American Jews are loyal to the vision of America

Religion News Service | 8/23/2019 | Staff
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You can keep your GPS. Give me a good map, anyday.

Like, for example, the Catalan Atlas. It is one of the greatest maps in history, and one of the treasures of medieval Spanish Jewry, created by Abraham Cresques in 1375.

Cresques - Mapmakers - Worldview - Dragons - Sea

Before Cresques, when mapmakers did not know what lay beyond their worldview, they would draw dragons and sea serpents.

Abraham Cresques decided to leave those spaces blank, and in place of the monsters, he wrote two Latin words – terra incognita – unknown territory.

Jews - Terra - Incognita - Situation - Precedent

American Jews are now in terra incognita. The political situation in which we find ourselves is utterly without precedent in this country.

An American president has said: “If you vote for a Democrat, you’re being disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.”

Question - Jewish - History - Begin

Question: When did modern Jewish history begin?

France, 1806. Napoleon convened the Grand Sanhedrin, the assembly of Jewish notables in France. He asked them a series of questions about their Jewish identity.

Question - One

The biggest question was this one.

Do the Jews born in France, and treated by the law as French citizens, acknowledge France as their country? Are they bound to defend it? Are they bound to obey the laws and follow the directions of the civil code?

Jews - Question - Answer - Jews - Citizens

The Jews answered “yes” to that question. With that affirmative answer, the Jews became citizens of France. Not only France; they showed that they could become citizens of all of the newly-emerging states in which they found themselves.

Why is the United States of America unique?

Country - World - Jews - Ask - Beg

It was the first country in the world in which Jews did not have ask for, beg for, or bargain for their rights as citizens.

In 1915, Justice Louis Brandeis wrote these words — about how Jews could simultaneously be proud Zionists and proud Americans.

Spirit - Product - Religion - Experiences

The Jewish spirit, the product of our religion and experiences, is essentially modern...
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