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Become ‘education-minded’ Dushkin Tells Institute

Education was placed before preaching by Dr. Alexander Dushkin, director of the Chicago Bureau of Jewish Education, in an address at the opening exercises of the Jewish Institute of Religion on Monday night.

The Jews have always been a people of the book, said the speaker, and their need for intellectual food is “their tree of everlasting life.”

Dr. Dushkin asserted that seminaries “do comparatively little in preparing the rabbi for his function as teacher.” Referring to the catalogues of four of the leading seminaries in America, the speaker pointed out that the greater part of the instruction deals with preaching sermons. He declared that seminaries must become more “education minded.”

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