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The Southern Jewish weekly. [volume] (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1939-1992, January 23, 1953, Image 6

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The Jewish
Puis Box
BY RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1983, Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Inc.)
QUESTION: Is there some Jew
ish belief about not throwing
bread upon the ground? (G. F.,
Brunswick. Ga.)
ANSWER: The Talmud (Tract
ate Chulin) indicates that it pro
hibited to throw bread or even
bread crumbs upon the ground.
The Talmud mentions that “he
who treads upon bread” may be
reduced to extreme poverty. The
logic might perhaps lie in the
opinion that bread, the staff of
life, is to be considered a gift
from the Lord. Stepping upon
this gift might indicate the lack
of regard for the Lord’s bread.
Thus He would be entitled to take
away this gift from us—a result
of poverty. A man’s bread was to
be regarded with a certain sanc
tity. Thus, we put a little salt
upon the bread when first eating
it, or dip it in salt to compare it
with the holy sacrifices of old
which were always offered with
salt. Treading upon bread or
bread crumbs reduces our sancti
fication of this bread.
* * * * >{c
QUESTION: What is a "Bel
fer?" (I. G., Miami. Florida)
ANSWER: The term “belfer” is
a corruption of the term “Behel
fer” which literally translated
means “one who helps” or “one
who assists.” This name was
given in olden times of European
society to the assistant of the
teacher. He assisted the teacher.
He took the children from school
and to school. He even carried
their lunches or carried out the
orders of the mothers for their
lunches. He carried the lantern so
that the children could see where
they were going. This job was
usually carried out by a young
unmarried man who was either
paid by the teacher himself or by
the parents—sometimes by both
in respective cases. He would also
be responsible for their entertain
ment and assist in many ways in
making their education enjoyable.
He might be a combination of the
modern Hebrew school bus driver
and recreational supervisor.
*****
QUESTION: Is there a tradi
tional age when a child is sup-
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school? (A. S., Tampa, Fla.)
ANSWER: In the Mishnah of
the “Ethics of the Fathers” it is
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should begin the study of the
Scriptures—or at least that he is
capable of it. The general age
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Originally, a special ceremony
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Hence, the age of five or six was
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ginning of his formal classroom
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From the U. of F.
By Jerome Weiner
GAINESVILLE The Hillel
Players presented the Eternal
Light radio show, “How They
Knocked the Devil Out of Uncle
Ezra” at the Jacksonville Jewish
Center for the B’nai B’rith wo
men’s chapter, Wed. Jan. 14.
The Hillel Players is the Jewish
dramatic society at the University
of Florida and is under the direc
tion of Florida student Mickey
Israelite of New York.
Members of the cast were Jax
on Joel Bressler, Bernie Kaplan
of Key West, Diane Gruman of
Daytona Beach, Mickey Reicher
and Stanley Mintz of Miami,
Jeannie Feiles of Tampa, and
Ruth Goldsmith of Orlando.
Present at the performance
were Hillel Director Rabbi Jer
ome Kestenbaum and Hillel Pres
ident Madelyn Weinman of Miami
Beach.
The Hillel Players, a recent
addition to the UF Hillel program,
have presented four major pro
ductions this semester.
*****
Rabbi Kestenbaum was initated
Thursday, January 15 in the Uni
versity of Florida chapter of the
Alpha Kappa Delta, national so
ciology fraternity. Kestenbaum,
who is currently pursuing his Ph.
D. in sociology, was formerly
Orlando Rabbi of Ohev Shalom
Congregation for three years.
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THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
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More than 300 Jewish leaders from all sections of the
United States last week attended a dinner at the Waldorf-
Astoria Hotel in New York commemorating the 80th
anniversary of American Reform Judaism and paying
tribute to the late Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of
the movement. Dr. Sidney S. Hollender, General Chair
man of the 1953 Combined Campaign for $2,265,000 to
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Egypt Continues
Nazi Friendship
(Continued from Page 3)
government. Hans Voss, a former
S.S. general, is chief of the Egyp
tian Central Planning Board.
Voss was at one time chief of the
Central Armament Office in the
Reich Ministry for Armament and
War Production. He was listed by
the U. S. War Department as a
beneficiary of the Nazi regime
and a recipient of high honors
from the Hitler high command.
Another German in Egypt is Al
bert Degener who is responsible
for the operation of the German-
Egyptian Chamber of Commerce
in Cairo. The F. B. I. recalls
Degener's pro-Nazi activities in
New York as late as May 16, 1940.
Dr. Walter Rohland, a German
industralist identified by the War
Department as one who profited
from Nazism, is in Egypt building
a steel plant.
Col. Mehanna became a mem
ber of the Egyptian regency after
Naguib took over. This colonel is
a close associate of the pro-Nazi
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj
Amin E. Husseini. Several old
pals who spent the war years in
Germany have received high civil
posts from Col. Mehanna. S. S.
Hauptsturmfuhrer Dieter von
Wisliczeny, who was a close col
laborator of Adolph Eichmann, a
leader of the Jewish extermina
tion program, said in an affidavit:
“In my opinion, the Grand Mufti
who has Ipeen in Berlin since 1941
played a roje in the decision of
the German Government to ex
terminate Jews, the importance of
which must not be disregarded.
He has repeatedly suggested to
the various authorities with
whom he has been in contact,
above all, before Hitler, Ribben
trop and Himmler the extermina
tion of Europe’s Jewry ... He
was one of Eichmann’s best
friends and has constantly incited
him to accelerate the extermina-
tion measures.”
Naguib recently played host io
Dr. Frank Bushman, an American
who heads the so-called Moral
Rearmament Movement. Dr.
Buchman once said “I thank
Heaven for a man like Adolph
Hitler.” Similar praise was be
stowed on Naguib by Dr. Buch
man who was in turn toasted by
leading officials of the Egyptian
Government. Among Dr. Buch
man's followers before World War
II was Rudolph Hess who has not
yet showed up in Egypt.
Washington officials are so busy
figuring ways of bringing Egypt
into N.A.T.O. and planning arms
shipments that they have com
pletely overlooked the romance
between the new- Egyptian Gov
ernment and the Nazis.
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of American Reform Judaism. Left to right are Dr. Hol
lender, Rabbi Jonah B. Wise, son, Mrs. Albert J. May,
j daughter, and Mrs. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, granddaugh
tor, of Isaac Mayer Wise.
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