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To the Editors op " The Jewish Quarterly Review."
Dear Sirs, — It does nob seem necessary that I should trouble you
with a reply to the Rev. M. Hyamson's comments upon my article ou
" Authority and Dogma." But I wish to say this : Mr. Hyamson has
taken pains to make many learned quotations to prove that eminent
authorities in Judaism believed in the restoration of sacrifices, though
he has avoided others which I am informed lead to an opposite con-
clusion. The opinions of eminent authorities, however, was not the
main contention which I submitted in the January number of this
Review. The question which I ventured to discuss was the un-
reasonableness of persons of this generation praying for what they
do not desire. I endeavoured to set forth the untenable nature of
the doctrine of the restoration of sacrifices on general grounds.
To this issue Mr. Hyamson gives the go-by, whilst he misconstrues
what I wrote into a personal wrangle about the conduct of the Chief
Rabbi, for whom he assures your readers that he entertains very great
respect. I desire to add that I do not yield even to the Rev. M.
Hyamson in personal regard for the present accomplished Chief
Rabbi, and that nothing which I have written is in conflict with this
feeling. The question was entirely impersonal, and concerned a
dogma which should not be regarded as an essential of the Jewish
religion. The matter is not one of learning, or I should not have
embarked upon it. It is a subject of belief and conviction. The
weakness of Mr. Hyamson's contentions is betrayed in the remark,
towards the end of his paper, that I have no right to interfere in the
question whether the restoration of sacrifices should be considered a
crucial test of adherence to Judaism because I am not what is called
I am, Yours faithfully,
Oswald John Simon.
Note on our last number.
Herr S. J. Halberstam writes as follows : — " Regarding Samuel
Portaleoni (Jewish Quarterly Review, V., pp. 505-515), I wrote
in Hamagid, 1873, p. 221, and printed his defence of the WV]) "I1KO.