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The Jewish herald. (Houston, Tex.) 1908-1914, June 24, 1909, Image 4

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rible The police gave the serfs the
opportunity to plunder pillage rob
beat tear limb from limb and those
who did escape could scarcely sur
vive the torture They walked into
tlie gates of Jerusalem in as sorrow
ful a manner as did our fathers leave
the city over two thousand years ago
But their courage and determination
supplied them with their fittest instru
ments of success They heard the
winds from afar murmur glad tidings
and a ray of hope suddenly lit up
their countenance when they stepped
on their own soil Careworn and sor
rowful faces lighted up with Gods
own benignity for never was there a
time when they could own soil only
the six feet given to every mortal on
his death Would that I could blot
this picture from my mind
Then the scene changed and a
Aision more brilliant illuminated the
horizon Ships landed bringing tem
porary sojourners from America hap
py hearted earnest workers men and
women bent on accomplishing for
mankind what could be accomplished
with brain and brawn It was these
temporary sojourners who left for a
short time their business and their
homes who marched into the city
triumphantly it was they who
brought courage and good cheer it
was they who dispelled the storm
clouds and removed the doubts it was
they who with earnest endeavors ac
complished the task of providing food
and shelter for the thousands of op
Thanks to God we see the fulfill
ment of your promises to the children
of Israel Thou didst promise us that
the day would come when You would
cause the people of Israel to return
to the land that you gave to their
fathers that they shall possess it and
out of their hearts shall proceed
thanksgiving and the voice of them
shall make merry and Thou shalt
multiply them so that they will not
be few and that Thou wilt glorify
them so that they shalt not be small
And again didst Thou promise that
the day would bring them out of cap
tivity and they shalt build the waste
cities and inhabit them and that they
shall plant vineyards and drink the
wine thereof and that they shalt no
more be pulled out of their land and
Thy promises have been fulfilled and
we are truly thankful
What dreaming day dreams I
have caught myself doing that same
thing before We Zionists are brand
ed dreamers but it must be admitted
that we have a glorious dream to
dream about However our dreams
eminate from the activities of the
brain and body prompted by the im
pulses of the heart and the accom
plishments slow but steady which we
see before us Much work and great
is the task which we have undertak
en so then
Let us all be up and doing
With a heart for any fate
Still achieving still pursuing
Learnto labor and to wait
I have no sympathy with and will
take no hand in any scheme involv
ing political conditions such as the
formation of an autonomy of any kind
I would have Jews go to Mesopotamia
as they do to America to the former
instead of the latter because with the
Mesopotamia scheme of irrigation car
ried out their opportunities would be
so much greater I am in no sense a
Jewish nationalist I believe indeed
that a continuance of the endeavor to
reestablish Jewish nationality or the
constant insinuation even that such
is the purpose of any large section of
the Jewish people is not unlikely to
work sooner or later immense harm to
the Jews in Palestine in particular and
seriously to impair the favored posi
tion Jews in Turkey now occupy
In Pittsburg last week when Presi
dent Taft visited the city the first
place at which he delivered an address
was at Rabbi Leonard Levys Temple
Rodeph Sholom The occasion was the
regular Sabbath service President
Taft who is a Unitarian said accord
ing to press reports
I have never claimed to conform
strictly to religious services and it has
remained for Pittsburg to bring me to
church both on Saturday and on Sun
day respectively
I am glad to be here to show if
possible by my appearance how much
ours is a government of all the people
and how wise was the constitutional
provision that no religious require
ments or qualifications should he ne
cessary in this country The prayer
to which I have just listened so full
of love and human kindness should
make us feel ashamed of all narrow
ness and bigotry
I am not a preacher and not in the
habit of appearing in pulpits I never
had done so until I went to the Phil
ippineswhich I stood first in a Presby
terian pulpit and then in an Episco
palian Returning to this country I
have appeared in the pulpit of my own
church the Unitarian and now I am
in a Jewish tabernacle That is a
round which justifies me in saying that
I hope to be the President of all the
people and hope to have your support
as you have given it to my predeces
sors without stint and with every de
sire to make this a truly good and
great country
Former United States Senator Jo
seph Simon has been elected mayor of
Portland Ore
Mayor Simon was born in Germany
and is 58 years old His parents
moved to Oregon as soon as they ar
rived in this country and it was in
Oregon that Mr Simon received his
education He received public school
education and then studied for the bar
He was admitted to practice in 1872
In 1877 he was elected a city council
man In 1880 he was chairman o the
Republican state committee He was
subsequently elected a member of the
Oregon state senate of which he be
came president He was electd United
States senator in 1898 which office
he held until 1903
In industry in business sagacity in
obedience to the law in thrift in
moral uprightness in excellent citizen
ship the Hebrews in any American
community may well serve as an ox
ample and a guide They observe
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