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The Southern Jewish weekly. [volume] (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1939-1992, November 28, 1947, Image 2

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THE JEWISH
QUIZ BOX
BT RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1947, Jewish
Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
QUESTION: Why are Jews pro
hibited from eating blood or any
flesh containing blood?
ANSWER: Although the Bibli
cal commands are found in Levit
icus m, 17; VII, 26 and XVII, 10
ad the injunction has been solemn
ly repeated in numerous places in
the Bible, the Bible itself merely
states the reason for it as follows.
“The life of the flesh is in the
blood and I (God) have given it
to you upon the altar to make
atonement for your souls.” The
humane purpose of the command
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might have been to inculcate man
with a horror of bloodshed and a
disgust for bloodthirsty individ
uals. The Bible recognized the
bloodstream as the principle Car-
of life and thus dedicated its
function to the realm of sacredness
and withdrew it from ordinary use
as an article of food. This served
as an ideal way of impressing
mankind that the essence of life,
whether man or beast, is to be re
garded as far above the scope of
every-day material entities. It is,
rather, to be looked upon as the
Divine possession of the Almighty
who instills life in all of bis cre
ations and to whom the source of
life must always be attributed.
QUESTION: Why has the
slaughtering of animals been Tele
gated to pious and especially
trained men called Shochtim
(slaughterers) ?
ANSWER: Originally, when
every Israelite was the ideal of
purity and righteousness it was
permissible for anyone (even
women) to slaughter an animal
for food. Even then it was con
sidered a ritual and was accompa
nied by a blessing. With the pass
ing of time and the Diaspora, when
sin became excessively prevalent
there was only one thing to be
done in order to preserve slaught
ering as a ritual instead of a
barbaric passion. So, the sages
ordered the practice limited to
specially trained men who were
religious and pure. Beaulieu once
wrote: “Consider the one circum
stance that no Jewish mother
eVer killed a chicken with her own
hand, and you will understand
why homicide is rarer among the
Jews than among any other hu
man group.”
It is to be noted that the Jewish
method of slaughter causes the
maximum effusion of blood. Ac
cording to various physiologists,
loss of consciousness is caused by
lack of blood supply to the brain.
The severe rules regarding the
sharpness of the slaughtering
knife and the method of killing
which consists in cutting the
esophagus and trachea, the jugu
lar vein and cartoid arteries cause
instantaneous unconsciousness and
results in the least pain and suf
fering to the animal of any known
method of slaughtering.
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
The American Council for Judaism Denouml
(Continued from last week)
In 1921, in Philadelphia, the late
Julius Rosenwald said, “the only
way to help our co-religionists in
these benighted lands is to help
them where they are. I have nev
er been a believer in moving peo
ple en masses from one country
to another trying to establish them
with funds.” Yet, one year later
the League of Nations raised an
international loan to move 1,400,-
000 Greeks out of Turkey and 200,-
000 Turks out of Greece.
Subsequently, Julius Roserfwald
pledged $6,000,000 to move the
Jews to Biro-Bidjan, much further
from Central European Jewry than
is Palestine. This re-settlement
scheme was a failure in contrast
to Palestine. Other Jews, without
any knowledge of Jewish' history
or of contemporary history tried
to settle Jews in Santa Domingo.
The result was also a failure. In
deed, all attempts at Jewish col
onial settlement outside of Pales
tine have proven a failure. How
much good those funds would have
done Palestine!
If Julius Rosenwald were alive
today, he would probably change
his views. He did so once before.
In 1914 he “was firmly opposed to
a special Jewish organization for
war relief,” as his biographer re
lates. However, Julius Rosenwald
reversed his attitude after confer
ences with Louis Marshall and
Jacob H. Schiff.. .Apparently, Les
sing Rosenwald has neither the
open mind of his father, nor the
willingness to listen to wise coun
sel. Lessing seems impervious to
experience or to advice, except
from a few muddleheaded rabbis
who led him into his unhappy
plight.
The original German rabbis in
the early 1800’s tried to devise a
new anti-Eretz Yisrael theology to
fit the new liberal political trend.
If they were living today, they
would re-reform that Reform the
ology "and would probably be Zion
ists. Indeed,, over 95% of Reform
rabbis today are Zionists. But the
American Council is adjusted to
a world that is long dead. Its
leaders are intellectual fossils and
their followers seem without un
derstanding.
To support Palestine as a Jew
ish Commonwealth required, in
1896, the historic imagination and
social vision of Theodore Herzl.
After the last w ? ar it required only
enough literacy to be able to read
not have to be even literate. One
needs only eyesight and hearing to
see the news reels and to listen
to the radio. But the American
Council for Judaism not only
seems to lack imagination, social
vision and literacy. Its members
seem to be even blind and deaf to
the world about them.
Julius Rosenwald, in that same
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speech in 1921, said, I not
opposed to Zionism.” But his son,
Lessing, not only opposes Zionism,
but organized the present opposi
tion. The actual basis is fear.
Only Nazis and other anti-Semites
have repeated the accusations of
divided loyalty that Lessing Ros
enwald hurls against Zionists.
His hysteria was forecast in the
Biblical Books of Leviticus (26:17)
arid Deuteronomy (28:65) “Thou
shalt have a trembling heart, and
shalt fear night and day.” “The
sound of a driven leaf shall chase
them and they shall flee when none
pursueth.” But he has nothing to
fear. Shakespeare said “our fears
do make us traitors.” Lessing
Resenwald’s role is not new in
Jewish history. During other per
iods of extreme crisis, an occas
ional Jew sought to “buy protec-
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Friday, November 28, 1947
tion” by denouncing his fellow
Jews to tl» Christian world. There
were “informers” among the Jews
in the Middle Ages, who traduced
their people in hope of personal
benefit. The Jewish community
imposed severe punishment upon
them, sometimes at the order of
the State, as under King Pedro
of Spain in the thirteenth century.
(Continued next week)
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