Goldman vs. Katz

Never has cither a jot or tittle of Jewish ritual been discarded without a struggle. When Hosea urged pre-exilian† "mercy" and not "burnt offerings," the rabbis gave him black looks. When Jesus cried: "Woe unto you, Pharisees, for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin," he was exchanged for Barabbas.

In spite of generations of prophets and reformers, Jewish ritual with all its shrilly "orthodox" punctilio has lived with few radical changes. In Cleveland, Ohio, some months ago, Rabbi Solomon Goldman, spiritual head of the local "Jewish...

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