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RABBI CALISCH DEMONSTRATES IT WAS
NOT COMPASSED BY THE JEWS.
The following will appear in the Times of
Saturday, and in some instances will probably
be read before this paper is received. It is
7b the Editor of the Times :
Richmond, Va., Nov. 15th.
I trust you will allow me a space in your
valuable paper for a few words in comment on
the defence of Col. O' Fer rail, made by Mr. J.
S. Craig, of Goshen, and published in your
issue of to-day.
The comment is not on the defence itself,
but on the phrase used by the writer, when he
says that "the enemies of Col. O' Fer rail
worked as vehemently to defeat him as did the
Jews to crucify tbe Saviour." Had Mr. Craig
been as eager in defence of the truth as be was
of Col. O'Ferrall, he would never have been
guilty of that assertion. For, all Christian
teaching to the contrary notwithstanding, the
Jews did not crucify Jesus.
To my sorrow'do I know that the children
of Christian parents, as they go to their re
spective Sunday schools, are there taught the
sentiment used by Mr. Craig; the pulpit re
peats, it and the language of hymn-books often
re-enforces it. This hoary calumny of the ages
has been the cause of more woe to the Jews
and more unchristian conduct on the part of
Christians, than any other thought in human
history, and to-day yet it is given to innocent
children, to sour the milk of hnman kindness
within their breasts, and to pave the road
whereon the steps of hate shall walk. And
the pathetic part of it is that it is untrue.
It is with deep regret that I feel called upon
to oppose the teachings of pastors and Sunday
school superintendents and teachers, but the
defense of my own, and the regard for historical
truth urge me to take hold of this opportunity.
The Jews did not crucify Jesus, and they
could not have done so had they wished to.
In the time of Jesus Judea was a tributary
province of Rome, as Canada is to-day of Eng
land. And while Rome permitted a certain
autonomy of government to her provinces in
ordinary civil and criminal jurisdiction, yet
the jusgladii, the power over life and death
was not in their hands, as the gospel of John
itself states, (xviii-32) it being the exclusive
prerogative of the Roman governor or procura
Nor were they morally responsible for his
death, for tbat event was the result of political
and not religious agitation. Had Jesus never
violated his own teachings, had he "rendered
unto God the things tbat are God's, and unto
Caesar the things that are Casar's," he doubt
less would have died a peaceful and ordinary
death, and Christianity mayhaps would have
been a thing still unborn. Had he simply
continued to teach and to perform his healings
and his miracles, and had done nothing else,
Calvary and Golgotha would have remained
unknown and unsung. But when he per
mitted himself to make the triumphal proces
sion into Jerusalem, and to be hailed by the
people as the " King of the Jews," then he be
came guilty of treason to Rome, precisely as
would any one to-day be guilty of treason to En
-1 gland, did he set himself up as King of Canada,
Jesus by that act became a political male
factor, and as a political malefactor he was
condemned by a Roman procurator, led to the
' cross by Roman executioners and put to death
by Roman method of execution. Crucifixion
1 was an act unknown to the Jews. They have
not even a word for it in their vocabulary.
That Jesus had no thought of insurrection
against Rome is doubtless true, that his life
had been beautiful and blameless and of com
fort and cheer and healing to the sick in soul
and body is also true, that he meant only that
his was to be a spiritual kingdom and not tem
poral is likewise unquestioned, but Rome knew
nor cared aught for these things, nor took
cognizance ofthe surgings of his soul-life. Suf
ficient that he had dared be proclaimed " King
ofthe Jews," had entered Jerusalem as into
his capital city. The hand of Rome was heavy
upon those who questioned its power and Jesus
felt its weight.
Did I not fear to trespass upon your space I
could bring the Synoptics themselves to bear
out my assertions. But I trust this will be
sufficient to call the attention of Mr. Craig and
many other Christians to this error, and to ex
press the hope that they, and those in whose
power it lies, will remedy the great injustice
that has been done unto a people, an injustice
that bas cast its fearfnl shadow ovet the face
of every century, that has caused suffering and
terror and pain such as let us pray Heaven,
will never b. caused again. I need not say to
whom the injustice has been done, nor who
has suffered the pain. Only after all these
tardy year 3 let the shadow be rolled away,
and let the Jews walk si ie by side with their
fellow men, without there resting upon them
the burden of a deed, by them never commit
ted. For the Romans, and not the Jews, cruci
Edwabd N. Calisch,
Rabbi of " Beth Ahaba."
Kramer, The Russian Jew.
Died in the Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga., Jtdj 18
Afar from the land of his fathers,
An exile forced to roam,
Gathered as the storm cloud gathers
Waif wrecks to its mystic homo.
No more the Black sea billow
Will wake that heedless ear,
As prone on a painless pillow
We sadly lay him here.
Odessa's charm is over,
And the Austrian day is done
With the hopes and fears that hover
Around oppression's throne.
lie is dead and his form is lying
Beneath the pitying stars,
All free from the despot's prying
And the iron hand of czars!
— Atlanta Journal.
The Rev. Dr. Schindler, rabbi of the
wealthiest Jewish congregation of Boston has
sent in his resignation, giving as a reason the
religious apathy of his church.
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