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is marriage, and the circumstances belonging thereto.
There is a great antipathy among the Jewish people to celibacy. The rabbies teach that every Jew ought to marry, and that early. This is founded upon the command in Genesis i. 28: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” The proper age, generally recommended, is from Bar Mitsvah to eighteen. This rule, however, is not strictly kept by the British Jews -they frequently marry at a similar age to that of their Gentile neighbours. The restriction in intercourse among the two sexes, and other circumstances in Jewish society, have given rise to a class of persons called Shadchanim, whose business it is to act as match-makers. The Shad. chan, after selecting the parties, and settling the affair in his own mind, makes the first proposals to the parents, or guardians; and if approved on both sides, the young couple begin their courtship. The Shadcħan is not so much in request as formerly, nor, as he still is in some other countries on the Continent; as most marriages here are from mutual affection.
BAPTISM OF THREE ISRAELITES AT
WARSAW. THE Rev. F. W. Becker, a missionary of the Society, at Warsaw, has often had the privilege of sending good news from that fruitful field of missionary labour. Not long since he gave the following account of the reception of three of the sons of Jacob into the Church of Christ :
“ The eldest of these three persons, whose
present name is A-S is twenty-two years of age, a veterinarian by profession, and a sensible young man.
He first came to me in May, last year, at which time a brother of his received religious instruction from Mr. Deutsch, expressing his wish to embrace Christianity, and to be baptized in the Reformed Church. After a long conversation with him on the subject, I gave him the “ Guide to Divine Truth," à tract consisting of passages from the Old and New Testament, referring to the Messiah
He came to me again a few days after, when I found that he had read the tract; and since that time, he not only continued to visit us for the purpose
of informing himself of Christianity, for which he shewed a great zeal, but likewise attended our service at the Institution on Sunday evenings, and the Lecture on Saturdays, reading also for himself the New Testament, for which at first he made use of a German one, which had been given to his brother, but exchanged it afterwards for a copy in Polish. Having repeatedly expressed his wish to be baptized, I, in the month of September, began to give him particular instruction, and did so also during part of January. About the middle of January, he was examined by the Superintendent of the Reforined Church, who expressed himself greatly satisfied at his knowledge and attainments. He would have been baptized at that time, had not a brother of his been enlisted, on whose account he deferred it for a short time in hopes of getting him free. But this being delayed, he expressed his wish to be baptized, and accordingly was so, on the 17th of February, after he had made a public profession of his faith in the Triune God.
“ The second person baptized is a younger brother of his, now called W- a clever lad, only fourteen years of age. He having been admitted into the Institution, had been prepared for the sacrament of baptism by the Rev. J. C. H. West, and being still in the Institution, continues to take part in the instruction given by Mr. West to the catechumens.
• The third person baptized is M-aged twenty, a native of P where he has learned the trade of a jeweller. Having, on his coming to Warsaw, found employment with a Protestant proselyte, he came to me for the first time on January 27th, expressing his wish to become a Christian. After speaking to him on the subject, I
gave him a tract to read, and the next day I began to instruct him, for which
he came to me regularly every day. He expressed himself much pleased at what he heard of the truth, and I found that he was not unacquainted with the Old Testament.
“On February 10th, he told me, an uncle of his had come from P, and as the Jews knew of his intention to embrace Christianity, he was much afraid that his uncle in some way or other would prevent him. To avoid, therefore, his coming in contact with the Jews, his master, on the following day, which was a Saturday, sent him to me, to spend the day here. therefore, now instructed more frequently by me, and also by Mr. Ifland, to prepare him for receiving baptism as soon as possible. This having been done for another wock, he was also examined by the Rev. J. Spleszynski, after he had been made sufficiently acquainted with the prophecies of the Old Testament concerning the
Messiah, the Gospel History, and the Creed, and was likewise baptized on February 17th, with the two others above-mentioned, he willingly joining them in repeating the Creed, and thus professing his faith in God the Father the Son and the Holy Ghost; his master being one of his sponsors. He has since continued coming to me for further instruction, and I intend preparing him for receiving the Lord's Supper.
May he, and also the other two, be endued with the Holy Spirit, and may they grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
One kindly receiv'd by the king on the throne,
A deliverer sent by Israel's Lord,
A son of the wise, who wise counsel disdain'd,
The sire of him who a question was ask'd, Respecting the number of years he had pass'd. Eight initials you have, eight initials you need, They will give you his name who spoke peace to
Answer to No. IV., page 132.
Of Israel's greatness, likened to a vine,
Till pride and disobedience did combine
Thus to be scatter'd to the winds of heaven,
For in the cedar's growth is given
Whose signs are gathering under Eastern skies,
Portend events of wonder to our eyes. Assyria, too, is likened to a cedar,
Which grew and flourished for awhile in pride ;
my awful punishment to light;
See Ezekiel xxxi. † According to a description in the “Juvenile Instructor,” for 1853,