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Friday, September 16, 1921.
THE JEWISH MONITOR
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BUY IT AT
RENFRO'S, 7 Busy Rexall Drug Stores
SMITH AUDITING COMPANY
PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS
Neil P. Anderson Building
Phone Lamar 6433 Fort Worth, Texas
AUDITS
SYSTEMS
TAX SERVICE
Morrow Hurdleston Auto Supply Co.
511 THROCKMORTON ST.
PHONE LAMAR 3763
We Carry the Most Complete Line of
Automobile Accessories in the Southwest
and our PRICES ARE RIGHT.
The Home of the Keep Clean Seat Pad Get a Sunshade
Montrose Oil Refining Company
FILLING STATION
HIGH GRADE GASOLINE AND LUBRICATING
OIL
Station Number One at
BALLINGER STREET GARAGE
J. J. Ballard, Pres. & Gen. Mgr.
R. C. Martin, Secy.
Ballard-Martin Electric Ice Co.
of Fort Worth, Texas
CAPITAL STOCK $150,000.00
Phone Lamar 1231 FORT WORTH. TEXAS
We at all times serve the freshest and most wholesome goods
to be found on the Fort Worth market
OUR FANCY LINE OF SMOKED AND PICKLED
MEATS ALWAYS MEETS WITH APPROVAL
Our goods are sold by weight or served In lunches
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Kosher Delicatessen
JOE GREENBERG, Proprietor
113 East Tenth Street Phone Lamar 4328
Counting Jews, Christians, and Mos
lems, an actual total of 800,000,000
persons, or approximately half the
world's population, find in Israel the
inspiration for their religious faith.
A theistic system that can dominate
so large a part of the human race
must be something more than a de
pository of tribal traditions or a col
lection of dessicated creeds; it must
contain spiritual substance upon which
the soul can feed.
In its fundamentals, both of prin
ciple and of operation, Judaism is a
rational religion, which In its general
scheme must appeal to the sound so
cial philosopher. It makes human con
ditions dependent upon human ac
tions, thereby promoting morality and
equity. Its theory of compensation,
comprehending equally reward and
punishment, is based upon the inexor
able law of cause and effect. Chris
tianity, on the other hand, ignores all
logical consequences, and, with its vic
ious doctrine of vicarious atonement
that repudiates personal responsibili
ty, removes the strongest incentive to
rectitude and puts a premium on evil
doing. For an adequate understanding
thereof, the Jewish religion must be
considered in a dula sense theologic
ally and ethically. Theologically, it
represents the practical aspects of the
Jewish people; ethically, it represents
their idealistic nature.
Despite his intense idealism, the
Jew never loses sight of life's practi
calities. This mental attitude is re
flected largely and clearly in his re
ligion .Instead of dwelling upon a ne
bulous nowhere in an indeterminate
future, he has a present objective of
proximate tangibility. He demands
that His God deal fairly with him, ac
cording to proper business principles;
for services rendered he exacts a re
ward of reasonable immediateness.
He is solicitious for his terrestial
welfare and desires a realization of
his dreams.
Religion to the Jew is more than a
methodology. It is life. Man's event
ual meaning is contemplative. It is
identity.
Judaism 1s a living force, a vital
verity, a constructive factor, a tan
gible, palpitant socio! power in the
concrete world-organism.
One Jewish editor has epitomized
the matter thus: "The religion of the
Jew is an attempt to understand the
infinite and apply it to the individual
as a member of a mass."
From this we can perceive why Ju
daism holds that, in fulfillment of
prophetic hope, the Messiha will come
to redeem, not the Jews alone but all
mankind .The Messiah, truly conceiv
ed, is not a personage, but the sym
bol of a condition.
Christians, on the contrary, are
evangelically exclusive; they insist on
a restricte salvation, a religious trust,
a spiritual monopoly. Their plan of
redemption is copyrighted, and they
brand all others as unauthetic. The
sweetest joy to which the average or
thodox Christian looks forward, when
he shall reach heaven, is that of lean
ing over the ramparta of glory and
watching heretics writhe in hell.
Jewish ideals are not so much a
matter of faith as of fact Jews live
their religion, thereby proving the ef
fect of conduct on character. To do
good is to be good.
The Jew is better than his religion;
Christiana are worse than their relig
ion. This probably is because Chris
tianity it mora of an abstraction than
la Judaism, and those who profess It
regard it as rather an impersonal
thing, not to be made a part of their
daily life. Christianity ia largely a
spiritual theory, while Judaism is a
working conditions. Christions sing
"Jesus Paid It All," and believe they
can get into heaven on a compliment
ary ticket ;the Jew knowa he must
pay the price of admittance with wor
thy service.
While on the subject of Jewish re
ligion, I can not refrain from paying
a tribute to the high character and
abilities of American rabbis. With
their learning, their elojuence, their
eranestness, their power of, leadership,
their fine personal qualities, they
constitute the most admirable intel
lectual body in the world. Their su
periority in all respecU over the
Christian clergy is much greater
than is the difference between the
respective religions. Contrast the ma
gisterial mentality of a Hirsch or a
Wise or a Harrison with the mediocre
minds of such grotesque clowns as
Sam Jones or Billy Sunday or "Gyp
sy" Smith. It may be objected that
such comparison is unfair, that these
vulgar charlatans who profane the
Christian pulpit are not representa
tive of the ministerial body. Yet they
must meet the requirements of organ
ized Christianity, for they are approv
ed and aided by the clerical regulars
of all sects except the Roman Catho
lic (which does not countenance relig
ious revivals as conducted by mount.
t bank evangelists), and are enthusias
tically supported by vast numbers of
the Protestant laity. Moreover, in
most Protestant churches the pastoral
standard is very low. Time was when
it was almost a general rule among
families of a certain class that the in
competent sons should be trained for
the ministry. Some enominations even
dispensed with the training. The pul
pit is regarded as a convenient refuge
for society's respectable failures. If
you doubt this, make the rounds of the
churches in your community and lis
ten to the sermons. The Christian
ministry has known but one man of
Beechcr'a mold what an excellent
rabbi he would have made!
Sometimes it has been charged that
in my writings on religious topics I
am too iconoclastic and not sufficient
ly constructive. In these articles it is
my aim to avoid cause for such com
plaint. Whenever 1 shatter an idol, in
its stead I shall endeavor to erect a
guide-post.
Anyway, there is little of logic ia
the utterances of those who inveigh
against the iconoclast, complaining
that hit mission is not constructive
Iconoclasm has its importance in anj
progressive program. The deatrue
tionist is quite as necessary as the
constructionist To fashion a new fab
ric we first must demolish; the wreck
er must clear the way for the build
er. The rotting structure of Ignorance
(Next Installment "Christianity ami
upon its site the enduring edifice of
Thought and Truth can lift ia splend
id spires.
(Next Installment, "'Christianity nad
Judaism."
TYLER.
In Memoriam.
The following resolutions, express
ing our appreciation of the life and
work of our beloved co-worker, Mrs.
K. Mannar, re passed Sunday af
ter non. Fcf t. J4, 1921 at a regular
meeting of Tyler Chapter of Hadaa
ah: (Continued on Page IS).
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