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U.S. Congress Urged by Rabbinical Convention to Vote Grant-in-aid for Israel

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President Truman and Congress were today urged to assist Israel with a grant-in-aid of $150,000,000 to develop Israel’s economy and “to promote the security and general welfare of the U.S. and Israel” at the concluding session of the 51st annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of America.

The 275 rabbis from all parts of the U.S. and Canada who attended the four–day convention at the hotel Concord also called upon the U.S. Government, cither directly or through the U.N. to “take the lead in initiating direst talks” between Israel and the Arab countries to bring about an effective and lasting peace in the Middle East.

A third resolution adopted by the convention called upon the American delegate to the U.N. to take the initiative in the Security Council in adopting the recommendations of Major General William E. Riley, U.N. Chief of Staff, in affirming Israel’s right to continue drainage of the disputed Huleh area.

The convention today considered two prossing problems relative to the status of women before Jewish law. The subject of “Halitza,” the Jewish law requiring a childless widow to marry her brother-in-law, was presented by Rabbi Isaac Klein of Springfield, Mass. Methods of providing relief for an “Agunah,” a deserted wife, were presented by Rabbi David Arenson of Minneapolis, Minn.

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