|Vol. IV, No. 1
Nissan 5606, April 1846
We have received for publication the following correspondence between a committee of the Franklin Street Synagogue, New York, and the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain. Our readers are perhaps aware that the members of that body are mostly natives of Great Britain; hence it was perfectly natural that they should seek the opportunity of Dr. A.’s installation to send him a congratulatory address, more so than other congregations in this country. Nevertheless, the reverend gentleman will have many others in America, who anxiously watch the good he may effect, as his ministration, if carried out in the proper spirit, cannot be otherwise than beneficial to American Israelites.—Ed. Oc.
To the Rev. Dr. N. M. Adler, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire.
Rev. Sir—We, the members of the Franklin Street Synagogue, in the city of New York, U. S., avail ourselves of the first opportunity to offer you our sincere congratulation on your elevation to the exalted and important office of Chief Rabbi, an office, which, in its various ramifications, affects every Israelite, be he located in the torrid or frigid zone. Permit us, reverend sir, to unite our prayer with the orisons of your immediate flock, that Almighty God will afford you health and longevity, that the blessings of your ministry may be preserved to posterity, until the Redeemer may come to Zion.
The celebrity you have obtained, through your known piety, erudition, and conservation of all the rites and ceremonies of our faith, affords us the fullest conviction, that, as a shepherd of Israel’s flock, your energy will be directed to keep all within that fence erected by prudence and caution; that you will not permit the lamb to stray from the fold; but by your persuasive eloquence and well-timed exhortations, remind innocence, and more mature years of the sacred and solemn duties they are commissioned to discharge.
In the discharge of your noble duties, may every success attend your efforts, and may God reward you by bestowing the blessings of health and happiness on you and yours in this life, as a foretaste of the state of bliss you are destined to enjoy in the world to come. We are, reverend sir, with profound respect, yours, earnestly,
Committee appointed to draft a letter of congratulation.
of the Chief Rabbi,
Mr. President and Gentlemen,—
In acknowledging the receipt of your congratulatory address, which was a few days ago politely handed to me, by Mr. Mawson of your city, I beg to assure you that your kind sentiments towards me afford me the most lively gratification, and call for my warmest thanks; the hopes, you entertain of my ministry are highly flattering to my feeling; but you are only doing me justice in expecting that all my energies will be directed towards the conservation of our holy laws and institutions, as I otherwise should but ill discharge those sacred duties, which have been entrusted to me. In conclusion, I beg you will accept my best thanks, and most heartfelt wishes for your welfare, with which, I remain, gentlemen,
Yours, very faithfully,
N. Adler, Dr., Chief Rabbi.
To the President and Members of the Franklin Street Synagogue, United States.