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The Jewish herald. (Houston, Tex.) 1908-1914, May 06, 1909, Image 3

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Having a desire for solitude I went
the other morning through the Black
Bay to the unpretentious banks of the
Charles As I came upon the wintry
scene it occurred to me that perhaps
no where else in the world were the
houses turned with their backs to
wards a river The thought was up
permost in my mind Avhen a furred
coated individual pushed against me
and Malinsky smoking his cigarette
extended hia hand
I know he said at once you went
to get away from the noise so you
came to where nothing but ash barrels
look down upon the floating ice
Exactly I replied
The same with me he rejoined
Do you remember it is nearly a year
since we looked in at the hall and dis
cussed why and Avho was there
You mean you discussed I in
Quite so when two men agree it is
sufficient if one talks But did you
ever notice that never happens When
two men agreed they argue more with
each other than when they disagree
I know a man who to agree with him
self has to talk to himself for three or
four hours at a time When he dis
agrees with himself he is silent and
his eyes burn with excitement He
usedto come into my store and if I
didnt take care he would snip a roll
of cloth to pieces in his annoyance at
not being able to convince himself
with his own ideas
And that reminds me I regret I
couldnt go down to the Conference
of the Union of American Hebrew
Congregations The greatest flow of
talk ever heard under the sun must
have been heard there The reports
read as though a dozen Maggidlm had
been let loose simultaneously
Oh we are talkers we Jews It
doesnt matter whether we came from
Sniposhock or Bayem we are a power
ful army of smooshers Every one of
us has the gift of the gab So it is a
blessing we know several languages
Because one checks the flow of
the other As soon as you have to
stop and think whether you are speak
ing GermanYiddish or YiddishGer
man or plain Yiddish you have to
be silent In a polyglot parliament ev
erybody would be speechless
What are you driving at Malin
I would like to get rid of the words
in order to get at the thinking You
know how faithfully I read the news
papers words words so little
thought Then the sermons words
words What happens to all the words
A Catholic once told me that nothing
perishes If that is true some place
must be choked with the human bub
bub Washington street under the El
evated must be quiet to the store
house wheie all the verbal wind of
human kind roams about in endless
mixed streams What a jumble
What a confusion there must be there
Sh It cant be true And yet theres
just such a patch work around us
The other day I asked a man why
two institutions should not unite He
answeied do you believe Jesus ever
lived Now if > ou know that kind
of man you dont stop to argue You
ask him another question so I said
do you believe in a Chief Rabbi
Promptly he rejoined Can you tell
me why there should be an organ re
cital in memory of the son of a baptized
Jew who wrote very Christian Church
music That was quite a long ques
tion but I replied would it have made
any difference to you if he had written
Chazanouth Like a flash he said
wouldnt he have been ignored be
cause he was so Jewish
I could see that we couldnt make
any headway in that fashion so I
left him but it did occur to me that
that man got very deep in some mat
ters in a few words
I dont leally see it I ventured to
remark It seems to me that you
began at one end and ended miles and
miles away
What of that Ordered thought is
fine Of course you will tell me that
like all Jews I am a critic but truly
I listened the other night to a very
great man a man all oulered thought
1 came away impressed that he man
aged to express a very small idea in
five thousand words or more My ques
tioning friend helped me to under
stand his position by his questions
Yes the Jews have troubles We cut
all things with the sharp edge of our
understanding and when the under
standing ceases we cease to be Jews
Did it never occur to you that
though a Jewish man can cry like a
woman he thinks positively like a
man Didnt we crystalize the moral
code in Ten Words and Hilled de
fined the whole law in five Hebrew
words When maggidim have nothing
to say they talk by the hour and when
English preachers are in the same
boat they invent ideas and spread
them over the time limit
My Charlie came home the other
night and sat up late mumbling over
words I asked him whats the trouble
He told me he was learning a speech
I looked over the manscript a regi
ment of Avords Why all this I asked
I have to speak for fifteen minutes
ho said 1 suggested that he throw it
away and learn to say something in
Ave minutes Poor boy he nearly got
a nervous breakdown ho must keep
it up fifteen minutes so he patched up
fourteen hundred words about noth
Well what does it matter
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