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THE JEWISH SOUTH. I
INTERESTS OF JUDAISM.
HERBERT T. EZEKIEL, Editor aii Proprietor,
72a EAST MAIN STREET.
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Entered at the Poat Office, Richmond, V*., as
second class mail matter.
As it is generally conceived, every
book of any consequence should
have a preface. Likewise, the initial
number of a newspaper is not com
plete without a salutatory. There
is the difference, however, that a
a preface is ordinarily written after
the book is finished, and the writer
can measure his claims by his work
and tell definitely what he has at
tempted to do. The salutatorian
has the untilled field of journalistic
possibility still before him, and has
to content himself with a statement
of what he hopes to do. This, then,
be the endeavor of "The Jewish
It does not presume to say that
it is going to fill a long-felt want,,
but it does claim, that there being
only one Jewish newspaper south
of the Mason and Dixon line, there
is room for another. That room it
hopes to occupy and to become the
welcome visitor in thousands of
homes of the intelligent Jews of the
South. There is ever a profound
need of a journal, even here in
America, to defend Judaism against
silly, and often dangerous charges,
conceived in ignorance, born in big
otry, and fostered with unreason
ing malevolence, that are too fre
quently allowed to continue unan
swered, because of the unwilling
ness or inability of individuals to
take up the lance.
There is, also, always need of a
Tlie Jewish South.
of our co-religionists who are cut
off from the benefits of communal
institutions, that will be the medium
of intercommunication and ex
change of thoughts and ideals.
The Jewish South will endeavor,
in so far as shall lie within its pow
ers to answer these needs. Its voice
will never be silent when the honor
kits faith is assailed, and there
1 be no effort too great, nor too
en repeated, that it will not make
in its defence. Nor will it, on the
other hand, be dumb when a fault
will be seen among its own, but
will endeavor to raise Judaism and
the Jews unto such lofty planes of
life, that, like Bilaam of old, those
' who come to curse, must perforce,
remain to bless.
Should it in some degree succeed
in this, it feels it will not in vain
have been called Into existence.
To its cotemporaries it extends
the hand of fellowship, and asks
only that it receive from them the
treatment it shall merit.
AS TO JEWISH CONVERTS.
The apocryphal tradition as to
the Jew's love of money is hardly
borne out by the statistics in Eng
land. During the past year the so
ciety having for its object the con
version of our British co-religionists
succeeded they claim in twelve cases.
The average cost per capita was
something over $15,000. As eleven
of the converts so-called were un
der the age of twenty-one, it would
seem that the affection for "the
root" entertained by the Jewish
adult is hardly so strong as is gen
erally attributed. \
Not so satisfactory are the re
ports we hear of conversions on
this side of the water. If these
be true, men reared in Russia as
rabbis are now in the employ of
low-countrymen become Christains.
It is also said they have been quite
"successful." We sincere!}' trust
that these statements are untrue,
but if they are not, we can but con
sole ourselves with the thought
that men who on so slight a provo
cation degenerate into renegades
and apostates, would scarcely, un
der the best conditions, reflect credit
While on the subject we can but
remember the action of our lament
ed Dr. Harris in this direction.
By order of the Episcopal Bish
op a day was set apart upon which
prayer was to be offered in all the
churches in the diocese for the con
version of the Jews. In an "open
letter" to the Bishop, published at
the time in a local daily, Dr. Harris
expressed his thanks for the distin
guished consideration, but declared
there was no desire whatsoever on
the part of the Jews for conversion
as they were very well satisfied with
Indeed, it is almost impossible to
regard the matter seriously when
we reflect how little our faith has
suffered in this direction. Even when
effected, conversions so-called sig
nify but little. All of us probably
remember the story of the conver
sion of the young Jewish student at
Oxford. So proud was the society
who wrought the wonder of its la
bors, that a special public meeting
was had, that the thoroughness of,
their handiwork might be demon
jstrated. The affair came off on a
Saturday. After certain prelimina
ries a curtain was thrown back,
disclosing the young convert seated
?n a table, devouring an immense
am sandwich with evident gusto.
Such a diet on such a day satisfied
the most skeptical. But, sorrowful
to relate, the new accession to the
church was discovered the next day,
Sunday, endeavoring to sell slate
pencils at an advance of one hun
dred per cent, on their value.