A missionary purpose in the recent publication of a special issue of “The Student World” devoted entirely to Jewish questions, in which greater tolerance toward Jews was urged, is seen by the “American Hebrew.”
The “American Hebrew,” writing editorially in its current issue, says:
“The current issue of “The Student World” would have been, on the face of it, a welcome contribution to the study of anti-Semitism and its possible eradication through Christian students in universities throughout the world–had not the compilation of articles been directed toward a special practical, utilitarian purpose. This purpose is stated clearly and unqualifiedly in the editorial which introduces the whole survey. It starts with the well-worn phrase ‘The Christian owes his Christ to the Jewish race’; it ends with an appeal to Christian students in all lands ‘to devote themselves to the elimination of anti-Semitism from the list of race hatreds that poison the life of the world.’
“It makes this appeal on the basis of the resolution passed at the World Conference of Protestant Christianity held in Budapest and Warsaw last April; and the objective of the whole, to which Christian students the world over are urged, is phrased thus: ‘We believe that all un-Christian treatment of the Jew and all race-prejudice are great stumbling-blocks to the acceptance of the Christian message.’ That lets the cat out of the bag. Conversion of the Jews to Protestant Christianity is the ultimate end in view of this special issue of “The Student World,” devoted to better Christian-Jewish relationships.
“Having this in mind, one understands the selection of the writers, Jewish and Christian, and the point of view of their approach. One then reads through the well gotten up pages, drifts into a pessimistic mood, sighs, drops his arms quite hopelessly–and, doing thus, lets the magazine fall into the waste-basket. The pessimistic mood, however, is only temporary. We, for our part, believe that notwithstanding this wasteful and utterly futile conversionist effort, there does exist a growing sentiment among the truly intellectual leaders in Protestantism which sets the cause of a free and liberalized humanity bove the cause of their particular ##’.”
Tablets to the memory of four presidents of the United States presented by Louis V. Aronson, prominent Jewish manufacturer of Newark. N. J., were unveiled in St. James’ Espiscopal Church. Elberon. N. J. The tablets are to the memory of Presidents Hayes. Arthur. McKinley and Wilson, all of whom were summer visitors at Elberon during their terms in office.