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To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

I read with deep interest and admiration in the Jewish Daily Bulletin of “Three Faiths Join in Observing the Second Annual Brotherhood Day.”

Certainly, it seems, if brotherly affection inwardly and outwardly is to exist ever, perpetually, such gatherings must be taken part in by each one or at least noted and encouraged by each one of us.

Julius Levinson.

Boston, Mass.

EXHORTATION TO UNITY

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin:

The other day I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Einstein when that great Jew—to my mind the greatest this century has produced—rose to his feet at the Hotel Commodore and spoke of his feeling of humiliation because of the Hotel Commodore and spoke of his feeling of humiliation because of the ostrich-like conduct of most German Jews prior to the advent of “Handsome” Adolf Hitler.

I listened to Dr. Einstein as he told the by-this-time well-known story of how the German Jews played the snob to a crisp toward those “untouchables,” the Jews from other countries who had the effrontery to migrate to their Teutonia. And his voice shook with emotion.

There is a valuable lesson for us American Jews in the German upheaval which Dr. Einstein sought to impress upon his audience. So far as that small group is concerned, he undoubtedly succeeded; but, if we are wise, I think we will see to it that the lesson leaps the confines of that assemblage and goes out to every Jew, no matter how “assimilated” he may fancy himself to be.

And this lesson is that he should not bury his head in the sand with respect to his Jewishness; that he should not delude himself into believing that the heritage of centuries is a film that can be erased with a casual gesture; and, finally, that he should not consider himself part of a minute faction, but, rather, a member of a good-sized world community which, in spite of petty differences, is, on the whole, bound together in intimate ties.

For, precisely as in Germany, we all know that, until Herr Hitler took control and unloosed his anti-Semitic plague, there was altogether too much strife, discord, division and animosity among American Jews and, even today, these vile ghosts have not been laid.

It is now more than two years since the earth opened, as it were, for the self-blinded Jews of Germany and yet the same condition, which leads inevitably to doom, has not yet been completely rooted out here in America. Unless it is rooted out—and this is no idle warning—I think we Jews must look forward to sorry days.

Dr. Einstein has spoken. Is it not high time we—each and every one of us—took heed?

Bernard Leiner.

New York City.

QUESTIONS AJC WISDOM

To the Editor, Jewish Daily Bulletin

In the announcement made the American Jewish Congress regarding the election, the declaration is made that:

“It would be unwise in our judgment to proceed with the election scheduled for April 28, without having in advance a thorough discussion of these problems nor will they produce tangible results for the democratic ideal in Jewish life unless public opinion is duly prepared to act, through preliminary discussion.”

This “unwisdom” has been pointed out by other organizations for quite some time but apparently a statement by another organization can be dismissed under slogans of “undemocratic” and “Bourbon.” The same point made by the American Jewish Congress later is described as an act of wisdom.

M. S. Rosen.

Brooklyn, N. Y.

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