Reception for Chief Rabbi

The Very Rev Dr Joseph H. Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the Hebrew congregations of the British Empire,...
The Very Rev Dr Joseph H. Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the Hebrew congregations of the British Empire, visiting New Zealand in the interests of the Jewish War Memorial. — Otago Witness, 17.5.1921
The civic reception which was tendered to the Chief Rabbi of the united Hebrew communities of the British Empire yesterday afternoon was remarkable for the eloquent reply from the recipient. Dr Hertz delivered what was really an epic of high-souled patriotism and moral idealism. It was the tribute of the representative of a race which has found freedom under the Empire’s flag, as well as scope to develop its individuality, and those who were privileged to listen to the talented scholar will not readily forget the experience. Dr Hertz, in addition to being the titular head of his faith — the representative as was said yesterday, of a race which had given the world a high and pure religion — is an educationalist and author of wide repute. Loyalty, the need for education, and the vital necessity of religion were three themes with which he dealt yesterday. It is somewhat remarkable that though the office of Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community has existed for nearly two centuries, no occupant of it has previously visited the dominions.His tour, which is in the nature of a pastoral visit to the Jewry of the Empire, is designed to stimulate the religious life of the scattered Jewish communities throughout the Empire and inspire them with a renewed enthusiasm.

Inculcating loyalty in children

Wellington: The Minister of Education stated with reference to recent statements made by him in regard to inculcating patriotism and loyalty in school children, the Department of Education is taking action. Children must be encouraged to love their country and their empire and to this end the Education Department has inserted a new instruction for teachers, under the heading of civics as follows: Instructions in history and civics shall aim at instilling in boys and girls a love for their country and pride in the achievements of the race throughout the Empire. Loyalty should be the dominant note. Lessons should be selected and presented in such a way as to lay stress on the need of sympathetic cooperation, not only on the part of the various dominions within the Empire, but on the part of every section of the community within which we live. The inculcation of patriotism and loyalty to King and country and to lofty ideals readily finds a basis in British history. In this connection lessons of a celebrational character are of the utmost importance. Anniversaries, such as Anzac Day and Empire Day should be devoted to special lessons appropriate to them. In addition, at every celebration and at the beginning or end of each school week the New Zealand flag or Union Jack is to be saluted and the National Anthem sung by teachers and pupils in the presence, where possible, of the whole school. A record of these ceremonies is to be entered in the teacher’s workbook, under the heading of civics, and examined by the inspector.

Respected businessman’s death

The death is recorded this morning of Mr G.M. Grigg, who came to Dunedin from London in 1877 and has resided in Dunedin ever since. He was an experienced coach blacksmith, and on arrival in New Zealand followed his occupation. He soon commenced business on his own account, at which, owing to his untiring energy, he was more than ordinarily successful. He retired from manufacturing about 15 years ago. At that time he was interested in several large mining concerns, and it was in a great manner due to his foresight and business acumen that many mining ventures in which he was interested turned out successful. He was a resident of Mornington for over 42 years, and was well-known and highly respected by all who came in contact with him, either in business or socially. He was one of the founders of the Foresters’ Lodge in Mornington. He was always willing to put his hand in his pocket for any deserving charity. He leaves a widow and one son, Arthur Grigg, who is on the staff of the Otago EducationBoard. — ODT, 27.5.1921.



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