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I remember being taught when I was younger that the fact that Jews are around is a testimony to the eternity of our religion; that we survived them all and that they are no longer.

I am unaware (probably in ignorance) of a source in chazal that justifies this teaching. Perhaps the "v'hee she'amdah" of the haggadah bares resemblance: "that which stood for our forefathers and us, that not only one (nation) stood up against us to destroy us. Rather in every generation and generation they stand against us to destroy and Hashem saves us from their hands".

But is there a more direct source?

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…besides Mark Twain, you mean? –  msh210 Apr 24 '13 at 19:43
    
simpletoremember.com/articles/a/7-wonders-of-jewish-history references a few sources (secular) –  Danno Apr 24 '13 at 19:44
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It seems that the text of this question asks something different from the title. Am I missing something? –  Daniel Apr 24 '13 at 19:54
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@Daniel, that's why I edited it. If you think it's still too disconnected, feel free to edit it further. –  Seth J Apr 24 '13 at 20:31
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@SethJ, I actually think that some of the parts that you edited out match the title better than the parts that you left in. Is the question supposed to be about how we have survived, or is it supposed to be about whether the other empires still exist? The title suggests the latter. –  Daniel Apr 24 '13 at 20:49

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