Common Ground, a Plea for Intelligent Americanism

Common Ground, a Plea for Intelligent Americanism

Common Ground, a Plea for Intelligent Americanism

Common Ground, a Plea for Intelligent Americanism

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I want to speak with my fellow citizens: with Christians and Jews, with Catholics and Protestants and Jews; with men and women outside the church. I would like Jews to understand Christians better and I want Christians to understand Jews better. But more than that. I want not only intelligent comprehension of each other's traditions and ideals. I want sympathetic coöperation in those fields where we have so much in common. I believe America needs that understanding and that coöperation today perhaps as much as it needs anything else.

I want to interpret the mind of an American Jew to his fellow Americans, to let them see how the impact of contemporary events has affected the mind and heart of the Jew--particularly the Jew born here, with roots deep in the American tradition; the tensions that tear his heart, the dilemmas he faces, the problems which confront him merely because he is a Jew, the hopes that stir him, the goals he seeks. It is well for his fellow citizens to understand how a Jew rooted deep in both the American and Jewish traditions, loving both, yielding complete loyalty to both, looks out upon the scene today. The vast majority of the four and a half million Jews here, though they . . .

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