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Continuing The Jewish Weekly. Established June 12, 1912. DR. S. N. DEINABD, EDITOR h. H. Frisch, Managing Editor. ADVISORY BOARD—A. N. Bearman, Louis R. Frankel, John Friedman, Arthur M. Harris, Sylvan Hess, Adolph Hirsch nian, Meyer M. Isaacs, Gustavus Loevinger, Dr. Isaac L. Rypins, William Weisman, Hiram D. Frankel. Published every Friday by The Jewish World Publishing Co., Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minneapolis office, 316-317 Tribune Annex. Telephones, N. W. Hyland 1860. St. Paul office, 713 Pioneer Bldg. Tele phones, N. W. Dale 3494. Entered as second-class matter at the post office at Minneapolis, Minnesota under the act of March 8. 1879. February 4, 1916. |illllllllllllllllll 1 EDITORIAL 1 fil!l!lllllll!lllllllllllll!!IIIIIIIII!llllllllllllllllll!l!lllllllllll!lllll^ BRANDEIS ON THE SUPREME BENCH. President Wilson's choice of Louis Brandeis as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court came as a great surprise to the country. It seems that in cer tain quarters it produced an effect like the explosion of a bomb shell. The conservative press, represent ing the big financial and commer cial interests of the country, at once assumed a hostile attitude. The President could not have made a worse choice, some of them plainly said. The prediction was freely made that there would be all kinds of opposition to the appointment in the Senate. Some senators were actually quoted as ready to defeat the President's wish. At the pres ent writing it is not known what action the Senate will really take in the matter, and how strong the op position really is. We predict that the appointment of Brandeis will be confirmed without much ado. Presi dent Wilson is tdo"sagacious a lead er to make such a startling move without having ascertained that he would receive the. necessary sup port. Whence comes the opposition to Brandeis, and why? Brandeis is a persona non grata to the big finan cial interests of the country, be cause he has always represented the people's interests over against them And he has fought the people's fight not as an orator, or demagogue, or politician, but as a very practi cal, hard-headed lawver in some 408 THE AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD February 4, 1916 very concrete instances. He fought and won. He left bruises and scars on the opponent's hide. They na turally hate to see such a man ele vated to such a position. It is not that they are afraid that Brandeis will do them further harm. They know very well that Brandeis as Associate Justice of the U. S. Su preme Court will have an altogether different part to play than was his part as the people's lawyer. The Supreme Court is naturally a con servative body, and must necessarily be so. Brandeis will leave all his radicalism behind as soon as he crosses the threshold of that august tribunal. We may trust his good common sense for that. They are opposed to his occupy ing such a position because of its moral effect. When a man like Brandeis is politically rewarded with an exalted position, the fact na turally lends courage and strength to the cause of social progress and economic emancipation in this coun try. Other popular leaders and pleaders will take heart. From the point of view of the big financial in terests a man like Brandeis should be politically punished instead of re warded. President Wilson knows all that. But he also knows that as far as the masses of the people are con cerned. there is nothing he could do that would please them more and win their confidence in a higher de gree than such an appointment. So much for the wisdom of the Presi dent's choice. To us Jews the matter is most gratifying. America is still the citadel of political freedom for all human beings. The fundamental principles and traditions of this country are still sacred to this na tion. We venture to say that not a voice will be raised in opposition to Brandeis because of his being a Jew, and his not being an adherent of the religion of the majority, although there are many who would probably like to disqualify him on that ac count. This should give pause to all faint-hearted and discouraged Jews who cherish political ambi tions, and should set them athink ing. The really worthy Jew can always get his de:-erts in this country. This has been demonstrated many times before. It is demonstrated a-1c.v in the case Brandeis. Not that an honest man would ever barter his religious convictions for a mess of pottage, for any preferment, honor and glory. But here and there we find some unprincipled brothers to whom the attainment of the object of their ambition is above everything else, who do not allow a little thing like religion to stand in their way. To us it is gratifying to know that the choice for the high position has fallen on a man like Brandeis, who, we firmly believe, will always be a credit to the Jewish people. Brandeis is a loyal American to the core. To him the welfare and the progress of this country, the peace and prosper ity of this nation, are above all other interests. To what extent he will henceforth be able to give his services to the Jewish people is problematical. But should American Jewry in some emergency need a leader and a spokes man, there is surely no man better qualified for it than Louis Brandeis. THE COMING CONGRESS. From many cities reports reach us cf organizations being perfected for the purpose of electing delegates to the forthcoming Jewish Congress. St. Paul is among them. This is now one of the most important matters be fore American Jewry. It is the one measure of preparedness that we need. When the war comes to an end we must have a body of representative men, not self-appointed, but duly chosen by the people, who shall speak on our behalf, and present our de mands concerning the oppressed mil lions of our brethren. These demands must be formulated beforehand. There should be no working at cross purposes. But in order to make the Congress truly representative of all the Jews of this country, it is imperative that every Jewish community send delegates to it. It is equally imperative that all Jewish organizations of each commun ity, if possible, unite in such action. That would give the Congress the power and dignity of the one body truly authorized to speak for Ameri can Israel. It is to be regretted that Minne apolis has as yet taken no action in the matter, save that of calling a mass meeting some time ago, which, how ever, was attended only by one sec tion of the community, and, by resolu tion, declaring itself in favor of the Congress. We suggest that a meet ing be now called by some leading or ganization. say the Bnai Brith lodge, of representatives of all religious and fraternal societies, to formulate the ideas and wishes of the Minneapolis community, and to elect delegates to present these ideas at the Congress. It may be well to invite Fargo and Grand Forks to send representatives to such a meeting. We trust that the officers of the Minneapolis lodge will avail themselves of the opportunity of rendering the communitv a service.