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    Pag* 6-THENEW8-May: 1S63
Thoughts From The Lubovitcher Rebbe
By Rabbi Yossi Groner
Shavuous celebrates the
giving of the Torah to Israel.
But what about the rest of
the world? What does Torah
require of the non-Jew?
Torah prescribes for
mankind the seven
“Noachide Laws” which in
clude basic moral precepts
forbidding bloodshed, theft,
etc., and mandating the
establishment of a system of
jurisprudence. These seven
cardinal principles cover the
broad range of faith, morali
ty and social justice ap
plicable to all societies.
The Talmud teaches, “I
have been created to serve
my Creator”. Included in the
basic mission of our creation
is the obligation to influence
gentiles to fulfill the seven
mitzvots, as Maimonides
states: “And so was Moshe
our teacher commanded by
G-d to persuade all the
n0M§l^wiiIaFlethm
world’s inhabitants to accept
the commandments given to
the children of Noach”; he
further explains that the
motivating reason to
Noachide principles are to be
observed is because G-d so
comnaanded in the Torah.
But if people fulfill them
“...swayed by their own in
telligence etc. they are
neither the pious of the gen
tiles nor their sages.”
What is the most impor
tant obligation of any ruling
authorities in the light of the
Noachide laws? — to see that
their subjects live peaceable
with each other. For no two
individuals were created ex
actly alike, therefore no two
people share the same opi
nions. Such basic differences
have a tendency to grow into
divisiveness, intolerance,
and eventually “...people
would swallow each other
alive!” For this simple
reason government is vital
for all nations — to establish
a law-abiding society based
upon justice and fairness.
This should be done ac
cording to the Almighty’s in
structions as embodied in
the Noachide Code.
The observance of the
universal Noachide codes by
the nations of the world has a
direct effect upon the fulfill
ment of Torah and mitzvot
by our nation. The underly
ing principle of the Noachide
laws is the enhancement of
peaceful habitation of the
world. To study Torah and
observe the mitzvos proper
ly, Israel needs peace of
mind and security which will
occur when all nations con
duct themselves in accord
ance with the universal
Noachide codes.
To promote observance of
these codes by all mankind
is, therefore, a specifically
Jewish obligation.
**Moishyand The MitMvah Men**
Richard Klein
Visits Academy
The value of tzedakah was
the focus of a special pro
gram when Richard Klein,
President of the Charlotte
Jewish Federation, visited
the Hebrew Academy and
spoke to the children about
the activities of the Federa-
tion. He gave out
“pushkets” to the children
so that they could make their
own contribution to the com
munity.
Passover Preparation
During March, Jewish
studies at the Academy
focused on preparation for
the celebration of Passover.
All grades learned major
portions of the Haggadah,
enabling them to make
significant contributions to
leading the Seder.
Rabbi Yossi Groner
visited the school to talk to
the children about Passover.
Enthusiastic audience (photos/Bruce Schoenes)
Women’s League for
Conservative Judaism
Moisby entertains young
and old. Many of the au
dience came by busloads
from the surrounding com
munities. The arrangements
for this successful event
were made by Rabbi Yossi
Groner.
Say It With An
Academy Card
Now a donation to the
Academy can honor memori
als, bar mitzvahs, any occa
sion.
Send a check made out to
Hebrew Academy and your
requests to Beryl Fishman,
5841 Coatbridge 1-ane, Char
lotte, N.C, 28212, Phone: 537-
0220.
The 38th Annual Spring
Conference of Seaboard
Branch, Women’s League for
Conservative Judaism, will
be held from May 1-3, at Ohr
Kodesh Congregation,
Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Conference Chairman Ber
nice Moses, Vice-Chairman
Estelle Rosoff, and Local Ar
rangements Chairman Han
nah Burke expect some 150-
200 delegates from North
Carolina, Virginia,
Washington and Maryland
to vigorously pursue the
theme, “Get Wisdom, Gain
Understanding.” Conference
Consultant Audrey Citak,
who serves as Chairman of
Educational Activities on
the National Executive Com
mittee, will relay Women’s
League’s message of support
for “today’s woman” in her
need for management skills.
Through workshops, lec
tures and open discussions,
the focus will be on women,
their financial and legal in
terests, their community
concerns, and their op
portunities.
Among area women atten
ding will be Debbie (Mrs.
Alan) Hirsch of Charlotte,
representing Sisterhood of
Temple Israel, of which she
was recently elected a board
member.
The scheduled activities
include an appearance by
Mark Talisman, Director,
Washington Office of the
Council of Jewish Federa
tion, and Dr. Michael Beren-
baum. Executive Director,
Washington Jewish Com
munity Council, addressing
the topics “Action for Social
Legislation” and “Taking
Over When the Government
Takes Off.”
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Children Lead
Ttmple Service
Shabbat service at Temple
Israel was led by Hebrew
Academy children of all
grades before delighted
parents and congregants on
Friday evening, March 18.
Leading the service with con
fidence and dignity, the
children demonstrated their
serious efforts to attain this
knowledge. This activity was
made possible by the
cooperative association of
Temple Israel and the
Hebrew Academy.
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