David Cesarani

A People’s Path

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Since the Enlightenment opened the way for Jews to enter European society, Jewish thinkers have been trying to explain what it means to be a Jew in a secular world and to justify adherence to a tribal faith in an era of universalism. Once Jews ceased to be an alien nation kept apart by discriminatory laws, where did they belong? Should they merge with mainstream society or preserve some differences?

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