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Entered »t the P. 0. at Chicago, as second-class matter. Execute the Judgment of Truth and Peace within your (lutes. A WEEKLY JOURNAL DEVOTED TO SOCIAL INTERESTS AND PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM. VOL. VII. CHICAGO, OCTOBER 14, 1881. No. 175. « Suspension. On account of momentary financial embarrassment we are compelled to sus pend the publication of the Jewish Advance for a term of three months. If but the third part of the moneys due to us from subscribers were collected, we would be free from this embarrass ment. With a heart almost bleeding we have resolved upon suspending pub lication. It was not for our personal in terests that we grieved, for in whatever employment we will work as assiduously as we have worked on the Jewish Ad vance we will do much better materially than we did by the journal. But we are grieved that the suspension of the Jew ish Advance may reflect discredit ably on the taste and spiritual aspira tions of our brethren; it will be said that a journal which publishes no “per sonal items” about balls, parties, dresses and songs enjoyed by the Jewish youth; a journal which honestly and fearlessly states rational truths and opposes error without .bias; a journal which has no personal considerations in matters of principles — such a journal, it will be said, can not exist among Jews; they will not support it. Since June 14th 1878, when the first issue of the Jewish Advance ap peared, up to the present time we ho nestly and devotedly pursued our labors. We shunned no work and no personal discomfiture for the sake of that work. It would be a mistake if one were to imagine that we ever expected to earn financially by the Jewish Advance more than we needed for a bare liveli hood; it would be erroneous to believe that we expected honor or favorable renown among the masses. We knew very well that the work of radicalism in religion can give neither the one, nor the other among our brethren. But we knew just as well, that such work is needed if Judaism is to be preserved, and to gain the recognition in the world to which it is entitled. It is therefore that we would fain give our life to this work. We knew, moreover, that capital and labor would be required for such work, and be lieved that the means we had at our com mand would suffice for the purpose. But at the time we began to see some success in our work, the tendencies of the journal beginning to be appreciated by the cultured classes of our brethren, we learned the sad truth that our calcu lations had fallen short of the time and means required to penetrate the masses. The causes by which we were driven into our present difficulties are obvious and we will not tire our readers with an elaborate account thereof. We will on ly state that the deliquency of our sub scribers although it is directly the cause of our suspending publication, is in it self the effect of other causes. It is, for instance, contrary to the material interests ol1 ou ra'jbis that a Jewish Journal should ex st whieh will not yield to their influence, which is able to meet them on their wn grounds in a conflict of opinions which would not make “stars” of such men as are any thing but shim ■’i the pulpit. Some of our hi s ause to be afraid of hone t a ■ ; and boldly expressed truths, ot rers again are faint hearted and stand h friendly relation to their unworthy colleagues. The former therefore, must undermine the interests of every independent publication; the latter must deny it their countenance and support. Our ngregations, too, inasmuch as they ate composed of men who live on and by old impressions in matters of religion and who have no time to think for themselves, must na turally rely on the thinking and actions of the rabbis, right »• wrong. Thus it comes to pass that vhatever is contrary to the interests o. rabbinism (which is in every respee; synonymous with priestcraft) is mali/^ed and held low. And the conscience f the fraternity of the cloth is p . an:, u d ii cans can easily be found to impose (n the people. The constantly itcreasing circulation of the Jewish Advance has been watched with auxhty by the rabbis; the confiding nature ness” of the editor tage of; the willing those who are slow knd impractical taken advan-' umuence of ite any j truly ideal pursuit, were prejudiced; the ready tools of scheming individuals were -set to work in the press, in the pulpit and in meaner ways to prejudice the minds of the people against the Jewish Advance — delinquency of subscribers in paying their bills was the immediate cause, the suspension of pub lication ensued. There is perhaps a tone in the last sen tences which we should not have given to them. But who will judge us harshly at this moment and in the position we are now! For nearly four years we have toiled hard, literally by day and by night, our eye-sight became impairedi our health almost ruined. We have worked to gain the ear of our brethren for the cause of “Truth and Justice.” And after we had gained an audience (our subscription list can compare favor ably with that of any Jewish Publication in this country) we see our work turned .almost into nought, by dishonest schem ing. This makes the heart bleed and bitter expressions escape the pen. The columns of the Jewish Advance were always open to fair and honest reason; the editor never crowded out ar ticles which contained even severe cen sure on him, if there was only some reason and common-sense in them. We only rejected reports of hops and dances and surprise parties, and brith' milalis; we were never interested to hear about Miss X’s dress, Master Y’s songs and Mr. Z’s dances. We thought it was below the dignity of a serious publication to fill its columns with such matter. We crowded out course jokes, tasteless witticism, and obscene advertisements, because we would not send into the houses i ur subscribers that which might be un wholesome for their children to read. Peruse the columns of other Jewish publications in this country and see whether their publishers can eonscivi ciously say the same. In the consciousness that we have done our duty as best we could we find some consolation. In the hope that we will soon be abb; to take up our work of love again, we lay down our pen for the present. Now a few words on business: The few subscribers who have paid for some time in advance, will have the equivalent of their money sent them as soon as we again resume pub licatlon. We will send bills to our subscri bers who are in arears and urgently re quest them to remit what they owe us. All receipts will be signed by the edi tor; no person is authorized to sign a bill for us. All communications concerning the Jewish Advance should be addressed : No. 1500 Wabash A venue, Chicago, 111. HENRY OERSONI.