The Beginnings of the Chicago Sinai Congregation: A Contribution to the Inner History of American Judaism

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S. Ettlinger, 1898 - Jews - 74 pages
 

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Page 33 - Therefore, a number of Israelites have associated with the avowed intention of fostering the inestimable inheritance of our fathers, of restoring the original spirit of simplicity, purity, and sublimity in Judaism, and thus to perpetuate the same and secure its duration. "The means of attaining this sacred object are chiefly as follows: "1. A divine service, which, without divesting the same of its specific Jewish character, shall be in consistence with the laws of reason and truth, and which, in...
Page 33 - ... Hebrew, and the branches connected therewith, be imparted— a school inspiring the tender hearts of the children for Judaism, and for everything that is good, just, and noble. "3. The removal of usages and ceremonies partly outlived and partly based upon erroneous conceptions, and the substitution of others more vital, more truthful, and more apt to produce blissful effects, and the formation of such arrangements and institutions which tend directly or indirectly to promote and fulfill the objects...
Page 33 - ... claiming public instruction from the pulpit as a part of the same. "2. A sound religious education for the rising generation, by sustaining a school in which at least a thorough instruction in religion, Hebrew, and the branches connected therewith, be imparted— a school inspiring the tender hearts of the children for Judaism, and for everything that is good, just, and noble.
Page 32 - Whereas, there appears to exist among Israelites a large degree of indifference in religious matters, threatening to drag life more and more to materialism and degradation, and stifling all nobility of sentiments, all sympathy for higher pursuits, all appreciation of the more sacred boons of humanity, while, on the other hand, Jewish religious life, clinging to obsolete ideas and maintaining antiquated usages, has taken its course in a direction of which we cannot approve; and, ' ' Whereas, we share...
Page 33 - ... hand, Jewish religious life, clinging to obsolete ideas and maintaining antiquated usages, has taken its course in a direction of which we cannot approve ; and, " Whereas, we share the conviction that a truly religious life is the most powerful agent to create noble thoughts and good morals ; and, " Whereas, especially the Jewish religion, having a past of four thousand years, most glorious and eventful, is evidently destined in the future too to act a most important part in the development of...
Page 18 - A. Jewish child shall first of all receive a general education, but besides, his mind shall be filled with as complete as possible a knowledge of Judaism, his heart with the spirit of religion and with love of Judaism, his volition with intentions to lead a life worthy of a lover of humanity and a true Israelite.
Page 3 - The beginnings of the Chicago Sinai Congregation. A contribution to the inner history of American Judaism...
Page 34 - Prayers for the restoration of the Mosaic cult of sacrifices, for the return of an Israelitish nation as such to Palestine, the coming of a personal...
Page 13 - By virtue of reason, which we also consider a divine manifestation, as well as the whole of nature, we distinguish in Holy Scripture the treasures of eternal truth which are deposited in it, from that which is merely the result of primitive conceptions of the time and of faulty views of the world and of life, and also from that which was merely meant as law for transitory conditions which have long since become obsolete.
Page 11 - ... superior and inferior class and caste, of personal, factional, and programmatic differences that resulted in secession and erection of new organizations, would become one of the most familiar characteristics of the Chicago Jewish community. Declaring that its purpose was "to awaken and cultivate a truer conception of Judaism and a higher realization of Jewish religious life...

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