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8--U,JF--Jurie 9 1995 ' Ordained woman rabbi writes poetic text: In God's Name 'a spiritual celebration' 4 In God Name By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Illustrated by Phoebe Stone Jewish Lights Publishing 32 pp, $16.95 By Ellen Abby Sacks The big word in education today is multicultural. Most libraries have a special section devoted to these books; whereas many years ago, most of us had rarely heard the word so com- monly used. This is not to say that children have not previous- ly been taught about other cul- tures. The difference is that these books are not used to merely point out the diversity of all people, but rather to com- memorate the unity of all peo- ple. In God Name, is a spiritual celebration of the world's belief in one God. In Genesis, it is told that after GOd created the world, all living things on earth were given a name. This book's story explains further that "no one knew the name for GOd, so each person searched for God's name." A diversity of people found many different names. These names described what God meant to different people. Among the names were "Source of' Life", "Shepherd", "Healer", "Father", "Ancient One", "Friend". And there were others. Each of the people thought his name was the best. They said, "Every living thing has a single name, God must have a single name that is more wonderful than all other names." They all Be a Part of our Restaurant Guide Call Donna Kenworthy, Advertising Manager, 489-8040 gathered at a lake and in their many voices and many names, they came to find that all at once there was unity and they called GOd "One". The author.., is a parent, spiritual leader, and storyteller. She is the second woman to be ordained as a rabbi, and the first rabbi to become a mother The book's poetic text and brightly colored illustrations bring the story alive. Together, they give the book a beauty and power befitting a modern fable of God's name. Reading this story invites adults and children of all faiths and backgrounds to discuss what God means to each of us in our own lives. The author, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is a parent, spiritual leader, and storyteller. She is the second woman to be ordained as a rabbi, and the first rabbi to become a mother. She and her :lOOK REVIEWS Book focuses on turbulent world of destiny of Holocaust survivors A Chosen Few (The Resurrection of European Jewry) By Mark Kurlansky Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1994 410 pp $24 By Rabbi Israel Zoberman Journalist Mark Kurlansky already has to his credit a book well-received, A Continent Of Islands (Searching /'or the Caribbean Destiny). His latest accomplishment is another seri- ous and complex effort to delve into depths that are far from tranquil. Focusing on the turbu- lent world of Holocaust sur- vivors whose destiny led them to reestablish their roots in places that are a constant reminder to them of personal suffering and destruction beyond measure. How to explain the motiva- tions of those willing to undergo evoke strong responses. The author's own sentiment is revealed in the book's title and in his following clear state- ment: "The Jews who were com- mitted to rebuilding their com-- munities sometimes found themselves at cross-purposes with their local Zionist move- ment. In much the same way, this book, too, is in conflict with Zionism, a conflict that is inevitable but in neither case specifically intended. I have never believed that all Jews should move to Israel, and I have always been bemused by Zionists who themselves had no plans t0mdve there. I like the idea that there are still Jews in Europe, that Amsterdam's Esnoga and Prague's Old-New Synagogue are still working synagogues and not museums. Perhaps it is just that I do not want Hitler to posthumously attain his goal." husband,Dennis, were the first a rather trying and demanding rabbinical couple to jointly lead experience? Are they to be corn- (Rabbi Israel Zoberman, Congrega- a congregation. Sasso is also the mended or condemned for their tion Beth Chaverim, Virginia Beach) author of the award-winning decision9 These are but two book, God s Paintbrush, an leading questions that are pen- Dole adviser's slur Ld  i [ interactive bk fr children and dered in a vast explratin f a incenses Je "w'ish ,, parents, theme with the potential to groups, pohtlelans  .; f CASUAL DINING ENTERTAINMENT  By Steven M. Zeitehik , .," , , i]'., " political a 1040 Laskin Road Beach, Va 428-2477 6 I  /ON  .... :: 'r '" " ..... : ..... ' '  ,2' ia :lli:,. two Jewis provoked /, ,,?q, politicians. Assorted Seafood Appetizers Rebeama/Din00 or , Recep6on In. r Hm00h You've got more romantic things to do with yours. 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Speaking at a campaign fund-raising roast for California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a possible San Francisco mayoral candidate, Rollins said Brown's true desire was to be mayor of Los Angeles. If elected, Rollings said, Brown "could show those Hymie boys, Berman and Wax- man, who were always trying to make Willie feel inferior for not being Jewish." Rollins was referring to Cali- fornia Peps. Howard Berman and Henry Waxman, both Democrats. Rollins later sounded a con- ciliatory note, saying in letters to Berman and Waxman that .his "lack of sensitivity is totally inexcusable" and that "there is no justification or excuse" for his remarks. But, he added, the con- text was humorous and the com- ments were made with "great irreverence and attempt at humor." Jewish groups have reacted strongly to the slurs, particularly to Rollins justifica- tion that they were made in jest. "While you did apologize for your lack of sensitivity in the recent incident, you indicated that your statement 'was not intended to be offensive.' But we : have to ask you: In what conte would you find the term 'Hymie boys' inoffensive?" wrote Abra- ham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, in a letter to Rollins. :