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Origins of the Modern

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

in The Legacy of German Jewry

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228263
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237142 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228263.003.0002
Origins of the Modern

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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

Chapter.  2618 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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