Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy
Why were the Jews expelled from so many countries throughout history?
I saw the number of 58 countries being given as those from which Jews were expelled.
This of course does not include places like the nations of Scandinavia into which Jews were not allowed until recently.
The tone of the question seems to suggest that perhaps there was something wrong with the Jews to elicit such a reaction?
Jews are human like everyone else. Some Jews may make mistakes here and there.
On the whole Jews bring a blessing to the places they dwell in.
Not everyone wants to be blessed.
There are negative energies in all of us.
Throughout history Jews were persecuted, mistreated, and expelled.
The surprising fact however is that the Gentiles treated themselves much worse.
Their rulers exploited, enslaved, degraded, and robbed them constantly.
They did the same to each other, all the time.
In fact when you look at it that way the Jews were relatively better off.
They were often much appreciated. The appreciation however was interspersed with ingratitude.
So after getting along rather nicely for a while the Jews would be blamed for things others were responsible for.
They would then be killed, forced to convert, or expelled according to the mood prevailing with the local ruler or his populace or his religious dignitaries.
As we said, in a general sense over the long run the Gentiles did worse things to each other.
If some deleterious characteristics are to be attributed to the Children of Judah because of the way they were treated then even more so should it be applied to the erstwhile host populations.
The Jews are the "suffering servant" who pays for the sins of others, as described in Isaiah chapter 53.
- Isaiah 53:
- 2... He has no stately form or majesty
- That we should look upon him,
- Nor appearance that we should be attracted to him.
- 3 He was despised and forsaken of men,
- ... He was despised, and we did not esteem him.
- 4 Surely our griefs he himself bore,
- And our sorrows he carried;
- Yet we ourselves esteemed him stricken,
- Smitten of God, and afflicted.
- 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
- He was crushed for our iniquities;
- ... 7 He was oppressed and he was afflicted,
- Yet He did not open his mouth;
- Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
- And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
- So He did not open his mouth.
- 10 He will see his offspring,
- He will prolong His days,
- And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
- Isaiah 49:
- 23 Kings will be your guardians,
- And their princesses your nurses.
- They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth
- And lick the dust of your feet;
- And you will know that I am the LORD;
- Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.