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Hebrew University, Messenger of Peace, Serves Efforts By Dr. Max Groenewald It is somewhat paradoxical that Hebrew University founded to be come a messenger of peace has in fact seen very little of peaceful times. Bom under the roaring guns of the first World War, it finds on its seventeenth anniver sary in the midst of another world-wide struggle. The years between the two wars have been turbulent and filled with unrest. The blessing of peace, so neces sary to the sound development of universities, was not enjoyed by our University. However, the effects of the war on the University has by no means been a merely restrictive one. The war actually accelerat ed the growth and maturity of the University. The men of Mount Scopus learned to concentrate un der tremendous strain. The riots of the Arabs did not interrupt their work and during the recent blackouts teachers calmly pro ceeded to .their lectures in villages and settlements. Even while the danger of Palestine’s becoming a battlefield is imminent, the work in the laboratories and halls of Hebrew University has not been halted. There is neither panic, nor hysteria, and no boasting or bragging about “heroic science”. Armed spirit and calm devotion such as this will help to bring a successful ending to the struggle between the good and evil forces of the world. Much has been said about the contributions rendered b y the University to the war efforts of the United Nations. They are in deed manifold. Available natural resources are being converted into munitions and the surplus crops Herman Jackson DRY CLEANERS 1891 San *!arc«> Bird. Ktwhli — PaniMi Cold Ph<me 9-1653 FOB DELIVERY SERVICE 11 THRILLING RACES Nightly Except Sunday Dec. 27th to April 10th Ist Race 8:15 JACKSONVILLE KENNEL CLUB McDaff Am, North of Beam adwtarion Uo Free Parity Boats and Bait, KICKERS, TACKLE, Dining Rooms, fMtsgne ?- MACK’S i SISTER’S CREEK CAMP I CAPT. ED McKENNA, Omar | ° >m P Wa 4on Heckscher Drive Phase Oaatj 7NI I WE FOLLOW THE STOCK Ml* E. ira ST. n. S-ISM I II ' 1 el aEfi mijjm bsKL JEee|f.. of Palestine are being used to fill wartime needs. Courses in medi cal surgery are being given for military doctors with the troops from Australia and New Zealand stationed in Palestine. The medi cal program comprises instruction for fighting against tropical dis eases, and for camp sanitation. Numerous weather observation stations and meteorological labor atories provide the armed forces with vital data. These are a few of the services that in their total represent a kind of substitute for the home front from which the English troops are seperated by thousands of miles. Yet, important as these contrib utions are, they must not obscure the fact that the University serves THB SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY the coming of peace, that its main activities are dedicated to the pro gress of science and that its aims transcend those necessities which war imposes on it. They are car ried out in the teachings and re search of four faculties (Science, Humanities, Medicine and Agri culture) the working-methods of which are equal to the best tradi tions of Western universities. At the same time they have to an swer to three specific factors: Jewish tradijtion; the influence of the environment of the Near East; and the development of Jewish settlement in Palestine. It is from these factors that the University gets inspiration, stimulation and its own unique character. Even the activities brought about by the war should be looked upon as steps toward the development of the country and its resources, and toward a better understanding of human culture. That the Univer sity did not drift away from its original objective is borne out by the fact that no department has been closed and that research and teaching continue in all divisions of learning regardless of whether or not they are connected with the war effort. We should not lose sight of the basic task of the University to set free the slumbering energies of the Jewish genius. Bialik, one of the greatest rep resentatives of this genius devot ed much time and thought to what ne called the “Kinus” movement, the goal of which is to collect the hidden and forgotten Jewish scriptures and to lift the treasure of the past. By that he did not think of gathering the dust of time-honored monuments. H e thought of gathering our spiritual forces. Hebrew University, in the growing of which Bialik pas- For Speed, Dependability and Economy use GAS THE PERFECT FUEL for Cooking Refrigeration Water Heating House Heating Friday, April IQ, 1942 ] sionately took part, has its legiti mate place in this movement For the fulfillment of his wish, seven teen years represent a very short period. The achievements of this period have been great. Still, the potentialities of the University, are even greater than what has been accomplished so far. They wait to be called into existence.