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Truman Lauds Hebrew Culture; Says It Was Basis of Modern Ethics

“Hebraic culture carries within it the traditions of the Prophets of old who founded the ethical system by which we are trying to live today,” President Truman declared in a message to the 35th annual dinner celebration of the Histadruth Ivrith of America, an organization devoted to the spreading of the Hebrew language and culture. The message was addressed to Samuel J. Borowsky, president of the organization.

Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, speaking at the dinner which took place at the Waldorf Astoria, said that adherence to the Hebrew traditions and language is the only guarantee of the continued existence of the Jewish community as a cultural entity in the united States. Messages of congratulations were received from Israel’s Premier David Ben Gurion, Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and others.

Mr. Borowsky, who served as toastmaster, declared that there is “a prevailing recognition on the part of the American Jewish community that a knowledge and appreciation of the Hebrew language is fundamental.” The aims and the purposes of the organization, he stated, have assumed greater significance now in the light of the establishment of the Jewish State.

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