From Judaism To Christianity
9. As a result of the abundance of these customs and traditions, the Jews are a very superstitious people.Everything has certain signs and peculiar meanings. So if a child is born just one week before the Day of Atonement, it is considered unusual and remarkable, because the circumcision will have to take place onthe Day of Atonement. This day is of great sacredness to the Jews. More will be said concerning this infuture chapters, (d)It was decided by the parents that God must have some peculiar work for this child to do, and therefore thecircumcision must take place, not only on this Day of Atonement, but also in the Great Synagogue of London. This synagogue is located in the very heart of Jewry, and is regarded as the center of all religiouslife throughout the United Kingdom and all the British possessions, (e)10. In connection with this synagogue they had the Beth Din, the house of judgment, a place where allimportant questions which affected the Jewish community were considered and discussed. It was here thatDayan, the judge, had his office, as did also the Chief Rabbi of all the Jews in the territory of England, andit was with this synagogue that the Rothchilds and other of the most wealthy and pious Jews wereconnected.11. The writer’s godfather, and the assistants at this service were the most devoted Jews of the synagogue,and when the Day of Atonement was over, his parents were the recipients of many valuable and costlygifts, besides many Jewish benedictions. It was felt that Jehovah must have something unusual in store forthe child and the family; and it was decided that if his life were spared, he would be the rabbi, or teacher, of the family. From earliest infancy everything was done that Jewish parents could do to keep this thoughtuppermost in the child’s mind; all teaching and praying had this in view.12. The Jews still hope and pray and look for Messiah to come the first time (f); and they hope that if fromhis earliest childhood they instill correctly the true teaching in the child’s mind, they will be rewarded witha rabbi who shall be not only a great teacher, but perhaps a forerunner of the Messiah himself, (g) This isthe thought and hope in every pious mother’s breast, as she tenderly and carefully cares for the babe in herarms.
PARAGRAPH 1 (a).—See chapter 22 of this book, on the “Persecutions of the Jews.” Back PAR. 2 (b).—Rabbi Judah Ben Tamai says : “At five years of age a child should study the Bible; at ten theMishna; at thirteen to observe the precepts ; at fifteen to study the Gemara; at eighteen to enter intowedlock.” Back PAR. 6 (c).—See “Practical Lessons from the Experience of Israel,” by the author, p. 690, 691. Back PAR. 9 (d).—See chapter 3, “ Youthful Education.” Back PAR. 9 (e).—See “ Children of the Ghetto,” by Zangwill. Back PAR. 12 (f).—In the “Jewish Daily Prayer Book,” English edition, in the first prayer, called “Yigdol,” isfound the following statement: “He will send at the end of the days our Messiah.” Back PAR. 12 (g).—Doubtless this idea has been in vogue for many centuries, and had its origin in Ruth 4 :14,15. Back Matthew 23:6-8.And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in themarkets, and to be called of men, "Rabbi, Rabbi." But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, evenChrist; and all ye are brethren. Return by clicking numberPsalm 55:17.Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.Daniel. 6:10.Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open inhis chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanksbefore his God, as he did aforetime. Return by clicking numberLeviticus 23:26, 27.