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THE JEWISH FAITH.

The Bey Dr Messing this morning, at the close of the usual Sabbath service in the Synagogue, addressed those present, among whom were several Christians. The lecturer commenced hia address by asking tbe favour of his audience for being unacquainted with the English language. He was a German, and hoped hiß friends would excuse any errors in grammar, and consider only the thoughts he expressed. His subject was " The Fundamental Principles of the Jewish Faith." The present was an age of enlightenment and progress, but prejudice, darkness and superstition still existed, mostly in tbe Old World. To protect themselves in this country of liberty the Jews must make known what their religion truly was. Then the Christian would respect those who, with themselves, work for the welfare of the human family and worship one God. He would take his text from one of the lessons which had juat been read. The chapter of Leviticus, which described the Baorificial rites of the Temple. That Temple no longer existed, and sacrifices were no longer offered, but the lessons of Leviticus could still be read with profit. He would take the fifth chapter, and fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth verses. There was no sacrifice required, but restoration of ill-gotten goods with a fifth part added thereto, and a declaration of sorrow. After this the sinner could offer his sacrifice this was plain enough ; a man could not hope for forgiveness till he had made good his wrong to his fellow man. What sin had been committed against God no man could interfere with. When the Book of Leviticus was written, the Jewish nation was a nation of priests ; but were its lessons to be forgotten because the nation had been scattered ? Did forgiveness vanish with the stones of the Temple? No; there was still a temple, and an altar — a house not built with human hands, but resting on pillars whioh could not be destroyed. That temple was the human heart, and the altar was charity. Such was the teaching to be found in the Talmud, and it expressed one of the fundamental principles of the Jewish religion. After eighteen hundred years of persecution Israel still remained, while the Bomanß and the Grecians had diaappeared. Israel had been scattered throughout the world without a king, yet even here in this city a handful of them had erected a temple in honour of the God of all peoples. How was this? Because aB soon aa the temple at Jerusalem was reduced to ashes Israel waa to commence the building of a universal temple in which all people would acknowledge one Eternal God, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe, and would acknowledge that all men are equal in the sight of God. Such was the mission of Israel, and its four fundamental principles were equality, remembrance, purity, and charity, or taking the literal meaning of the Hebrew word, righteousnesß. The preacher expatiated on each of these principles, his discourse occupying more than an hour. He concluded by inviting the children of the Jewish parents and the parents themselves, to come to him to-morrow at 11 o'clock, when he would speak further to them, and probably give them interesting information.

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THE JEWISH FAITH., Star, Issue 4343, 25 March 1882

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THE JEWISH FAITH. Star, Issue 4343, 25 March 1882

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