Rabbi Louis I. Newman, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West Eighty-third streetâ€”German-Americans are perceiving that Hitlerism is a terrible mistake, and they are ceasing to give their sympathy to the Nazis either here or abroad. When German-Americans were called “mongrels” by one of their own number, Nazi in sympathy, it alienated scores of them from Hitler’s cause. The DAWA has ceased to secure sufficient subsidy to conduct the propaganda of recent months, and it is rapidly disintegrating. Germany must eliminate all traces of Hitlerism and make a fresh start in the family of nations.
Hitler’s visit to Mussolini may have been his last gamble, and he may now be facing his Waterloo alone. If Germany establishes a government which the world can trust, if it banishes anti-Semitism, if it rejoins the League of Nations, if it concentrates upon domestic recovery, abandoning all thought of war, it will be possible for this fourth German Reich to regain the sympathy and help of mankind. But until Hitlerism is definitely overthrown, the battle against it must continue u###.
TRUSTEES FOR RICHES
Rabbi Samuel H. Goldman, Temple Emanu-Elâ€””Gifts of riches are to be used by us as trustees for our neighbors; for those who need guidance, sustenance and strength.
“No riches is really such unless it is conceived by its possessor to have come from on high, because if it is so derived in the consciousness of the individual, there follows from it security against sorrow and aggravation. Riches is only such when its possessor derives from it security, contentment and usefulness in lifeâ€”otherwise, there is no riches.
“We are all sufferers from misconceptions of our life, our wealth and our history. The great changes in society, class strife, and conflicts in our midst, all have to do with the way we regard our possessions.”
A MEANINGFUL PROGRAM
Rabbi Joseph Zeitlin, Temple Ansche Chesed, West End avenue at 100th streetâ€”The synagogue and the church must occupy themselves with the serious task of providing a meaningful program for the young men and women in their fold.
It is not enough to equip the young religiously when they are at such a stage of development that “questions” do not enter into their make-up but it is of especial importance during the inquiring age of the individual that spiritual fortification be given him.
In a word, the program of religion must be so dynamic that it will properly fortify man in all stages of his life.
FAULT FINDERS NOT WANTED
Rabbi Louis Lichtenstein, at Jewish science services, 150 West Eighty-fifth streetâ€”One who develops a critical attitude finds himself out of harmony with the world. A fault finder has no friends. He who sees only weaknesses and shortcomings in others cannot possibly be devoted to them, and as he does not give devotion to others, he cannot receive devotion from them. For in friendship there is always measure for measure.
What one gives to others he receives from others. When one gives kindliness, he receives kindliness; when he gives devotion he receives devotion; when he offers courtesy, he receives courtesy; when he gives love, he is rewarded with love; but when he offers carping criticism, they may not repay him with criticism, but they will surely fall away from him, they will avoid him as they do all else that is disagreeable.
It is significant that the Rabbis of the Talmud always taught: “Receive all men with a kindly countenance.”
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