Download PDF by Mark Kurlansky: A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry

By Mark Kurlansky

ISBN-10: 0307482898

ISBN-13: 9780307482891

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Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban during which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as very important new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, decided Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a cost. one of the unforeseen hazards, they've got needed to focus on an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the influence of the Jewish country on ecu life.

Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of existence, Kurlansky weaves jointly a bright tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of heritage. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those that have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that suffer among Jews and ecu civilization.

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How do you know that your blood is redder? ' The great French Commentator, to the passage, Rashi, explains it in this way. While a man may commit a sin or a crime in order to save his life, the crime of murder must be an exception to the rule since this crime involves the taking of life. It is more important to live than to die through refusing to commit a sin. But where the crime is that of murder a life will be lost either way so that the question of life versus sin does not arise. The only justification for the man ordered to kill to commit the murder would be because his life is of greater value than that of the intended victim.

The statement in the Talmud 55 that the Court can punish offenders even where there are no strictly legal grounds for so doing, 'where the generation needs it', resulted, especially in the mediaeval Spanish communities, in the strictest control by the Rabbis and communal leaders of non-conformism, and the case of Spinoza hardly requires to be mentioned. But all this took place in more or less closed communities where the game was generally played according to the rules. The banning of unconventional or heretical views has no meaning in the open and pluralistic Jewish society that is the norm in contemporary Jewish life.

In Jewish teaching the soul of each individual is unique, with its own special relationship with God, and each individual has to employ his body in giving expression to this relationship. In this chapter the soul relationship with God is examined, the next chapter the body relationship. In both chapters it is the individual qua individual that is considered apart from the relationship of the individual to God as a member of the Jewish people. Generally in the Jewish tradition the individual soul is totally distinct from God, who creates the soul as something quite other than He.

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