Sees Five Day Week Aiding in Solution of Sabbath Problem

There will be no solution of the Sabbath observance question so long as Jews find it necessary to earn a livelihood in a Christian world, Rabbi Bernard M. Drachman of New York told the congress of the Shomrei Shabbos, the League for Upholding the Sanctity of the Sabbath. Pointing out that the Christian world had taken over from the Jews the idea of a day of rest, Rabbi Drachman saw in the five day week a possible solution of the Sabbath observance question.

The realization of the five day week idea, in the United States, would solve the problem, he said, by creating social, economic and religious advantages. Dr. Henry Keller of New York expressed the opinion that the five day week would raise the health and spirit of communal relations.

Heinrich Bruening, the German chancellor, received the praesidium of the Shomrei Shabbos congress after the regular session had ended. Those received were M. Gruenberg, Rabbi Drachman and M. Kurrein. Chancellor Bruening told the members of the praesidium that the Catholics sympathized with the Sabbath observance idea and promised the support of Germany in the League of Nations for the Jewish point of view against calendar reform. He also promised to ameliorate the compulsory Sunday rest law in Germany.

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