By Nicholas de Lange
In his publication, "An creation to Judaism", Dr. Nicholas de Lange supplied a short perception into the faith and its fans. I saw that he designed this booklet for those who have very little time to take a position on voluminous texts. the various illustrations he used to demystify historic innovations like Zionism and Diaspora are of serious price; even if that any one who's accustomed to his past works, just like the "Atlas of the Jewish global and Jews", wouldn't be too surprised. this is often one e-book that might enlighten an individual who has curiosity in Jewish background and demography. it's a well-researched piece. superbly summarized! one other compelling chronicle.
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It was an attractive doctrine, but some Jews drew a different conclusion from the premisses: if the Greeks could break away from the Ottoman Empire and have their own state, if subject peoples like the Hungarians or the Czechs could struggle for 16 Examples in Margaret H. Williams, The Jews among the Greeks and Romans (London, ), pp. –. The Jewish people and its past their national liberation, the Jews too could square the circle by declaring themselves a nation in the modern sense, and fighting, by force if need be, for their own state.
The Jews of the Old Yishuv, both Sephardi and Ashkenazi, mostly held aloof from Zionism, and opposed the creation of the Jewish state. Their ranks were swollen after the Second World War by obsessively traditionalist immigrants from Hungary. They live in voluntary segregation in their own close-knit communities, mainly concentrated in the Mea Shearim quarter of Jerusalem. There they maintain the lifestyle of the old ghetto, with their own schools and yeshivot (Talmudic colleges). Their numbers are small, and they would remain a quaint curiosity were it not for a streak of religious zealotry which has often led to clashes with the secular powers.
Like other immigrant groups, the Jews have had to adapt to very new circumstances and to the demands of a cultural and social ‘melting pot’, which yet offers very distinct possibilities and even pressures to maintain their own distinctive identity and way of life. Jewish responses to these conflicting pressures have ranged very widely, from total assimilation and abandonment of Jewish identity at one extreme, passing through various modes of religious and social accommodation, to the maintenance of a very traditional and separate existence at the other.
An Introduction to Judaism (Introduction to Religion) by Nicholas de Lange