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XXIV.

Belief in man.

The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.—Psalm cxlv. 9.

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CONSCIENTIOUS person would rather doubt his

own judgment than condemn his species. He would say: "I have observed without attention, or judged upon erroneous maxims; I trusted to profession when I ought to have attended to conduct." Such a man will grow wise, not malignant, by his acquaintance with the world. But he that accuses all mankind of corruption, ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one. In truth, I should much rather admit those, whom, at any time, I have disrelished the most, to be patterns of perfection, than seek a consolation to my own unworthiness in a general communion of depravity with all about me.

BURKE.

I never knew one who made it his business to lash the faults of other writers that was not guilty of greater ones.

ADDISON.

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XXV. the Architect of Circumstances.

And the Lord God took Adam and put him into the Garden of Eden to work at it and to keep it.Genesis ii. 15.

And Jacob said to Laban ... These twenty years have I worked for thee; in the day the drought consumed me and the frost by night, and the sleep departed from mine eyes.—Genesis xxxi. 38-40.

INSTEAD

:

NSTEAD of saying: Man is the creature of circum

stances, it would be nearer the mark to say: That man is the architect of circumstance. Our strength is measured by our plastic power. From the same materials one man builds palaces, another hovels; one warehouses, another villas; bricks and mortar are bricks and mortar until the architect can make them something else. Thus it is that in the same family, in the same circumstances, one man rears a stately edifice, while his brother, vacillating and incompetent, lives forever amidst ruins. The block of marble which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. THOMAS CARLYLE.

As a man thinks or desires in his heart, such, indeed, he is; for then, most truly, because most uncontrolably, he acts himself.

South.

ET us then be up und doing

With a heart for every fate; Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.

XXVI.

an Humble Faith.

Lord, my heart is not haughty nor mine eye lofty, neither do I exercise myself in matters too high for

- Psalm cxxxi. 1.

me.

DO I, then, say: Judaism is the perfect religion ?. I

confess my inability to understand how any religionist who has looked about him with an unprejudiced mind, can lay “the flattering unction to his soul" that his is the only true, or the best religion in the world. What do we know of other faiths, beyond the merest outside, and in many cases hardly that much? By what process can we probe the soul of a Buddhist, when he, weary with this life's aimless struggles, cries out for Nirvana? or the heart of a Mohammedan, when he makes his seven circuits around the Caaba ? How can a Jew fathom the awe with which a Christian looks up into the pale face of his thorn-crowned Redeemer, to whom he owes all the relief he has from an everlasting death that is worse than the most miserable of earthly lives? On the other hand, how can a Christian feel what passes in the soul of a Jew whenever he hears or repeats the old battle-cry of his creed: Hear, O Israel ? Has he ever heard it fall from a parent's dying lips? Does he even know of the thousands that rushed into the flames hurling their defiance by the same word into the faces of their murderers ? The most that we can justly say is: My religion pleases, satisfies me best; and the least that others can ask of us is: Prove by conduct what thy faith can do for the best of mankind.

G. G. E that is down need fear no fall;

He that is low, no pride ; He that is humble ever shall

Have God to be his guide.

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XXVII.

Hatred the Destroyer.

Hatred stirreth up strifes; but love covereth all sins. —Prov, x. 12.

Envy, Lust, Hatred—these three are forerunners of death.

.-The Pharisees.

IT

T is forbidden to an Israelite to bear hatred towards

his neighbor. Because of the hatred of his brethren for Joseph, our forefathers were exiled in Egypt, where finally they became enslaved. And so our Rabbis taught: It is written: "Thou shalt uot hate thy brother;" meaning also, thou shalt not injure him, thou shalt not revile him, thou shalt not ill-use him. All these things the Law demands. Nay, more. It is added “in thy heart;” whence follows that we may not carry hatred concealed within our bosom, even when it results in no external act. In respect to punishment, the sin of hatred stands on the same level with the three chief sins, idolatry, immorality, and the shedding of blood. Because of these sins the first Temple was destroyed. But why was the second Temple

destroyed? We know quite certainly that at that time the Holy Law was observed and works of piety were done. But a boundless hatred raged between the various parties, even against those that were quite spotless both in morality and in the Law. Only those that openly break the laws may one hate; that is to say, one may endeavor to procure their punishment according to the Law, nothing further. But let the accuser always remember the earnest warning of our teachers: Three men are hateful unto the Lord. 1. He that speaks other than he thinks; 2. He that is able to bear witness in favor of another, and fails to do so; 3. He that appears as a single witness and accuser of a fellow-man (since the law has laid down the rule that only two witnesses may do so).

RABBI ACHAI,

(VIII. Century). EARCH thine own heart. What paineth thee?

In others, in thyself may be;
All dust is frail, all flesh is weak;
Be thou the true man thou dost seek,

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XXVIII. What (Righteousness Includes.

The mouth of the righteous man is a well of life.Proverbs x. II.

The labor of the righteous tendeth to life. - Proverbs x. 16.

BUT

UT true justice includes love. Certainly the Jew

ish principle of righteousness does. Does love

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