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Pattern Lives on Lincoln Ideals Rabbi Counsels

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“It is not enough to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest and most esteemed presidents of the United States, in words alone, but what is more important for American Jews is to live up to the ideals of Lincoln’s life,” Rabbi Joseph Zeitlin declared in his sermon yesterday at Temple Ansche Chesed, West End avenue and 100th street.

“Abraham Lincoln stands out today as a living and loving lesson to all mankind,” Rabbi Zeitlin said. “His principles should inspire all nations today to eradicate forever the evils of ignorance, intolerance, bigotry and materialism.”


“Mercy is not enough in the world’s relationship to the Jew,” Dr. Israel Goldstein emphasized in his sermon yesterday before the Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 270 West Eighty-ninth street. “The Jew asks not for mercy, but for justice. The Jew asks of the world nothing more than what justly and rightfully is due him as a human being. He asks equality with other races; equality in employment opportunities; equality in educational opportunities and in government service. That equality is officially denied him in Germany, Poland, Austria, Rumania and other countries. It is unofficially denied in the so-called enlightened countries, including even America.”


The assertion that “orthodoxy in America is no longer the religion which the fathers of our orthodox brethren brought to these shores from Europe,” was made yesterday by Rabbi Isaac Landman in his discourses on “Religious Sects in American Israel,” at the Congregation Beth Elohim, Eighth avenue, Brooklyn.

“The three religious sects in American Jewry today — reform, conservative and orthodox—prove the continuous evolution of Jewish tradition,” Rabbi Landman said. “Conservative Judaism is already a step toward modern liberalism, and reform Judaism represents the struggle of American Jews to adapt our ancient religion to American life.”

Haninai Kahana B. Abraham was principal of the academy at Pumbedita (782-786) until he was removed for causing displeasure to the exilarch.

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