Chronicles of heartache

British historian Simon Schama’s second volume of Jewish history is a mixed bag of hits and misses.

By TIBOR KRAUSZ
November 6, 2018 18:38
Chronicles of heartache

A general view of Jerusalem's old city shows the Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, October 25, 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

 
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The history of Jews is a long series of tragedies, punctuated by epic calamities and interspersed with occasional spells of relative bliss that manifested itself in freedom from persecutions, discrimination, pogroms and genocide. Now and again came periods of tragicomedy brought on by charismatic rabbis and self-styled messiahs who triggered outbursts of fervent hope for redemption at last.

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