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So why did He open with, “In the beginning”? Because of this: “He hath declared to His people the power of His works, to give them the heritage of the nations” [Psalms 111:6]. So if the nations of the world would say to Israel, “You are thieves, since you have conquered the lands of the seven nations,” they could say to them: “The entire earth belongs to the Holy One, Blessed be He. He created it and gave it to whom He saw ﬁt. ” But Rashi, the quintessential medieval Jewish exegete, did not think so.
Yet as much as Jews viewed America as an expression of Jewish values, they transformed Judaism in accord with American principles into a religion of democracy. If European Judaism signiﬁed a backward, Orthodox religiosity, America meant freedom within Judaism to develop liberal religious expressions, and to do so by means of a democratic process. What that meant was eliminating the role of chief rabbi and strengthening the control of laity over rabbis’ decisions regarding liturgy and ritual that, in Europe, had been 32 Imagining Judaism in America under rabbinic authority.
If early Jewish literary historiography is haunted by the question of continuity, the American quest for literary nationality is fueled by the ideological imperative of autochthony. Again and again in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries we hear the obsessive call for American writers to throw off the chains of European inﬂuence. “We have listened too long,” Emerson wrote, “to the courtly muses of Europe” (“The American Scholar,” 62). As if it were possible to imagine American literature as anything but a branch of English literature.