1869 Article on the Jews
Eaton ago. in where cosmopolitan brief of of the loss oi desert, as the Mr. ? have of vessels seem the Progress Among tho Jcvrs. Wo published yesterday tho seven resolutions resolutions adopted by eleven rabbis from the principal principal cities of tho United States, who have met in conference at Philadelphia. These resolutions resolutions embody tho principles which, according according to the advocates of reform and progress, should be confessed by Judaism in its present phase of development. Without entering into details as to the doctrinal views thus set by the representatives of a great and powerful party among the American Jews-- a party which Fifth avenue in New York owes tho erection of one of its finest architectural ornaments, ornaments, the synagogue Emanuel, which, significantly significantly enough, is built in the shape of a and which was recently visited by Father Hyacinthe-- we must call attention to the Jewish Reform Conference in Philadelphia as a most noteworthy sign of the times. It is a fresh illustration of a wonderful progresssive movement movement among the Jews, both in the Old and in the New. Ever since the destruction of the Temple, which in the lifetime of Jesus Christ stood, with its gates, courts and towers, and resplendent, with gold and- marble, where the Mosque of Omar now rises at Jerusalem, the chief characteristic of "the peculiar people" people" has been the tenacity with which they have adhered to their ancient religious rites. These have continued unchanged and unchangeable unchangeable throughout the vicissitudes and the persecutions of seventeen centuries. la respect to many other things the Jews have, at different periods and in different countries, conformed to the customs and costumes of communities around them. We all remember remember how "a conquered nation changed their military leaders into rabbis and their hosts into armies of students ;" how, in the Middle Ages as well as in more modern limes, became the money changers of Europe ; notwithstanding all the abuse of Wagner, their great musical composers are entitled the foremost rank; how Rachel is not the only conspicuous artist who has exhibited extraordinary histrionic genius ; how the revolutions of 1848 were chie8y initiated and directed by them through the medium of newspaper press ; and how, in. fine, they in a thousand different ways shown their adaptability to the age in which we live. now the Philadelphia Conference attests, lika the recent conference of Israelites in Germany, Germany, the singular fact that the Jews are fuller ^sympathy with modern ideas of reform' "and progress than the ttltramon-tanists of Europe, who, it would seem, have induced Bishop of Rome and head of the Christian Church to hold an Ecumenical Council for express purpose of opposing all such ideas. Germany the Jews are slowly amalgamating with their fellow countrymen, and in tho United States -- which they begin to see their true land of promise, and where they are absolutely free -- thay are more rapidly yielding to the spirit of progress. All this will seem the less surprising if it be recollected that Jesus Christ himself, the greatest of innovators, was a Jew.