Prayers and Politics

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This exhibit, drawn from the rich resources of the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, depicts a variety of prayers, sermons, and other writings composed by Jews in reaction to political events. War, peace, and Jewish issues occasioned specific prayers, as did the coronations, deaths, and visits of royalty. Most notable in the exhibition are the many prayers and commendations written by the Jews in France and Italy for Napoleon, many of which he never heard or saw. The role of the Jewish people in European history is well-represented in the Rosenberger collection, and this exhibit vibrantly illustrates one aspect of that long history.