Urge Early Drive Against High Holidays

(J. T. A. Mail Service)

The Jewish Communist central organ, the “Emes,” here publishes a demand that the campaign against the observance of the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur should be started early this season.

The call for a campaign against the observance of the High Holy Days is issued regularly by the Jewish Communist Press each year. Articles are published tracing the origin of the celebrations along rationalist lines, and urging the people to oppose the movement of the clericals. Last year, conflicts took place in several places in Russia between Orthodox Jews attending synagogue and non-believers who had organized anti-religious gatherings. In some cases angry wives broke into the Communist clubs where their husbands were attending anti-religious gatherings and caused disturbances. In most places both the synagogues and the clubs were packed.

Of late there has been a tendency in certain Jewish Communist quarters to abstain from anti-religious demonstrations. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah last year, the Jewish. Communist daily “Sternn” of Charkoff urged that nothing should be done to outrage and insult the feelings of the believers, and that the campaign should be confined to an attempt to enlighten and ducate the Jewish masses with regard to religious observances.

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