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BY THE EDITOR.
THE object of this little work is to give to Jewish children a book designed for religious classes and home reading.
It seems almost needless to dwell on the fact that there is an extraordinary paucity of such books in our community. Less fortunate than their Christian neighbours, who are provided with an unfailing supply of literature adapted for children, Jewish parents and teachers have but a very limited choice of works suitable for spiritual and moral teaching.
In order to meet this want, however imperfectly, I have compiled this little book, which will, perhaps, prove the forerunner of others drawn on similar lines.
The lessons, or chapters, are from the pens of various writers; their diction is purposely very simple, but they touch upon questions which lie at the very root of all real education.
In the ordinary course of school-day life where the teacher's attention must be absorbed by the subjects which come within the range of the present severe examination tests, the purely spiritual and moral side of education runs a great chance of being neglected or pushed into the background. The Sabbath class, or Sabbath home reading, must make up for this deficiency if the child is to be educated, as well as instructed.
It is, therefore, most important that the teacher, often