London (Oct. 13)
The Chief Rabbi has made it clear in these columns, the “Times” writes in an editorial article to-day, that any scheme for a supplementary day in the year will be unacceptable to conforming Jews, who will not regard it as “outside the weeks”, but as making the last week of the year to consist of eight days. The Chief Rabbi has indicated, in fact, it proceeds, that whatever the civil authorities may do, Jews will continue their custom, stamped for them with the authority of Moses and sealed by unbroken custom, by observing strictly one day in every seven as a day of rest. Their religious scruples on a matter so fundamental to them deserve respect, the “Times” declares, and there will be a large number of Christians sharing these scruples.
After referring to a number of “minor objections”, which it remarks “can easily be found”, the “Times” concludes by expressing its belief that “in the circumstances, most people will probably prefer to keep the present calendar lest a worse evil befall”.