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Correspondence. 715 


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 
" Orthodox." 

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.