From Mr. SAMUEL GRASSE, M.A., BSc., LLB.
To the Editor of THE JEWISH CHRONICLE
SIR,—The Chief Rabbi’s second sermon on the affirmations of Judaism has been quite disappointing, and in many respects even objectionable. Many, as you expressed it in an Editorial note, have been looking to the Chief Rabbi to show “how orthodox Judaism is in no sense Inconsistent with the circumstances and conditions of modern life,” and there are those who have been looking to be shown – as it can be shown – that the fundamentals of Judaism have gained and not lost by the progress which mankind has made in the domain of positive and experimental science. So far, it cannot be said that the expectations of either have been satisfied. Continue reading
I have spent today absorbed in the political and social life of Jewish students in Glasgow between 1909 and 1919. The morning began with a simple aim of finding the announcement of Samuel’s death in the Jewish Chronicle (JC), but from there I was led into a world of student societies and political discussion, where I remained utterly captivated for the rest of the day.
The one document I have always had in my possession is a carefully kept copy of the certificate of conversion to Judaism of my grandmother, Jane Muir, which my mother Ethel passed on to me. However, another version has just turned up in a recently discovered box that my grandmother had kept and I don’t understand why there would be two versions. Although one says that it is a copy, I don’t understand the Hebrew in either version. I am intrigued and would love to understand more about these certificates. I have found out that Rev E P Phillips, who has signed the certificates, was appointed minister to the Glasgow Hebrew Congregation in 1878 and held the post for fifty years.