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The Episcopal Chapel of the Society adjoins the schools. In this assemble the most remarkable congregation in the world. In no other place can you behold a hundred Jewish children, with a large number of grown-up Jewish converts, meeting with Gentile Christians in the worship of the God of Abraham in the name of Jesus Christ.
A well known and highly-esteemed Protestant clergyman, Dr. Barth, on leaving England for his own country, thus expressed himself,
Amongst the immense number of the inha. bitants of London, few are acquainted with the miracle which is being performed in the midst of them. They scarcely know that at one of the extremities of this vast city, there exists a place called Palestine-place, nor do they know what
For one who has, like myself, contemplated with my own eyes this wonderful work of God, it is impossible to conceive the objections that can be made to the conversion of the Jews. The place, surrounded by a wall, seems like a small town, entirely separated from the immense Metropolis, of which it forms a part. In the middle stand the church and the schools, and on each side are neat houses and their gardens; at a little distance it looks like a country seat. A Hebrew inscription on the front of the church informs you that it is consecrated to the Christian worship of Israel. The service is performed in Hebrew and in English,* and the Psalms are there
in their own sacred tongue, * On Friday evenings there is also a German sermon preached to the Jews, either by Rev. W. Ayerst or Rev. J. C. Reichardt.
as of old on Mount Moriah. In the boys' school there were fifty boys on whom the influence of the Gospel was in some measure visible; and in the other thirty (now fifty) girls, amongst whom I could also see that the heart as well as the head was the object of instruction. In the building prepared for the Proselytes, I saw eighteen or twenty of these young Christians busy at different works, some from Morocco, some from Tunis. In a fourth establishment were the missionaries to the number of six. .
Such a building in such a city, is a miracle of God manifested before our eyes.'
ACCOUNT OF A YOUNG JEWESS.
We had the pleasure, a few months back, of addressing a number of children and young women in one of the most interesting and important Christian institutions of our country, One of their number was a young Jewess, whose history, as far as we have learned it, will, we hope, be interesting to our readers.
She was introduced to us at the time here referred to. We spoke to her as a believing daughter of Abraham, and we shall not soon forget the earnest look, or the deep emphasis of her expression, when, in answer to the enquiry, -"Are you happier now than you were before you believed in Jesus ?" she quickly replied, « Yes, indeed, I am.”
The father of this young Jewess came over
* The above extract is from a very interesting little work, entitled “ Geneva and Jerusalem,” by Professor Gaussen ; with an introduction by Rev. E. Bickersteth.
to England from Poland, his native country, leaving her under the care of an uncle. Here he became convinced of the truth of Christianity, and made a profession of his belief. After this he wrote to his brother, under whose charge his daughter had been left, to make some inquiries respecting her. He did not tell his brother that he had changed his religious opinions. He immediately sent his niece over to her father, which he would not probably have done, hadhe been aware of his having professed the Christian religion.
The poor girl arrived in this country, but knew not a word of the English language ; she was in a land of strangers, and could not speak to them. Her father had married a Gentile ; but of this, we believe, as well as of his being a Christian, the daughter was ignorant. She was much surprised to find on the Friday evening no preparation for the Sabbathno Sabbath lamp was lighted—no welcome to the Sabbath given. Saturday came, still there were no signs of the Sabbath.
The fire was lighted by her step-mother as usual, and the poor bewildered girl could not understand why there was this sad change. She asked her father,“ Are you Jews ?” He then informed her that he had become a Christian. On hearing this she refused to stay with him, not yet knowing anything herself of the truths of the Bible.
A Christian family took great interest in her welfare, and invited her to their house, Whilst there she would never mention or even hear, if she could avoid it, the name of Jesus.
The feast of the Passover drew nigh. Her distress was great, for she feared that if she ate
leavened bread she should die, and there were no passover cakes provided for her. One cannot but feel pity for her here, and wish that her conscientious feelings had been regarded. A Christian Israelite spoke to her of Moses and the prophets ; but of them she knew nothing. Like the greatest part of her countrywomen, she had grown up to almost womanhood in ignorance, except as to certain observances, and the celebration of the accustomed festivals.
She found out the Jews, went to them and told them of her unhappiness. She dared not eat leavened bread. She must keep the Passover. A rich and benevolent Israelite offered to pay for her board in London during the Passover, and to allow a weekly sum for her support until she should have learned our language and become able to work for her own living. Her father would not allow her to go at first, nor until the Jews had agreed to sign a paper to the effect, that she had no further claims on him. This they at length consented to do, and she departed for London. She had not been long in her lodgings, before a young Jew came thither, who was accustomed to dine at the house in which she was. He spoke to this young Jewess, and she told him her history. But what was her surprise to hear him say, “ Your father is right in believing Christianity. I am a Jew outwardly, but I believe Christianity to be the only true religion. Circumstances prevent my openly confessing my belief at present.” He recommended her to return to her father. She had but five shillings in the world. The young Jew gave her five shillings more, thus affording her the means of reaching
her father's house. She returned thither: but her father had gone from home. mother refused to receive her, and thus the poor girl was homeless where her home was, and where she had a right to look for protection and kindness. Late at night, she went to the house of the Christians who had been so kind to her before. They received her, and for five months treated her with Christian kindness and instructed her in Christian truth. Some ladies took great interest in her, and introduced her to an excellent and experienced minister of Christ. She was convinced of sin, she was humbled by the Spirit of God, and felt her own utter unworthiness. With open arms did that lovinghearted minister welcome the returning daughter of Abraham to the Lord Jesus ; with gratitude to him could he say, “ Then come to Jesus." She was after this baptized by a clergyman resident in that same place, and is now training for her future course through life, where she is more fully instructed in Gospel truth and watched over by the eye of Christian benevolence. Will not our readers join with us in saying, “Oh, may she grow in grace and in the knowledge of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and so live that she may adorn the doctrine of Christ in all things !”
TALMUDICAL ALLEGORIES. “ If I do not care for myself, who else will ?” Under this title we find, in the “ Jewish Chronicle” for December 11th, a fable, which may form the groundwork of valuable instruction both to the Jew and to the Chris