Jewish life in tranquility, the sustaining, elevating and ennobling power of Judaism.
THE solemn, yet joyous month of festivals is past, and you now enter the placid and quiet month of Cheshvan; but your heart carries a wealth of reverberating echoes into this quietness, and this month is, therefore, a suitable period for surveying the splendour which lies in Jewish still-life. What a significant month Cheshvan can be if you have been fully imbued with the spirit of Tishri! School and home, business and communal life now commence the tranquil half- year of their winter activity with all its strivings and enjoyments. With renewed zest boys and girls go off to school, youths and young women again take up the task of preparing for life; with fresh courage the man devotes himself to his occupation, while the woman tends the home with her noiseless ministrations; and evening assembles them all together again, every cottage becomes a sanctuary, every table an altar, and every breath a hymn to God. A spirit of peace and love, of happiness and quiet confidence fills husband and wife, the young man and young woman, and overflows into the merry and innocent souls of the little ones. Oh, that we were truly Jews! That we would once and for all resolve to be Jews, in the full meaning of this glorious name, with all the determination and vigour that this path of salvation demands! That we might once and for all cease from carping and fault- finding; and that we might put to the test God's word and the sustaining power of His doctrine only in the sphere where it truly can be tested, namely in life, in real existence, in action. That we might at last have the courage to build our homes as Jews, to conduct our married life as Jews, to educate our children as Jews, to enlighten our minds and warm our hearts as Jews, to enliven our conversation and plan our actions as Jews, to consecrate our enjoyments as Jews; that we might have the