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TEXAS JEWISH POST THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1982 POSTORIAL PAGE 4
Aliza Begin, wife and staunch supporter of Menachem
Begin, the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, was
buried on the sacred Mount of Olives Monday.
Though she was sick and suffering from a heart
ailment she insisted her husband make a grueling 10
days journey to the United States where he was going
to make his case before many segments of the American
public following a rash period in which he was often
maligned and misjudged.
She knew, too, that her husband, Menachem, was ill
and was suffering from a bad hip injury.
But, as a stalwart couple, they made the decision and
Begin made his first stop in Los Angeles just as
Shabbos started on the West coast.
The news was flashed to him as Shabbos was ending
Saturday and he returned immediately to Jerusalem
without having made one speech on a long agenda which
include a stop in Dallas and a visit with President
He raced home to mourn and sit shiva for his beloved,
We share Menachem Begin’s grief.
We pray that he will regain his strength and resume
his career as quickly as possible.
And we pray, too, that his wife Aliza, mate for nearly
half a century will rest in peace.
Political analysts have spent considerable time and
effort in this post-election period debating in opinion
articles and on television news programs who won and
who lost the mid-term congressional elections, as if
winners and losers in this particular political battle
could be easily and clearly defined. Were the
Republicans, holding onto control of the Senate the
clear victors, thus providing the Reagan Administration
with an endorsement of its economic and social policies?
Or were the Democrats the victors, with their
significant inroads in the House although limited dent in
the Senate? These questions, and the future domestic
agenda — whether it will “stay the course” — will be
answered when the new Congress takes office in
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But for the Jewish community, some interesting
perspectives emerged in the wake of this congressional
campaign. While the election primarily consisted of a
domestic agenda, the incoming Congress will, if it
chooses, have a significant role in appropriations and
aid programs to Israel. With the economy in dire
straits, there may be pressure from the local
constituency to lower foreign subsidies. A total of 10
appointments to the House Foreign Affairs Commit-
tee and one to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
for the new Congress, two important committees,
should thus be closely monitored by the American
Jewish community. _
-VJ S.'S .
Furthermore, the election was equally significant in
that the large number of Jewish candidates, whether
they were victorious or defeated, were able to run for
Congress without their Jewishness being a factor.
According to political observers in Washington,
anti-Semitism was muted during the campaign. Overall,
while the newly elected and re-elected Jewish
congressmen will not mark a major bloc in either the
House or the Senate, the American Jewish community
can expect the new Congress to be at least as
supportive of basic Israeli issues and Jewish concerns
as the present Congress has demonstrated.
BY DAVID SILVERBERG
No criticism carries as
much weight as self-criti-
cism and now that some of
the smoke and dust has
settled over the battlefields
of Lebanon, the American
media is beginning its own
Critique Or Apologia?
“Beirut — and the press —
under siege” is the title of
Roger Morris’ analysis in the
most recent issue of Colum-
bia Journalism Review. Mor-
ris, author of a recent
biography of Alexander
Haig, basically exonerates
the press of any misconduct.
Morris attempts to ans-
wer four questions: “Did the
networks, the Times and the
Post, and other major
papers report fairly the
historical context and justif-
ication of the Israeli inva-
sion? Did they portray fully
the political realities in a
divided Lebanon in which
many Lebanese welcomed
the Israelis as liberators?
Were they accurate in
describing the human and
physcial cost of the Israeli
attack? And, finally, were
they balanced and factual in
their nine-week accounts of
the siege of West Beirut?”
Additionally, Morris at-
tempts to discover some of
the unreported stories of the
invasion and siege (for
example Congressional re-
action) and ponders the
implications of the coverage.
In most cases, Morris
finds the critics’ charges
“When the invasion and
the siege story were over,
much seemed buried in West
Beirut — the old PLO,
perhaps the old Israel,
perhaps the innocence of the
media, something almost
certainly too of American
foreign policy — but it was a
graveyard as well of the
critics’ charges of unprofes-
sional reporting,” he con-
cluded. “In June, American
journalism came to a bloody
new war in the Middle East,
reported what it saw for the
most part fairly and accu-
rately and sometimes bril-
liantly, provided balanced
comment, and provoked and
absorbed controversy. For
performance under fire,
readers and viewers could
have asked for little more.”
Morris’s basis for this
judgment is a careful read-
ing of Washington Post and
New York Times dispatches
as well as detailed viewing
and analysis of clips from the
He makes a good case fH
his argument. However, ■
does not examine the broaff J
er dimensions of the news
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BY BORIS SMOLAR
[Editor-in-chief emeritus, J.T.A.]
[Copyright 1982, Jewish Telegraphic
JEWISH BOOKS IN U.S.: Never in the
history of the Jewish people have so many
books on Jewish subjects been published
each year in any country as in the United
States now. Since the end of World War
H, the liberation of the Jewish remnants
from the Nazi camps, and the establish-
ment of the State of Israel, there is not a
book season without publication of books
of Jewish content by prestigious Ameri-
can publishing houses.
It is estimated that this year there will
be more than 400 such books published.
This is more than one book each day, not
to speak of books published in Yiddish and
of Orthodox rabbinical literature publish-
ed in Hebrew.
The printed works published by general
publishers^ in this country in the English
language include fiction and non-fietion,
juvenile literature, and books on serious
problems concerning American Jewry.
One can find among them novels — some
of which are T>est-sellers — popular books
on Jewish history, Israel, the Holocaust
Jewish literature, Jewish humor, anti-
Semitism, intermarriage, religious sub-
jects, Jewish cooking, and on a variety of
other subjects; also translations of works
written by contemporary Yiddish and
Hebrew authors. There were even
one-volume Jewish encyclopedias publish-
ed during the last years by general
Gone are the years when publication of
books on Jewish themes in English
depended primarily on the Jewish
Publication Society and Jewish publishers
such as the Bloch Company. Today
“Jewish books” are part and parcel of the
publishing programs of large American
concerns. General publishing firms of
distinction have discovered that Jews are
avid readers — People of the Book. These
noted firms don't fail now to include books
of Jewish interest in their planning for all
the four seasons of the year.
Some universities and colleges, which
publish books of scholarly charac-
ter, are similarly paying now more
attention to - manuscripts of Jewish
contents. Doctorate dissertations^ onl
Jewish subjects are now being publisher
by them more and more, as well as
selected Judaica. The large universities in
this country — like Columbia, Harvard,
Yale —- have been publishing solid books
of Jewish knowledge for many years.
They also have Jewish Chairs. The growth
of interest of smaller universities in
publishing Jewish titles can be attributed,
to a certain extent, to the establish-
ment of Jewish courses in American
schools of higher learning.
THE JEWISH BOOK MONTH: Thei
Jewish Book Month, which is being!
observed this month in many communities '
across the country, has greatly stimulated
the interest of Jews in books of all
categories. Under the sponsorship of the
Jewish Book Council of the National
Jewish Welfare Board — which is now
marking its 40th anniversary — some
2,000 local groups in communities areM
planning their Jewish Book Month every I
The Jewish Book Month is widely
observed in Jewish Community Centers,
YM-YWHAs, synagogues, schools, Jewish
and public libraries, local units of national
Jewish organizations, and others. Dr.
Robert Gordis, the noted Conservative
rabbi, author and educator, is president of
the Jewish Book Council. Ruth S. Frank is
A central role in the Jewish Book Month
is the Jewish Book Fair conducted by
many community centers during the
month. Thousands of people visit these
book bazaars where English, Yiddish and
Hebrew books ofall kinds are being sold in
large quantities. It is interesting to note
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