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Louis Lewin is travelling in the South in the interest of the axe Oak Ika Klite whose publishers request for her the kind consideration of the friends of this paper. A a Mac nearly the whole Ofseur operas fallen and i whose Depths it is being done to death. P but if in spite of the Best endeavours the defense of our nations Honor and the safeguarding loathe rights of he american people shall make it impera Active that we take no arms to maintain their inviolability against any and every assailant let us prepare to meet with calmness a fortitude a and readiness the demands that win he made upon us for service treasure and perhaps the sacrifice of life itself. Of a a Ujj to us set apart Washington s birthday As a a Day of dedication of ourselves to the service of our country. Each of us As his or her limitations permit and above All let us remember that Washington could not have achieved the ends he Laboured for had he not had the faithful support of the people so should Wilson he sustained Quot by the nations Confidence so that he also May be enabled to guide it safely through the dangers with which it is encompassed even As Washington did in his Day and generation. ¿3�3 .3 do a inc i in an interview with a representative of the american hebrew Louis a a f to so r to Quot a v of Lack Quot a a v a pc. Is 4> Marshall of new York denies that he is an anti zionist but a very careful Reading off the Public interview failed to convey a dear idea of what or. Marshall considers zionism to he. In fact the numerous statements of the objects which zionism seeks to accomplish Are As a Rule vague and often contradictory i it would tend very much to Clear the situation if the executive committee of the american zionists would adopt a definite succinct platform i defining 3 zionism and setting Forth its purposes in such terms 1 that their meaning cannot be misunderstood. 3 of f ill of the ninety three Young men who were recently found qualified to practice Law by the Massachusetts bar examiners Twenty three were jews about one fourth of the entire number. Most of these Young men Are without influential family connections to give them prestige and assistance. There is no profession so overcrowded As that of the Law and none in wa8hington�?T8 birthday. I which the chances for making anon a there u 00 Day in the jewish Cal Quot Rable Mccu a a Quot it ,,e Endaz to Bat Hae been eel apart a a i 4 town Man today starting in. A a so m 3- i life As a Mechanic or even As a trav in a i Eling Salesman for a wholesale House Cees who la Wertam the most con a of a 14 mor a ppm it Nulty for Behler spi Coos figure in jewish history and. A compete be. Than Tor one who 22, estimated by his contribution to the enters professions w one Rialls that civilization of Mankind the greatest 68pet y of All men of whom we have a record. Proper and profit in years this country that out of our Busy uves we give i after All. Very Young. When the 1 annually not so much to a re Tomb up Wise was Boron in 1819, capitulation of the various services i George Washington had been dead which i Washington rendered to our but Twenty year a lacking a month. Country but to a serious Contemp la Waterloo was Only four years in Tion of the lessons of his life and gain toy and the great Napoleon fun front my utterances guidance for the i Job loosed ills. Eventful cd sati my nation a Jln la a career. The War of 1812 was still a How great a Soldier Washington matter of immediate concern and was in today a matter of Small Moj none of the great inventions and is highlanders wearing Kilts would in Paris be an abomination in the sight of the lord just As a tunisian jewess with her bloomers would in addition to being an abomination in the eyes of the lord would be subject to arrest by the Pouce in Munich. On the other hand the rabbis Spiritualized this Law by extending it to the prohibition of dyeing the hair and of looking into a Mirror. It is reasonably certain that had they known our a smart set they would have included the smoking of cigarettes by various orthodox Rabels Are publishing protests in the yiddish papers against the terrible plots of the reformers who wish to Decoy them into apostasy by offering them participation in the pension fund for superannuated ministers As a bait i has there Ever been any Noble intention worse misrepresented ? a the Central conference of american rabbis is proposing al r fund and Jacob h. Schiff in this Park by a Munif Igent donation of $100,000, Fel that orthodox ministers Ido their share in the moral by left of. The Community and deserve to be protected against the danger of either starvation or humiliation by an Appeal to Charity in their old age. It appears that fanatical partisanship and a perhaps a sensational desire to make a show of martyrdom Are the Only reasons for such a pose. Experiences teach us daily that orthodox authors show no contempt for support by their Liberal colleagues in the ministry. 8sdio after All belongs to an older generation i it therefore a seems evident that the justification for hebrew writing is limited to jewish studies where Iff still has an important Mission to fulfil uniting the scholars of various nationalities waking up the dormant intellect of the Oriental jews. Beyond this hard As it May be for romantically inclined souls the revival of hebrew is bound to be merely al Fadell a curious Case is one that occurred in Leeds England court arising out of the refusal of a jew employed in a munitions factory to work at the forge on saturday. The Man in. Question is of military age and was sent to the forge under the substitution scheme. For the prosecution it was pointed out that where men worked in gangs disorganization resulted if the. Jewish members withheld their labor. On the other hand the defendant urged that he had never in his life worked on saturday and the chairman agreed that no proceedings could be taken re Garding any refusal to work on sunday. In order to test the matter a nominal Fine was inflicted and the chairman expressed the View that there would be a ruling on the Point shortly f the weight of opinions would seem to be that in time of War the demands of the state take precedence Over the rules for religious of Servance yet men have gone to the stake and endured martyrdom rather than fail in Observance of the Laws of their religion where conscientious scruples Are concerned Wise judges show discretion. 1 the leading citizens of Jop Lin. Mo., including the editors Merab attorneys and the Heads of the various trades unions. The congressmen of the District and last but not least. Rabbi Joseph Lei Dot Are carrying on a vigorous Campaign to have Gabriel f. Newburger by that town appointed ambassador to Japan. When you come to think of it perhaps Fels might be an exceptionally Good appointment f we know that in Turkey also a non Christian country the jewish ministers and ambassadors have always been Able to eff pm More than those Iwho were christians. This was probably due to the fact that the Mohammedan authorities were h naturally less suspicious of a jewish ambassador than of one who was a Christian particularly As one of the greatest sources of trouble Ini Turkey Are the f Christian missions. Possibly the japanese have not the same dislike for us prose lib ters As the Mohammedans and for that matter the jews rightly have. Still it a is i easily conceivable there might be less friction where the question of the treatment of missionaries and their proteges to concerned a he Amba Pador to Japan were a jew i religious Neutral. It is certainly Worth while at head Quad v chri8tian englishwoman a a a a a a in Quot am m ment. There were probably a dozen or i More officers Ini the Continental armies a that were a As highly skilled leading and mane vering coteries which have become familiar to us in later years were even foreshadowed. The electric Telegraph the Steamboat and the steam railway troops i that he was a very Brave i al it in by came a few Yeats Man is a matter of course but Cour age especially when exhibited in the line of duty i a so common an a eth precursors of the great physical improvements just As the first work of Isaac m. Wise was the forerunner not alone of soldiers but of the 1 of the . Very Large majority of men that while j to Fco a Thez Iner we i a a a a a it wine our respect and a mba Pmj mba by when conspicuously displayed it would never alone have placed him As a matter of historical record it be stated that a of jew that Pedestal where to is an of Jig organizations aided in bringing Jet of veneration forever if not of nor was it Washington a personal characteristics his integrity his Charity or even his exalted patriotism that have enshrined him in the memory of his countrymen. These qualities were the abrogation a. Of the treaty Russia by president Taft. The action of the american govern was taken however upon repro tons made by the represent of the Union of american he congregations and was brought common to Many men of his Genera about by the arguments Tion As they Are today the world Over. 1 no it was to none of these that Washington owes his immortal Fame it was to something far different n a paper that was read by Louis Marshall at the meeting of the Council of the Union in new York City and subsequently submitted to Congress and his Wisdom and vision his pro the president. The poetic gift of foreseeing what this country could become in the future and what its course must be to enable it to achieve the High destiny which was then Quot Only an Uncertain possibility of the future. For this it was that he became the father of his country. Nit is not the Man the Soldier or even the statesman to whom we have dedicated a Day out of each year. It is to the Prophet who after his country a Independence Laid the foundation for its perpetuity and gave it the eternal verities for guid Ance on its course. I h we Are today facing a crisis in the affairs of i the nation More serious than any it has Ever been called upon to meet except that created by the civil War. Dark Clouds Are hovering in the horizon and that we May be plunged into a War is More than a possibility. . V / a 3 3# -3 we Are not inspired and sustained by a courage born of ignorance. The last two and a half years have taught us at least in a measure what modern War Means. We have been surf edited with a recital of its Borrosh until our sensibilities have been numbed and the reports of the deaths of thousands of human beings men just like 1 ourselves sons Brothers a a husbands fathers sweethearts fail to convey anything but a dim meaning. We know what it is but it is an everyday occurrence and has become a matter of tonne. 0 but events so far have justified our Confidence in the Wisdom of our president and his advisers. We know him to be peace Loving patient free from rashness and not to be hurried into any action that would bring the United a states into conflict with a hither Power that could have been avoided Only by sacrificing the Honor of the nation or its vital interests. Of m in View of what the situation is it would be Well if Washington a birth-thl8 a Nagy instead a of being As usual a Day of merry making were made a Day of serious meditation a Day of prayer that our rulers be guid to do what is Best for the nation above a All that of tits is contented prosperous people be not drag rendered valuable assistance More especially by bringing the matter to the attention of the members of Congress individually but the action at Washington was taken by the representatives Jot the Union of american hebrew congregations. In these Days of threatened War if is Worth while calling attention to a Fine old homily dating from the first and the second centuries. It is found in Mekita 20, 22, commenting on the passage a if thou make me an altar of Stone thou Shalt not build it of Hen stones for if thou lift up thy tool upon it thou Hast polluted says Simeon Ben Eleazar the altar was made to prolong Many a life and the Iron to Cut it Short. Therefore the instrument of death ought not to me lifted up on the instrument of life. Says Johanan bin Zakkai it is written deut. 27, 6 a whole stones a which Means stones that bring peace this is a Pun on the hebrew word shalem whole and shalom peace. Is it not a proper inference to say since the stones of the altar which see not neither do they hear nor talk Are protected from the irom because they bring peace Between Israel and their father in heaven How much the More should a Man be protected from All evil who brings peace Between husband and wife Between City and City Between nation and nation Between kingdom and kingdom Between >99 it May become necessary for the United states for the Protection of the lives rights and property of it it Zens to go to War with the germanic Powers and thus become an it of Russia and Roumania but that id be no reason Why the unspeakable crimes against the jews of those barbarous countries should be forgotten or even condoned nor will it be. Russia and Roumania can never win the Friendship of the civilized nations until All of their subjects regardless of their varying religions creeds shall enjoy full civil and political Equality. Until that is brought about All propaganda Paidl or voluntary wih Avail nothing. Neither Russia nor Roumania can Ever enjoy the respect and Friendship of the american people until they shall have earned v it by doing Justice to those whom they now oppress. A Fri military authorities in Munich according to a late Cable issued an order prohibiting women to Wear the garments of men unnecessarily. What caused this order is not known nor stated in the Brief dispatch although it might be presumed that owing to the Scarcity of male labor women Are doing menus work at which the wearing of female garments is inconvenient. If the police of Munich have Good authority in the mosaic Law deut. 22, 5 which says a woman Mikhall not Wear that Whiteb pertain eth supp a Man neither shall a Man put on a woman a garment for whosoever do eth these things is an abomination unto the lord thy the rabbinic interpretation of the this Law Yore deah 182 shows two interesting features. On the one hand it was recognised by the rabbis that such a Law can Only be interpreted according to local conditions As indeed la greek jew or one serving among Ibe scotch the society for the revival of hebrew As a spoken language held a meeting in new York this week and similar meetings Are planned by its branches in various cities throughout the country. The aim of this society is Apt to be obscured by a romanticism which believes that in a progressive country which opens All professions to the jews hebrew speaking and hebrew writing can be cultivated the same As in Russia and the Orient where intellectual life among the jews is confined to hebrew studies be it owing to the Lack of Opportunity or to the discrimination of the Law. Nevertheless hebrew As a Means for International communication in scholarly work bearing is an important Factor growing in importance when As is already the Case jewish literature includes works in russian Magyar and other languages which will always remain foreign to the great majority of jewish students. With r the Progress a of secularism among the. Jews the w 1 Edge of hebrew declines v at the end of the eighteenth and a at the a it beginning of the nineteenth Century jews of secular education in Western Europe were still Able to. Read and write hebrew fluently. We see this for instance in the cases of the banker Israel Jacobson 1768-1828 and David Fried Lender Che manufacturer 1750-1834 both advanced liberals. Similar was the Case in Italy. Samuel Aaron Romanelli 1757-1814 could make a living by i writing hebrew a poems for weddings and like occasions. Samuel David Luzzatto a 1800-1865 dedicated a hebrew work to the famous philologist g. I. Ascoli 1829-1907 who died As professor at the University of Milan and senator of Italy on the occasion of his wedding in 1852. Luz Zattoo a Friend Almanzi 3 1801-1860possessed a wonderful hebrew Library and wrote hebrew poetry although he Quot was a wealthy merchant. 3 such Mene Are no longer found in Italy or in Germany. Even in russian and Poland we see that they sons of prominent hebrew writers Are men of secular education but unable to read the works of their own fathers. 1 there is Only to he exception known in the Case Oft be belie six 1828 thinks american jews Are Unju their British co religionists. K the writer of the appended letters miss Strahan of Hove Sussex England had been for some time a subscriber to the israelite. She ordered her subscription cancelled because of what she considered the pro German attitude of this paper. That she was mistaken was pointed out to her Ina j personal letter a to which miss Strahan replied As follows editor israelite $ sir yours is not an easy letter to answer shortly so please forgive the length of my writing and regard it As private and not for publication. I am a Christian with not a drop of jewish blood in my veins but my interest in the jewish nation is As keen As if i were a a daughter in Israel also i am no half Way Christian. T believe my Faith to be the end of Sal vation of All men and consequently Long for Judaism to a come into her own heritage hut at the same time t am not a a Conversi Onisto such a the jewish soul abhors. I As Well As Vou have at heart the Fate of the jew a Europe and asian. After Manv Vears of study Over a very wide Field it has been my sincere desire to get at the truth for that one has tit have both sides of the question and a Van then to learn to Judee fairly be tween them which i consider the jew 8 Seldom Able to do As yet. On account perhaps of the mental sup Ore Sion meted out to him for centuries. Perhaps the English jew is something of an exception in this Way. From this inability to see things rom another sgt Side has Arisen the misunderstanding and re Rimi nation Between the american and English jews. You keep of amp accusing each other of what the other has not done. English jewry is not a a obsessed with the idea that Yon of America have done or Are doing less tha your i have read continually in the jewish press and elsewhere admiration and gratitude for the help to the innumerable sufferers in the War that America whether jewish or non jewish has Given in Devotion and unselfishness. Neither has any jew in this country a forgotten the unspeakable wrongs which his people have suffered at the hands of so that the tirades and Milder language issued in America on these lines is not w Orth the paper and Ink expended because they Are founded on an imaginary grievance. But the English jews have often tried to explain their standpoint. But no american Judaism will have none of it. Done to you think this refusal to enter into another a opinions with understanding is a failure in tolerance to your own Brethren which you demand loudly for yourself from the non jewish world that Russia has been fearfully guilty in her treatment of the jews in the past cannot be denied. But i can testify that the English world to the jewish and non jewish is not by Hind the american Public in their protest and Abhorrence and the outbreak of War has not altered that mental position and in this it is that Yon jews across the Atlantic have been so mistaken for you think it has. You think that because England has an enemy German and because Russia is fighting the same enemy in Alliance with England that therefore England and England a jewry must cry aloud that everything German is evil and everything russian is goo surely this is very crude and unworthy of England or her jews nor is it worthy of american jews to think such crudity of us. Quot but the truth is \ that America though. A so closely related to Britain has failed to realize the transformation that such a War As this makes in a nation this is not said in any measure of blame for i do not think even we who Are so highly involved realize it quite As do France and Russia who Are closer and up against the hideous facts. Therefore if i May say so. America who is benefiting materially rather than suffering by the War has neither right nor authority to give Forth some of the judgments she k has done. America is by the a Force of circumstances simply ignorant and Munfor to Nelly she is also ignorant of that ignorance How then can she expect us to give weight to her opinions a Jig i can i describe what this War is to us no i cannot not even had i the pen of a Genius. It is far beyond the i mag i nations and % enters deeper Jolo the human psychology. Toss cd Jak permission for s publication \ since a been . Israelite. Has you of America imagine it who have not it and i Are to far away from the vital Force that Are at work amongst the nations that Are Are thinking. I a yes jews can but no a Only the jews who Are actually sharing the fortunes of this War can understand. Eos the unusual a phenomenon in this fearful conflict is Pat in every Case it is a National War not so with the Central Power snot an army a or a k monarchs a War for a each of the allies wishes to give All that they Are and possess whether valuable or of Therese and they have Given and Are giving in unrestricted measure. In jewish history it has not been so in the last 2,000 years for they a have been forced to renounce everything which makes All the difference in of be Fiji it do hot say of to a Plite the jewish affliction but merely to show that their troubled past does a not enable them to enter into the present National sacrifice except where they share it because it is the first time in history that such a thing i anti been seen a willing National sacrifice. What volumes of psychology each of these words contain and into which America As a nation cannot enter. Individuals have a done so of course because they Are living a with us and Are sharing our new life for surely a a new life Quot it is. Of England a attitude to America is not that we wish her to enter the War. War is truly terrible that we know better than Amer a al and no f nation should enter it without weighing the Cost and that America a alone can do it is not for us to help her to the decision. Fortunately America is not in such a position that she is forced to choose one of the two evils either to wage War on one Side a or to become a traitor to her highest ideals therefore her right to choose her own path of neutrality or otherwise should be and is respected by our country Jug p a of but if America decides for peace for herself she must Only expect the blessings of that peace she will not receive a share of our blessings of War for it has indeed its blessings exceeding great ones which even we who weep for our loved ones can recognize. Ski a Lili %. And on of these blessings which the English jews share but not the american jews As i have tried to show is that a Complete reversal has taken place in the National mind As to what is and what is not of real and permanent value. The reversal has not gone right through to every single individual As we should wish it to have done because the blood and Thunder of War has not entered into the Home land As it has on the continent and the fastness1 and Security of prosperous England still lingers in a few minds. Still their number is so Small that it is negligible and Only serves to show up in greater contrast the real nation which has gone through this trans valuation of values. But i have not the Talent to give an adequate picture of this trans valuation a there is plenty of such literature in our country and must keep to the question of the alleged wrong of the Anglo jewish adherence to Russia in this War with a seeming forgetfulness of the cruel wrongs russian jewry has suffered and perhaps is still suffering from russian tyranny. That this is not so i confidently affirm. It is because they have had the eyes to see that it was never the whole nation a Ghat committed the wrongs but Only a Small party and that a powerful one which was responsible and that the Power of this party was Likely to be considerably if not entirely broken by this War a and that therefore All jewry could with a free conscience regarding loyalty to their afflicted Brethren Side not Only with England their Strong Friend hut with Russia England Sally against the Universal enemy prussian militarism. And this is the real enemy not the simple German people with their kindliness and great hearts with their writers poets musicians and scientists who poor unfortunates Are suffering More terribly than any one else in the world because this hideous enemy a a deutschland uber Aliese is actually born in their midst and is using their state Structure for the propagation of their Pagan tyranny. And this same enemy has worked insidiously but not so effectively to gain a like hold within other nations As it has in the haughty arrogant always unlovely prussian. In Russia it worked under a bureaucracy of government often in spite of the tzar and in the real russian of society. In America has it not shown a suspicion of its presence in pan americanism and the slow perversion of the Monroe doctrine and does it not always reveal itself in anti semitism these various forms which Are so menacingly opposed to the British principle of Freedom British yes and american too most assuredly for Are we not blood relations but a truly free nation must if she is to make her whole being free be the same Freedom to All others around her within her and under her. It is True such Freedom allows of Cranks troublesome Fellows but they Are Mere pin pricks in comparison to the glorious life of Freedom of mind of intellect of soul of spirit with All their Complex and far reaching influences and conduct in National life. It would seem that All politics and social forces of my country indeed of All countries have been at Bottom the struggle Between Freedom and the enemy that would Fetter Freedom. Is it not even a one of the fundamental causes of the divisions in christianity and in Judaism also Iff "0 and How poor Russia has pined for it. A even some of the tears have tried to f use i their autocracy to give this Freedom to their subjects but until this War. Bureaucracy freedoms Antithesis has been too Strong for them. Rut do you not see before our very eyes a the a growing strength freedoms struggles against the dying efforts of the old regime which a still hurts when it can and f. Especially those who happen to be nearest often the unfortunate jew. I am More than glad that a a jangl jewry grasped this truth Fistal to Neoushy with ourselves and i do not doubt that it will give them the More Power to i help Russia in her a struggle both within and without this War is pre eminently one of ideas is what makes it so remarkable. Of course we Are All fighting for health and Home for self defense that goes without saying but that is a comparatively minor detail a a Iju a for tote Freedom of All Peoples whether great a Pima 11, and were not so England s Effort would not a be so United. 3 no mind not even that of a nation. Can be really a empty a or Neutral it mid be raised either for Good or evil. If we did not put Freedom consciously or unconsciously As our supreme aim life we should have self love instead and selfishness to to a be More prominent but thank god. It is not so. It is a remarkable thing to have seen the huge British nation with i her a colonies dependencies and foreigners sharing her life at once in moment a up Neal offering not Only her riches and manhood a but her All what she is As Well As what she possesses. A possibly England has been stupid and blundering pm occasions plainly because War. Is a new thing to her and in Che past she has refused to train a herself for a but the greatness and value of the sacrifice which has been because of what Britain is cannot be lessened or undone. J it is far greater in the realm of thought than prussian militarism which blunders hopelessly in spiritual spheres and which will be inevitably cast Down not Only in the prussian state but also by the disappearance of real Russia ism or Young turkish or pan americanism or anti semitism or any other development of diet. Hydra headed monster anti nationalism a a yours very ,.3� rest % is Saba 64 Hova Villas Hove Sussex England december Quot 14, the above it will a be noted was written before president Wilson so a peace address was made to Congress or diplomatic relations with Germany had been severed. A in a later letter miss Strahan says al pm a a a i cannot but feel that the a allies note in answer to Germany a demand for peace a with Victory for herself is a Strong confirmation of my letter to you. Also president a Wilson a. Late speech upon americans Call to formulate the worlds \ future peace proves once More How completely he and his party. Fail to understand the a whole Raison do etre of this War. No nation can possibly desire peace More passionately than does each of the allies but surely Only those nations who have fought for peace can make it. It astonishes us in England a beyond measure that president Wilson can imagine anything else. Yours truly. Rose g. Strahan. Letters from people the Quot Atlantic writer a jew. Editor Ibex Axuk sir a in your last weeks Issue rabbi Jonah b. Wise who writes on the leading article in the february Atlantic monthly a the problem of american Judaism by Ralph Philip Boas states that owing to the fact that or. Boas teaches at Whitman a sectarian College he concludes that the gentleman is not a jew. The conclusion is justifiable under the circumstances but is not Correct. I learn from the very Best authority that or. Boas is a confessing jew. In fact he was a teacher in the religious school of the jewish congregation at Providence r. I. During the ministry of or. Henry englander. He also took instruction in hebrew from or. Englander at Brown University. At one time he thought of studying for the ministry at the hebrew Union College. I recall this latter fact from some correspondence which i had with or. Englander on this subject a number of years ago. Although or. Boas never carried out the intention of becoming a rabbi in Israel it is apparent that he has not Given up his interest in jewish matters. _ a a a a a a a 31 his article in the a Natl antics will undoubtedly cause much discussion. It is thoughtful and shows a Good grasp of the situation. I do not agree a altogether with his conclusions but this is neither the occasion nor the place for a detailed examination of his thoughtful essay. David Phipson. Cincinnati february 1917. Was not a student of the jewish _ theological Seminary. Editor israelite sir my attention has been called to a. Statement in the american israelite of february 1 to the effect that rabbi r. B. Hershon of Virginia minn., who is said to have been elected to fill the pulpit of Temple by Nai Abraham of Terre haute had been a student of the jewish theological Seminary at new York City. I beg to say that this statement is incorrect., or. Hershon never having been a student in the Seminary. Respectfully yours jul Cyrus Adler acting president. New York february 15,1917. Is there a Standard of rabbinical ethics editor israelite sir much As i dislike to discuss the subject of professional ethics among rabbis in Public yet As one aggravated by the Lack of it i feel that a Public discussion of the subject in the columns of your paper May serve the double purpose of calling the attention of the pulpit As Well As the Pew to the woeful Lack of a professional Standard of conduct in the jewish pulpit. A it a. S the Story of unprofessional conduct that i wish to relate to the Public reminds me so very strongly of the unfortunate i a transaction Between David and Uriah that i am praying for another Nathan to arise and Point the Finger of scorn and condemnation at the exalted offender and exclaim in the classic words a thou Art the Man a 0�llif�� x a for a number of years there lived and worked in a Small town lying at the foot hit of the a alleghenies a Young rabbi a who could boast of to unusual Talent nor salary. But he cherished the thought and the knowledge that he enjoyed the full Confidence and support of every member it his congregation men women and children. Thus he and his congregation lived and worked together peacefully and harmonious Lyall satisfied that to the Best of their Means and a bitty they were advancing the Good old cause in their midst. A of a a a of a Quot do a Vays i Hayom a and it came to pass that a certain rabbi of a Large Eastern City who had been Labouring for years under the hallucination that to him had been assigned the superhuman task of laying the ghost of prejudice a re Shes a As j it is popularly known in every Corner of our fair land conceived a great and a overpowering pity for that .1m town. To be sure it was too Small for his great talents but True greatness knows no distinction of sizes. Accordingly he set his mind As a Flint that insignificant As the town was he must yet save it from the All devouring Teeth of the monster prejudice by delivering one of his lectures there. He Latew the rabbi of that town Well nay i have reason to believe intimately but the Way of Ordinary mortals Are not the ways of the great an Ordinary mortal would i perhaps have communicated his set intention to the local rabbi Ante pertained beforehand whether the lecture in question fell in with the plan and purposes and arrangements of the occupant of the pulpit from which the lec ure was to be delivered. But the ways of the great Are truly mysterious. For this Eastern Prophet with the flaming word the rabbi was nonexistent. The courtesies due to a colleague Are mme conventional ties and not to be considered As worthy of attention when the Fate of a Community however Small is at stake. So the Lotta Rabbit was eliminated at the Start from this transaction. The Eastern Prophet began to communicate with a certain Young lady in that town whom tip had a year or two before United in marriage with a local Young Man and who was at the time the president of the ladies auxiliary. At first the communication of his desire to deliver his a famed lecture against prejudice from the pulpit of the local Temple my with slight favor. But at Las per Stu Fly won the Day and an initiation was extended him by the president of the ladles auxiliary. his rec Fotion by the local rabbi iwas not too cordial. The local rabbi Felt Hurt at this unwonted and discourteous invasion of his rights. But to avoid unpleasantness and possibly a rust Dukti in the congregation with unmistakable displeasure he announced a special service for that occasion and even participated in the service. His displeasure was All the greatly because the lecture in question was not at a meeting of the ladle a auxiliary but at a service for the proper conduct of which the occupant of the local pulpit was responsible. The upshot of the matter was that local local rabbits dignity and his unquestioned rights to his pulpit were served up a a palatable dish to satisfy the appetite for Fame of the worthy visitor. Not Only did he not Lay the ghost of prejudice but he was instrumental in calling to life a partisan spirit in the congregation destructive of the peace and Harmony that formerly prevailed. Whereas formerly the rabbi had the undivided support of All he now has to contend with parties and party spirit. Through this unethical invasion of his pulpit which called Forth his just resentment he has lost the Friendship of Many men and women who were a source of strength to the congregation. But this is not great Eastern Prophet feels that his work in the town was not quite done. So he has started negotiations for another visit or shall i say visitation a and has taken the matter up with the same disregard of the local rabbits rights. I am not a Prophet nor the son of a Prophet hut i fear that the second visit May he More injurious to the peace of the congregation than the first and that he will find no glory on the Road Over which he is travelling. Quot now i ask you. A Era Bonsai a is there no Standard of ethics in the Rabbinate a physician would not attend a patient who is under the treatment of another without first obtaining the consent of the latter. Nor would a lawyer go in on a Case that is being handled by another without coming to an equitable arrangement beforehand. Only the Rabbinate has no Standard of conduct. The great and the near great in that profession trample rough shod Over the feelings rights and welfare of their toss renowned colleagues without compunction. To the tyranny of the Par Nasym denounced so eloquently by Many of our leaders there May be added the More rallying tyranny of the self styled prophets who come and go in the Small communities As they list without having the slightest regard for even the most Ordinary decency is of a Learned profession. Instead of helping the local rabbi in his difficult and a remunerative task they hinder him in place of Unity they sow the seed of discord and in place of reverence they engender irreverence. It is time to Call a halt to these High handed practices and to make the jewish ministry honorable. I submit this my Story to you you leaders in the jewish pulpit. It is for you to Lay this ghost that is stalking abroad in nearly every Small jewish Community. M. B. Or. Sven Hedin the swedish author has paid a visit to the jewish colonies in Palestine. He was profoundly impressed kith All he saw and was also delighted to hear that some of his works had been published in Palestine in hebrew. The portal8. Or. Leon 8olis Cohen. At thy portals of my country stand a Motley eager throng in their hearts a plea for Justice on their lips a fearless brain and brawn Here seeking Refuge in one purpose federate fleeting shades a of former pilgrims guide them to thy closing Gate. A a sprang to arms thy Pilgrin fathers in their Wrath Defiance hurled. Wrested their endangered Birthright from a grasping selfish world a a a have we proven worthy children by their lofty standards tried a by Freedom so shrine a we yield i my country swing thy portals wide . Review. A we i an o of Mem grand prix Paris,�1900 a 3 legion of Honor the grand prize a filet St. Louis 1904 your inspection a rated. Pm West fourth St . We tone move and Kent pianos

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