High Holidays Evoke Appreciation for British Jews

(J. T. A. Mail Service)

Yesterday at dusk every synagogue in London, in the provinces, throughout the Empire, throughout the world was crowded with Jews to usher in the New Year, writes the “Daily Express” in an editorial on Rosh Hashanah, appearing today.

“Today, in accordance with a code and practices that were ancient long before anything calling itself Britain existed,” it proceeds, “they will consecrate, solemnly but not mournfully, to quietude and family reunions, prayer and a sober enjoyment of the lasting things of life. Eight days hence comes that deepest and most significant of Jewish observances, the Day of Atonement. It is thus that the 300,000 Jews in our midst, with a calendar, a faith and a ritual far removed from those of their neighbors, inaugurate this season of their year in a peace and security and an atmosphere of good will unknown to their past and fully attained today in Great Britain alone.

“This country has never had cause to regret, and never will regret, the human and hospitable attitude it has adopted towards the Jews. There is no section of the community more patriotic and more useful. In business, philanthropy, politics, society and in all the arts that add to the adornment of life they have brought to bear that quickening, irrepressible spirit which is always theirs when they are allowed a chance to show it. In Great Britain they have had the chance and seized it. We and they are all the better for it,” the paper declares.

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