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Modern Jewish History Midterm Study Guide (dragged)

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Modern Jewish History Midterm Study Guide 1. What is emancipation as related to the Jewish experience? Why is it so important? a. Emancipation: granting of rights and recognition on political, economic, and social grounds b. For Jews, also meant a realignment of identity i. Where once “a nation within a nation”, Jews would now need to find ways to be and prove they were worthy citizens without losing Jewish identity c. Also involved integrating with people who were once strangers 2. Why do Birnbaum and Katznelson use the term “paths” of emancipation? a. The means by which Jews gained emancipation were not consistent across the globe, and it was not easy in all places b. Thus there was no one set way, but rather many paths, some paved with a “bump road” i. In America, rights were granted immediately by the First Amendment ii. In England, Jews had no status per se, but merely had to integrate socially, which happened gradually with repeated contact with gentiles
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iii. In France, rights were granted after much to remain logically
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