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ORLINSKY / TO GIVE VOICE TO THE SILENCE OF THE PAST
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as well as in every department of our higher Jewish institutions
o f learning; hardly a week passes by that we do not receive
requests from colleges and seminaries and universities for the
names of competent or promising younger scholars for these
posts—and we have to advise them that the source of the supply
to fill the demand is still largely a few years away, that scores
of our younger people are still in graduate schools studying and
writing dissertations for their doctoral degrees.
But the picture overall is clear. There is a great present and a
very much greater future for Jewish scholarship on every level,
undergraduate and graduate, in every part of this country, from
New York across to Los Angeles and from Chicago down to
Miami; and in Canada, from Montreal east to Halifax and from
Toronto west to Vancouver. It is schools such as our own College-
Institute that w ill participate in providing the scholars and stu­
dents and laymen who w ill give meaning and life to libraries
such as the one that we are dedicating today, people who w ill
l i f t the silent and passive books off the shelves and study them
and come to their own conclusions and, hopefully, write their
own articles and books to set forth those conclusions. This is the
purpose o f our College-Institute and this is the function of our
library. Together, they w ill give loud and ringing voice to
the silent books of our great past.