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solche in der Bibel erwähnt sind.« «es liegt nahe, Idaß ihm das Wort von Verach lOth vorschwebte.« — Wenn ich mir Mühe gebe, so kaIUZYch auch solches chkäifch fertig bringen. Die Leser werden meine Ischöne Sprache sehen und große Freude I genießen. Scheint es Dir nicht nach diesen Proben, daß man auch in Amerika ein feines Hebräisch l schreiben kann ? «dics ist mein Ireib,« ,,Leib·« \n\n The Jewish Advance. 84 & 86 FIFTH AVENUE. Terms of Subscription: Per annum..$3.00 For six months. 1.60 Single Copies.10 Kates of Advertising: One line Nompariel, one insertion,.$ .15 “ “ “ 1 month (4 insert.).. .50 “ “ “ 3 months, (13 insert.) 1.00 “ 12 “ (52*insert.) 3.00 HENRY GERSONI, - - Editor. MAX STERN, Publisher. Chicago, June 28th, 1878. THE CONVENTION. The convention of the U. of A. H. C. is to meet in Milwaukee next month. Our venerable contemporary of Cincin nati, who has called this organization into existence, may be justly proud of its successful development. It is beyond a doubt now that the eastern congrega tions will soon join the Union, one and all. To the Cincinnati community the credit is due for the earnest and sincere devotion, with which they have given themselves to this sacred cause, when there hardly was any plausible prospect of success. When the East and West will once firmly clasp hands and join in the Union with a perfect understand ing among themselves, the North and South will come to the ranks and a per fect Union of American Hebrew Con gregations will be established. The Northern and Southern (and in some instances also the Western) Con gregations stand at the present time on the fence, so to say. Only a few of them have decided in favor of, or in opposition to this great movement. The greatest majority are vascilating, unde cided, undetermined which way to go. And such will be the case as long as the prominence of persons will weigh in the scale, and decide the balance thereof. Communities that admire practical work will look one way ; such as appreciate stability of principles and solid merit will turn the other way. But as soon as personal considerations will lose them selves in the effort for the general good, the movement will become a matter of general interest and no one will exclude himself except such as deserve isolation. It is only about five years since the l niou has been called into existence and its influence is already felt through out the land. The college at Cincinnati is an established fact. In New York the has awakened a livelier interest in the religious instruction of the rising generation, and we hear of Competitive Hebrew Examinations,” “Jewish Seminary,” societies, etc. The latter have existed before the College, but they were dormant and inactive— the work of Cincinnati has roused them to activity. So also the charitable sen timents of smaller communities have been roused in the interest of the “indi gent students” on one side, and in that of “Hebrew free schools” on the other. Thus the hearts have been touched by the beautiful, the charitable, and the heads will undoubtedly soon become susceptible for the grand and the good which this movement is to accomplish. At the convention of Milwaukee im portant questions will be discussed. One of the most influential congrega tions of the East will send delegates whose mission will be to modify to some extent the constitution, or spirit of the Union itself. We may safely prognosti cate that their influence will be benefi cial, as the congregation that sends them is one of the most enlightened and will not make any unjust demands, and the present leaders of the Union are too earnest in their efforts for the gen eral good not to yield to just demands or to reasonable propositions. Our venerable friend, Rev. Dr. M. Lilienthal, will agitate some questions about calling a Synod or a Rabbinical Collegium into existence. If such an organization should once be firmly estab lished, and command the acknowledg ment of congregations, a great many abuses now extant will surely wear off in time and become eradicated in the future. False pretenders to pulpit honors will be shown their proper places ; mock-erudition, pretentious ig norance will be exposed in their true colors ;* and real merit will find appre ciation and support. Of course, this cannot be done at once. A good many so-called Revs., Drs. and Rabbis will ply their trade for some time yet, and even find recognition by the first Collegium. But if that Collegium will enlist the sympathies of only three or four of our representative Rabbis of acknowledged merit, the chaff will soon be scattered by the winds of public opinion. In such organizations the quality and merit of the constituents and not the number of names on the list, or the influence which a certain “Rev. Dr. Rabbi” has on his blind and blinded worshippers, should be the leading feature. In connection with this movement another one of great importance will he started : The aleviation of the injustice and depreciation which some Jewish ministers suffer at the hands of their congregations. We were gratified to find a leading article on this subject in the last issue of the American Israelite, because we saw from it that the seed which we have sown in our satires,! have taken root. We had broached the sub ject in a “choleric” vein, perhaps because we had felt the importance of it. Our venerable contemporary has now taken it up with his usual sagacity and practi cal abilities, and shows us a fairway how to remedy the evil. The suggestions of the Am. Israelite stand in immediate connection with the establishment of a Rabbinical Collegium, and that estab lishment is to be canvassed, as we understand, at the next convention in Milwaukee. Great and important is the work which a perfect Union of American Hebrew Congregations can accomplish, — aye, will accomplish. May harmony in coun cil and peace in sentiment be the lead ing features of the next convention and “Truth, the seal of God,” will stamp the good results which will be achieved. *This will iii a short time become one of the leading' features of the Jewish Advance. +See “Thoughts and Fancies,” Am. Israel. January 19th, 1877, and “Kaleidoscope” Ch. XXIV. Judge thyself with a judgment of sincerity, and thou wilt judge others with a judgment of charity.—Mason. SENSATION. I. “Sense” is a very good thing ; but, as a word, it has had neighbors : sensation and sensitiveness. The former is a name of an object, the latter is a quality, or rather disqualification of the mind. A mind which has not been cultivated to subdue passion, to control desire, to train sentiment—becomes disqualified for the functions which it should fulfill. It yields to every impulse, and in time it becomes “sensitive” to every trifling oc currence. “Sensation” as an object, is the device of such persons who desire to be noticed and have not the necessary outfit of noticeable qualities. These are the sensationalists, the hunters after cheap notoriety and sometimes the scheming scoundrels who play on the sensitiveness of others for personal ad vantages. They can be met in the mar ket, in the press, in the pulpit, on the stage, on the “stump,” and even in the parlor at social gatherings. Let us take them as they come : IN THE MARKET. The sensationalist is the best business man ; but his sensationalism is perhaps I the most legitimate—it is certainly the least injurious. The merchant who can devise the best means to attract the notice of the purchaser to his wares, is the most successful. But it is note worthy that the more success the mer chant secures in his business, the less does he take recourse to sensation, the more dignified, “solid” does he appear in 1 his ware-house, as well as before the public. The sign-boards of small busi ness houses are flourished with ingenious devices to strike the eye, to arouse sen sation ; the large wholesale establish ment has only the names of the pro prietor and his wares written in plain letters. The advertisement of the small trader or the impostor is made out in a curious manner to attract notice, to allure, to beguile the customer; the honest and well established business man simply states his case and gives his name and address. In this wise the market sensationalist is the best of his kind, inasmuch as he uses sensationalism only out of necessity, and considers it an honor when he can drop it. There is another instance which speaks in his favor : In but very few and very ex ceptional cases his sensationalism is immoral. IN THE PRESS - the sensationalist is the most dangerous individual, for it is either the ignorant or the immoral journalist who fills his paper with sensation. The former has nothing of real value to give to his reader, nothing of solid merit by which to at tract the notice of the thinking classes, and therefore he must confine himself to vagaries and sensations which suit the taste of the uncultivated. The latter, knowing that the masses like to be stirred and amused, indulges them regardless of the means which he employs for his purpose. Thus articles of foolish, sen sational, and sometimes of the most im moral contents, are made to circulate freely in daily, weekly—aye, in so called home and even religious journals. What are the stories of murder, incendiary, and robbery in juvenile papers, but dan gerous sensationalism that corrupt the taste of young readers and unfit them for any steady thinking and study ? Under the plea of giving a moral how a certain honest fellow was extricated from all dangers which dishonesty had devised against him—the same story un veils to the juvenile mind all trickery, immorality, and wrong which can be committed in the world. For what pur pose are the lengthy reports about mur derers and other wrong-doers in our dailies ? What thinking person takes any interest in the doings and sayings of an assassin who is to suffer the penalty of the law ? Or whom does it good to know what a lewd person said when ar raigned before the bar, how he looked, how he was cross-examined, etc., etc. ? All this is the most dangerous sensa tionalism, devised for the purpose of flattering the morbid taste of the masses, scattering the seeds of immorality broad cast, and reaping a harvest of money. Of the same nature are the obscene ‘jokes,” the distasteful personalities, the mock-erudition which fill columns and columns in our dailies and weeklies and even religious journals. This sensation alism is perhaps the greatest evil of the time. Are there any means to remedy it ? ] The Student's Golumn. Germanisms in Hebrew. In the a Hebrew work published by Israel Boehmer, (Berlin 1855,) the author states on page 56 that when he was in the com pany of Dr. Mannheimer of Vienna at, Manenbad How do you like this classical Germanism ? literal translation of the German It is a phrase: If David or lsaiali were to hear this ex pression they would ask : Who was hurt ! by this fall, the or the Idem page 27 another beauti ful Germanism is to be found. Speak ing of an erroneous explanation1 of a certain talmudical word by Buxtorf Mr. Boehtner says : as the U-erman would say : fol. 20a Now let me try my hands on such a Hebrew. — etc., etc. Di. I1, T. Grundfc published a Hebrew Elementary Grammai' ’ in Geipzig, 1875, which is also lull of such Hebrew Ger manisms. So, for instance on page 217 of that work the author, translating the passage irom the N. T. renders the Word with Compare Deutronomy XIV, 21. B. Felsenthal.