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The Legacy of German Jewry$
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Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228263

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001

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Origins of the Modern

Origins of the Modern

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(p.23) One Origins of the Modern
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The Legacy of German Jewry
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Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228263.003.0002

This chapter discusses the historical background of the Jews' quest to gain full entry to modernity. The Jews were confronted with two main challenges in their attempt to be modern. The first is that Judaism has already existed through four thousand years of world history and it was difficult to shed the hold of the Middle Ages in an instant and reconceive itself from the ground up. Another challenge is that Judaism was subjected to repeated interruptions from outside forces against the will of the Jews.

Keywords:   Jews, modernity, Judaism, world history, Middle Ages

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