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Vol. X. No. 7
Tishry 5613 October 1852

The Holy Land


The Rev. S. M. Isaacs, of New York, begs to acknowledge the receipt of the following donations for the poor of the Holy Land, and takes the opportunity of stating, that in all cases where money is received for these poor pilgrims of hope, it is transmitted to the needy “of the four cities.” Sir Moses Montefiore, Bart., is the agent, through whose direction it is forwarded and distributed, and receipts from the recipients are duly sent to the donors.

Received from Baltimore, per Rev. A. Rice,  $25
"           " Savannah, from a portion of the Cong. Mikveh Yisrael, through their President, J. De La Motta, Esq., - - $25

Note.—From the above acknowledgment it will be seen that the worthy minister of the Wooster Street Synagogue, of New York, continues to display an active zeal in behalf of the suffering Israelites of Palestine; and we hope that his appeals may be liberally answered by those having the means to alleviate the distresses of their fellow-men.

But, after all, it would be much better if a proper system of agriculture could be introduced into our ancient heritage, by which means those who now lack bread might be enabled to obtain it for themselves from the bosom of the earth, which is still as fertile in many places as in olden days. We shall, therefore, be rejoiced to learn of the success of the proposed movement of Mr. Warder Cresson (Michael Boaz Israel), who is himself a thorough farmer, and is about returning to Palestine to open, if possible, an extensive farm outside of Jerusalem in the Valley of Rephaim. To succeed in this worthy attempt, to settle the country anew with a hardy, brave, and independent population, to chase away the prowling Arabs, who render everything insecure wherever they show their horrid visage, would at once strike off the shackles of poverty which now weigh down the spirit of our brothers. How glad we shall be to record in future numbers of our work the triumph of this redoubt­able convert, and we wish him and his labours in the outset a hearty “God speed.”—Ed. Oc.