I read in some newspaper recently the startling announcement that Father Abraham, from whom the Jews and the followers of Islam claim descent, was not a Jew: that his name was Abram and not Abraham; and that the Jews came to be so called from the tribe from which they originated —
My eldest daughter is married to an Englishman whose father was a Jewish pawnbroker settled in
The Jews were a thriving community in this country till the beginning of World War II. We had a Justice of the Supreme Court in the colonial days who was a Jew, name of Schneider. The story goes that once, when on the bench, a lawyer of Dutch-Burgher origin made a rather uncalled for remark, referring to His Lordship as a "Wandering Jew". Pat came the retort from the Jewish Judge "Or like the Flying Dutchman!"
I remember, as a child, seeing many Jews in this country, always dressed in the customary long white robe, head covered and kept in place with a phylactery tied round the head. Also, till recent times, there was a Jewish Synagogue at
The Jews who lived in
I also learnt that on the seventh day God rested. And then He made man (Adam) and gave him a companion (Eve). And ever since neither God nor man has rested. In parenthesis I must apologise to my female readers for this joke, in poor taste doubtless. But to get back to the Jews of Ceylon. They were, as I said before, a familiar sight in
Then came World War II and I lost sight and trace of the Jews. Perhaps they returned to
Blog Owners comments: This is the first piece I came across that mentions a Synagogue. The information needs to be verified. Any takers or additions welcomed! P.S. I have not changed the author's spelling or grammar, but have extracted the piece verbatim.