Jewish Contributions to Civilization: An Estimate

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INTRODUCTION
THE HIGHER ANTI-SEMITISM

THERE is among the peoples of the world one which has preserved its individuality throughout the ages with remarkable persistence. This people is among the nations, and of them, but yet in some way apart from them. Up to a time within the memory of men still living, members of this people were set apart as unworthy to possess all the rights of citizenship in all lands in which they dwelt; even at the present day, a majority of them are still debarred from the higher rights of human beings. The only excuse or explanation for this discrimination against them was that they refused to bow down in the House of Rimmon, to worship strange gods, and to give up their way of thinking about the highest things which had approved itself as right and true to their fathers. Rather than abandon that faith they have, for the past millennium and a half, suffered continuously contumely and moral

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