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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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Emancipation's Greatest Foe

Emancipation's Greatest Foe

(p.78) Eight Emancipation's Greatest Foe
The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the negative impact of anti-Semitism on the German Jews' entry to modernity and fight for full civil emancipation. Thought hatred of the Jews is unambiguously distinct from anti-Semitism, it remains an equally unjustifiable hatred. The oppression of Jews may be attributed to the Jewish belief against the arrogance of reason, the delusion of power, and tyranny. Another factor could be Judaism's unqualified affirmation of the meaning of suffering, a value of Jewish tradition from the time of the Babylonian exile forward.

Keywords:   German Jews, modernity, civil emancipation, Judaism, suffering

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