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This is on the tenth day after the commencement of the new year (10th of Tisri). It occurs this year on the 26th of September.
First mention of it—Exodus xxx. 10.
The Sacerdotal ceremonies thereon Levit. xvi. 1.
Its strict injunction and observance of itLevit. xvi. 29.
The particulars, how to be observed, its duration, and the punishment for infringing itLevit. xxiii. 26.
Additional offerings thereon-Num. xxix. 7.
The Rabbies teach that forgiveness is not to be expected, unless we have forgiven those who have injured us, and that by true repentance we may hope for forgiveness, as is the case of Nineveh Jonah i.
The Author of “ The Calendar,” adds here the following remarks on fasting :: The Infidel, or Voluptuary, may ridicule the idea of the Almighty Creator of the Universe being pleased or displeased with a man for having a full or empty stomach, but whatever tends, directly or indirectly, to subdue rebellious passions, and subject a creature like man to the restraints of reason and religion, cannot fail of being a matter of the highest importance to our well-doing here, and an everlasting destiny hereafter."
TABERNACLES.—The Feast of Tabernacles is kept on the 15th of TISRI (October 1st of this year). It is a feast of rejoicing for the in-gathering of the harvest. The Tabernacle is in commemoration of the children of Israel dwelling in booths, on their coming out of Egypt.
First ordered-Exod. xxii, 16.
Again commanded, and ceremonies thereonLev. xxiii. 33.
The offerings to be made during the weekNum. xxix. 12.
Ordered again-Deut. xvi. 13.
Observed in the time of Solomon-2 Chron. yü. 8.
Kept in Nehemiah's time-Nehem. viii. 14.
21st. Tiski.--Hosana Raba, i.e., the Great, the last day of the festival.
22nd.-Feast of the eighth day.
Its ordinance, offerings, and observance, will be found immediately following those of the Feast of Tabernacle, as above.
23rd..... Second day, called also “ the rejoicing of the law,' as the final section of Deuteronomy, and the first of Genesis, are read by two persons elected to the offices under the titles of Bridegrooms of the Law.'"
(To be continued.)
THE KARAITES IN EGYPT.
The Karaim, or Karaites, are the native Jews of Cairo, and represent themselves as descendants of the ancient Jewish settlers in Egypt. In their worldly circumstances they are evidently inferior to the Talmudists, though their occupations are of a similar character. Their Liturgy, which is very voluminous, is in manuscript, and principally consists of Scripture extracts. The Karaites are distinguished by their rejection of tradition and their protesting against the fables of the Talmud and other Rabbinical works. Dr. Wilson, in his account of them, says: “ they appeared,” notwithstanding this, " to shrink even from a literal or proper interpretation of the Bible, and to use it more as having a charm in its sound than power in its sense. I was sorry to form this opinion of them, as it is commonly thought that the rejection of the word of man by this sect, has originated in a spirit of commendable enquiry, and in veneration for the word of God. They seemed comparatively indifferent about the question of the Advent of the Messiah as past, or future. * All things,' they said, “remain as they were, and we have principally to read the Bible.' One circumstance connected with them afforded me pleasure. They professed their utmost readiness to send their children to any school which might be efficiently superintended by a Christian.
• The articles of their creed are the following: - All the Karaites, with one consent, acknowledge and confess these ten fundamental articles :
« « 1. That all material existences, the worlds, and all that in them are, have been created.
“ • 2. That the Creator of these has, himself, not been created.
“3. That He has no likeness, and is in every respect, one alone.
** • 4. That Moses, our Rabbi (peace be to his memory), was sent by him.
"• 5. That with, and by Moses, he sent to us his perfect law.
66.6. That the faithful are bound to know the language of our law, and its exposition; that is, the Scripture and its interpretations.
• 7. That the blessed God guided by his spirit the other prophets.
"*8. That the blessed God will quicken the sons of men at the day of judgment.
“6 • 9. That the blessed God will render to every one according to his ways and the fruit of his works.
· 10. That the blessed God has not abandoned his people in their captivity, although they be under his chastisement; but it is proper that every day they should secure their salvation by Messiah, the son of David.'
Thus do we perceive that it is possible for a people to live and die, generation after generation, with the word of God in their hands, their boast, their glory, and yet remain ignorant of Him, and of Jesus Christ whom he hath sent. These poor Karaites, whilst they reject tradition, use the Bible as a charm, trust to their reading the Bible, and die without feeling its power.
This is often the case amongst professing Christians as well as amongst these children of the Bible, as they have been called. May each of our readers know the preciousness and the power of Divine Truth, and take God's holy word as their portion and heritage, and find it to be light unto their feet; a lantern to their paths.”'
MISSIONS TO THE JEWS.
The missionaries who are stationed at Salonichi, Mr. J. 0. Lord and Mr. J. B. Goldberg, made, during the month of November last, a missionary journey through Albania, Thessaly, and
Macedonia. Their report of this tour is very interesting, and we notice particularly the great demand for Scriptures which they met with at several of the places visited.
In Mr. Goldberg's Journal we find, under date of Oct. 30, the following entry :
Having received notice from Mr. Lord, that there is a fair at a village called Mavra, I directed my steps thither.
After a ride of three hours and a half, I found myself in the midst of a large concourse of people, amongst whom were also many Jews. We engaged a little place, and opened our inestimable merchandize, which was no sooner done, than crowds of Jews, Greeks, Turks, &c., flocked around us. The throng was so great, that though Mr. Lord, myself, and our servant, were all engaged in selling, yet could we not meet the demand of the people; we were therefore thankful to Polish Jew, who rendered us assistance for several hours. In a short time we sold many Bibles and Pentateuchs, and distributed tracts to the people, who evinced a great eagerness to possess them.
“Before evening the people returned to their respective homes, and I engaged a boat to go to Castorea. But what a
scene presented itself before my eyes! A scene that would indeed fill every bosom with gratitude, and melt even the coldest heart. In one of the boats might be seen Jews reading their tracts, in another, Greeks examining the New Testament, in a third a Turk engaged with his Turkish Bible. In short, in almost every boat might be seen some reading and others listening.
“ In the boat I engaged, there were several