Brothers, it is time for you to wake up from the sleep of the dead in which the false prophet of Baal has lulled you. Open your eyes and mark and define what is what. By measurement and definition you must wash your eyes and look with the good Jewish intent and see where you stand and who is misleading you.
My poor brothers, three years have already gone by since we Jews lie in this bath of blood and tears, and what has Edinburgh Jewry done during all this time?
What they should have done from the first day of the plague … instead of uniting and organizing themselves as one body of brothers and support and protect one another, against enemies from outside and instead of combining all together like one man to protect our most precious possession and the future generations against the great danger.
The comfort and the hope of the Jewish future is in our youth to give them a good national and historical upbringing, the Hebrew language, the story of the Jewish people and implant in their young hearts the love of the people and their holy history, written with Jewish blood and tears.
But what have you done for almost three years?
My God, is it not terrifying and disgusting when you reckon up the shameful and tortuous wriggling and disgraceful neglect by us during the past three years
I beg your pardon you have done a lot you have created but what do you call it? - a Jewish representative council.
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Tell me brothers, what use are our synagogues when you never use them?
Why? If you had only one shul, from the rest of the money you could buy or rent a good building and turn it into a good school where we could teach our children
Would it not be a thousand times better instead of three ritual slaughterers to have only one for our citizens and let him slaughter oxen, sheep and hens,
Engage good, capable teachers who would study our Holy Torah with our children. Our holy language and our holy history, which has been written with our blood, so as to inculcate in the young heads and hearts of our children a consciousness, a nationality and influence them to love our holy land of Israel.
Instead of many Scrolls of the Torah, which stand and gather mildew,one is ample. Use the rest of the money to buy copies of the five books of Moses and other texts and books which .are necessary to teach the young.
So that the holy texts are inscribed on their minds and in their hearts. The young, pure minds of our children. This would be so much more useful for their morals than your mode of living and constant squabbling.
My brothers, make changes. If your presidents, treasurers and committees and your clergyman cannot unite all the Jews in
Take away their .seats of authority and then say to them “'Oh, you bad teachers during the past 30 years you have the power to lead the Jewish community and you have taken our blood and sweat, our hard-earned money.
For the common folk, you have done nothing you have not weighed the position and you have not known what to do.
Therefore, please go away, you are useless, to put it more strongly you are charlatans.
We can no longer trust our moral living or the morals of our children, in your hands.
Written and printed for circulation in Yiddish in 1918.
Translated, July, 1987 by Joseph and Fanny Rivlin,
Passing the "Spark" of Jewish and Zionist visionary enterprise from one genration of Eppels to the next, it is left to Yehuda Leib Eppel, the assidious chronicler, to record how his own grandfather, Reb Baruch Eppel, arrived with his wife in Jerusalem, to restore a magnificent, ruined synagogue, the "Hurva."