Emancipation's Greatest Foe

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:
Emancipation's Greatest Foe

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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

Chapter.  3631 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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