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(,,Die Rede fiel auf die Heilquelle-n; wo
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·«

The Jewish Advance.
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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.

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