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Britain, Practice of Judaism in

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Author(s): Miller, Stephen
Historically British Jews tried to represent themselves as a purely religious minority. While they differed from other British citizens in regard to their private religious beliefs, they wished to be seen as resembling others in their public conduct, social attitudes and, above all, national allegiance and loyalty. Thus, British Jewish leaders, at least until World War II, promoted the image of Jews as “Englishmen of the Mosaic persuasion.” 1 They sought to avoid differentiation on the grounds of culture, language, or ethnicity, and they discouraged the developm…