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utiungi, after that in England, by the grace of God, he shall have acquired an enlarged experience of the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of the English tongue 2 Rabbies Solomon, Isaac, and Abraham called to-day on me; I argued with them three hours. I visited a sick Jew, at which he was very much rejoiced. .April 9.—Preached the Gospel to rabbi Abraham more than an hour; he was very attentive indeed, and seemed to be touched very much. .April 10.-Went in the company of Pater Paolo Tiutiungi, and a Catholic, to see the Convents of the Copts, and the habitation of an Abyssinian priest. .April 11.—Called on rabbi Solomon. His wife, Abraham Ben Jeremiah, his son-in-law, and his son rabbi Isaac, desired me vehemently to turn to Judaism, and to burn the New Testament; to let my beard grow, not to eat swine's flesh, and to marry a Jewess. I. Dear friends, you know that I love the Jews, but I am now alone with you, and no Christian hears us. I declare, even before you, that I believe Jesus of Nazareth is the true Messiah. I may accommodate myself to you in many things: just as St. Paul and Peter did. I am willing to let my beard grow, to wash my hands before I eat, yea, even perform all those prayers of the Jews which are according to Moses and the prophets; but I must always tell you, that I do not believe I shall be justified before God by performing certain prayers, or by washing my hands, but by faith in the Messiah who is Jesus of Nazareth. We must look upon him, whom we have pierced, and mourn. “Abraham believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteousness.” I believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Sav1 out. Bathsheba, the wife of Rabbi Solomon. We will give you the books of the rabbies; read in them and you will be persuaded. I. I shall read them with the greatest interest, and acknowledge every thing as truth which I find agreeing * Moses and the prophets; but Christ Jesus is too
deeply in my heart. No book can take him out of me. Read the New Testament that I will give you, and you will be persuaded that Christ has commanded us to do nothing against the prophets. Rabbi Solomon and his wife. We are now going to dinner, we beg you to dine with us. I. With great pleasure. Rabbi Solomon. Wash your hands before you go to dinner. I immediately washed my hands. Rabbi Solomon. Perform that prayer which we perform as often as we are washing our hands. I did not remember the contents of that prayer, and desired them first to recite the prayer. Rabbi Solomon and his wife. We say thus, ‘Blessed be thou, O Lord, our God, King of the world, who hast sanctified us with thy commandments, and hast commanded us to wash the hands. I. I cannot recite that prayer, for the Lord has not given us that commandment, it is neither to be found in Moses nor in the prophets. Rabbi Solomon. Do us the pleasure to perform our prayer when we break the bread. I remembered the prayer, and immediately said with a loud voice, “Blessed be thou, O Lord, our God, king of the worlds, who hast brought forth the bread from the earth.” After dinner was over, I said to them, Allow me now to tell you the prayer which I often say at home; and I said in Hebrew, “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, &c.’ Rabbi Solomon and all the Jews present. Exceedingly fine, exceedingly beautiful - I. And this prayer is to be found in the New Testament. No answer followed. They reproached me with having transgressed the command of Moses, by not having taken a wife. They cited Gen. i. 29, ii. 18. I replied, that I intended to marry as soon as the Lord gave me a wife who not only loves me, but the Lord above all.
Rabbi Mendel sent for me while I conversed with rabbi Solomon. I went to him; he was already waiting for me at the door of his room. Rabbi Mendel. I am grieved to see a Jew who has left the law of our ancestors ; and every Jew must be grieved. I. I have not left Moses and the Prophets, but the tradition of the elders only; I believe in the Messiah of Israel, in Jesus of Nazareth no worldly view has induced me to embrace that belies. Rabbi JMendel. We Jews in Poland have a proverb; The wicked one draws a Jew after him to London, but as soon as the Jew is arrived in London, the Jew draws the wicked one after him. I. The Jews have many friends among the Gentiles in London. Rabbi Mendel Those marks of friendship are only nets to catch poor Israel. Solomon (peace be unto him :) said, (Eccl. xii. 11.) “The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one Shepherd,” and this verse is most exactly explained (rabbi Mendel took forth the Talmud) in the first chapter of the Gemarah of Hagiga : there it is said, “Why are the words of the Torah compared to a goad, which directs an ox upon his way f (the Gemarah understands by loor, not goad; but an instrument by which an ox is directed upon his way.) The Torah leads us from the way of death to the way of life; and the Torah is compared to branches, (for the rabbies translate again, ni-rit, not nails, but branches,) which bring forth sruits and multiply them; for the disciples of the wise, the rabbies, sit down toge: ther, and are labouring very hard indeed about the sense of the Torah : These are saying, It is not permitted: and others again, It is permitted. Those say, It is false; and the others say, It is right. But all that is planted from one Shepherd, from one Father; from the mouth of the Lord are all works, blessed be he For it is writted, “And the Lord spake all these words,” Incline thine ear and heart to obey the words of those who say, “It is unclean,” and the words of those who say, “It is clean,” and the words of those who say, “It is not permitted,” and the words of those who say, “It is permitted,” and the words of those who say, “It is false,” and the words of those who say, “It is right.” And (rabbi Mendel continued) what great wisdom is to be found in the Talmud | They know well the works of the Lord, the nature of the sun and the stars, which we must well know, for it is written, “They regard not the works of the Lord, neither consider the operations of his hands,” Isaiah v. 12. The rabbies taught us, that we must exclaim, at such and such hour of the sun rising, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord ‘’” and the rabbies have taught us to exclaim, at the time of the going down of the sun, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord ''' My heart does not permit to write down the blasphemies which Rabbi Mendel after this speech spoke of Jesus Christ, who is, in despite of all the rabbinical subtleties, the Son of the living God. Rabbi Mendel has not yet looked into the New Testament. I asked him, by what signs will you know that the Messiah, whom you expect, will be the true one : Rabbi Mendel said, Not by his working miracles; but we shall see that he will build us a temple, and observe the law of Moses and our traditions. He then confessed, during our conversation, that the Talmudists do not agree with each other in respect to the Messiah Ben Joseph ; some say that no Messiah at all will be killed, but the devil; and that God has, some centuries ago, killed the devil or bad principle, in the city of Jerusalem; but the consequence has been, that not one single egg was brought forth by the hens, and God did, therefore, raise again the devil from the dead; for he saw that the world could not exist without the bad principle; for joy and intercourse between husband and wife would cease if the bad principle no longer existed. I confessed candidly to Rabbi Mendel, that there is so much nonsense in the Talmud, that no reasonable man will ever accept its authority.
And that we must believe in the Son of God, is clear, from Psalm ii. “Thou art my Son; “Kiss the Son;” “Blessed are those who trust in him l’” But Rabbi Mendel has the fault of always interrupting me, especially when persons are present. Solomon Ben Abraham, an old Jew, (not the abovementioned Solomon,) entered the room, and said in a rough and angry manner to rabbi Mendel, that he should not speak with me, for 1 came here to dissuade the Jews from keeping their law. Rabbi Mendel told me, that I should not take notice of that gentleman's words. I shall go to rabbi Mendel the day after to-morrow, and show him by Exod. xiv. 21, to the end, and by 1 Kings xviii. 39, that God persuades men by miracles of the
divine message of the servant of God ; and that the
Messiah was to do miracles, I shall show rabbi Mendel, by Isa. xxxv. 5, 6. .April 13.−Went to the holy sepulchre. Oh, what gross idolatry and imposture is practised near that place where thou didst say to the woman, “Why seek ye him who liveth, among the dead f" .April 14.—The Polish Jews residing in Jerusalem, are subdivided into three parties; 1. Into Polish Jews, who acknowledge over them the authority of a rabbi, who resides in Poland. 2. Into Pharisees, who have separated themselves from those of their Polish brethren, who acknowledge the rabbi in Poland; and every one of these considers himself a rabbi, and rabbi Mendel as their great rabbi. 3. Into Hasidim, who pretend to be
in continual communion with God, and live a very strict
life. The emnity between these parties is so great, that the Pharisee strives to prevent the settlement of the Polish party in Jerusalem; and the Polish that of the Pharisees ; and they even accuse each other to the Turkish governor. [Here follows a list of names of Pharisees, Polish Jews, and Hasidim, residing in Jerusalem, who are supported by their relatives in Poland; and also of some of the most opulent and learned Spanish Jews.] No Jew lived at Jerusalem in the time of the Crusa