Salaman R. N. - Racial Origins of Jewish types

Author : Salaman R. N.
Title : Racial Origins of Jewish types
Year : 1922

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I should be less than modest and more than dull were I not to feel some sense of elation at the honour which you have conferred on me by making me your President. lt would be enough to recount the names of thobe who have filled this chair since the foundation of the Society in 1893 to prove that it is no small honour that you do to your elect. And I would say that no President who has ever served you is more conscious of this or more aware of his own shortcomings. In my eyes, our Society is the blue rib bon of Anglo-Jewry, for let us be under no misunderstanding. The Jewish Historical Society of England is pre-eminent in Anglo-Jewry, not only because of the invaluable literary work which it has accomplished, nor for the stimulus which it has given to Jewish and. Gentile student alike, but because it is the sole body in England which ministers to the higher expression of Jewish thought and science. Three years ago this position was acknowledged by the Trustees of the Arthur Davis Memorial, of whom I happen to have the honour to be one, who, wishing to establish a lectureship for the encouragement of speculative philosophy in relation to Judaism, unanimously decided to place their movement under the regis of our Society. lt is my hope and it will be my endeavour to encourage and to extend the Society's activities in this and cognate directions. Before I launch into the subject of my address, I must ask your indulgence for the apparent dissociation of my subject, the " Racial Origins of Jewish Types," from the purview of Anglo-Jewish history. The fault is less mine than yours, for some of you at least knew of my weakness for this aspect of Jewish research. However, the dissociation is not so violent as it would seem, for the historie sources on which one is most dependent are English. ...

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