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friday, January 14, 1949
THE JEWISH
QUIZ BOX
BY RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1948, Jewish
Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
QUESTION: Why are candles lit
a t a circumcision ceremony? (T.
D., Chicago.)
ANSWER: In the days when
jews were prohibited by despots
from having circumcisions per
formed upon their children, they
risked their lives to perform the
rite in secret. During the cere
mony, candles were placed in the
window to indicate to neighbors
arid the Jewish passers-by that a
circumcision was being solemnized
and that “the light of Israel” did
not fail.
* * * *
QUESTION: Why is it custom
ary to put a few drops of wine on
the lips of the infant after the
circumcision ?
ANSWER: This is done so that
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Seven-year-old Rosa Wiener clutches
her lone companion, a doll, upon her
arrival at N. Y. International Air
field from Stockholm, Sweden,
whence she flew under the sponsor
ship of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant
Aid Society) . Rosa, who was born in
Russia during her Polish parents’
flight before the advancing Nazis, be
came eligible for a visa to the U. S.
under the plentiful Russian quota.
Her father died shortly after the war.
Her mother, who comes under the
Polish quota, stayed behind in Swe
den and may have to wait several
years more before obtaining a U. S.'
visa. Rather than have her child
wait in Europe with her, the mother
consented to send Rotea to live with
her maternal grandmother in Sioux
City, lowa. HIAS emplaned the child
In Sweden, met her in New York,
and delivered her by plane to her
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the infant can himself participate
in the ceremony and as an omen
that he shall live long because of
the blood he has offered on the day
of his circumcision.
** * *
QUESTION: Why is a Jewish
boy given his name at the circum
cision ceremony?
ANSWER: It is at this time
that he “enters the covenant” of
his people and thus is given hrs
Jewish name. The first child born
of a Jew in the Bible is given his
name while being circumcised.
Thus Isaac s name and his circum
cision are contained in two verses
which follow each other in the
Bible (Genesis 21:3,4). Abraham’s
name and Sarah’s name were
changed when Abraham was given
i the commandment of circum
cision.
American Engineers
To Survey Needs
Os Haifa Port
HAIFA . (JTA) —An American
engineering firm has been com
missioned by the Israeli Com
munications Ministry to under
take a survey of Haifa port with
a view towards its long-range
development, it was learned here
this week. The same American
firm is blueprinting plans for tne
building of a deep-water harbor
at Tel Aviv.
The “El-Al” airline is in the
process of purchasing several
four-engine planes for regular
service between Israel and Eu
rope. it was learned here. The
air company is attempting to free
the Jewish state of its depend
ence on foreign affairs. Mean
while, regular bi-weekly plane
service between Israel and Bel
gium will begin next week.
Jewish Agency
Considers Erecting
$1,000,000 Building
JERUSALEM, (JTA) The
question of erecting a special
building to house sessions of the
World Zionist Congress was rais
ed here this week at a meeting
of the Jewish Agency executive.
The proposed edifice would cost
$1,000,000 to construct. Dr.
Herzl’s grave would be perman
ently established at its entrance.
The session also took up the
question of increased coloniza
tion programs and the movement
of newly arriving immigrants to
rural areas.
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
Re-Elected President
Os Keren Hayesod
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CHARLES RESS
Charles Ress, New York attor
ney was re-elected President of
the Keren Hayesod (Palestine
Foundation Fund) at the Annual
Directors Meeting of the Organi
zation held this week at the
Paramount Restaurant, New York
City.
Keren Hayesod, which is a
constituent of the United Jewish
Appeal, is the financial instru
ment of the Jewish Agency.
Rabbi's Anthology
On Immortality
Reaches U. S.
A one-volume anthology bear
ing the title “The Jewish Con
ception of Immortality and the
Life Hereafter,” compiled by 73-
year-old Rabbi John Ross of Bel
fast, Ireland, has been received
here for distribution in America,
it was announced yesterday by 11.
J. Ross, a New York stockbroker,
who is a son of the Rabbi.
Rabbi Ross has been minister
and president of the Belfast He
brew Congregation. The compil
ation is the first on this special
ized subject to appear between
covers.
A detailed exposition of the
traditional Jewish outlook on the
doctrine of immortality, Rabbi
Ross’ book runs to 378 pages and
is divided into three parts: Bib
lical, traditional and philosophi
cal testimony. The volume cites
the doctrine on immortality as
taught in various periods during
the past five thousand years, pre
senting a comprehensive panor
ama running from the Biblical
era to the present.
Compiled by Rabbi Ross in res
ponse to the “expressed desire”
of many Jews" to be enlightened
on this all-important subject,”
quoting sources which range from
Holy Scriptures to contemporary
religious philosophy.
“Judaism teaches that we come
from God and return to God,
after passing through the world
with God,” Rabbi Ross states in
his preface. “Man has a soul and
the purpose of its coming into
this world is to earn its reward
by observing God’s command
ments and thus achieve eternal
life and bliss.”
Rabbi Ross’ book is also an
answer to “many devout and
earnest Christian student who ac
tually is of the impression that
Jews do not believe in the here
after.” Every citation in Rabbi
Ross’ anthology is either from
the Holy Bible, from the rabbis
of the talmudic era, or from the
group o.f'jfccholars and philosoph
ers whose authority was accept
ed by the Jewish people.
THREE NEW PROFESSORS AUGMENT
DROPSIE FACULTY FOR 194849
Thre*-. Visiting Professors have been appointed to the faculty of The Dropsie
College for the 194849 academic year, it was announced by Dr. Abraham A.
Neuman, President. They are Dr. Moshe Perlmann (left). Visiting Professor
in Islamic Studies; Professor Edwin H. Samuel (center), Visiting Professor
in Middle East Government and Administration; and Dr. Raphael Patai,
(right). Visiting Professor in Anthropology and Ethnology. Dr. Perlmann,
who studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and earned his doctorate
at the University of London, has been on the faculty of Brooklyn College and
the New School for Social Research. Professor Samuel, founder of the Middle
East College of Public Administration in Jerusalem, was for almost thirty
years a government official in Palestine. Dr. Patai, who earned the first Ph.D.
to he awarded by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has just completed •
year in the United States on a Viking Fund Research Fellowship.- He has
taught at Columbia University and will also teach this year at the University
of Pennsylvania and the New School for Social Research in New York.
Israeli Minister To Moscow Reports 500,000
Jews Now Reside In Soviet Capital
ROME, (JTA) Mrs. Golda
Meirson, Israeli Minister to the
Soviet Union, declared here this
week that there are 500,000 Jews
living in Moscow at present. The
Israeli diplomat, enroute from
Tel Aviv to Prague, held a closed
meeting here with Israeli offic
ials concerned with the problem
of DP immigration to the Jewish
state.
Mrs. Meirson also brought the
Israeli emissaries here up to date
on the current military, political,
economic and immigration situa
tion in Israel. The delay in Is
rael’s acceptance of the latest U.
N. Security Council cease-fire
and withdrawal order in the Ne
gev, she told correspondents, does
not mean that the U. N.’s efforts
to bring peace to Palestine have
failed.
Shimon Arlasaroff, son of the
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