Excerpt from The American Jewish Times, Vol. 12: September, 1946
The coming of the Messiah, and nothing less, will make unnecessary the time - honored custom of exchanging New Year greetings. Until then we will continue, as always, to pause in our daily tasks and give ex pression to the hallowed L 'shono - the hope for a better year. To come.
The year 5707 will not be greeted with the light-heartedness that was accorded its predecessor. Last year at this time we, in common with the remainder of the world, were celebrating the cessation of war, and. Holding high hopes for the future.
For world Jewry not too many of these hopes have seen fulfilment. It has been a year in which we have alternately risen to elation with promises and sunk to despair with their negation. And yet it would be a sad state of affairs if we were to allow our dejection to degenerate into hopelessness.
And so, while it may take a rare degree of courage to forget the dis appointments so fresh in our memory, we greet the New Year with a hope based, if on nothing more, the maxim that it is always darkest before the dawn. We know that our cause is just. We know' that jus tice will triumph. Perhaps this will be the year.
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