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the borrower, becomes a sharer in his slavery, felt the strength of his arm. profits. This is the opinion of all Ulm, Marengo, Austerlitz witnessed Jewish doctors.
his prowess, nor weak was there the It is evident, that opinions, teeming sirile of death. with absurdities, and contrary to all rules of social morality, although ad- Distant hills shook with his warlike vanced by a Rabbi, can no more be t} under : by his strong arm his eneimputed to the general doctrine of the mies were humbled. The mighty of Jews, than similar notions, if advanc. the earth hare bent before him. He ed by Catholic theologians, coulit be has said to nations, “Let there be attributed to the evangelical doctrine. peace,” and the universe is at rest. The same may be said of the general charge made against the Hebreus, Firmly on wisdom is his throne that they are naturally inclined to fixed on high ; justice and truth upusury. It cannot be denied that some
hold bis crown.
He pours the balmy are to be found, though not so many oil of grace into the wounds of inno. as is generally supposed, who follow cence; he heals the galling sores of that nefarious traffic condemned by oppression. The proud and the their religion.
hanghty he heeds nnt ; they stand si. But if there are some not over-nice lent and abashed before him. in this particular, is it just to accuse one hundred thousand individuals of He has placed in justice the delight this vice? Would it not be deemed of his heart : wborn races shall hail an injustice to lay the same imputa. him Father of his people. By bim tion on all Christians, because some of the happiness of nations rests on the them are guilty of usury? pp.197–207. tables of the law as on a rock. The
The Sermons, Odes, and the wreaths of victory adorn his brow, the Hymns, composed in Hebrew, forin gracious seat of law-inspiring wisby no means the least interesting dum.' pp. 231, 232. part of the volume.
The following verses will serve as Extract from the Ode composed by specimens of the modest and delicate
M. F. Mayer. praises lavished on NAPOLEON THE GREAT!
No mortal eye can look on the Fath
er of light, when, in mid career, Extract froin the Ode composed by A. M. bursting from clouds and mists, dark Collogna.
rolling on each side, he pursues the
brightness of his steps. The green On the deeds of the mighty will I hills list their dery leads, the flowers raise a song ;
on the deeds of the glitter in the valley, the soft gale hero, chief of men, unmatched in bat. wafis fragrancy around. tles. Near bim the glory of kings fades and vanishes: they hide before Such is NAPOLEON in his career of him their diminished hearis. Their glory! Weak are the bards of present greatness is a thing of nought. days to raise the song of his fame :
too high for them are his mighty Which of his deeds shall first in. deeds. In wonder their voice is lost; spire the bard? Wonders upon won- the umtumed lyre drops from their up. ders are engraved on gkrvis adaman. lifted hands. Thus the sun of uis. tine tablet! Numberless are his
dem and strength gladdens the world, victories and countless his triumphs. rising above mortal praise. Who to each bright orb in the starry heaven can assign a name, or fix a How great thy destiny, O NAPOLEstedfast eve on the Father of light, on! Who can be compared with thee blazing forth in his meridian glory? among the glory of nations? Who
among renowned warriors, among Early were his deeds in arms. The sage lawgivers, erer raised his fame hills of Montenotte beheld him victo. near to thine, ( first of mortal rious: Egypt, that ancient land of men-Bright in days of old was
the glory of Athens and of Rome : not over the fallen foe: his mighty dim is their light now before thee. hand raiseth the fallen in the strife. On thee the eyes of nations are fixed; they wonder, and bless thy name. In vain the nations of the earth uni.
ted against him; weak was their Who is like unto thee, O NAPOLE- arm, and powerless their blows. In on, in the lays of thy glory, when Marengo's and Austerlitz's bloody thou graspest the death-dealing steel, plains he broke the bow of the strong; that thy allies might rest behind its the thickened phalanxes of his ene. lightning! Like the eagle of the rock mies were scattered before him. was thy flight over Germany's plains. Grateful to humbled kings was the Thy heroes innumerable crowded olive branch of peace, mildly shining around thee; the thunder of war was in the magnanimous hand of the conin their hands, carrying destruction queror. among the foe. Thus the cloud, rising from the abyss, borne along by To imperial France he bent bis vic. the western wind, dark, vast, terrible, torious steps; his faithful subjects overspreads the blackened field. greeted his return. Thus a father be.
holds his children, the pride of his The earth trembled, but now rests heart, dutiful and affectionate : they
Far distant nations bent rejoice in the firmness of his throne before the majesty of thy brow. Ulm, it rests on victory, clemency, virtue, Marengo, Austerlitz, the plains of humanity, justice. Egypt, beheld the feats of Napoleon. "Raise altars to the God of battles," May his fame, like his goodness, he said, and altars arose from their fill the universe! May our august ruins; bitterness fled from our hearts Emperor live forever. May our au. at the dawn of his grace. Happy, gust Empress live forever. This is our happy are the children of France. constant prayer, the dearest wish of Nations had but a glimpse of the star our hearts: and may the Eternal pour of our pride, swiftly gliding through his holy blessings on the Imperial the mist tinged with its glory.
Family. Amen. pp. 239-242. Bards of Israel, let your harmonious Among other acts of this assembly, songs thrill in my soul, that, amidst is a letter addressed to all the Synathe voice of nations, the fame of the gogues of Europe, requesting them to hero may be raised in the ancient send deputies to the Grand Sanhe. words of Jacob, the words of the drim. youth of our people.
The great NAPOLEON tooked down on the chil. The following Regulations for the dren of wo, sport of the proud and of religious worship and the internal po. the oppressor: he gathered them lice of the nation are worthy of atten. round him like a tender father: from tive consideration, as partly developthe dust he raised them to stand as a ing the intentions of the French ruler. mark of his might. Just are fis judgments ; great and big with glad.
PLAN ness is the propitious light of his wise Art. I. A Synagogue and a Condom. Before it the darkening cloud sistory shall be established in every of shame retires, rolling back on the department which contains two thoufoes of our people. pp. 233-238. sand individuals professing the relig
ion of Moses. Extract from the Hymn-composed by II. In case a department should M. S. Wittersheim.
not contain two thousand Israelites,
the jurisdiction of the Consistorial Eminent in war is the hero among Synagogue shall extend over as many chiefs. The Nile and the Jordan have of the adjoining departments as shall beheld his deeds, terrible in battles. make up the said number. The seat The lightning of bis steel gleams on of the Synagogue shall always be in the proud in arms ; but he exulteth the most populous city,
III. In no case can there be more that for cause or under the pre. than one Consistorial Synagogue for tence of religion, no praying as. each department.
sembly he formed without being IV. No particular Synagogue can expressly authorised. be established, but after being propos. 3d. To encourage, by all possible ed by the Consistorial Synagogue to means, the Israelites of the Coo). the competent authority. Each par. sistorial district to follow useful ticular Synagogue shall be superin. professions, and to report to gori tended by a Rabbi and two elders, ernment the names of those who who shall be named by the competent cannot render a satisfactory co authorities.
count of their means of subsist. V. There shall be a Grand Rabbi ence. in each Consistorial Synagogue.
5th. To give annually to government VI. The Consistories shall be com- the nuinber of Jewish conscripts posed, as much as possible, of a Grand within the district. Rabbi, and three other Israelites, two XIII. There shall be formed in of whom shall be chosen among the Paris a General Consistory, compos. inhabitants of the town which •; the ed of three Rabbies and two other seat of the Consistory.
Israelites. VII. The oldest member shall be XIV. The Rabbies of the Central President of the Consistory. He Consistory shall be selected from the shall take the title of Elder of the Con- Grand Rabbies, and the rules contain: sistory.
eil in the tenth article shall apply to VIII. In each Consistorial district all others. the competent authority shall name XV. A member of the Central twenty-five Notables among the Isra- Consistory shall go out every year, elites who pay the largest contribu. but he may always be re-elected. tions.
XVI. The vacant places shall be IX. These Notables shall name the filled by the remaining members. The members of the Consistory, who must member elect shall not take his place be approved by the competent au- till his election is approved by governthority.
ment. X. No one can be a member of the XVII. The functions of the Central Consistory if he is not thirty years of Consistory are, age, if he has been a bankrupt, unless 1st. To correspond with the Consishe honourably paid afterwards, or if tories. he is known to be an usurer.
2nd. To watch over the execution of XI. Every Israelite, wishing to set- every article of the present regu. tle in France, or in the kingdom of lations. Italy, shall give notice of his inten- 3d. To denounce to thie competent tion, within three months after his authority all infractions of these arrival, to the Consistory nearest his said regulations, either through place of residence.
negligence or through design. XII. The functions of the Consis. 4th. To confirm the nomination of tory shall be,
Rabbies, and to propose to the 1st. Tosce that the Rabbies do not, competent authority, when neces.
either in public or in private, give sary, the removal of Rabbies and any instructions or explanations of of members of Consistories. the law, in contradiction to the an- XVIII. The Grand Rabbi shall be swers of the assembly, confirmed named by the twenty five Notables, by the decisions of the Great mentioned in the eighth article. SANHEDRIM.
XIX. The new Grand Rabbi elect 2nd. To maintain order in the inte. shall not enter into his functions till
rior of Synagogues, to inspect the he has been approved by the Central administration of particular Syna. Consistory. gogues, to settle the assessment, XX. No Rabbi'can be elected, and to regulate the use of the sums 1st. If he is not a native of France necessary for the maintenance of or of Italy, or if he has not been the Mosaic worship, and to see naturalized.
Ind. If he does not produce a certif- sent to the competent authority a plan
icate of his abilities, signed by of assessment among the Israelites of three Frenchmen, if he is a French- the district for the sums necessary to man, and by three Italians, if he is pay the stipends of the Rabbies. The an Italian ; and from the year other expenses of worship shall be 1820, if he does not understand fixed and assessed by the competent the French language in France, authority, on the demands of the Cone and the Italian in the kingdom of sistories. The salary of the central Italy. The candidate who joins Rabbies shall be proportionally paid some proficiency in Greek or Lat. out of the sums levied on the several in to the knowledge of the Hebrew districts. language, will be preferred, all XXIV. Each Consistory shall name things besides being equal. an Israelite, not a Rabbi, nor memXXI. The functions of the Rab- ber of the Consistory, to receive the bies are,
sums which shall be levied in the dis. Ist. To teach religion.
trict. 2d. To inculcate the doctrines con- XXV. This Treasurer shall pay
tained in the decisions of the Great quarterly the salary of the Rabbies, Sanhedrim.
and the other expenses of worship, 3d. To preach obedience to the laws, upon orders, signed by at least three
and more particularly to those members of the Consistory. He shall which relate to the defence of the give his account every year, on a fixcountry ; to dwell especially on ed day, in a full Assembly of the this point every year, at the epoch Consistory. of the conscription, from the mo. XXVI. Every Rabbi who, after the ment government shall first call promulgation of the present regulaupon the people till the law is fully tions, shall be unemployed, and will executed.
choose, nevertheless, to remain in 4th. To represent military service France or in Italy, shall be bound to
to the Israelites as a sacred duty, adhere formally, and to sign a declaand to declare to them, that, while ration of his adherence to the decis. they are engaged in it, the law ex.
ions of the Great Sanhedrin. The empts them from the practices copy of this declaration shall be sent which might be found incompati- to the Central Consistory, by the ble with it.
Consistory which shall have receive 5th. To preach in the Synagogues, ed it.
and to recite the prayers which are XXVII. The Rabbies who are publicly made for the Emperor members of the Great Sanhedrim and the Imperial Family.
shall be, as much as possible, prefer6th. To celebrate marriages and to red to all others, to fill the places of pronounce divorces, without, on
Grand Rabbies. any pretence, acting in either case,
The work also contains an address till the parties who require their from the Israelites of Frankfort on ministry have produced due proofs the Maine, and the answer sent by of the act having been sanctioned the assembly, and concludes by a by the civil authority.
speech of M. Avigdor, one of the secXXII. The salary of the Rabbies, retaries, relative to the persecutions members of the Central Consistory, is sustained by the Jews, the causes fixed at six thousand livres ; that of of these persecutions, the protection the Grand Rabbies of Consistorial
afforded to them by the clergy at difSynagogues at three thousand livres ;
ferent times, and a series of resolu. that of the Rabbies of particular Syn- tions thanking the Christian clergy in agogues shall be fixed by the commu.
various parts of Europe for the mani. nity of Israelites which shall have re
fold favours confirmed by them in forquired the establishment of such a
mer centuries on the Israelites. Synagogue; it cannot be less than a
Many of the speeches of the deputhousand livres. The Israelites of ties evince very great talents; and the the several districts may vote an aug- whole work is equally valuable for its mentation of these salaries.
curiosity and interest. XXIII. Each consistory shall pre
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