Jewish Clericalism in Russia Again Aggressive, Communist Press Claims

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

Jewish clericalism is again becoming aggressive and must be fought, says an article published in the “Oktiabr”, the Yiddish Communist daily of Minsk. “Of late,” the article says, “we are getting frequent visitors in the small Jewish towns, travelling Jewish preachers, Soviet Jewish preachers, a new kind of Maggid who preaches in the synagogue without a Talith, is full of praise for the working-class which has secured for the Jews an eight-hour working day and urges them therefore to spend the ninth hour in the synagogue. We also get cantors and rabbis wandering around the country and collecting money for themselves.

“Clericalism,” the article declares, “is taking the offensive. It has thrown off the Talith. It is coming outside the synagogue and fighting us in our own sphere. The Communist party and the Young Communist League must redouble their efforts to enlighten the people so that they should be able to resist this dangerous clericalist movement.”

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Samuel Mencher, Chairman of the Picket Committee, and Isador Shapiro, Chairman of the Law Committee, associated with the Joint Board of Furriers which conducted last year’s furriers’ strike, denied before Magistrate Joseph E. Corrigan Friday that they had made statements admitting payments to the police during the strike.

Confronted with what purported to be their admissions to Matthew Woll, Vice-President of the American Federation of Labor, and Hugh Frayne, special representative of the federation, the witnesses denied every statement ascribed to them so far as graft payments to the police was concerned.

Upon the demand of Assistant Distrift Attorney George N. Brothers that they explain their allegations that the statements of Mr. Woll and Mr. Frayne were laise the witnesses charged a “frame-up” by the federation officers, who desired to “seise leadership of the strike.”

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