Sees Injustice in Rabbis’ Criticism of Congregations

To Editor of Jewish Daily Bulletin:

I was very much interested in the article which appeared in the Jewish Daily Bulletin today under the heading, “Rabbi would not prohibit intermarriage if love exists”.

The Jewish religion is suffering greatly because of statements made by men who are not representative of our people. Recently, statements appeared by Rabbis who have given up the pulpit to enter fields of industry and profession. The statements made by them were of a kind that was not at all complimentary to them nor our people.

If one finds his business or profession unsatisfactory he has a just right to step cut. I can’t find fault with a Rabbi for giving up his pulpit if he chooses to do so, but I consider it an act of injustice on the part of a Rabbi who after giving up his pulpit attempts to attack his congregation or religion. That, in my estimation, shows a weakness on the part of the individual. It is the duty of the Rabbi to strengthen Judaism through his congregation. If he finds weak spots therein he should try to strengthen them while he is the Rabbi and not find fault after he has left the pulpit.

What we need, more than anything else, to strengthen Judaism is a Cenhedrin who shall speak for all Jewry. The sooner that is accomplished the quicker our people will be relieved of the stigma that is brought on by statements made by those who are irresponsible.

Sincerely yours,

S. Herbert Golden.

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