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The Modern Jew.

The Sydney correspondent of the Melbourne Jewish Herald says :—“ The engagements of five Jewish young ladies are publicly announced. But unfortunately two of these young’ladies are engaged to be married—and soon, I believe—to two Christian gentlemen ; this will make the third mesalliance during the month. The frequent occurrence of such intermarriages within the last few years must give ‘ food ; for reflection ’ to every right-minded Jew in the colonies. With whom lies the fault of such contreternpt , and what is likely to be a good remedy for such, a disease ? In my opinion the fault lies with the parents, for the following reasons, which are applicable to Jews in Victoria as well as in New South Wales, to those in New Zealand as well as those in Queensland ;—Very few parents keep a Kosher house, and are not particular as to what they eat; children see their parents enter a restaurant, sit down, and eat whateverjs placed in front of them ; they are taken by their parents to an outing, and are regaled with oysters and other forbidden food; and many families have oysters and prawns in their very homes. Jewish children are not sent to Jewish schools where they are taught their religion, but are allowed to put up with all kinds ofantiJewish habits at the schools where they are taught; theyareallowedto eat at the houses of their Christian friends, to go to their picnics, &c. What can possibly result from this but marriage ? Here we have another striking proof of the authenticity of the Bible, of the value of the second commandment, which speaks about visiting the ‘ iniquity of the parents upon the children.’ The parents do wrong, and neglect the ways of true religion, and are punished by seeing their children withdraw from their faith, their family, and their God, who will at some future time require their parents to render an account =of the stewardship of their children.”

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The Modern Jew. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 204, 30 November 1880

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