The Sufferings of the Jews During the Middle Ages

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Bloch Publishing Company, 1907 - Jews - 90 pages
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Page 9 - And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into...
Page 17 - He may die full of years upon his bed. Ye who nurse rancor haply in your hearts, Fear ye we perish unavenged? Not so! To-day, no! nor to-morrow! but in God's time, Our witnesses arise. Ours is the truth, Ours is the power, the gift of Heaven. We hold His Law, His lamp, His covenant, His pledge. Wherever in the ages shall arise Jew-priest, Jew-poet, Jew-singer, or Jew-saint — And everywhere I see them star the gloom — In each of these the martyrs are avenged!
Page 8 - For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, "Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
Page 33 - Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain ? or can the heavens give showers ? art not thou he, O Lord our God ? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.
Page 19 - ... composed and enacted by the heroes themselves? The dispersion of the Jews, sufficiently disastrous in itself, but especially so when considered in connection with their desire for reunion, might have filled a sympathetic heart with charity and respect; and the Jews were the more entitled to proper treatment, since among themselves the stranger had always been protected.
Page 27 - Carthusian monachism, crusades, and trials for witchcraft, inquisitions, and the burning of heretics. Priestcraft and rapacity crushed the prosperity of Provence, impoverished Spain, depopulated Asia and America. Despots and priests left in their track more misery and desolation than had been caused by all the Scythians, Huns, and Vandals together.
Page 19 - Israel reached its highest degree. If the duration of afflictions, and the patience with which they are borne, confer nobility upon man, the Jews may vie with the aristocracy of any country. If a literature which owns a few classical tragedies is deemed rich, what place should be assigned to a tragedy which extends over fifteen centuries, and which has been composed and enacted by the heroes themselves?
Page 31 - A race that has been tested, And tried through fire and water, Is surely prized by Thee And purified from sin.
Page 38 - Thou to whom my name bears witness, Be not silent, I entreat Thee; Leave not hid mine ebbing life's blood! High above in heaven's regions, Far and wide in halls of learning, And where people meet together, Be my sacrifices published! How my tender infants perished ; How their tortures laid me prostrate. Learn to know their deeds of horror! We were crushed and rent asunder, Until corpse by corpse lay buried.
Page 55 - When will scoff and scorning end? Has our God forsaken us? . . .- . , Higher and higher, Winged by fire, Soared Elijah's sainted soul, Bliss to earn in spheres of life. . He saw his brethren sorely tried, And died for them a martyr's death. ; • MENAHEM BEN JACOB, : The Jewish Martyr "DRING forth the Jew!

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