You vowed of old to your servant David,
mercifully anointing the shoot of Jesse:
You sustained his authority in your sanctity for
he spread your praise to the ends of the earth:
You set his name as an eternal pillar;
he repairs the breach and rebuilds the ruins:
A cornerstone despised by the builders
you have raised to the headstone above all nations:
Joyfully you crown him with glory,
calling him the splendor of all nations
—translated by Azzan Yadin-Israel
In 1911, David Ben-Gurion spent several months in Salonica and declared that it was "the only Jewish labor city in the world." Now, because of an open-minded mayor and his nationalist opponents, this formerly Jewish city is experiencing a peculiar mix of Jewish memory and anti-Semitism.
The history of Jewish boxers such as Daniel Mendoza in England is as central to understanding the entry of Jews into European society as the better-known and much-researched history of Jewish salonnières and intellectuals in Berlin and Vienna.
I would never have said this ten years ago, or even five years ago, but there apparently comes a time in the lives of those who write about Jewish identity when they have to decide whether to write about . . . it.