The Jews and the Irish.
St. Patrick’s Day and the Purim will be “ a glorious day for ould Ireland ” —and the Jews. The town will be painted red and green. The old-fashioned orthodox Jews will faithfully observe the command of King Ahasurusand “drink without compulsion,” and the light-hearted Irishmen will follow their example Without fear of “snakes in their boots,” for did not St. Patrick banish them for ever ? Both have their Hamans who seek to enslave them, and both look forward' to the glorious future when there will be “ light and gladness, joy and honor.” The one has a Stoeker, and the other a Balfour; but both, it is hoped, will speedily meet their downfall.
Centuries of bitter persecution have passed over the heads of both Jews and Irish ; they have been reviled and hated, oppressed and down-trodden, but the spark of liberty has never been extinguished in their bosoms; hope has never disappeared from their view, and, notwithstanding every effort for their enslavement, they have at all times risen superior to every indignity heaped upon them. The heart of every Jew goes out to Ms Irish brother in his struggle for freedom. In the the Irishman finds a warm sympathiser, and, as Mrs Partington says,. “ he has fellow a feeling in his bosom for him.”
Purim and St. Patrick’s Day ! Days that will never pass from memory—days that are typical of a tyrant’s downfall and love of country. Let the Jews and tlie Irish, then, have a grand old glorious time on the 17th, but let the one not forget the Purim iujuncticn to “ send gifts to the poor,” nor the other fail to send substantial support to Parnell, so that bis hands may be strengthened in his glorious effort for Home Ride. A procession of “drafts across the water" from Irishmen united in the cause of their country is of more value now than all the processions of “ United Irishmen ” that will parade the streets of New York for years to come. One day’s wages from every Irishman in America,- as a free-will offering upon the altar of his native land, would enable those who are carrying on the constitutional campaign against the bigoted oppressors of the coontiy to work with lighter hearts and brighter hopes. If the Irish were only as practical, as provident, and as patient as the Jews, St. Patrick’s Day would be to them, for all time to come, a “ Merry Purim.” ‘ Hebrew Standard.’
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The Jews and the Irish., Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement
The Jews and the Irish. Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement
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