After the Rescue: Jewish Identity and Community in by A. Buckser

By A. Buckser

In October of 1943, the Danish resistance rescued just about all of the Jews in Copenhagen from roundups by way of the occupying Nazis. within the years given that, Jews became deeply engaged in a Danish tradition that offers only a few limitations of anti-Semitism or prejudice. This telling ethnographic examine explores the questions that such inclusion increases for the Danish Jews, and what their solutions can let us know in regards to the that means of faith, ethnicity, and neighborhood in glossy society.Social scientists have lengthy argued that modernity poses demanding situations to standard ethnic groups, via breaking down the networks of locality, kinship, faith, and career that experience held such groups jointly. For Danish Jews, inclusion into the bigger society has resulted in expanding fragmentation, because the group has cut up right into a bewildering array of non secular, social, and political factions. The community's chronic power within the face of such fragmentation, and the continued value of Jewishness to the self-identity of its contributors, issues to a brand new knowing of the that means of ethnic group in modern society.

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As long as the Portuguese behaved as good merchants, it said, German Jews would be barred from the city. This legal preference remained in force for more than a century, as royal policy repeatedly granted the Portuguese rights that it did not extend to the Germans. In Copenhagen, on the other hand, German Jews held the upper hand in practice right from the start. The first Jewish immigrants were cigar makers from Hamburg, while subsequent settlers included German-Jewish jewelers and other small-scale manufacturers.

The engagement of the Jews with Danish culture, moreover, had been proceeding for a century before the decree appeared. But once the decree was published, this transformation became irreversible. The decree ended the administrative and ritual autonomy of the Jewish community, which had for a century mediated relationships between Jews and Danish society. From 1814 onward, Jews would encounter that society directly, and in doing so they would become part of it. Their movement into Danish society brought a steadily rising level of wealth, a steady expansion of rights, and a gradual decline of the class and ideological divisions that had long fragmented the community.

He finally published a rule forbidding such hairstyles in the synagogue, virtually throwing down a gauntlet to troublemakers like Wallich. And inevitably, one Saturday morning in the late eighties,Wallich took it up. The occasion called for a mitzvah, and Wallich expected one; according to custom, he should have been called to the central bimah during the service, and the cantor should have sung a number of verses in his name. Rabbi Levin, however, took one look at Wallich’s dramatic hairstyle and decided otherwise.

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