The Reader’s Forum

(The editors reserve the right to excerpt all letters exceeding 250 words in length. All letters must bear the name and address of the writer although not necessarily for publication.)

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

The 241 reform rabbis who came out with a statement for the Histadruth in Palestine have made me wonder whether the orthodox rabbi is, after all, not much superior to our modern rabbi.

The duty of a rabbi is to preach religion. How can any rabbi sign a call for Socialism, which is basically against religion? I believe that each of the 241 rabbis who signed this statement will have to do a lot of explaining to their congregations, which are after all as far from Socialism as Jews are from Christianity.

It surprises me altogether to see that the Histadruth is soliciting support from rabbis in America. If the Histadruth is interested in rabbinical support, why don’t they approach the rabbis in Palestine? Why this two-faced attitude of fighting religion in their own country and trying to make good with rabbis in other countries?

Fred Steinman.

New York City,

Jan. 28, 1935.

CRITICAL OF RABBI SIGNERS

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

Let me congratulate you for your splendid editorial on the 241 rabbis who endorsed Socialism in Palestine.

I cannot understand how rabbis can endorse an organization like the Histadruth which came out with severe attacks against such a sage as Rabbi Kook. Have the rabbis already forgotten about the poster which the Histadruth pasted throughout Palestine, reading: “Woe to the nation whose rabbis are protecting murderers?”

I cannot understand the mentality of any rabbi endorsing the Histadruth after such unmistakable slandering of rabbis.

Herman Arloff.

Brooklyn, N. Y.,

Jan. 29, 1935.

OBJECTS TO HEADLINE

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

In your issue of Friday, January 25, one of your headlines reads: “Europe Pleads for World Parley.” The text, however, reveals that the “pleas” consist of five cables—one from Professor Dubnow, a Russian exile in Paris, who certainly represents no community and three others of the remaining four, anonymous telegrams from France, Rumania an Austria.

Your headline is likely to create a wrong impression. Certainly it is inaccurate to describe a message from an exile from Russia, a politician in Poland and our old friends, anonymous, as the “voice of Europe.”

Adele Teitelbaum.

New York City,

Jan. 29, 1935.

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