(This is a Jewish History topic, and thus hopefully won't be closed. I realize it may be somewhat subjective, but any well-reasoned argument would be helpful in showing which places and times have been better for Jews.)
Say it's the Year 70. The Romans have just trashed Jerusalem and exiled everyone. You can go anyplace available given the technology of the time. You'd like to plan out the next 1900 years (assuming a time traveler has handed you a history book) where you and your descendants should live. Your goals include:
- Minimum number of relocations.
- Highest possible quality of life. You may be free to practice your faith, but if everyone is starving or dying of diseases (significantly more than the typical rate for human civilization of your era), it's kind of moot.
- Least anti-Semitic attacks, persecutions, or forced assimilation. (Or for that matter, avoid places/times where it's clear that almost everybody assimilated -- forced or otherwise.)
- Live in a Jewish community, maintaining a connection to the outside world's Jewish mainstream. You'll at least need to get wind of the Yad HaChazaka circa 1200; ideally someplace where you'll obtain a Shulchan Aruch in the 1500s as well.
Ashkenaz, Sefard, Edot Mizrach, you name it.
What's the best strategy? (Well, at the very least -- suggest a good strategy!)