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Friday, March 30, 1951
The Jewish
Quiz Box,
BY RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1951, Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Inc.)
QUESTION: What are the four
•pedal Sabbaths that precede the
Passover (occuring this year on
March 3, 17, 31, and April 7.
ANSWER: ' The rabbis desig
nated four special Sabbaths dur
ing the six-week period which
preceded Passover. The first of
these occurs at the beginning of
the Hebrew month Adar and is
called “Parshas Shekalim” upon
which the Biblical portion de
scribing the half-shekel tax is
read. The second occurs oh the
Sabbath before Purim and is
called ‘Tarshas Zochor” upon
which the Biblical portion de
scribing the arch-enemy Amalek
is read. The third takes place on
the Sabbath immediately after
Purim and is called “Parshas
Poroh” upon which the purifica
tion ceremonies of the “Red
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Heifer” are read from the Bible.
The fourth takes place on the
Sabbath which announces the
coming of the month of Nisan
and is called “Parshas Hachodesh”
upon which is read the Biblical
portion heralding the month of
Nisan as the Passover month is
read.
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QUESTION: Why are these
Sabbaths so ordained?
ANSWER: These Sabbaths are
ordained as a reminder of the ap
proach of Passover and its accom<>
panying rituals and observances.
The first of these called “Sheka
lim” was ordained in the days of
the Temple so that the populace
would have a month’s time in
which to obtain the proper coins
for the half-shekel tax which
paid for the daily sacrifices in the
sanctuary—a charity offering.
The sacond Sabbath colled
“Zochor” which associated the
arch-fiend Haman of Purim with
the Biblical foe Amalek was a
means of stressing the necessity
of doing away with dictatorship
and oppression. The third Sab
bath called “Poroh,” describing
the Red Heifer, stressed the need
of purity of the body and soul.
The' fourth Sabbath called
“Hachodesh” which ushered in
the new month and placed it into
the hands of man who prepared,
the Paschal Lamb, stressed the
fact that the power was given to
man to become a free individual
in a free society; but that he had
to work for it and make sacrifices
to achieve, his goal of freedom.
Thus, charity, purity, sacrifice
and the annihilation of all op
pression were observed as the
means to the freedom character
ized by the Passover.
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Policy On Religion
\ ________
Brandeis University students
will be home for Passover this
siring —for in accordance with
the institution’s policy of re
specting all religious holidays, the
Spring Recess is scheduled to
coincide with the Passover cele
bration.
As the nation’s first nonsec
tarian institution to be establish
ed under Jewish sponsorship,
Brandeis goes to great lengths to
respect the religious traditions
and beliefs of all its students.
Dr. Abram L. Sachar, Brandeis
President, has set forth the Wal
them. Massachusetts University’s
policy on the following issues.
ARE ROSH HASHONNAH AND
YOM KIPPUR RECOGNIZED
IN THE UNIVERSITY’S
OFFICIAL CALENDAR _
No classes or mandatory stu
dent activities are scheduled for
any of the Jewish holidays, and
in the instance of Rosh Hashonah,
Shukkot and Shabuot both days
are set aside. Likewise there are
no classes or mandatory student
activities on any of the Christian
holidays.
HOW DOES BRANDEIS OR ITS
.STUDENT BODY TAKE
COGNIZANCE OF CHANUKAH
AND/OR CHRISTMAS?
t /
Brandeis University officially is
maintained on a nonsectarian
basis and, therefore, takes no
cognizance of any religious cele
bration. The Branded Hillel
Foundation and several other
groups, however, have celebrated
Chanukah with special events or
affairs on the University campus.
This year, the Newman Club of
Brandeis, the Catholic counter
part of the Hillel Foundation,
held a Christmas party. In both
instances, the action was taken
by a student group chartered by
the University. The University
willingly lends its facilities to any
properly organized student group
for any reasonable activity.
MAY BRANDEIS STUDENTS
OBSERVE THE TRADITION OF
KASHRUS In The UNIVERSITY
DINING HALL? ARE MEAT
MEALS SERVED ON FRIDAY?
• /
In accordance with the Bran
deis attitude of respecting the
religious views and practices of
all students and providing them
with, the necessary facilities
Kosher meals are available at all
times for University students. On
Fridays, the University Dining
Hall serves both meat meals and
fish meals so that Catholic stu
dents on the campus will not be
forced to violate their religious
principles.
- ARE ANY CLASSES* OR
EXAMINATIONS HELD
ON THE SABBATH?
No classes, examinations or any
mandatory University activity is
or ever has been scheduled on
the Sabbath,. President Sachar
declared. “This was the policy
determined at the very outset of
the University’s operation and we
have continued to observe it
carefully* And as we respect the
Jewish Sabbath, so, too, there ere
no mandatory activities schedul
ed for Sunday, the Christian
Sabbath,” President Sachar emp
hasized.

WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL
POLICY OF BRANDEIS AS
REGARDS TO OPENING OF
A HILLEL CHAPTER?
The answer to this question is
a matter of record, Dr. Sachar de
clared, inasmuch as the Brandeis <
Hillel Foundation was established
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ARE ANY ARRANGEMENTS
MADE FOR THOSE STUDENTS
••DESIRING TO PARTICIPATE
IN THEIR FAITH’S RELIGIOUS
SERVICES? DOES THE UNI
VERSITY OFFER FACILITIES
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There are, at the present time,
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versity campus the Hillel Foun
dation by Jewish students, the
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dents and a Brandeis branch of
the Student Christian Association
by Protestant students. Each
group undertakes to provide re
ligious guidance. Each of these
religious groups applies through
the proper channels for the use
of the University’s facilities for
their meetings and affairs and
services, and they are given the
same considerations extended to
every student organization. The
University does not set aside any
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and each of the three groups
schedules its meetings apd activ
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In summing up the status of re
ligion on the Brandeis campus,
Dr. Sachar stated, “we have
frankly exercised great care to
insure the fact that Christian
students on the Brandeis campus
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