Especially in the Modern Period, there have been countless great Jews who lost their identity and who thereby lived a disembodied and artificial existence. Its most tragic dimension comes to mind in the story of Rosa Luxemburg, the famous German Jewish political activist killed in 1919. When asked about the plight of her fellow Jews in Europe not so long before the Holocaust, she responded, “I am just as much concerned with the poor victims on the rubber plantations of Putumayo, the Blacks in Africa… I have no special place in my heart for the ghetto. I feel at home in the entire world, wherever there are clouds and birds and human tears.” To read more, click here.
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