Please help me analyze the various explanations for the survival of the Jews in the face of continual persecution, especially in terms of patterns that have repeated themselves throughout history and...
Please help me analyze the various explanations for the survival of the Jews in the face of continual persecution, especially in terms of patterns that have repeated themselves throughout history and in terms of 1) commitment to the Torah and the role of Jewish leaders and 2) Jewish fearless self-sacrifice and determination.
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One historic pattern that Berel Wein points out is that of exile. He begins with the exile of over a million in the Ten Tribes, who, as he puts it, mysteriously vanished, and follows this exile with the more successful exile into Babylon of the 10,000 taken by Nebuchadnezzar. This exiled group included prophets Daniel, Ezekiel and Ezra. The 2,500 year exile saw, not the extinction of the Jews (as in the vanishing of the Ten Tribes) but the establishing of a respected, effective and flourishing Jewish community. Institutes of learning were established; careers and government positions were taken up; prophets were effectively leading, such as Daniel who was so safe in exile that he could daily pray out his open window toward Jerusalem. Wein asserts this pattern of exile has continued to the...
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