Opportunities That Pass: An Historical Miscellany

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Cecil Roth was the first Anglo-Jewish historian to become a household name. In addition to his numerous books Roth wrote many articles for a wide range of journals in Britain and overseas, notably in America, on Jewish life and history. This volume comprises a substantial collection of them, selected for their special and continuing Jewish appeal and human interest, none of which have appeared in book form before. Roth loved travel and his many journeys to Europe inevitably included visits to regions of past or ...
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Cecil Roth was the first Anglo-Jewish historian to become a household name. In addition to his numerous books Roth wrote many articles for a wide range of journals in Britain and overseas, notably in America, on Jewish life and history. This volume comprises a substantial collection of them, selected for their special and continuing Jewish appeal and human interest, none of which have appeared in book form before. Roth loved travel and his many journeys to Europe inevitably included visits to regions of past or then current Jewish residence. He was an acute observer of scenes, people, atmosphere and change. Characteristic of his approach are his historical accounts of some, to us, curious observances of familiar Jewish festivals in different localities he visited. Typical of his article titles are ‘Was Hebrew ever a Dead Language’, ‘England and the Ninth of Av’, ‘Was there ever a Ban on Jews Returning to Spain’ and ‘Paradoxes of Jewish History’. Of particular interest is the first article in the book, written in 1932, entitled ‘Opportunities that Pass: A Plea for the Study of Disappearing Customs and Folklore’. Was it an unwitting prophecy, or did he have an observer’s and historian’s presentiment of what lay ahead. Cecil Roth was a unique personality. He gave of his best in whatever he did. He achieved much. This volume is edited with affectionate respect by Israel Finestein and Cecil’s nephew, Joseph Roth.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780853035763
  • Publisher: Mitchell Vallentine & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Cecil Roth : a vignette
1 Opportunities that pass 1
2 Sabbath in Jerusalem 8
3 Was Hebrew ever a dead language? 11
4 The new year in history 18
5 Apples and honey 21
6 Kippur reading 24
7 Kippur in history 27
8 Dwelling in booths 31
9 The Etrog Compote 35
10 The great Hoshanna 41
11 Rejoicing in the law 44
12 The Jews who prayed for the Pope 52
13 Old time Hanukkah 56
14 The new year for trees 61
15 How Jews once commemorated Purim 64
16 Down with Haman! 68
17 A Purim Habdala 71
18 An Avignonese plum 73
19 The Madonna of the scroll 76
20 The Purim of Buda 83
21 A Passover deliverance 90
22 The miracle of the bomb 94
23 My grandmother's Seder tray 99
24 The Omer days in history 103
25 A Pentecostal rite 107
26 A forgotten Shavuot ceremony 111
27 England and the Ninth of Ab 114
28 The Ninth of Ab in history 119
29 The historical elegies of the Ninth of Ab 125
30 May Jews return to Spain? 132
31 The last days of Jewish Salonica 137
32 A solution to the mystery of the scrolls 149
33 The background story of the fall of Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E. 162
34 The slave community of Malta 169
35 The musical academy of the Venetian ghetto 187
36 Paradoxes of Jewish history 196
37 Caveat Emptor Judaeus 210
38 Dealings in higher junk : the art and craft of Jewish collecting 216
39 From my uncle's treasure trove : a postscript by Joseph F. Roth 227
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