Hess and Christianity

In his preface to "Rome and Jerusalem" Hess referred to Pope Innocent III (1198-1216 AD) and his decrees to compel Jews to wear distinctive badges and be identified as anti-Christians. "From the time of Innocent III . Papal Rome symbolized to the Jews an inexhaustible well of poison. It is only with the drying up of this source that Christian German Anti-Semitism will die from lack of nourishment. With the disappearance of the hostility of Christianity ... to Judaism, with the liberation of the Eternal City on the slopes of Moriah; the renaissance of Italy heralds the rise of Judah ... Springtime in the life of nations began with the French Revolution." The translator's footnote here (page 34-5) is "At the time when Hess wrote these lines, Italy, under the leadership of Garibaldi, was struggling to wrest Rome from the Papal government and annex it to the new unified Kingdom."

Hess also stated, "Judaism has no other dogma but the teaching of the Unity." (page 44) "... the Rabbis never separated the idea of a future world from the conception of the Messianic reign. Nachmanides insists ... upon the identity of ... 'the world to come'

with the Messianic reign." (page 46)

Sneering at Christianity, holding up the myth of a Jewish race (instead of the actuality, a breed of all races and nations), extolling the Talmud and delegating Moses to the inferior role given him therein (page 91), the whole cry of Hess was for Jewish world rule from Palestine "between Europe and far Asia ... the roads that lead to India and China," and he told Jewry:

"You have contributed enough to the cause of civilization and have helped Europe on the path of progress to make revolutions and carry them out successfully." He called for Jews to "March forward!" and stated: "The world will again pay homage to the oldest of peoples." (pp. 139-40) The "Talmud is the corner-stone of modern" Orthodoxy, (page 143). He looked to black magic, the occultism of Chasidism, which along with Zionism, was to achieve Communist dictatorship." "The great good which will result from the combination of Chasidism with the national movement is almost incalculable," (page 218), and he added, "Although the Chasidists are without social organization, they live in socialistic fashion." (same)

The translator called Hess, in the 1918 edition Preface: "The herald of Nationalism and the trumpet of Zionism."

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