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PAGE TWO THE JEWISH TRANSCRIPT, SEATTLE NOVEMBER 25, 1908 ....  NOVE Thought Of The Week J "Jewish ethical and moral precepts make any form of human government, except a democracy, inconsistent with Jewish religious tradition. Judaism has always stressed the importance of human personality as the goal of all organized group life. The victory of the Prophets over the Priests during Israel's politically independent life in ancient Judaea and the survival of the Pharisees is the best indica- tion of the truth that Israel's survival was always bound up with its insistence on the importance of every human individual. It is re- flected also in rabbinic legends, as for example in the reason assigned to explain why God created only one man, whereas he could so easily have peopled the whole world at once. This story is taken to emphasize the importance of the individual." -RABBI LOUIS M. LEVITSKY, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. T Wi r.£ript ,.,GHT...ANDSHAI)OW IJBRESSLER Telling It Combined with THE JEWISH CHRONICLE • Weekly Newspaper for the Jewish People of the P&elflo Northwest 1616 Sth Avenue, Seattle Phone MAin 2715 HERMAN A. HOROWlTZ ........................ Editor and Publisher NATHAN KRmaS...: ................................... Associate Editor fhDNmr W. WmnnmR .................................. Business Manager OrmmAL PHOTOORAPHR ......... Waiters Studio, 4th and Pike Building A weekly paper devoted to the Interests of the Jewish people of Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska. Entered as second class matter September 5, 1924, at the Post Office at Seattle, Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1579. Single Copies, 5 Cents. $2.00 per Year -4D-® Vol. XV Friday, Nov. 25, 1938 No. 39 A ROYAL COMMISSION REPORTS N the light of what the report of the Royal Commission, headed by the late Lord Peel, means today, it is difficult to evaluate the Woodhead Commission's report on partition made public last week. It would seem that Royal Commissions appointed by the British Government are just as human as other people and that what they decide today may be thrown into the discard tomorrow• Besides, the Woodhead Commission set up a new British record, surpassing that of any Jewish commission ever appointed: the four members represented five different opinions. The task of the Commission was hopeless and thankless from the very beginning. To make the partition plan workable and satisfactory to all parties involved was more than even a British Commission could accomplish. It would therefore be ungracious to say that the Woodhead Commission failed or betrayed anybody• If anything, it is evidence of the sincerity of its members that, each following his own convictions, they proposed different plans for solving the partition problem. In one respect, however, the Woodhead Commission report is of paramount importance• Unanimously and incontrovertibly it proclaims that par- tition cannot solve the Arab-Jewish problem. Drawing the obvious conclusion from this report, the British Government announced the abandonment of partition and the calling of a round-table peace conference between Jews and Arabs in London• While it is extremely doubtful what such a conference can achieve at this time, or even if it can be made to assemble, the Woodhead Commission has definitely established that a solution to the Palestine problem lies in the direction of an agreement between Jews and Arabs• There is nothing new in this suggestion. A number of Jewish leaders have been shouting it from the housetops for years. It must be encouraging to them that the British Govern- ment has finally come to the same conclusion• On the whole, one cannot repress a feeling of futility about the Woodhead Commission's report, for it is a document em- phasizing the uselessness of all reports. Thus there remains to us the hope that the Woodhead Commission was the commission to end all commissions on the Palestine question. SPORTSMANSHIP AND GOOD WILL F recent years many have begun to develop doubts as to the efficacy of athletic competition as a builder of good-will. The Olympic Games, particularly the recent ones in Ger- many, have resulted in hatreds and recriminations that made the front pages of the press of the world. In this country, in college competition, there have occasion- ally been instances of discrimination against Jewish athletes• There have been, too, untoward incidents resulting from unruly crowds losing all sense of balance in the heat of torrid competition. It is all the more refreshing therefore, to note the award to Harry Aronson of the sportsmanship cup made annually by the Catholic Youth Organization to the player in the Fordham- St. Mary's game who most distinguished himself by his play. Here was a football game between two of the outstanding Catholic colleges in the country, Fordham of New York, and St. Mary's of California• Nearly 50,000 spectators watched this bitterly fought annual gridiron renewal• They saw a star emerge under a losing banner, a Jewish pigskin ace who thrilled friend and foe by his thrilling play. The sole Jewish player on the field, he happened to be out- standing on this particular afternoon. He richly earned the award of the Catholic Youth Organi- zation and we are pleased to view the presentation as continuing evidence that at least here in America a Jew can be a Jew among non-Jews and receive full recognition of his talents• This was a lesson in good-will to which 50,000 New Yorkers were personal observers. ANTIDOTE TO DESPAIR s a result of decisions reached at its 24th annual convention, Hadassah has embarked on a new field of activity--adult Jewish education. In a sense, Hadassah has always engaged in adult Jewish education since in the course of winning Am- erican Jewish women for Palestine it has stressed the importance of Jewish culture. But now Hadassah has adopted anentire!,y new study course called "Jewish Survival in the World I oday, which is intended to prepare Jewish women to deal with present world problems affecting not only the Jews but other peoples as well. The new program has well been described as "a step toward the maturity of Hadassah women." In fact much of the con- vention was devoted to emphasizing the important point that Hadassah is concerned not only with Palestine but with teaching Jewish women the facts of Jewish life. And, as Miss Susan Brandeis pointed out, in so doing, Ha- dassah also reaches the rest of the Jewish family, for a mother who is a Hadassahite discusses Hadassah's program at home, thus enriching the Jewish content of the family circle. Rabbi Milton Steinberg summed up the significance of this new Hadassah venture when he recommended as an antidote to despair over the present persecution of Jews "the educative process to preserve Jewish morale•" Hadassah showed a keen sense of responsibility in thus expanding its already ambitious and successful program. THE ITALIAN-AMERICANS SPEAK HE Italian Americans understand Democracy. They have not hesitated to voice their disgust against Mussolini's senseless anti-Semitism. From all over the nation, from all sections of American-Italian life, protests are being heard. Recently the overwhelming majority of the Italian-American organizations in Connecticut held a state-wide meeting in Hart- ford, from which a resolution of protest was forwarded to Mussolini. More than 500 leading Connecticut Italians attended the meeting. Here Mr. Rocco Pallotti, former president of the Con- nect.tcut Federation of Italian-American clubs, declared the Fascist dictator's anti-Jewish campaign "had been forced on the people of Italy." He urged Italian-Americans to fight against anti-Semitism as the enemy of American democracy and of the Italian people as well. Italian business executives such as Mr. Frank Serri, presi- dent of the Taxpayers and Merchants National Alliance of Brooklyn, urged Italian-American home-owners to send their protests to Mussolini via the Italian Ambassador. Mr. Phillip Bongiorno, World War veteran decorated by the Italian government while serving as captain in the American Air Service, and former head of the American Sons of Italy, largest Italian-American fraternal order, promised to introduce a resolution against Mussolini's anti-Jewish campaign ifi Italy, at the fraternal order's forthcoming convention. The anti-Semitism of Mussolini is a violation not only of every principle of Americanism. It is a travesty on those tra- ditions of freedom and justice loved by the Italian people. PEDDLERS OF FEAR "F'r'IHAT MAN is here again!" Ever since itinerant peddlers and I Fuller Brush men have circulated around the country, thousands of jokes have been made about them. As far as they're concerned, it didn't make much difference whether they were the butt of jokes or not--so long as they sold their wares• But in recent years, the Jews in this country have been victims of a very peculiar type of peddler, a type that warrants not ridicule but exposure. These peddlers are peddlers of fear. They know that American Jews have become more and more conscious of the wave of Jew-hatred sweeping over Europe. They know that American Jews fear such hatred in our own land. And they know, too, that the fearful are also the gullible. Certainly, do not underestimate the dangers of a rising hos- tility against the Jewish people in this country. But count in, too, the work and the methods of the respon- sible organizations engaged in the counter-acting of anti-Semit- is,. It is particularly unfortunate that the general public is not more thoroughly informed as to what is being done to combat the forces of race-hatred and intolerance. For it is upon this ignorance that a number of shrewd enterpreneurs, who see a chance for profit in every situation, have built up a very lucrative business. Within the past few months dozens of new anti-Nazi and pro-Jewish organizations have made their appearance all over the country. Their chief stock-in-trade is a beautifully designed letter-head and a crew of glib-tongued salesmen• Their purpose is to convince the bewildered Jewish house- wife and her husband that the one way to solve the Jewish prob- lem is to buy their particular book, pamphlet or special publi- cation. There can be little sales resistance because there is always a sample collection of blood-curdling anti-Semitic literature handy to clinch the argument• Any appeals to those who profit from other people's mis- fortunes are futile. We can only hope that Jews will become less gullible in time and become more familiar with those old- established and responsible organizations who tend their interests. JEWISH CALENDAR 5699 - 1938 Chanukah ............. Sun., Dee. 18 Tebeth ................. Fri., Dee. 23 Fast of Tebeth .......... Sun., Jan. 1 Joshua, the son of Perachyah, said, "Provide thyself with a teacher, spare no means to procure for thy- self a companion to study together, and judge every man in the scale of merit." /n Den Rab And NEW Y ris Lichl Reform ,h Jewish Sc this w.ek Imtive of of l-lelwex Ral)lfi ] law of the o, mine]t q brother2in 8ola Pool. ¥iddisl In Ne By Rabbi Louis I. Newman NJcw GREAT NEWS The first ray of hope on the tragically dark h0[ Walt, 110 IF TRUE! zon of Israel has come in the report of Fore]] aany yea Correspondent Frederick Birchall, printea.h[ Yi(hiisi I The New York Times, that Great Britain intends to accelerate jewID;], hy the ov immigration into Palestine. If this be true, no news since 1935 I[ :"orward,, been more heartening. I , age of 66. ' bit Perhaps the speed with which the British military has been  1 I 8illee 1913. to mop up the rebels has given the Mandatory Power greater faith,4[ of Abrth,u itself. There is no doubt but that the protests of the American Jo.l I community made a deep impression both at Washington and ,.ond°;I ditor Let those who believe that militancy is not needed in a defense '1 Jewish rights learn the lesson taught by this new victory of Israel'$t I eadiil We must not rejoice prematurely, but it does seem likely _ ] NEW Y( Great Britain will permit the tempo of Jewish immigration into r" I B0a, vete.r satins to be quickened. I tany year And once we am entrance for se 50,000  g • ttlers to the amount of We[ Raniloll)h : year for five or more years, we will be so strongly entrenched that [ Mxen he j can defend ourselves with a minimum of help. 9dl hotel wind The dreadful sufferings of the Polish Jews expelled by Hitler, a . the bitter bread of the Sudeten Jews living in trenches, have at 1] ]orn in 11 " ?¢atson joi touched the conscience of Great Britain, and this new permissio -..[ JournM in • " ] IIe was z tot an(1 a New York f the l)ai: lle also , f l.he. Bait Qhie,tgo lh tinian Jews, the Empire has strong and helpful defenders. _ $ I Let the Yishub grow to two million and the Jewish homeland  , I be built, many of our problems alleviated, and the concentratiO ?'.1 Exr: energies achieved whereby Jews will be able to gain auto-ema nolp¢ ] An ],hlgl cost of Soh ties and self-help. [ 1 * * * * * * * * ]/6 pound., n xhi O[I lgure, if tr PRA Y THAT IT The amazi g e bition of mass hyst°0,, nOESN,,,HAPn,,, in the wake of a broadcast of If, .1 v zv I/1 r/¥ , ,, ,, lve  Well s War of the Worlds g .e#[ [ ,,. _! indication of the tension under which we moderns live The rs +1 IfADI rcel0 n w i description of the havoc wrought by airplanes in Shanghai, Ba . ] I  n  t and Madrid have served to whet the imagination of the masses t 09 I / Free. on Y ing the dangers of war. . .g I on x We have literally supped upon horrors, and now we are rs$¢t 0 L. 571( to the unholy nourishment. The broadcast unfortunately made e of spectfic place names, such as Newark, Trenton, Princeton  ,,. like. Under normal circumstances, this would have been takig _]l unfair advantage of the people living in this cities. --I ll'llhll In an atmosphere saturated with fears and dreads conseqU k upon the discussion surrounding the Munich peace, the graphic c ' acter of the radio performance struck terror into the hearts of thrO of the gullible. . tl;$  Let us pray that nothing similar to this actually occurs, and s# the old cry of "Wolf, Wolf" will be raised Many of the incidents ' . • - " TH of a highly amusing character, and throngs were prompted to P REF for the first time in their life. Refin * * * * * * * * an( f Oer" Osmn CH FRIENDLY WORDS The rapidly growing number o p Ltot 201 F CA UTI e man-Jewish refugees in this countfft .... causing a distinct increase in com:ff upon the presence of "foreigners" in our midst. Americans have e,:' i++ sympathy with the fugitives from religious and racial persectv',a i but the appeal to the compassion of good-hearted citizens of all fa. should not be utilized as justification for the conduct of some of  I FUN newcomers to this country, t_ [1702 BRO Reports come to the ears of many communal leaders that c er of the refugees are not behaving in a manner conducing to their ,,d welfare or that of their fellow-refugees. Every newcomer to the ff.t States carries in his safe-keeping the good name and security o[9, companions in the asylum and refuge which this country repreSSaee M | [ Unbecoming behavior on the part of one refugee can preJ t,, VILLERI atu" tald He not only his own case, but also the very safety and future of Stops it tudes of others• ' s, bottle-- Those who give affidavits for relatives whom they have never . Sm TH fore seen or whom they have not even known will be moved to do °.., ing further on behalf of any petitioner for help, out of the di sgu ILLE created b the misconduct of one German ha u y emigre close at t t Brir This may be deplorablO, but it is entirely understandable' .-; Lus difficult enough as it is to secure visas for the victims of perseCtzt;; i If you it is even more difficult to secure emuloment for them whe .,. sUppl'. • _ _ 0p come her. For the deed of kindness to be empolsoned by the irreSP . M I L ible actions of a newcomer is more than regrettable; it is trag ic. IV# Let the refugees in this country, therefore conduct theVase. with scrupulous regard to ethical standards and the ordinary l-e..; • dtlv -n & Ms. ties of behavmr. Many of them sink to the lowest pattern of COnsle; many of them bring their persecution complexes to our commtlg0f tNflrHESV many of them, if given a finger, take and seize a whole hand; aa to ar£ OF them, who are hypocritically grateful at the beginning, soon se_s, FO dctate to American residents how they should run their b si ,09 conduct their family affairs, deport themselves in their profSSsz l VAND rtVOOL. and the like.  STATE A friendly word of caution to German refugees in this co blT VA: will save them from arrogance, impudence and worse. We wish i tt  vl "u are h, that the occasion had never arisen, warranting this paragraph, u I I sixty (( warning in time can save much heartache and even disaster, v, lublicati¢ 1! lrt sixty (6 * * * * * * *" * 1 lvmber"l , 1 '9,  .,jLr; 9' .. action in CHUCKLE OF THE WEEK: The Rabbi was con !::r the co II- erDool, an disturbed that among . uadlY ,["3 the un who came forward to hear his sermon w n wtt as o e worshipper s 'b tltlff at the torn trousers. Finally he called the man to him and, on hearing  !t Your fai ,, , red agama a tailor, said: Why don t you patch your trousers yourself?", e #r" I[ th eOmplai "It would take me time," said the tailor, "in which I could v lerk of sa tng money." "Here is fifty cents," said the rabbi. "It will make up for the tis .'daroUndsaCti°n oi baUdonm( you lose in repairing your own trousers." o elll The following Sabbath, however, the tailor's trousers we,rind: MASL unmended. When the rabbi asked for the reason, the tailor reP;id to t ad PostAttc "Rabbi, when I went home and looked at those trousers, I St,, "Ls-7 Rat • ' ' 't dO'" tk. attle. Ki: myself. That job is worth more than fifty cents. So I didn t'8 6t 2-