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Friday, August 26, 1955
The Southern Jewish Weekly
Combining She Jewish Journal, She Jewish Cttlzen and She Jewish News
\a Independent Paper Serving American Citizens of Jewish Faith
due newspaper seeks to serve the Jewish communities of the South with
*n ORWHODOX conscience, a CONSERVATIVE tone, and a REFORM outlook.
Edited and Published by ISADORE MOSCOVITZ, B.S.J.
Subscription, one year $3.00; two years, $9.00.
Upon expiration, unless notified to the contrary,
subscriptions are continued.
Entered as Second-Class Matter, at the Post Office,
Jacksonville, Florida, Under Act of March 3, 1879
Member, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Sigma Delta Chi, Kappa Tao Alpha,
fcven Arts Features and the Chamber of Commerce.
“The Oldest and Most Widely Circulated Jewish Publication
in this Territory”
Israel's Sea-going Ambassador
Kw«^X^W A^y|^^HP!v'v -.-
sailed from the Holy Land in a 23-foot dilapidated boat
ALONE. When he tied up his boat at the port of Jacksonville,
the local papers rightfully proclaimed his feats in their fea
ture columns. The publicity caused more interest from local
citizenry than the front page stories of the Gaza strip inci
dents of international importance, for the tale of the little
< vessel and the frail skipper who is making an attempt to sail
her around the world is something which the mind can grasp,
upon which the imagination can feed, and through which the
feelings of men can meet and form an understanding.
Joseph Havkins, the Israeli seaman who is undertaking
the hazardous feat, is doing it not only for his own sense of
adventure, but also for the good the publicity of his trip will
bring to his country. He will not pose for pictures aboard the
“Lamarak I,” without the flag of Israel in full view. The
story of his journey becomes the story of Israel’s venture as
a sea power after a lapse of 2000 years of Jewish sea under
takings. The story as Havkins presents it to the press of the
ports where he calls is one that makes interesting reading,
and fully arouses the sympathies of all people who read it and
then go down to the docks to gaze unbelievingly at the tired
little boat that represents the courage of a single sailor, and a
nation of a million and a half people, and there is applause
for the fortitude it demonstrates.
Havkins is doing a better public relations job than many
national Jewish organizations. It is a wonder that he does not
receive subsidies from them. A fully financed trip would spoil
the spell, but some assistance should be there to take off the
strain of economic doubts from his shoulders. After an At
lantic crossing of 82 days, 54 of those days without sight of
another ship, Havkins has just raised the funds to purchase
a radio with a receiving and sending set. He explains it is not
in the province of his government 4 to finance such trips as
his, but certainly it is in the field of organizations who spend
thousands of dollars a year financing projects to "interpret
Israel to the public" to lend a helping hand.
Upon leaving Jacksonville the “around-the-world” skip
per will visit St. Augustine, Daytona Beach and Miami. His
publicity releases in Savannah and Charleston were very
good, and we feel certain that his public relations stunt will
be just as well received in Key West, Havana, South America,
and in Australia where he intends to dock in time for the
1956 Olympic games.
After the Olympics Havkins will sail for New Guinea,
into Indonesia, Burma, India, Ceylon, Madagascar and to the
Union of South Africa. From there he will cross the Atlantic
a second lime, heading for Brazil, up the coast to Jacksonville
and from here to New York.
The final leg of the trip will take him from New York
to England and Ireland—the third time across the Atlantic—
through the inland waterway across Franqe to the Mediter
ranean, then to Italy, Greece and home. -
As plans stand now, Havkins and the Ljmierhak II will
be in Jacksonville again in 1959 and he will oe back in Israel
in 1961.
Bring Your Own Or 'Phono For Pickup And Delivery
Many of our readers and adver
tisers throughout the South have ask
ed us whether or not we get home
sick after being on the road so much
of the time during the course of our
work. While we naturally answered
in the affirmative, and expressed our
abhorrence at being lonely, we learn
ed a new appreciation of the word
after spending this past Sunday with
Joseph Havkins, the Israeli seaman
who is making headlines by having
■ I
By Rabbi Samuel J. Fox
\ (Copyright. 1955, Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Inc.)
QUESTION: Is the honor of
opening the ark when the scroll
is to be removed given to a man
whose wife is in her ninth month
of pregnancy?
ANSWER: This seems to be a
widely known custom in Eastern
countries, especially among the
Sephardic Jews. There are even
special prayers for the husband to
recite on this occasion for the
safety of the mother and unborn
child. Some have ventured to say
that every child is as a new Sefer
Torah upon which the record of
life is to be written. The husband
may symbolically be representing
the mercy of the Almighty who is
asked to open the avenue of
childbirth and to bring forth a
pure and wholesome child —pure
as the Sefer Torah about to be
* # * * #
QUESTION: Why is a blessing
made on Saturday night over the
ANSWER: The classic interpre
tation for this custom has been
associated with the tradition that
a mart has an “extra soul” (Nes
hama Yesera) on the Sabbath.
With the exit of the Sabbath this
added feature of his life leaves
him and he finds himself lacking
a pleasant additive. The aroma of
the spices lends him encourage
ment with which to face his lot
for the week.
Some have claimed that the
Sabbath itself is like a beautiful
world that overtakes man. At its
exit, man is left without the phy
sical beauty of this Sabbatical
world but yet the aroma remains
in the form of memories of the
Sabbath delight. The Lord has
provided man with the aroma of
delight when he cannot' have the
actual pleasure of the Sabbath.
There are some writers who
connect this custom with the
third meal of the Sabbath called
“Seudah Shlishit.” It was custom
ary to continue this meal after
dark. It was customary to bring
sweet spices after the
meal so that the meal would be
concluded with a pleasant aroma
—much the same as we now
smoke a cigarette after a week
day meal. Man makes a blessing
over the things he enjoys in life
even if they are only enjoyed
through the sense of smell. Con
sequently, the blessing for the
spices on Saturday night was in
corporated into the Havdalah
Special Attention to Hebrew
Symbols and Lettering
R. C. Dugan, President
PHONE EL 6-4426
Dr. Marcus Bloch, L-Hy
240 Rivington Street
New York 2, N. Y.
HOPMb T 9 OPEHTHB. tool U i term
Between You and Me...
BT BORIS SMOLAR (Copyright, 1955, Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Inc.)
skirts and into the suburbs . . . Many bought their own homes
... By 1954 they showed a higher percentage of home owner*
ship than did the general population . . . The proportion of •
those in the working class shrank considerably, with a further
increase in the proportion in the professions, managerial posi
tions and in small businesses . . . The educational level in
creased markedly . . . There was a rising number of Jewish
adults who had attended college, and even graduate school^
. . . Increasingly, Jewish people joined synagogues and a
greater percentage of children attended Hebrew and Sunday
schools ... In spite of occasional internal diversity, Jewish
cqmmunities became more unified and better coordinated . . .
The Jewish community centers made a marked contribution
to this development... Fund-raising continued to be a central
factor in this regard ... By and large, Jewish communal
growth was opportunistic, but there are encouraging signs of
long-range planning as a basis for future growth . . .

COMMUNAL AFFAIRS: All kind of surveys on many
aspects of American Jewish life have been conducted lately
by various organizations . . . Why not a survey on Jewish
communal property in this country? ... It is no exaggeration
to state that buildings and other property belonging to Jewish
institutions throughout the United States are worth billions
of dollars . . . However, no national inventory seems to have
been made of this property by any central Jewish body, al
though such general inventories have been taken by the
Catholic and Protestant central bodies . . . Data released by
the Protestants reveals that the Protestant Church has been
putting up new buildings during the past few years at the
rate of about a half a billion dollars a year . . . The American
Jewish community is, of course, small in comparison with the
Protestant community . . . However, Jews in this country are
not very much behind in the erection of new buildings for
Reform temples, Conservative synagogues, Jewish hospitals,
homes for the aged, Jewish centers and other Jewish institu
tions . . . And the value of the new buildings put up for such
Jewish institutions during the last ten years runs into many
millions of dollars ....
B. Marion Reed Co. dVrectors
528 Plant Ave. Phone 8-3737
A very interesting summary of a study on
the growth of American Jewry during the
last ten years has just been published by the
National Jewish Welfare Board ... It estab
lished that the Jewish population has grown
during that period in almost p.ll Jewish com
munities . . . Jewish families became larger
in size . . . Numerous Jews moved out of the
more densely populated city areas to the out-
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