As I See It

As I See It

As I See It

As I See It

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I remember many years ago to have been asked to name the most hopelessly stupid person I had ever come upon. My answer referred to an outwardly successful New Yorker who, being asked whether there was not much in his life that he would fain change, replied, "There isn't a thing in my life that I would change!" I wonder whether it is in any degree less enlightened to reprint and thus give permanent form to fugitive pieces published over a period of more than a decade. These might have rested in undisturbed oblivion had not the editors of OPINION, for which they were written, decided to resurrect them and to make a more or less enduring volume of these editorial notes. Many were hastily penned, some have no permanent significance, and all were uniformly written under such pressure as to make impossible needed concern for form in addition to substance. I can have no pride in what I have written over the years, nor even in the accuracy of an occasional prediction. A reader may note that as early as 1932 I foresaw the Second World War and offered my humble, withal stern, warning against such conduct on the part of the Democracies as would make world war inevitable. Jewishly it has fallen to me all my days to take the unpopular side, beginning with my support of the Zionist Movement, under the leadership of my old teachers, Dr. Gustav and Professor Richard Gottheil, as early as 1897. As for Zionism, I was a "natural," my paternal Grandmother having gone to Palestine to pray and to die, and there to be buried. She chose loneliness in Palestine and a grave facing the site of the Holy of Holies, rather than join her only surviving son, my father, in this country.

Throughout my life I have been actively associated with such movements as seek to bring about better relations between Jews and Christians. For many years, particularly in Portland, Oregon, which was the scene of my second congregational ministry, I began to feel that Rabbis must take a full part in bringing to Christian congregations an under-

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