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Once Yiddish has taken hold of you...then you will no longer recognize your earlier tranquility. Then you will feel the true unity of Yiddish so powerfully that you will be afraid, though no longer of Yiddish, but of yourself.

Franz Kafka • Introductory Lecture on Yiddish

Oh, that ‘sublime silence of eternity’ — into which so many cries of anguish have faded away unheard — thunders so strongly within me that I have no special place in my heart for the ghetto: I feel at home in the entire world, wherever there are clouds and birds and human tears.

Rosa Luxemburg • On ‘Jewish’ Suffering