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Friday, March 30, 1951
PLAIN TALE
(Continued from Page 1) ''
our boy a name that; will never
be embarrassing. How about
calling him Montgomery?"
Thus the boy became Mont
gomery. With that kind of a
narpe, it was felt he could go
places, go much farther than if
he were just Moses.
So the name Moses has all but
gone out of circulation among the
Jews, as has many another name
out of the Old Testament. Grand
ma Rachel dies in happy expect
ancy of a girl grandchild that
will some day- be named Rachel
in her memory, is called Ravelle
instead.
Grandma Rebecca always felt
sure of the immortality of her
venerated name. She knew Re
becca as a name that had contin
ued from the remotest time of the
Torah even unto her. With such
a name she wasn’t going to be
, one of the dead who are obliter-.
ated. She felt sure that her first
granddaughter, born after her
death, would be Rebecca also.
Not long after Grandma Re
becca died a daughter was born
to her son's wife. He said, "We'll
name her for mama."
His wife: “No Montgomery,
we can’t call her Rebecca. That’s
so old-fashioned, too Biblical.
We’ll name her Betty. That
sounds enough like Rebecca to
please grandma wherever she is.”
Yes, the heirs of the Torah
have abandoned the good Biblical
names.
Now, having delivered myself
of all this, I must go back to the
man named Moses wjiom we left
sitting beside me at the bar, a
number of paragraphs back.
You remain Moses, despite
everything," I said. "Has your
being just Moses interfered with
your business success? Maybe
you could have done better as
Montgomery"
“No,” he replied, “I haven’t
even thought of it. I have been
just Moses, never have felt that I
have missed anything by being
Moses.”
He admitted it may be lonely
to bo one Moses among the mil
lions who are' Tom, Dick and
Harry, but Moses is a great and
good name, isn't it? Somehow,
he gets the idea that people seem
to respect him more when they
learn he is Moses. Maybe they
think of the original Moses who
was the one who brought the Ten
Commandments down from Sinai.
It was a great name to have in
herited and this Moses was thank
ful to his parents for having
thought of giving it to him. He
didn't think that Montgomery or
Morton is anywhere near as sig
nificant.
I finished my sherry and bade
good-bye to Moses . . . “And
thanks, Moses. You have given
me an idea for a column. It goes
to show that by pleasant conver
sation one may be stimulated
even more than by the sherry.”
I felt stimulated enough toward
suggesting that the heirs of the
Torah should start again to use
the grand old Biblical namdi—
Moses and Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob, and what's the matter with
Amos, Malachi. Isaiah and even
Heseldah and Jeroboam? I might
draw the line at Habakkuk,
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Can Israel Serve As Model For
Development of World Government?
BY DAVID NUSSBAUM
(Copyright, 1951, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
UNITED NATIONS—
The Foundation for World Government is conducting an intensive
investigation today into the question of whether the experience in the
creation and building of Israel might serve as a model for the de
velopment of world government. •
The Foundation is a fundamental research group established to
study all facets and phases of the movement for world government.
Operating on a million-dollar grant from Anne McCormick Blaine,
it has come up after two years of research with the conclusion that
the federalist movement has gone about as far as it can go. that
the true path to world government is through world economic
development.
As an outgrowth of this con
vention, foundation experts some
time ago raised these questions:
Could the World Zionist Organ
ization be the pattern for a World
Federalist Congress?
Could the Jewish Agency serve
as a model for a world develop
ment corporation?
Do the kibbutzim in Israel show
the way to the powerful social
and economic organization that
will have to be created in the
underdeveloped areas to balance
the power of capital at the other
end in the economic development
process?
In pursuit of the answers to
these questions the Foundation’s
president, Dr. Stringfellow Barr,
former head of St. John’s College
in Maryland, has been making an
on-the-spot study oi the Jewish
state, the operations of the Jewish
Agency and the functioning of
Israel’s collectivist agriculture.
The Foundation first began
taking a special interest in Israel
and the Zionist achievement when
one of its trustees, Scott Buch
anan, on reading Chaim Weiz
man’s “Trial and Ehror,” was
struck by the parallels between
the development of the Zionist
idea and that of world govern
ment. What impressed him was
not only the mechanism of the
Congress but the practical pro
gram pursued “on the site”-*—the
buying of land in Palestine, the
settling of Jews there, the raising
of huge sums to finance the de
velopment of the area and the
rapid building of the foundation
for an eventual state through the
introduction of scientific agri
culture and technology, the es
tablishment of schools and hos
pitals.
“The deeds done and the re
sponsibility for them accepted,”
Buchanan wrote, “had given the
Zionist Congress strength and
power, economically, politically
and morally.” Through concrete
accomplishments “lobbying be
came effective, power politics got
in gear and conviction amounted
almost to inevitability.”
Buchanan went on to discover
that a corporation, the Jewish
Agency, sponsored by the World
Zionist Organization, had been the
chief instrument of Israel’s de
velopment, just as in colonial
days corporations and trading
companies played principal roles
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
in the creation of sovereign states,
including America. This, Buchan
an theorized, could be the modern
pattern for the establishment of
a Wq,rld Development Corpora
tion, through whose work of
harnessing underdeveloped re
sources and putting people to
work the institutions of world
unity could begin to grow.
In the summer of 1950, the
.Foundation organized and under
wrote a study trip to Israel for 25
carefully selected students. Com
prised of an African Negro, two
Indians and the rest Americans,
they were picked for their inter
est ih various aspects of economic
development. The group lived and
worked in the kibbutz of Ein
Hashofet for a month, then
travelled a b o u t the country for
another month. A report on the
meaning of the kibbutzim for the
world government was made to
the Foundation by one of the
group, Harris Wofford, Jr., the
young founder of Student Feder
alists, Inc. It was the Buchanan
and Wofford analyses that in
spired the current investigations
of president Barr.
The question that had been
raised by the Buchanan report on
the possibilities of a World De
velopment Corporation as the
precursor of world government
was how such aproject could
avoid turning into a “new kind of
Western imperialism.” The capital
controlling end would probably
predominate, it was pointed out,
unless some way could be found
to fortify the authority of those
laboring in the developing coun
tries. Wofford found the answer
in the kibbutzim.
The kibbutzim, he reported, by
plowing “an unprecedentedly high
proportion” of the foreign capital
into the land itself kept generat
ing new capital of their own.
Moreover, they combined their
strength by federating among
themselves, the stronger sustain
ing the weak. They joined forces
with, indeed helped organize the
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time this item appears in print . . . American distributors of movies
in Israel are quite happy these days. A survey of cinemas in a num
ber of key cities shows that American pictures are the most popular
in Israel. In 1950 U. S. companies obtained 73.3% of all the playing
time in the country. Other countries in the order of importance were
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ture was Johnny Belinda, Warner Bros., with a run of eleven weeks
in Tel Aviv .
Israel labor federation which, in
its turn, developed strong cooper
ative enterprises. Hence, they be
came not only unique tools for
economic development but the
“creative core” of a new kind of
society—a society based on the
community. And this community
could stand up against the power
of the foreign capital not only be
cause it became an organized
community but because through
sacrifice and pioneering spirit and
cooperative enterprise, it could
compete on the best economic
terms possible.
“Someday,” wrote Wofford,
“the verdict may be that Israel,
because of its kibbutz-labor sec
tor, discovered how to turn im
perialism upside down and make
of it a useful tool . . . Western
Jewish capital, poured into an un-
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