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March 12, 1924
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At a public reception given in honur of Dr. Silverman by the Palestine Foundation Fund (Keren Hayesod), marking the official launching of the 1924 campaign to raise $3,000,000 for constructive enterprises in Palestine, Dr. Silverman said: “Judaism is doomed to destruction uless Palestine is built up as the great spiritual center of the Jewish people.”

“Judaism lives in Palestine as it does no place else in the world,” Dr. Silverman concluded. “In Tel-Aviv-that 100 percent Jewish city of 15,000-which fifteen years ago was nothing but a barren sand waste, I saw a Sabbath such as I have never seen anywhere. Not a store was opened, not a wheel turned, as the entire city observed the Sabbath day. Tel-Aviv on a Sabbath shows the meaning of Palestine to the Jewish religion.

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