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bmittee, and American Jewish Congress leaders, who had blearned of the appearance, had contacted Bush in horror band pressured him to cancel, leading Cleveland Jewish News beditor Jerry Barach to attack the “basic myth that leaders bspeak for the true sentiments of the people” and criticizing bboth Bush and Cavett for the cancellation.

bWe did more than protest. On the day of the originally bplanned filming of the show, I appeared with thirty JDL bmembers and held a sit-in at the studio. In the confusion a bbomb threat was telephoned to ABC, the entire audience bwas forced to evacuate, and Cavett hurriedly contacted me band offered to arrange a new date. I expressed my delight at bhis offer and did, in fact, appear with actor and American bJewish Congress Official Theodore Bikel in a heartwarm- bing debate on the Soviet Jewish crisis during which Bikel bproved his talent as a great singer.

bOn June 2, I flew to Israel for the summer to run the bIdentity Center course. I had many plans to make Habayta band aliyah viable and successful in the years to come. Little bdid I know that not until August 1974 would I be allowed to breturn to the United States due to Israel and American bgovernmental efforts to keep me in Israel and put me on btrial. And so, Habayta floundered, withered, and simply bnever really was able to begin. Hopefully, there is a future bfor it.

bA final word on the Exile, for those who have little or no bknowledge of Judaism and for those who think they have a bgreat deal. The Exile is more than a curse; it is a desecration of bG-d’s name, the very opposite of the great Jewish duty to bsanctify the Name. For what, in essence, is the Jewish con- bcept of desecration of the Name? The Hebrew phrase is bhillul Hashem,” meaning the vacuum or void of the Name. bHere is the key to the concept. The Jew is forbidden to cause ba void or a vacuum in which G-d is, so to speak, absent, gone. bAnd there is no greater void and absence of G-d than at a bmoment that the Jew is oppressed, beaten, or exiled from bhis Land. When he suffers at the hands of the nations, the bgentile looks about and sees the misery of the Jew, and asks, b 

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