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A Foster Home

A Foster Home
The text of the article "A Foster Home," which appeared in the April 1850 edition of The Occident, volume 8, number 1.
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The Occident
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The Occident, and American Jewish Advocate Vol. VIII. Nissan 5610, April 1850 No. 1. A FOSTER HOME ""'The poor shall never cease out of 'the land'", is a predictions still constantly fulfilled after the lapse of many centuries, and this despite of the multiplied discoveries of art and science that according to human calculation should have given occupation and consequent sustenance to all; so that it would be an obstinate rejection of the prophecy to doubt that until the end of time, 'the poor shall never cease out of the land.' Under those circumstances, let us examine what is the duty of those to whom the prediction was given, and what was the purpose of it? It is found in connexion with the command 'Open wide thy hand to thy needy brother.' But if it were only intended to apply to such as require immediate aid, the command would be sufficient without the prediction. This therefore appears to have another object, and seems to demand that whilst providing for those who need present aid, it is incumbent on us to lay the foundation for aiding those that will be the poor of the land when we are rendering at the judgement seat of our God an account of the deeds which have marked our career whilst sojourning on earth. Of all the institutions that charity has suggested and liberality is needed for, a Foster Home or Hospital seems most to combine provision for the present and the future requirements of the poor. Some slight efforts have been made, and strong wishes have been expressed, to establish such an institution; but good wishes alone will not avail, or the wants of helpless childhood..."

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