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DEAR ELIJAH,

As chairman of the board of Jordan Divinity School, let me take this opportunity to express to you the appreciation of all of us on the board for your courageous, prophetic stand on current issues.

As Jordan’s founding president you have exercised a dynamic leadership and have exerted a great influence on the young sons of the prophets which will undoubtedly continue to be felt in years to come.

It is your steadfast leadership that has enabled the school to weather all of those organizational difficulties that beset any new endeavor.

And now the school is entering into a new phase of its existence. The enthusiastic support of the 880s has given way to the ennui of the 870s. Current giving is at its lowest point in the past ten years, and the income from endowments is off by about 40 per cent. We have been forced to dip into our reserves for the first time in our history.

Several factors seem to be involved. To begin with we are feeling the backlash of Middle Israel to the continued political pronouncements and anti-administration statements of both yourself and graduates of the divinity school. Don’t misunderstand me, I wouldn’t for a moment suggest that anyone connected with the divinity school should have done anything other than express himself honestly. I am simply setting forth the facts as they appear to those of us on the executive committee—who are, after all, responsible for the continuation of the school.

In addition we are faced with a depressed economy, brought on in part by the continued difficulties with Syria. These political problems have had a debilitating influence on the nation.

We must also face the fact that our big givers are by and large a conservative lot. Elijah, I think we ...

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