Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Jews In Mediaeval Rome

 Jews In Mediaeval Rome

IN MEDIAEVAL ROME

IN the whole history of heroism there is nothing finer than the example of the Jews of the Roman Ghetto, a handful of men who for 1,500 years and longer remained true to their own ideals—unmoved and undazzled by the triumphant world-power of the dominant faith; and undaunted

By the torture prolonged from age to age,
By the infamy, Israel’s heritage,
By the Ghetto’s plague, by the garb’s disgrace,
By the badge of shame, by the felon’s place,
By the branding tool, by the bloody whip,
And the summons to Christian fellowship.

Helpless victims of all the horrors enumerated in these burning lines of Robert Browning, these Jews were yet free men. Not a trace of what a modern Jewish thinker—Achad Ha’am—has called ‘spiritual slavery’ was theirs. In all fundamental matters they were totally indifferent to the opinion of those who might torture the body but could never crush the soul.
J. H. HERTZ, 1915.

THE history of the daughter religions of Judaism is one uninterrupted series of attempts to commit matricide.
M. STEINSCHNEIDER, 1893.






Excerpt From A Book of Jewish Thoughts By Dr. J H. Hertz


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