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Agudath Israel Sends Blessings to Coolidge

August 22, 1923
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The “Agudath Israel” today, at the final session of its Congress, or “Knessiah Gedolah”, adopted a resolution conveying its blessings and hopes of a successful administration to President Coolidge.

While expressing gratitude over the fact that America has served as a refuge for large numbers of Jews the Agudath also asks the President of the United States to use his influence for a liberalization of the immigration laws.

The Assembly also protested the persecution or the Jewish religion in Russia, adopting a resolution urging the Soviet to modify its attitude on the subject.

Resolutions upholding Schechita and urging greater Saboath observance on the part of the Jews were also adopted.

A plea that the Agudath Israel modify its antagonistic attitude towards organized Zionism and at least work together with the Misrachi was voiced today by the Rabbi of Trier.

The rabbi declared that the Agudah’s unyielding stand has caused many leading rabbis and “gaonim” to remain aloof from the Agudah.

His plea was attacked by Rabbi Weiss of Czecho-Slovakia who said that the Agudah already had made too many compromises and concessions.

“We want to develop a dominion absolutely true to the Torah. In our schools stringent orthodoxy should be taught and no secular instruction”, Rabbi Weiss said.

Similar views were expressed by others, one of the delegates declaring that it was impossible to work with Misrachi, who, he said, at the Zionist Congress in Carlsbad, vacillated and followed the leadership of Weizmann rather than the injunctions of the rabbis.

A delegation composd of the famous “Chefetz Chaim” of Radom, the Gerer Rabbi, the Trotckow Rabbi also Rabbis Zirelson, Schapiro and rodzenski will come to America to recruit followers for the Agudah.

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