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this new Jewish trend. It would replace our present haphazard indifferent efforts with a healthy, high-minded and dynamic force which will appeal to the logic of the Jew instead of merely to his outraged sympathies.
It is high time that we began to solve our problems with some attempt at statesmanship.
If, instead of weeping and protesting against the undeniable victimizing of East European Jews, we acted as an indomitable unit, we could extricate them from their predicament in an effective and practical manner. By having the Jewish masses unified behind a single leadership we could at least save these poor Jews from destruction of body and spirit, until we could finally acquire Palestine and its fertile hinterland for them.
The Jewish minyan under this plan could easily become a center of social and cultural life. It could lend vibrancy to an other wise depressing existence. It is from here also that our new alignment, and understanding of athletics and the beauties of the great out-doors can start.
Here would develop again the strong tenacity of the Jewish’spirit, allowing the Jewish people to stand once more firmly on its own feet.
Our race is kindly and warmhearted by tradition, and we must reburnish the axiom that the Jewish community bears a responsibility to the individual which it will adhere to in practice as well as in credo. This is the old Jewish way of life, to love thy neighbor, and through the community to succor him in distress. This means dignified aid, since every process of our existence must be aimed at sustaining the dignity of our people, and not the destructive spirit of mere charity.
Our funds can be raised through some system comparable to the Mormon tithe system or the old Jewish shekel system. Each individual could give according to this means by voluntary personal assessment in which several fellow members of his community could advise him.
A united Jewry could raise the funds necessary to its labors by many projects. A bond issue on the land on which it was placing settlers could be one. A great annual lottery could be another. Under practical business-like management, many ways will undoubtedly suggest themselves.
Under a creative authoritative leadership the puny, unreal, deathlike mentality that has fouled the nest of our people for so long, will be torn out by its roots.
Hidden deep in the breast of the Jew is still a spark of that mighty spirit which caused even Imperial Rome to acknowledge him the fiercest fighting man in all the world. This is the great heart with which Josephus surveyed the besieging hordes of Rome and prophetically advised the Roman Titus: “Sir, Jews die. They are never taken.”
This spark merely needs to be uncovered and nourished to blaze into a new flame. Awakened from the nightmare that has gripped his soul for a thousand years, a new Jew, steely-eyed, proud and confident, his future dreaming in his eyes, will step forward towards the sunlight.
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