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Martin Luther

Martin Luther

Anti-Semitism:prejudice, hatred of,or discrimination against Jews

Menorah- nine-branched candle lit during the eight days of Hanukkah

Torah- first five books of the Tanakh and the central concept in the Judaic tradtion

Star of David- symbol of Jewish identity and Judiasm

5 Basic Beliefs of Judiasm1. Still waiting on a Messiah2. Monotheism3. Torah4. Dietary laws5. Covenant

Martin Luther was a German monk, former Catholic priest, professor of theology and seminal figure of a reform movement in 16th century Christianity, subsequently known as the Protestant Reformation.

The Protestant Reformation was a movement initiated by Luther that was aimed at reforming the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

After the Protestant religion was created by Martin Luther, he was sure that many Jews would convert to Christianity and see the Protestants as friendly. However, the Jews saw Christianity as a false religion from the start. Luther added to the Jews proof of this. He did this right after the Jews didn't convert and rejected him. These actions caused him to be one of the most virulent anti-Semites in history. Luther displayed this anti-semitism by burning synagogues and destroying Jewish holy books. He also expelled Jews from Christian towns. Seizing Jewish property was another anti-semitic action. It ended up that Hitler used Luther's anti-Jewish writing in their Nazi propaganda.

Top: Barmitzvah- boy turns 13 & becomes "son of commandment"Bottom: Jewish family lighting a menorah for Hanukkah

Many Jewish stereotypes were that Jews controlled the capital and money. Anti-Semites usually blamed all financial problems on the Jews. Another stereotype was that they were Christ-killers. Many believed that Jews were guilty of deicide against Jesus.


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