|Vol. II, No. 12
Adar 5605, March 1845
Some of our readers may perhaps recollect a project which we assisted in originating rather more than three years ago, to form a union, and an assembly of lay delegates, in connexion with an ecclesiastical authority for American Israelites. Though the project failed of obtaining public support, we have every reason for believing that it was more its novelty than its impractibility which prevented its being carried into effect. We will, if spared, republish the whole proceedings with the plan, at some future day, as we cannot allow ourself to think that the subject has been laid to rest permanently, and since we believe that there is, or will be hereafter, sufficient religious patriotism, if we may coin a phrase, to carry out the project to an actual accomplishment.
We were reminded of the subject, by seeing the subjoined in the last received number of the Voice of Jacob, wherein similar measures are recommended for the Hungarian Jews, as our readers will acknowledge, when they compare them with the project spoken of above. We therefore ask their candid attention to this short article, in the hope that it may induce them to reflect upon their own want of spiritual guidance and general union.—Ed. Oc.
A correspondent of the A. Z. d. J., gives an outline of certain points said to have been proposed for deliberation by the Chief Rabbi of Pesth, to the Hungarian Synod, mentioned in one of our recent numbers. These points bear so strongly on the wants of our own communities, and are so applicable generally to our own circumstances, that we are induced to transfer them to these columns.
I. Object of the Assembly.
The object of the Rabbinical Assembly is, to confer and deliberate on the public religious wants of Israel—as called for by the age, and also, on the means to satisfy them.
III. Remedial Measures.