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Friday, September 26, 1947
The Southern Jewish Weekly An Independent Paper Serving American Citizens of Jewish Faith Owned and Published by ISADOKE MOSCOVITZ, 8.8. J. ' Subscription, one year $3.00; two years, $5.00 Upon expiration, unless notified to the contrary, subscriptions are continued. P. o. BOX 903 PHONE 9-7990 JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA Entered as Second-Class Matter, at the Post Office, Jacksonville, Florida, Under Act of March 3, 1879 Member of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Member of the Independent Jewish Press Service Member Office of Jewish Information Member of the Chamber of Commerce "The Oldest and Most Widely Circulated Jewish Publication in this Territory” Printed at our own plant p. 0. Box 903 Phone 9-2796 Jacksonville, Florida WE CONGRATULATE MR. REINER OF SAVANNAH . • We were very happy to oblige Mr. Reiner and sent him copy for this advertisement which, when published in Sa vannah, made a hit among both the Jewish and non-Jewish groups. In fact, several of our Savannah readers sent us clippings of this ad asking us to reprint the material, not knowing that we had sent the copy to Mr. Reiner for his Sunday ad, which featured the following message: "This hate business is as dangerous as disease. It creeps into the mind and heart—it withers the soul. It can kill kindness, blind reason, inflame passion, annihilate love. It can turn man against man, creed against creed# race against race. Worst of all—4t can shatter that priceless thing we call Unity—without which there can be no peace on earth. "If hate we must, let us hate the things that foster hate: intolerance—narrowness—bigotry. Let us remember that a man's religion, be it Catholic, Protestant or Jewish, is the little acre that yields him his belief in God—it's as much his own as the home he lives in. Let us remember it is not for us to judge men by color, race, creed or national origin— but by the character of their lives—alone. "And if we realize that the antidotes for Hate and Prejudice are Commonsense and Understanding—then the billions we will spend to rebuild this world may not be spent in vain." We believe this type of advertising in the Jewish and the general press will do a great deal of good in promoting the Jewish -and democratic causes. We shall be happy to cooperate with merchants through out the South in furthering the cause. of good-will. We hope that Mr. Reiner has started something which many other business men will follow. Can yon find a job . to beat this one? The equivalent of a $2500-a-year civilian position . • • travel • . . education . . . adventure. All these are • yours—right out of high school —when you join the Regular Army. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Your food, clothes, hous ing, medical and dental care, a liberal retirement plan ■—all are provided free. You get $75 a month as a pri vate, and that’s just the beginning. You’ll move along fast if you’ve got what it takes to win promotion. You’ll get a kick out of Army life! And above all, y6u’ll enjoy that deep satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re doing one of the world’s most important jobs. Your nearest U. S. Army and Air Force I Recruiting Station has all the 811 West Monroe St. Room 245 Phone 5-4844 On the Friday afternoon our Rosh Hashonah issue was published we received a phone call from Mr. Harry W. Reiner of Savannah, Ga., owner of the Style Shop, at 23 Broughton Street, East. Mr. Reiner told us that he was extremely grat ified to see the beautiful ad that appeared on our back page sponsor ed by the Original Club Forest of New Orleans. This ad, he said, was a beautiful message for the cause of tolerance, and he would like very much to run a similar type message in the Savannah Morning News Sunday edition of September 14th. THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY SUCCOTH BY DAVID SCHWARTZ (Copyright, 1947, Jewish Tele graphic Agency, Inc.) On Shevouth, It is customary to read the book of Ruth in the Synagogue. On Passover, the Song of Songs is read and on Succoth, the custom is to read Koheleth (Eccleciastes). The Talmud has an apt saying which this suggests. It points out that Solomon traditionally is the author of three books of the Bible: the. Song of Songs, the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Solomon, say its legend makers, wrote the Song of Songs with its almost lusty love tones, as a young man; the book of Proverbs in middle age; and Ecclesiastes, with its melancholy refrain, in old age. Despite the reading of Koheleth, the festival of Succoth is described in the prayer book as “zeman simchasenu” or “time of joy.” Yet there is something about Koheleth which somehow corres ponds with the season of Succoth when nature’s foliage begins to lose its color. Dame Nature seems to have become more sedate, she has putr* aside her frivolity and become mellow and meditative. Koheleth speaks the thought of a man who has tasted the foam and dregs of life and finally sets down his conclusions. The men of the Talmud also associated the Patriarch Jacob with Succoth. Some of the auth orities say that Jacob was the first man to observe Succoth. One need not be too' rich in phantasy to find appropriate links for* this choice. Os the three Patriarchs, none seem to come to life so much as Jacob. In Abraham and Isaac we see patterns of almost pure perfection. They are saintly men, blessed men, the earthly quality is not too vis ible in them. What there is has been subdued by their higher in stincts. They are perhaps a little too ideal for most of us. In Jacob we see both good and evil. The man’s life is beset by Conflicts which most of us experience in life. So in a sense, we feel closer to Jacob. We can scarcely think of Jacob without thinking of Esau, his brother and bis nemesis. The great Jewish philosopher, Solomon Maimon, in his autobiography re calls how as a child, his father told him that Jacab and Esau had been presented with the choice of this world and the world to come and Jacob selected the world to come while Esau took this world. At this, young Maimon blurted out “Jacob was a fool. He should have accepted this world.” Mai mon’s father simply slapped his son’s face. Jacob was an introvert, Esau an extrovert. Jacob was the man who was always having dreams, “the quiet man” who the Bible says, “sat in the tents” and Esau was the wild game hunter, who had no reason to dream, because all of his wishes were fulfilled. We have almost a complete enough case history of Jacob to satisfy even the psychoanalyst who insists on the pre-natal his tory of a case. The Bible tells us that Rebecca’s pregnancy was very difficult and that she was told this because there were two conflicting nations struggling in her womb. The legends of the Talmud en large upon this. They say that at this period when Rebecca passed a pagan idolatrous house of wor ship, Esau’s embryo would cry out and when she passed a synagogue, Jacob would make a move; Esau’s conduct, as the Bible re lates the story, seems the more exemplary until we read beneath (Continued on Page Four) DESJ I si 4 These illustre entitled “Jewish I Board, containing vals. They are d Jewish Communit; 16 ( TE: As part of it and YM-YWHAs lished a 55-page which contains a grams for young Questions and A; servance,” by Dr. quiz. Sukkot beg 1. What does 1 festival last? 2. By what spe? val called? 3. Why is the « called Simhat Torah 4. How are the called ? 5. What is the a 6. What historic? Feast of Booths recall 7. By what three to in the Bible? 8. What are the tion of Sukkot? 9. How is the Su family? 10. Why are Jews ing the Festival of 800 11. What is a ci which is becoming wid 12. What does the 13. What is the L 14. When does the 15. In what other on the first two days o! 16. What do the i the Synagogue on Sukk (A LOCAL CAMPAI On Sunday nigh paign of the United . of the $350,000 goal dinner given by th< family. The entire with a number of committee to assist community. Rabbi Herschel orations ever givei personal experience camps, and his mes entire assembly. Talks by John Whitehead offering welcome.’ * , We congratulat the splendid manne conducted. Special workers of the cot which the program We are confidei be over-subscribed, doing a great job!