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By the time of the Crusades, Christian-Jewish enmity had become so severe that Jewish interpreters took the ultimate step in attempting to reclaim their heritage for themselves. In the eleventh century, marauding Christians initiated a rash of bloody persecutions of Jews. In Mainz, Worms, Cologne, and elsewhere, Jews were asked to relinquish their religion and convert. If they declined, they were tortured. Rather than apostatize, many Jews opted to kill themselves and their children. Jewish prayer books at the time actually contained prayers to be recited before killing children and committing…
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