a we offer not Security but search. We offer commitment and the excitement of Mitz Vot. We oppose the dogmatism of narrow religion and tha new dogmatism of non Faith whether it comes in the Guisa of science or the Guise of religious a in Short. Rabbi Plaut said a we must say a yes to a religion that is open ended and always searching. But we say no to a religion As Well As to a science that has All the Frank sex instruction is new plan of Reform san Francisco the Reform movement used its biennial convention Here As a springboard to launch a Frank course in sexual behaviour and intermarriage which it will introduce to its 200,000 youngsters beginning in february. Resource material for the course will come from rabbi Roland g. Gitte Sohns a Book published this week a concentrated a v a a a a a _ can Prosper in safety a r Quot it it c �?~1. A a Quot to Quot x i a. _ a _ _ _ a 1.-take advantage of the insured Way to earn highest prevailing interest rates for the funds you hold in Trust each account insured to $10,000 by an Agency of the . Government folic. 2. Place them with savings and loan associations carefully selected for their High yield and safety factors. 3. Receive a contribution to a Charity of your Choice. Of. V. J \ Ltd. A or. 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For his factual Materiale draws upon biological and social studies psychological data and jewish teaching. On the subject of intermarriage rabbi Gittelsohn counsels the most rigorous kind of investigation Over a protracted period of time before such a step is contemplated. A a marriage undertaken As a weapon to punish parents or to strike Bock at an unkind Fate a he says a is almost certainly bound to in Chap ters on sex Rahhil Gittelsohn concludes that Judaism a has always recognized that tie sex life of human beings should be different from that of on the subject of teen age dating behaviour the rabbi counsels insists that both sexes Quot must share responsibility for premarital sexual in dealing with family conflicts especially As they apply to the relationship of parents and children rabbi Gittelsohn emphasizes the need for a discipline tempered by radio programs dropped i by it a cancellation of hebrew radio programs by the National broadcasting serv be is being viewed in jewish circles in Morocco As evidence of surrender to pressure by the Arab league
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