The background against which Danny must make his decision about how much to assimilate into popular

The background against which Danny must make his decision about how much to assimilate into popular

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The background against which Danny must make his decision about how much to assimilate into  popular culture is the changing political and cultural situation of Jews in the late eighteenth and early  nineteenth centuries. For hundreds of years, Jews were excluded physically and intellectually from  the predominantly Christian civilization. They lived in their own world. As long as their communities,  called ghettos, paid taxes and acted in a passive, almost subservient manner, they were allowed to  exist peaceably. Their schools taught mostly traditional Jewish texts, with little instruction in secular  affairs. The French Revolution of 1789 had a great impact on Jews and their communities. To a certain  extent, more and more Jews were prompted to enter mainstream society. However, a new dilemma  arose for them — the same kind of dilemma that Danny Saunders faces in 
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