Beginnings

Volcanic ash and messianism: A couple of weeks back, one of the larger Federations in the country imported six speakers to address separate fundraising functions all scheduled for the same evening....

...Imagine, a photograph of a desert that makes the viewer seasick...
...So if you've not yet returned your form, please do it now...
...Yes, my daughter is getting married...
...Please bear in mind that this is the June issue, which means that our next issue will be July/Augustó in the mails in late July...
...Or, as in the old joke, when we know the flood is imminent, we figure out ways to live under water...
...We've held to our price since our inception, and now cannot...
...Oh, my...
...You'll be assured of 1975 prices all the way up to 1983, and you'll also help to transform our cash trickle into a cash flow...
...Henry Rosovsky's talk on the occasion of the dedication of the new Harvard Hillel building, reprinted later in these pages, seems to me not merely particularly felicitous, but an important document...
...Then, as conversations do, this one drifted, and we found ourselves debating the names that might be given to dormitories for a new school in Israel, for which ground has not yet been broken and money has only just started being raised...
...Isn't that wonderful...
...And Leon Wieseltier's article on Hebron, which appeared in The New Republic, so eloquently states our own feelings on the issues with which it deals that we felt it, too, deserved a larger audience, and that our readers would want to see it...
...The first modern Jewish joke came across our desk the other day: "I understand that you have a mazel tov coming...
...To have so much nachas from just one daughter...
...In less than ten minutes, we move from predictions of imminent war and ultimate clam-ity to the business of building...
...Yes, her first husband was a psychiatrist...
...He's the chief surgical resident at Cedars Sinai Hospital...
...That's fabulous...
...He was born in Danzig in 1922, and came to the United States with his family in 1940...
...But, as our notice outlined, it is still possible, and will be until July 1, to insure as much as three years more of moment at the old price...
...our fears now seized us, and the talk was grim...
...And the biggest blooper, for which a thousand apologies, was the excess of ink in "Peace: It's a BOR," Lev Bear-field's article in May...
...We had, evidently, exhausted our reservoirs of hope earlier in the evening...
...Who's the lucky man...
...I don't mean to pry but she was married once before, wasn't she...
...As a rule, we do not reprint articles from other magazines...
...This month, we make two exceptions...
...Ah, the Jews...
...Uh, this isn't her first marriage, is it...
...This holds for all subscribers, including those who may have renewed recently...
...Would it do, if the dorms were to be named after giants of the Jewish past, to have a "Spinoza House...
...Imagine that...
...Five of us returned together, late that night, to New York...
...Pause...
...On the way, conversation drifted, quite naturally, to the Middle East, and the fears that were expressed matched the darkness of the night...
...His wife, Nitza, is a seventh-generation Jerusalemite, and is also active in Jewish communal life...
...Errata: The photograph of Nadine Krasnow on a bicycle in Israel which appeared in our April issue was by Roger J. Herz...
...In the meantime, a good summer to each and all...
...The world collapses, the volcanoes erupt, and we choose color schemes...
...They, too, can have their subscriptions extended for up to three years at the old price...
...All subscribers should by now have received notification that moment's prices will rise as of July 1. I wish it didn't have to be so, but our printing bill alone will be about 30 percent higher next year, and other costs are, of course, also rising...
...Rosovsky himself was recently elected a senior vice-president of the American Jewish Congress...
...Dean Rosovsky's speech, which first appeared in Harvard Magazine, should be of special interest to our readers...
...My goodness, that's really something...
...No, her former husband was a law professor at Harvard...
...And Ellen Frankel, author of the article on English Jewry in the May issue, is now a free lance writer and educational consultant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania...
...For a while...

Vol. 5 • June 1980 • No. 6


 
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