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THE JEWISH FAITH.

♦ The Rev Dr Messing, of California, at the close of the usual Sabbath service m... the on Saturday,, addressed' those 'present, among *whora were several Christians. The lecturer commenced his address, by asking the favor of his audience for being unacquainted with the English language. He was. aiGermin^CaUd-i hoped his i friends would excuse any errors m grammar, and consider only ,the thoughts he expressed. His subjedi was " The Fundamental Principles of the Jewish Faith." The present, was an age of enlightenment and progress, but prejudice, darkness, and superstition still-e xisted, mostly an; the Old World. To protect themselves m this country of Liberty, the Jews must make known what their religion truly was. Then the Christian would respect, those who, <w,itlv themselves, work for the welfare jot itie r human family and worship one God. He would take his text from one of the lessons which had just been read— the chaper Sof Leviticus, which described the sacrificial rites of the Temple. , That! .Temple no longer ..existed, andsacri-i 'tices were no longer offered^ but the; lessons of Leviticus could still be read, with profit.. jHe. would : take the;fifthj chapter, and fourteenth, fifteenth, and; sixteenth' verses: Tliere'ros no sa'cri-i fice required, but restoration of-ill-i gotten goods with a;. fifth partaddedj thereto, and a declaration of sorrow.; After this' the sinner could bffer^Wsj sacrifice. This was plain enough ;aj man could not hope for forgiveness till he had made good his ,wroh'g to his ; fellow man. ' What'shvhad been coin-! mittedi againstj' God i, no man could interfere with. When the Book of Leviticus was written, the Jewish' nation was a nation of priests ; but) were .HS'l£Bsphs ; to. befqrgottenlbecausej the nation had been "scattered? Did forgiveness vanish with the atones or the Temple? No; there, was sjiilla 1 temple and an altar— a house not built with human hands, .but .resting on pillars that could not be destroyed,' That temple was* the human hearty and the altar was charity. Such was the teaching of the Talmud,! and it expressed one of the fundamental principles of . the Jewish religion! After eighteen hundred years of perse| cution Israel still remained, while the Romans and the Grecians had disap; peared. Israel had been scattered throughout the world without a kin'gi yet even here m this city a handful of them had. erected a temple m honour of the Gx>jd of jail/ peoples.' How was this? Because as soon as the temple at Jerusalem was reduced to ashes Israel was to commence the building of a universal tempo m which all people would acknowledge one Eternal God, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe; and would acknowledge that all men are equal m the sight of Godl Such was the mission of Israel, and its four fundamental principles were equality, 1 : remembrance, i purity, and charity, or taking the literal meaning of the (Hebrew word, ; righteousness. The preacher expatiated pa ' each"- of these principles, his discourse occupying more than an hour. He concluded by' inviting the children of Jewish parents, and, the parents themselves, to'come to him on Sunday at eleven o'clock, when he would speak furtherto them, and -probably give them interesting information. !

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THE JEWISH FAITH., Marlborough Express, Volume XVII, Issue 76, 1 April 1882

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THE JEWISH FAITH. Marlborough Express, Volume XVII, Issue 76, 1 April 1882

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