Hamburg: Hamburger AULIM-Gruppe, 1924. First edition. Large Quarto. xi. pp. Original mimeographed stapled wraps with black lettering on cover. Working plan and six instructional texts of Dr. Nathan Birnbaum delivered during meetings of the Hamburg Aulim from January 15th to the 18th of March of the year 1924. These instructions are given during the time Birnbaum had turned to orthodox Judaism and became, contrary to his earlier years, a staunch anti-Zionist. This manuscript may be viewed as an early version of his contributions to the periodical "Der Aufstieg" (Ascendance, published in Berlin and Vienna (1930–1932). Here the word "Olim" (Aulim), meaning "those who [wish to] ascend", is used to descibe followers or potential followers of Birnbaum's vision of living based on God's word, which he concieved of in his later years. "He maintined that religous Jewry was not making a serious attmept at fullfilling its world mission as an explary people living on the basis of God's Word. He outlined a program toward affecting change."
The religious interpretations are preceeded by a plan to implement the advice put forth by Nathan Birnbaum in order to elevate the Hamburg Jewish community to "become worthy of the Messiah," with detailed instructions for prayers furthering the ascendance of the Jewish community, turned away from promoting the immigration to Israel ("the act of going up"). The working plan is divided into four steps: I. What is the content of the prayer? II. What are the distraction of Europeanism. III. Which other distrations are emerging? IV. What to do? Item #41522