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Agudath Israel of America Opens Annual Convention; Greeted by President Truman

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The eighth annual convention of Adudath Israel of. America was opened here tonight with the reading of a message of greetings from President Truman, recalling his recent meeting with Chief Rabbi Herzog of Israel.

The convention, attended by 500 delegates, will deliberate on the religious problem facing Jews in the United States, Israel, and Europe. Principal speakers will include Dr. Jacob Rosenheim, president of the Agudath Israel World Organization and Rabbi Menahem Porush, of Israel. The full text of President Truman’s message, which was addressed to Michael G. Tress, president of Agudath Israel of America, reads:

“Please extend my cordial greetings to all those who are attending the eighth annual convention of Agudath Israel of America. I was recently visited by Dr. Isaac Halevi Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Israel, and had the pleasure of exchanging with him passages from the Bible. Rabbi Herzog read Psalm 126 to me and I read to him from the Book of Isaiah: And He shall Judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-books; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’ This passage expresses a feeling which I have stated publicly many times: I would rather have lasting peace than be President.”

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