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Friday, June 14, 1940
Pensacola News
By ANN BEARMAN
jjello there: Pensacola is com
ing out with flying colors this
week, with thanks to our editor.
Incidentally, our editor, Mr. Isa
dore Moscovitz, and Mr. Bernard
Morganstern of Jacksonville, were
visitors in our city for several
days last week. While I was snoop
ing around, I found out that Mr.
j Montrose Edrehi, one of Pen
sacola’s prominent lawyers, was in
troducing Mr. Moscovitz at the
Friday night services of the Tem
ple Beth El, as one of the out
standing Jewish men in the state
—those who have had the pleasure
Douglas - Allen

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agree with Mr. Edrehi. . . and
say, when the Mrs. was in Pen
sacola, quite a number of the Pen
sacola Jewry approached me and
said that she, too, had a most
pleasing personality. We Pensa
colans want to congratulate Mr.
and Mrs. Moscovitz on their fine
paper and wish them all the suc
cess in the world.
The wedding of Miss Sara Ellis
and Dr. Harry Koretzky of New
Orleans, which took place on Sun
day evening. May 26th, at the San
Carlos Hotel, was one of the most
outstanding affairs of the season.
Mrs. Koretzky is the eldest daugh
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of Pensacola’s most talented pian
ists. (More next week)
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THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
Which Way,
America?
(Continued from Page Three)
Who is right, the isolationist or
the interventionist ? Which road
will America take in this dark
hour, this hour of grave decision?
There is not more important ques
tion in our time than this.
I do not intend to plead the
cause of either the isolationist or
the interventionist. What I want
to do and what I hope to do is to
set forth the attitude with which
every right - thinking American
man and woman must approach
this problem in order that the fi
nal decision may rest on grounds
that are truly moral and ethical
and spiritual.
Hillel has already given us the
key to the solution of our prob
lem in his precept: “In a place
where there are no men, strive
thou to be a man.” In a world
where there is only greed and
selfishness and a callous disregard
for the welfare of the individual,
let at least this great nation of
ours act with honor and with un
selfishness and with courage.
What does it mean to be a
“man” in the sense in which Hil
lel used that word ? What does
it mean to “act with courage?”
There are many men who, be
cause of their desire for adventure
or for sensual gratification, de
part from the path of reason. Oth
ers, afflicted with mental lazi
ness or a dislike for the unplea
sant, never find that path. The
truly courageous man never devi
ates from the path of reason,
even though the walking therein
be unpleasant. He never shuts
out the voice of conscience, even
though it bring him suffering and
sorrow.
To be truly courageous is to give
up all considerations of personal
gain or less and to seek that way
of life which will advance the com
mon good. There are those who
confuse courage with blind obed
ience or with recklessness and
bravado. To follow the will of the
mob requires no courage, either
in time of peace or in time of
war. To hearken to the fanfare
of the wily propagandist when the
bugles blow and the drums beat
requires no courage. Ofttimes, the
individual who refuses to succumb
to the psychology of the war-drum,
who endures social ostracism and
cries of “coward” and “slacker,”
because , morality , and . religion
teach him that war is cruel and
inhuman and uncivilized and in
decent, exhibits the highest type
of courage. True courage is not
rooted in physical prowess or in
mental subservience. The courage
which is genuine grows out of a
reasoned conviction of what con
stitutes the goal of humanity and
out of an impassioned determina
tion to work toward that goal un
ceasingly.
True courage is based on the
premise that he who seeks for
the really true and the really good
will never flinch nor tire. It re
quires that one must risk the tem
porary antagonism of his so-called
friends and neighbors, who have
not found the path of reason. It
means that one must maintain that
! integrity of the spirit which char
acterizes the true hero, not the
pseudo-hero who wins medals be
cause of his wholesale butcher
ings of his fellow-men, but the
man who wins for himself not only
the scorn of those who think less
i deeply and feel less keenly than
does he here on earth but also the
love of One who looks down from
the heavens and sees and knows
and understands.
“In a place where there are no
men, strive thou to be a man.”
He who sees clearly and feels
deeply and acts rightly knows that
some fools will dub him a “radi
cal.” Others more kindly dis
posed, will name him “cynic.” Still
others, striving to be generous, will
label him “pessimist.” Those who
today control the world have little
use for the individual who thinks
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What Rashi Means Today
(Continued from Page Two)
People who have clear minds
know how to express themselves
well. Rashi was able to flex the
Hebrew language and to enrich it. !
Besides being a great commenta
tor, he was a master builder of
the Hebrew style of the Middle
Ages. It is for purposes of clear
ness that he employed the numer
ous foreign words in his commen
taries. His intention was not to
make our generation boast of our
possible contribution to old French
pnilogy, but to remind his con
temporary readers of the corres
ponding words in their mother
tongue. He saw his task as one
primarily of clarification.
In his commentary on the Pen
tateuch, Rashi was not as definite
and as restrained in his exegesis
as in his other works. One fine
day his grandson, Samuel ben
Meir, dared to utter openly his
dissatisfaction with his grandfath
er’s antiquated method. The aged
scholar did not repulse the young
ster, but confessed frankly that
he was right, and that in reality,
were he not too busy, he would
rewrite the book. This is the true
humility of a great man, quite
in accordance with what we read
elsewhere of Rashi’s noble charac
ter.
The Jewish people have pro
| nounced a different judgment on
the book. It adopted Rashi’s com
mentary on the Pentateuch just as
it was, as one of the most fasci
nating works of Jewish literature
and as one of the most effective
educators. Even in Spain, where
there were broader foundations for
Biblical study, Rashi’s interpre
pretations were acknowledged and
embodied in the source books.
Right up to our day, Jewish learn
ing begins with Rashi's commen
tary on the Pentateuch, and many
a man amongs us is proud to have
t
als who strive to translate their
thoughts into action. We happen
to live in one of the very few
countries in the world in which it
is not downright dangerous to
think and, even here, there are
many who look askance at him
whose thoughts run contrary to the
reactions of the multitude.
A false optimism is very skill
fully encouraged by those whose
self-interest demands that existing
evils be undiscovered and unrem
edied. Many of our pollyannas are
weak individuals who hide their
heads in the sands of illusion, like
some sort of human ostrich, in
order to avoid the facing of un
pleasant facts. The true optimist
is a tough-minded person who
strives to get at the truth in all
of its ugliness and tragedy and
then seeks for some means of al
leviating the horror and the misery
which he has uncovered.
The genuine optimist is a rare
(Continued on Page Nine)
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“learned with Rashi” in his youth.
Rashi was less successful with
his commentary on the Prophets
and the Hagiographa, partly be
cause its text was too concise,
partly because these books were
neglected in Jewish studies. On
the other hand, his explanation
of the Talmud became part and
parcel of this great work, which,
with very few exceptions, was nev
er printed without the commen
tary. Even after the labors of
thirty generations, when we have
first rate grammars, dictionaries,
and archaelogical texts, nobody
has succeeded in superceding Ra
shi’s commentary on the Talmud.
It may be a personal whim of
mine, that I do not recognize a
more effective training for a tea
cher than a reasonable and ra
tional study of Rashi's commen
taries. Whoever goes through Ra
shi’s school, may not know many
theories and methods of teaching,
but will have acquired the best
technique of a teacher-conseienti
i ousness in preparing material, pa
tience in guiding pupils, and clar
ity in presenting the subject. Rashi
is one of those master teachers
who, unobtrusive and uncomplain
ing, leave the mark of their great
ness, their integrity, and their
personality. “A sage” says an old
proverb, “is the instructor of a
hundred ages.”
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