7 4 0 D O C . 4 7 0 W O R D F O R T H E J O U R N E Y Published in Jüdische Rundschau, 3 April 1925, p. 244 Keren Hayesod 1925, pp. 26–27. English ver- sion (Einstein 1925k) published in The New Palestine, 27 March 1925, p. 294. Hebrew version pub- lished in ha-Olam, 3 April 1925, p. 262. Also published in English (without the first paragraph) in Einstein 1931, pp. 63–66. Robert Weltsch, editor in chief of the Jüdische Rundschau, most likely ac- knowledged the receipt of this article in Abs. 657. [1]The formal dedication of the Hebrew University took place on 1 April 1925 on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. The ceremony was opened with a prayer by Abraham I. Kook, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Palestine. Major speeches were given by Chaim Weizmann, Sir Herbert Samuel, and by Lord Balfour, the former British foreign secretary. The ceremony ended with a poem by Chaim N. Bialik and a prayer of dedication by Joseph Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire. Other distinguished guests present were Lord Allenby, High Commissioner of Egypt, and William Rappard, Permanent Secretary of the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations. The ceremony was held in an open-air amphitheater and attended by a crowd of approximately 8,000 people, including chief rabbis, Christian clergy, British officials, members of the consular corps, and representatives of nine foreign governments and of forty-seven universities and other academic institutions (see New York Times, 15 March, and 2, 3, and 4 April 1925, and Jüdische Rundschau, 3 April 1925). [2]For Einstein’s view on the university as a refuge for Jewish academics from Eastern Europe, see Einstein to Fritz Haber, 9 March 1921 (Vol. 12, Doc. 88). [3]For Einstein’s view on the positive role of Jewish nationalism, see, e.g., Doc. 438. [4]For Einstein’s view on the primary role of research at the university, see Doc. 451. By the time of its inauguration, the university had established the Institute of Microbiology and Chemistry, the Institute of Natural Sciences, the Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Agricultural Experiment Station (see New York Times, 15 March 1925, and Lavsky 2000, pp. 136–138). [5]For Einstein’s impressions of the agricultural settlements in Palestine and his belief in their potential positive impact on the Jewish community there, see Japan, Palestine, Spain Travel Diary (Vol. 13, Doc. 379), entries for 9, 11, and 12 February 1923. [6]For Einstein’s view of the university as an intellectual and moral center, see Doc. 20.
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