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And the young, with one accord,
When the bark was on the deep,
When the Angel, ere 'twas day,
But more happy, we who trace,
Jesus, Master, Thou shalt reign
King of kings and Lord of lords !"
LONDON : Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts' Institution,
Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
THE HOSPITAL AT JERUSALEM.
(With an Engraving.) The state of the Jews in Jerusalem is painful in the extreme, owing to their deep poverty. The great mass of them are poor, and therefore they are unable to help each other, as they can and do in other lands; they have no trade, and depend for their subsistence chiefly on alms, collected amongst their brethren in different parts of the world. They dwell in dark crowded habitations, the victims, oftentimes, of disease and want. The Society sent out a Medical Missionary in 1838, Mr. Gerstmạnn, in order to visit and relieve these suffering descendants of Abraham, and in the hope that by such proof of Christian love, access might the more readily be obtained to their hearts. Mr. Gerstmann was himself a Jew, and most anxious to devote his life to the spiritual and bodily, welfare of his brethren. Coming thus with works and words of love, he found a wide and effectual door open for his reception. An excommunication which had been pronounced by the rabbies on those who should hold communication with the missionaries was disregarded, and the messenger of mercy was gladly welcomed to the abodes of poverty and disease.
Soon after Mr. Gerstmann's arrival, the Rev. John Nicolayson wrote thus to the Rev. Dr. M'Caul :
“ Mr. G. has made such discoveries of appalling destitution and misery among the poorer classes of the Jews (those who most need his assistance,) as threaten to render his medical aid almost unavailable to them. He made such affecting representations on this subject as induced me, the other day, to visit with him about a dozen of his poorer patients (and these not the very worst off, he says), and such was the effect produced by witnessing the absolute destitution and extreme misery of these poor descendants of Abraham, that I immediately determined to give Mr. G. every possible encouragement and assistance to obtain the means of alleviating this extreme wretchedness, at least so far as to secure a reasonable prospect of his medical labours among them not being altogether defeated, by appealing to the charity and sense of duty of happier and more privileged Christians at home. Our plan is to form something that may grow into a hospital. For this purpose, we need one who will become the advocate of Jewish misery in happy England, present the claims of Abraham's descendants in Jerusalem, for temporal relief, to Christians enriched with their forfeited privileges, collect their charities, remit them to us, correspond with us on the subject, and make known the results. Such (as said) you either must become yourself, or find an equally suitable substitute. We can take no refusal, and offer no other alternative. Yet be not alarmed at the
Hospital.” We are not going to erect a palace, like the hospitals in London. Our idea is this-If we receive one pound only, we will spend