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THE JEWS AT SINGAPORE. Our readers may not be generally aware that a small Jewish congregation exists in this distant part of the globe. A correspondent informs us that a few months since he visited the Jewish synagogue at this ancient city, having been invited to attend divine service. He had the honour of being called to the reading of the Holy Law, from a beautiful scroll, the rollers of which were of silver, very beautifully ornamented with filigree work. There was just sufficient to form a “minyon." He breakfasted, and passed the Sabbath with the president, who shewed him marked attention.

They claim to be the descendants of the exiles of the first Babylonish captivity; and are ignorant of the second dispersion. They embraced him as a brother, and were glad to find, although a European, he could converse with them in the Hebrew language. This fact shows how important it is to keep alive a knowledge of the sacred language, proving how it enables us to preserve our religious nationality. At our correspondent's departure from these interesting people, whom he describes as handsome and very intelligent, he was conveyed to the boat, in the carriage of the president of the synagogue.-Jewish Chronicle.

MISSIONARY INFORMATION. HITHERTO we have been glad to glean, at second hand, from the pages of the “Jewish Intelligence,” such missionary information as we thought would interest our readers. We have now the hope of supplying them with facts at first hand, under the head of “ ORIGINAL MISSIONARY INFORMATION.” But we cannot expect a great deal of such matter as will interest the younger of our readers, because of the peculiarity of the field from which it has to be collected.

A POOR JEWISH FAMILY.

The Rev. J. A. Hausmeister, in a recent letter says : “I met with an Israelite-Levy-a very poor man, and he was very glad to see me. I invited him to call upon me, and he did so. I had a long conversation with him, but it was difficult to make him understand the Christian doctrine. His mind was very much taken up with earthly cares: for he has eight children, and is so very poor:

“ He invited me to call on him, which I did on the same day, and found the family in great poverty, and the children surrounded me. A little girl, eight years old, had already read one of the tracts which I had given to her father in the morning. I asked her, ‘Are we sinners?' She replied, 'Yes, Sir.' 'Can God have pleasure, and be content with us sinners ?' No, Sir.' become happy by becoming rich ?' To this question the eldest boy, twelve years of age, replied, Health makes us happy." I asked ; Do we always remain in good health ?' 'No, Sir.' Addressing the children, I said; • Now my dear girls, when are we truly happy ?' The young Jewess who had spoken before answered; “When God loves us.''

There was an answer such as the missionary might delight to hear. This Jewish child knew

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that neither health nor wealth can make us happy, and that it is only the love of God which can do so. But the poor Jew and his family did not know the truth, nor how God had loved a sinful world, so as not to spare

His only-begotten Son, but delivered Him up for us all.

The Missionary adds: “ Now I went on and related to them how God loves us, and what He had done to prove His great love to poor fellow-creatures. I felt myself very happy in the midst of this poor family. The mother and children were very attentive, and I left them, not only promising to call again to bring them books, but praying from the very bottom of my heart, that it may please the Lord to bless His Word to the eternal welfare of their souls."

At a future visit, Mr. Hausmeister was able to afford relief and comfort to this poor family, by placing the young girl, eight years of age,

under the care of a pious Christian lady, whose school was attended by eightJewish girls; she consenting to receive this poor child at half the usual sum, and Mr. Hausmeister arranging for the payment. How happy and thankful were the poor girl and her parents in hearing this. In that school she learns Christian hymns, and also the Word of God. Thus may the good seed be sown in this

The next visit paid by Mr. H. presents a contrast, He called on the Rabbi, who commenced the conversation by asking, How could you, the last time, leave me saying, the curse of the Almighty will remain upon me. Was this polite?

Mr. H.-Sir, as long as you reject Jesus, 60 long are you far from the blessing. I spoke not

young heart!

against you personally in order to abuse you: God forbid ! but as the servant of the Lord, I can but speak the holy and serious truth, if you will not hear it, then I am ready to withdraw.

The Rabbi.No, sir, we have been friends for twenty years.

Remain. There are many passages relating to the Messiah in which we both agree, but I never can believe that Jesus was God; and the passage, Isaiah vii. 14, proves nothing at all. It is quite against the Messiah.

“Now I asked him," says Mr. H., “to explain this passage, and in doing so he contradicted himself very much, which I could easily prove to him; but I found his chief objection was against the Godhead of Christ. He at last expressed his sorrow that I had left the synagogue, and did not devote

my

talents to Judaism. I proved to him that I desired nothing more than to serve God, in leading Israel to Him, the God of our fathers; and that I wished that he, the Rabbi, would also become such a one as I am, i.e., a true son of Abraham, through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Thus we see that the learned reject the truth of God, until His grace awakens them, and makes them feel that they need an Almighty Saviour, a Being of Infinite perfection, to whose merits they can flee with hope, and whose Deity gives iniinite value to the Atonement which He has offered for the sins of the guilty. May the labours of the simple-hearted and devoted missionary be blessed alike to the poor Jewish family, and to the learned and richer Rabbi, that they may be amongst the many who will form his crown of rejoicing, in the day of the glorious appearing of our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Poetry.

THE PRESENT STATE AND FUTURE

PROSPECT OF ISRAEL.

JERUSALEM! thy pomp is fled, thy Temple over

thrown, And none of David's line is left to sit on Judah's

throne;

No more the gales of Freedom blow around thy ruin'd

bowers, Mute is the harp, and hush'd the song, of Judah’s

happier hours.

Now strangers enter by those gates where Judah's

princes trod, And Judah's sons are forc'd to bend beneath a stran

ger's rod; While bow'd beneath thy faded palm thy daughters,

Zion! mourn, Their crown is fall'n, their beauty gone, and night

their brightest morn.

and serene,

The star which gilds the brow of eve shines tranquil As loth to quit those favour'd scenes where joy and

peace have been : But Israel's sons are wandering far from their for

saken land, Their glory gone, their race dispers’d, o'er many a

foreign strand. No more on every hill are spread the tendrils of the

vine, No more the fig-tree blossoms, through the vales of

Palestine ;

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