The Joy of the "Chosen People."
It would be impossible to send out this Epoch and Light of Reason without sounding a note of real and intense joy over the happenings of the last few days. When we read that the Holy City was in the hands of the British, our joy was so great it seemed almost impossible to contain it. Not because we as a nation hold it, but because we have given it to those to whom it belongs, and we felt that the joy that filled our heart was just a very small part of the great joy that must be filling the hearts of the great Jewish Race all over the world. In all its glory the Holy Land will soon be the home of the long-suffering peoples who have waited and prayed and longed for it all through the centuries. They will return again to the land of their fathers, and who but a Jew can in any way imagine what it means to them? After the terrible suffering of their forefathers in exile, cast out and tortured by the nations of the world one after another; after the shame and the terror and the horror of the suffering they have endured, to come again to their ancient home in peace!
The Desire of All Nations.
And let us not miss the great divine lesson it contains for us who are not of their Nation. Never a great and noble Ideal, held to in the face of all difficulties, but it will be realized at last. Never can the heart of man behold a vision of truth and beauty, but at last it will burst upon him with all its glory and reality. The Divine Ideal waits, ever waits, for the call of man, and every aspiration towards it brings it nearer. Ah, it has been a long waiting time for those wandering, homeless tribes; those centuries in which the land of their fathers lay in the grasp of the stranger, but they waited, and endured, and were faithful to the Race, and at last the day has come. We who wait, and watch, and pray for the Healing of the Nations, let us take heart and endure and never faint, for "a thousand years in His sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." The Desire of all Nations will come.
The Maintenance Fund
It is always a difficult thing to speak of money. We would that we were in a financial position ourselves to make the Magazine and its work entirely free from all "funds" and money getting. At the time of writing donations are coming in, and little by little we are getting nearer the goal. It will be impossible to give the result in this Number as we have to go to press nearly three weeks before the end of the year. In the February issue we will give the List of names and donations from the beginning up to Dec. 31st, and the total sum reached will be included in the Balance Sheet as a separate item.
The 1918 Subscriptions are coming in by every post, and we would like to impress on all who can possibly do so to remit at once as we cannot now continue to send the Magazine as we used to for three or four months without the subscription. Subscriptions are falling due every month, but this time of year by far the greater number are due, and if all will pay up promptly it will be greatly to the advantage of the work. We would have been so glad if the Maintenance Fund had reached such proportions that we could have resumed all the free work we have had to give up during the last year. We are printing nearly one thousand less every month, which means that where we used to send one dozen copies to Huts, Camps, and Reading Rooms at the Front and at the various bases, we now send only one copy, and so a very large number who used to read it must now be deprived of it. We sent some hundreds to the Hospitals for the wounded and the sick all of which had to be cut down. In so far as we can do so we shall send out free copies to the soldiers—the fighting men, the sick and wounded, during the coming year, and for the sake of this work we are hoping that the Maintenance Fund will even exceed the £100 asked for. Again and again we have printed letters from the men who have read the Epoch and enjoyed it, and many letters we have not printed (for it would be impossible to give them all) tell us of all the Epoch has done for men in the hour of temptation and suffering, until we have longed for the means to enable us to flood the world with copies of it. If any reader would like to send a sum of money for this purpose entirely, and will do so at any time three weeks before the number is printed of any month, we can then order the extra copies and send them out. Such sums would appear as separate items in the yearly Balance, and also would be accounted for in detail to the giver. Gladly will we give all the labor and all the time if some who can do so will give the means.