Sunday Lectures

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...parried, and thus barely escaped with his life. Finding Amsterdam no longer safe, he took up his abode in a village near by, with a friend of his, who was likewise an outcast, from the Calvinistic Church. The Rabbis, learning of his departure hastened to make sure of his permanent absence, and thus4prevent his influence from eftecting the youth of Amsterdam, perhaps also to avoid another attempt at the life of the young philosopher, who had already begun to attract wide attention, and which attempt, if successful, could not but bitterly recoil on the Jews of Holland, and so they proceeded to launch against him, amidst the prescribed awful ceremonies, the great and terrible ban, which cut him off from his faith and people. The Lutheran clergy, it is alleged, added to the ban their prohibition to his reentrance into the city.t and so the Jewish Community of Amsterdam deemed itself safe from his influence, and from all further disturbance. Bitter as we feel at this cruel and unjust treatment, to which this noble-minded and pure-hearted young philosopher was subjected, we must guard ourselves against too severe condemnation of the action of the Rabbis. It is easier for us to censure the action of men of the 17th century than it would have been for them to reason with the mind of See author's Lecture: " '1 he Kabbalistic Age," Series II. fGraeti: " Geschichte der Juden" Vol. X. Chap. VI. the 19th century. Much as religion may mean to us, it can never approach the importance which it had in the eyes of the Amsterdam Sephardic community of the 17th century. To them religion was their all. For it, they and their fathers before them had suffered the direst persecutions in Spain and Portugal, for it, they had borne the most...
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