Sees Liberalism Vindicated by Gold Decision
Menu JTA Search

Sees Liberalism Vindicated by Gold Decision

Download PDF for this date

“American constitutional liberalism has been vindicated by the gold decision of the United States Supreme Court,” said Rabbi Louis I. Newman, speaking Sunday morning before Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West Eighty-third street.

“The endeavor to institute a ‘Red hunt’ in the schools and colleges is highly unfortunate and should be frowned upon by citizens everywhere,” Rabbi Newman declared. “America has nothing to fear from the appearance of radical doctrines.”


Speaking on “Judaism’s Attitude Towards Christians,” Rabbi Isaac Landman of Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, emphasized that two misconceptions regarding Judaism are responsible for the misunderstanding of Judaism’s attitude toward Christians. The first of these, he pointed out, is the commonly accepted Christian thought that Judaism is a religion of legalism while Christianity is a religion of love. The other is that the entire Judaism is contained within the covers of the Old Testament.

“Judaism,” Rabbi Landman stated, “is constantly evolving. In this evolution it has always stressed the common parentage of the human race and the worth of human personality. It has constantly proclaimed those religious and spiritual values which make for human living—togetherness, for universal well being, for brotherhood.”


The subject of prayer was discussed by Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein of the Institutional Synagogue and Rabbi Joseph Zeitlin of Temple Ansche Chesed in their sermons yesterday.

“In ancient times,” Rabbi Zeitlin said, “prayers were mainly of a petitional nature. They generally expressed a wish for something. Today we must learn to elevate our conception of prayer so that we ask not for material gifts, but rather for religious fervor and spiritual fortitude.”

Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein in his sermon declared that too often the minds of the Jewish youth are sharpened in arts and sciences, their bodies are exercised in gymnastics and physical culture while the muscles of their faith are permitted to become toneless and flabby. “What bread is to the body, prayer is to the soul. Prayer is the food of the soul,” Rabbi Goldstein said.


Outlining “The Religion of the Intelligent,” Dr. Israel Goldstein in his Sunday sermon before Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 257 West Eighty-eighth street, pointed out that “the chief purpose of the religious life is to inspire just conduct. Creed and doctrine are secondary.”

“All the great world religions aim essentially toward the same goal,” Dr. Goldstein said, declaring that there need not be a merger of all religions in order to bring about the brotherhood of man.

Isaac Bittoon fought George Maddox at Wimbledon in 1802 in a bout that was called off after seventy-four rounds.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund