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between the sick and the devil, are always himself under such treatment, he tried to in attendance to impose their pretended justify himself, pointing to the old witch, arts of witchcraft upon the deluded de- saying, “These are the people who do it votee, by performing a variety of things, all for us," adding that he was subject to such as killing fowls, burning candles, fumi. great weakness, and that he always found gations, ablutions, muttering, screaming, himself much better after such a charming singing, and such-like absurdities and abo- process. I felt grieved to bear such lanminations, whereby they are supposed to guage from an apparently intelligent young drive out the unclean spirit froin the poor man, as he told that in pretty good French. sickly applicant; a few coppers from each I told him in the Arabic, for the benefit of of them does it all to their fancy. These the bystanders as well as his own, that it devil-conjurors generally earn enough to was folly and madness to have anything to keep them until the next Wednesday do with these miserable creatures, who can (wbich is the day fixed for it). This appears neither have any influence with the devil, a regular business matter with them. There nor do these trumperies possess any healing were not as many devil-worshippers on the power whatever, and that it was as much Wednesday I went there as usual, still & crimo to apply to them as if he had there were quite enough to give me a shock- done the thing himself, particularly for an ing idea of their proceedings, and I was not Israelite, whose luw strictly forbids these less surprised to see that such works of folly practices, quoting to him the passage in should continue in the nineteenth century, Deut. xviii. The poor fellow felt then very and that in a land of progressive civilisa- much ashamed, and sought to slip away; tion and enlightenment. I could not any I followed him, and advised him to consult longer remain a silent spectator, so I made a doctor in town, and to use the proper my way among them, and addressed myself means for the restoration of his health, and to a young Jew, who was about to undergo above all to seek the Saviour, the only true a process of cure, and asking him whether Physician of immortal spirits. I put a few he did not feel ashamed of himself to de- tracts into his band, and he then retired to grade the religion of his fathers, by putting a quiet spot and sat down to read them.
LYONS. Mr. FRANKEL writes from Lyons :I hav: recently made the acquaintance Father of the whole human race, and that of two French Jewish families; the one as such He could not possibly wish that belongs to the poorer class, and very defi- any of His creatures should perish, but cient in every branch of education, espe- that in heaven both Jews and Gentiles, cially in matters of religion; they have without distinction, will form one happy
seen a whole copy of the Old family. In the course of the year they Testament; in their occasional attendance attend several times the synagoguc service, at the synagogue, they have heard Moses for the simple reason, “il faut faire ses and the prophets read, but not knowing devoirs religieuse” (one is bound to peranytbing of Hebrew, of course that added form bis religious duties), and when that very little to their stock of knowledge; is done their conscience is appeased ; they, they nevertheless consider themselves good alas! are but a fair specimen of the whole Jews, and expressed great surprise when I community of French Jews, very liberal told them that it was their duty to read in their notions, li-ten respectfully to the and study the Word of God, in order to find preaching of the Gospel, but " God is not out what they must do to be saved; they in all their thoughts;" they are living as if thought that they knew and believed quite this life would have no end, and eternity enough, that there was but one God, that no beginning, “ without hope and without there will be an eternal reward and punish- God in the world.” ment, and that Messiah will come to gather A very respectable Jewish family spent the scattered tribes of Israel. The other the evening with us; we conversed freely family is of the better educated class of about Christ and the Gospel; they seemed society; they possess a French Bible, and very much interested in the bistory of the seem pretty well acquainted with the his- Saviour's crucifixion, and greatly astonished torical portions of the Old and New to find so many Old Testament predic. Testaments, but they are quite dead to tions fulfilled on that memorable day; I every religious feeling and sentiment; they lent them a New Testament, and they proconsider God as a gracious and mercitul mised to give it a careful and attentive
perusal; they gave us a cordial invitation to spend an evening with them, and I trust that our intercourse may be profitable and blessed.
Mme. I has just returned from Metz, and I regret to say that her sojourn in Alsace has very much changed her views with regard to Christianity; she has imbibed a great deal of prejudice against the New Testament, and has become selfrighteous and very extravagant in the observance of all the rites and ceremonies of Judaism; my visits are, however, very friendly received, and I hope, with the help of the Lord, to be able to convince her of the error of her ways, and lead her again to the foot of the cross.
Mme. S- (daughter of Mme. B- -) told me in a conversation I had with her, that she was fully convinced that Judaism was only calculated to delude man into false security, but not to satisty the demands of an awakened conscience, and I trust she is sincerely sceking after something better; she is obliged to read the New Testament
secretly, as her mother is still very bigoted, and would burn any book in which the name of Christ was found.
I had a visit from a very interestin", young German Jew; he is on his way to Marseilles, where he is to embark with his friends for Algiers; he lias conversed with missionaries in Germany, is well acquainted with the Old and New Testament Scripa tures, and seems to have very clear notions about the principal doctrines of Christianity; he told me that his parents were not at all opposed to his becoming a Christian, they only objected to his taking that step before he left his native country. I gave him Mr. Cohen's address, and furnished him with books and tracts for his private use, as well as for distribution amongst his fellow Jewish passengers, and I hope that he will not only soon make a public profession of his faith in Christ, but may be the instrument in the land of God of raising the standard of the cross in that far country where his lot is to be cast.
The Rev. Joun WILKINSON presents the following list of places which he has recently visited, and appends a few remarks, to which the attention of our readers is respectfully invited. We may also be allowed to remind our friends of the necessity which is felt of remittances, to enable the committee to meet the outlay, until the time arrives for the incoming of annual subscriptions.
Since I left London, in the first week of have in a large majority of instances renJuly, for this northern journey, I am happy dered me good service by facilitating my to state that, up to this date (Sept. 20), I plans and heartily co-operating with me. have attended meetings at Newark, Rot- Notwithstanding the devoted efforts of our ford, Lincoln, Gainsbro', Bridlington, Mal- friends to induce Christians to attend our ton, Whitby, Pickering, Harrogate, Knares- meetings, still the meetings in many places bro', Ripon, Thirsk, Northallerton, Bedale, have been thinly attended, except where Appleton Wiske, Stockton, Middlesbro', we have had services on the Sunday preGuisbro', Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, vious ; then, almost without exception, the Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead, New- meeting has been three or four times as castle, South and North Shields, Morpeth, large as on former occasions. Now, as we Aliwick, and Haltwhistle; and have deli- cannot give a Sunday at every town, the vered, in the above-mentioned places, up. question is, how can we secure a large wards of sixty sermons, lectures, and ad- attendance at an annual meeting, even dresses. I gratefully acknowledge the though we cannot give sermons on the kindness of the friends who have enter- Sunday previous? Allow me to offer a tained me, and cheerfully bear witness to suggestion. I firmly believe that if the the increasing interest in the one object of ladies' associations would take the trouble our Society - the conversion of the Jew to to get up a tea-mreting, engaging one or Christ.
more ladies in each Christian denomination In most of the above places, where to canvas their particular spheres in the Ladies' Associations had been previously sale of tickets, we should have a much formed, I endeavoured to strengthen them, larger attendance, and consequently a more and also succeeded in organis
such in extended interest. other places where they had not previously This was attempted at Derby and Notexisted.
tingham in the early part of this year, and I am happy to bear witness to the the ladies succeeded most triumphantly, increasing interest on the part of Christian for we had two of the best meetings at ministers of all denominations, and they those places I ever attended,
Dr. Kitte. To the late Dr. John Kirto the friends of Israel are peculiarly indebted for stores of information gathered and published by that laborious and truthful author on the history, the habits, and the country of the Jews. The “Reformed Presbyterian Magazine" thus refers to him :
It is hardly possible to exaggerate the of a greater whole, which carries us irresisheroism of such a life. Had Kitto possessed tibly into another world, and points us to the ordinary advantages of unimpaired an eternal consummation. Patience, lifesense, and enjoyed the benefit of a liberal long patience, is the lesson of his life. education, his place in literature would It is a lesson which Kitto learned well have been still the same. His works have when here, and the fruit of which he is enbeen judged for themselves, and with no joying now. reference to the author. His fame was " Thirty years ago," says he, in one of established, while as yet the public were his latest volumes, before the Lord caused entirely unacquainted with his personal me to wander from my father's house, and circumstances. On the other hand, had from my native place, I put my mark upon the deaf boy of Plymouth merely acquired this passage in Isaiah- I am the Lord: a taste for literature, and written a few they shall not be ashamed that wait on elegant essays, he would have been admired Me. Of the many books I now possess, for his triumph over the evils of his lot. the Bible that bears this mark is the only As it is, we have one of the most remark- one that belonged to me at that time. It able examples on record of the successful now lies before me; and I find that, al"pursuit of knowledge under difficulties." though the hair which was then dark 28 The Life of Kitto should be in every cot- night has meanwhile become a sable tage in the land. It is a life which, as he silvered,' the ink which marked this text himself has finely said, “bears witness that has grown into intensity of blackness as the there is no one so low but that he may time advanced; corresponding with, and in rise ; no condition so cast down as to be fact recording, the growing intensity of the really hopeless ; and no privation which conviction, that they shall not be ashamed need of itself shut out any man from the that wait for Thee. I believed it then, paths of honourable exertion, or from the but I know it now; and I can write Prohope of usefulness in life.” His life- batum est, 'It is proved,' with my whole struggle was no vulgar hunting for noto- heart, over against the symbol, which that riety, but a patient, persevering accomplish- mark is to me, of my ancient faith. 'They ment of that wbich God gave him to do. shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.' He sought diligently till he found his Looking back through the long period proper work; and when he had found it, which has passed since I set my mark to he did it with his might.
these words,-a portion of human life And there is a higher lesson still to be which forins the best and brightest, as well gathered from the story of this man's life. as the most trying and conflicting, in all There is something, at first sight, inex- men's experience, it is a joy to be able to pressibly painful in the thought that say, “I have waited for Thee, and have not such a struggle never brought repose, been ashamed.' Under many perilous cirbut remained a struggle to the last, cumstances, in many most trying scenes, that sorrow was heaped upon sorrow, and amidst faintings within and fears without, that the clouds returned after the rain. and under sorrows that rend the heart, But here, if we could see it ourselves, is the and troubles that crush it down, 'I have very wisdom of God: Such a life is the waited for Thee; and, lo, I stand this day strongest argument for immortality. Such
as one not ashamed.'» a history we all feel to be but the fragment
The MONTHLY MEETING of Jewish and Gentile Christians, for Prayer and Scriptural Conference, will be held at the Office, No. 1, Crescent Place, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, on WEDNESDAY EVENING, Oct. 15th, at Seven o'clock.—The Meeting is open to all friends of Israel.
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THE ECLECTIC REVIEW." From their central fatherland, and from Jerusalem--the navel of the earth—they have radiated in every direction, until, in the sense of occupation at least, they have already long ago realised the old dream of their huge national ambition, and taken possession of the whole habitable world. Yet they have no more mingled with the races with which they have come in contact, than the globules of quicksilver will amalgamate with the dust of the floor on which it is spilt. The people still dwells proudly alone, and is not reckoned amongst the nations. They are amongst us Gentiles everywhere, but of us nowhere; and though we no longer calumniously tax them with the odium humani generis, yet it is impossible to deny that the ancient chasm between Israel and the nations still yawns between us. Two thousand years of juxtaposition have not sufficed to atone this inveterate feud, save in isolated instances. Nor is it a slight argument in favour of Christianity, that, in every case in which a fusion has been truly effected, the Gospel has been the solvent. There is, we should imagine, no man who believes in a moral order of the world, at all, but expects the realisation at some future time, upon a grand scale, of the idea of human brotherhood, and consequently the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles, and the removal of the undeniable and notorious antagonism between them. Let, then, everything be pointed out which has ever been able to bridge over the gulf
, save Christianity. convinced that no other sufficiently harmonising influence can be named.
VOL. XI.-NEW SERIES, VOL. II,
It alone has ever yet broken down the middle wall of partition, and made both one-a sure presage this, were there none else, of its being destined to universal triumph. It alone is the catholic religion-the religion for man as man; and by it alone can the most intensely national religion that ever existed, that of the Jews, be subsumed.
OUR RETROSPECT FOR THE YEAR 5616 (1856)
JEWISH CHRONICLE." When we speak of religion, we do not mean that vague consciousness, inherent in most men, of the close relation between God and man, and of that general feeling of the absolute dependence of the latter on the former, but we mean that particular consciousness and that special feeling as it is conveyed by Judaism, and as it is expressed before the world by means of those forms which Judaism inculcates upon its professors ; in other words, we mean a specific religion, that taught by Moses and the prophets, and historically developed through thousands of ages. Has this religious consciousness, has this religious feeling during the past year manifested itself in some such striking manner as to evince any great re-awakening, any thorough revival in the masses ? There is, alas, no evidence whatever to betoken the presence of such a feeling. The apathy of former years still lays heavily upon us with its dead weight; the cancer of indifferentism continues to prey upon our vitals. The pulpits of most synagogues are still mute, and we are not acquainted with one single place of worship that should have engaged a lecturer this year. We hardly do more than just maintain our ground. But, alas, in religion, as in the whole spiritual domain, it is true that "he who does not add diminishes.” No effort made for advancement in this direction seems to meet proper appreciation. Although it must be self-evident that an imported clergy must necessarily lack qualifications which alone can raise the religious tone of the community, yet the establishment of a Jewish college, designed to remedy the evil, meets with an indifference which in its effects often proves as injurious as open antagonism. Although it must be self-evident that no progress made in the existing schools, exposed to the operation of Christian influences, can conpensate to the Jewish pupil the loss of Jewish knowledge and Jewish spirit necessarily and imperceptibly sustained by him, yet the Jewish College School, teaching the same branches of knowledge imparted in the best educational establishments, is only attended by about thirty-six scholars. If the proper Jewish spirit prevailed in the community, this promising institution would be visited by hundreds. The Glasgow and Liverpool congregations appeal to their brethren for assistance in order to build synagogues. How are the appeals responded to ? Let our advertisement pages answer the question. We know of co-religionists who have contributed their hundreds of pounds towards the building of churches. We miss these sums when the applicants for assistance are Jews and not Christians. We will not mince the matter--we will speak out plainly. At the approach of the solemn period which is now being ushered in, it is fitting that the truth be spoken out. The Jewish spirit is daily becoming fainter in the minds of our rich and middle classes. The more their prosperity increases, the more the ties of communal brotherhood relax. Alas, as of old, it may again be said, " And Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked.” We tremble to think what will become of the