An Introduction to Judaism (Introduction to Religion) by Nicholas de Lange

By Nicholas de Lange

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Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave the world the eternal Book of Books. After being exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom. ’ Thus, although Israel is a secular state with no established religion, Judaism has a central and strong place within it, and the Jewish majority have certain rights and privileges which are not shared by others.

Today there are about , Jews in Hungary, who constitute a little over half of % of the population of the country, a little more than in Britain. In Romania the losses of Jews in the war were less heavy than in most other countries, leaving aside the territories (such as Bessarabia, the Bukovina and Transylvania) that were added after the First World War. In these latter regions the deportations were catastrophic, but in old Romania, despite some terrible pogroms, the Jews survived more or less intact, and some religious and communal life continued even under the repressive Communist regime.

It shaped the way that Jews thought of themselves as both a political and a religious entity. They were a single people, set apart from other nations by their special relationship with God. And one day their God would rescue them from subjection to the other nations, and give them real control of their own destiny again. Even in times of persecution Jews could be buoyed up by this confidence. It is astonishing how very few Jews, during fifteen centuries of Christian rule during which every possible kind of inducement or pressure was tried to make them convert to the ruling faith, abandoned the Jewish people.

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