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Jews enrich the cultures they inhabit

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Submitted by Michael Haire (United States), Nov 12, 2013 at 19:48

I'm neither Jewish nor an historian. However, I learned in elementary school that when the Jews were expelled from Spain after the Muslim Moors conquered it, the flower of the region's artistic, intellectual, scientific, engineering and philosophical culture went with them. The same thing happened when Hitler came to power in Germany and many Jews emigrated or were annihilated. This is separate ( or is it ?) from the status of Jews as the apple of the Creator's eye and his "prize heifer" as we learn from studying the Holy Bible, both old and new testaments. The Holy Messiah, the Saviour of the world, Jesus, was of Jewish nationality and faith, having descended from an Israeli king, David.

I remember a line from the movie, "The Hiding Place," about the persecution and murder of Dutch Jews by the Nazis. Papa Ten Boom said of the Gestapo : "I pity them. They have touched the apple of God's eye."

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