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there is a world of difference. Judaism places man on the highest pedestal possible "In the 'image' of God He created man" (Genesis 1:27) Nazis viewed Jews as vermins and pests which must be exterminated. Likewise in Pirkei Avot chapter 3 regarding all of mankind: Rabbi Akiva used to say: Beloved is man that he was created in the image of G-d; an ...
a famous chasidic saying, if you don't make kiddush they make havdolah! the Nuremberg Laws were a perfect "reminder" of all the things many people of that time "forgot"!
Historians look at causes of anti-semitism, whether it is in reference to the Holocaust or whether it is with reference to earlier or more recent attacks on Jews. Historians generally will say there were six causes of anti-semitism: •Economic: Jews are hated because they possess too much wealth and power. •Chosen People: Jews are hated because they ...
Since you're interested in the "secular" explanations for anti-Semitism, I suggest you learn about the history of anti-Semitism. There are countless good books on this subject. I am not a historian, but I am familiar with some of the historical literature on this topic. So I will give you a brief explanation of my understanding of why the Nazis hated and ...
You asked: Do Jews think that Jewish culture differences caused them to be singled out by Nazism? Jews believe that ultimately Gcd runs the world and He causes kings (and leaders) to like or dislike the Jews. Though we do not fully understand God's reasoning, we have been taught that when the Jews do not behave as expected of them, then Gcd punishes ...
That doesn't seem to be a comprehensive explanation, as there were plenty of German Jews who observed next to nothing vis-a-vis Judaism. They didn't keep a kosher diet, they called themselves "Germans of a Mosaic Persuasion", and yet the Nazis wanted to kill them all anyhow.
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