SOME DEBTS THE WORLD OWES TO THE SPANISH JEWS

It would be an impertinence for me in the presence of an audience mainly belonging to the Hebrew community, and including men famous for their profound knowledge of Talmudic lore, to presume to say anything of the precious services rendered by the Jews of Spain to purely Hebrew learning, to describe the exalted examples they offered to their own race, tending to raise its ethical, moral, and religious ideals. That branch of the subject I leave for Hebrews to deal with; but it has occurred to me in my studies in the history and literature of the Iberian Peninsula that the Christian world at large has never yet realised the enormous and beneficent influence wielded by the Spanish Jews in the formation of our present civilisation. I seek to-day, therefore, only to point out quite briefly and in elementary fashion some few of the influences for which I conceive modern

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