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Jewish contributions to civilization: an estimate by Joseph Jacobs

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By Joseph Jacobs

A part of what have been meant to develop into a huge paintings at the Jewish race, this posthumously released learn of Jacobs’ observations at the value of Jews to international tradition represents a mature examine the topic. curious about the ongoing, and growing to be, anti-Semitism of his day, Jacobs laid out a memoir if you might doubt the significance of this Jewish contribution. starting with the conference of Jewish self-recognition because the humans of the ebook, he sketches the connection among the church and the Jews. Tracing the Diaspora to Europe, he notes that Jews within the heart a while have been highbrow intermediaries and their works had a profound impression on Medieval suggestion. The function of Jews in trade and capitalism is explored, as is the break-down of the grip the church has had on society within the western global. Noting the contribution all through heritage of Jews to the reason for liberality, Jacob makes a profound case for seeing the deep impression Judaism has made at the smooth global. an invaluable learn for somebody wishing to mirror on what the area could lack with out the very important parts of civilization delivered to all by way of the Jewish state, this e-book continues to be wanted in an international the place tolerance continues to be a far off dream.

Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916) was once a historian of Judaism and literature. he's well-remembered for his collections of folktales. Jacobs studied on the college of Sydney, Cambridge college, and the college of Berlin. He used to be a very hot author who authored not just books, but in addition articles for the Jewish Encyclopedia.

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It would indeed be surprising if so large a transference of human beings from one environment to others entirely different could be effected without producing some signs of restiveness in the countries concerned. On the whole, however, the Anglo-Saxon countries have come through the ordeal with a triumphant vindication of their essential principles of justice and liberalism. Indeed it would be difficult for either to act otherwise. England, as the head of an empire composed of multifarious races and creeds, could not logically take discriminative steps against any one creed 34 INTRODUCTION or race.

In addition to all this, as has been shown above, the majority of Jews in western lands have again become aliens owing to the tyranny of Russia. Finally, the crude theories of race, which had so much to do with the creation of new nationalities in the nineteenth century, have now become part of the popular consciousness, and 36 INTRODUCTION the comparatively easy identification of Jews as of a different race causes these various divergencies to become conscious at every point of social contact.

1 It is a man's duty to learn for what part of the world's work he is best fitted by his original or acquired qualities; similarly every race with distinctive characteristics should learn to acquire self-knowledge of its own capacities, so that it 1 observe that, in tracing the modern revival of the dance in the negroid forms of the cake-walk, turkey-trot, and tango, writers like Dr. Havelock Ellis speak with full appreciation of the charm of a return to a frank enjoyment of the sensuous elements of life without any vilification of the Negro.

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